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ERP ensures right quality control procedures

With product quality under the microscope in all industries today, every company strives for superior quality in its products and services. All manufacturing modules track quality control activities across the enterprise - from intermediate producers to finished goods.

ERP systems allow a wide variety of characteristics and parameters to be specified in test and inspection operations and maintain an extensive history to improve product quality and identify recurring problems.

Elimination of defects in standard product design and manufacturing methods before production is just as important as eliminating defects during production. In fact, to achieve quality levels manufacturers must focus on identifying and correction defects in underlying product designs and production methods not simply inspect the in-coming material and finished goods.

The quality management system usually support the benchmarking and use of optimal product design, process engineering and quality assurance data by all functional departments within the manufacturing enterprise; thereby facilitating definitions of repeatable processes, root-cause analysis and the continuous improvement of manufacturing methods. This documentation supports the job functions of the quality assurance and production managers in validating the manufacturer's conformance to ISO 9000. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) worldwide and a variety of country specific industry standards of quality assurance.

Specification control in the quality management system offers a state-of-the-art approach for documenting specifications and enables an organization to standardize and simplify its quality assurance as well as control function. Sample types, sample rules and testing levels are completely user-defined for maximum flexibility and ease of use. Maintenance of standard specifications detailed sampling instructions and testing procedures are performed online.

Cyclic, subsequent and repeat testing options are available to support the material acceptance function, with breakdowns of test procedures into multiple dispositions to improve inventory turnover and reduce inspection lead-timers. The system's database eliminates redundant specifications and ensures that a single change to standard procedures takes effect immediately throughout the organization. User-defined review and commitment controls ensure maximum accuracy.

The material procurement sub-system provides tools for implementing total quality management programs within an organization. Original manufacturers may be defined independently from vendors so that business can strictly adhere to quality assurance and control functions without preventing their buyers from seeking the best possible price and delivery terms. Each item supplied by an original manufacturer may be linked to a standard product specification. Actual test results and material disposition histories are retained according to item, lot, original manufacturer and specification, for an-in-depth quality performance review and analysis.

The material inspection sub-system offers a wide range of capabilities for process supervision and control. These capabilities are fully integrated with the other modules such as purchasing, inventory management and shop floor control function to ensure that the right quality control procedures are followed.