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DOING MORE WITH LESS IN THE NEW MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

The global economic environment of the 21st century challenges manufacturers to devise strategies that add maximum value while simultaneously mitigating expenditure. In fact, the economic reality of today’s manufacturing industry mandates that enterprises learn to be more productive with fewer resources available to achieve business goals. Lean manufacturing principles…Read more

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BUILDING A SOUND QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

The potential benefits of developing a sound quality management system far outweigh the risks. Today’s manufacturing industry can no longer rely solely on the old wisdom of previous decades; global supplier networks and disparate geographic manufacturing sites make the task of…Read more

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SELLING QUALITY TO ALL DEPARTMENTS

Successful quality management does not occur in a vacuum; all departments have a stake in continually improving quality management systems. Today’s global manufacturing industry demands that companies redefine the role that quality departments take within the corporate chain of command. Buy-in from employees on the shop floor is as critical as buy-in from senior management. Quality management initiatives can influence internal business processes greatly, so companies should….Read more

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BALANCING THE COST OF QUALITY IT, INVESTMENTS AND INTEGRATED QMS

In today’s global manufacturing industry, balancing the cost of quality, IT investments, and integrated QMS (quality management systems) presents as a never-ending series of challenges for your company. Cost of quality is arguably one of your organization’s most important holistic metrics, but too many organizations have neglected the complex interplay between investments in good quality and the hard costs of poor quality…

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MANUFACTURING CAPA 101

To understand how to achieve greater quality in manufacturing, you need to know that corrective and preventative actions (CAPA) are essential elements of quality management, continuous improvement and process discipline. To give an introduction into the basics of CAPA from a general manufacturing point of view, this paper defines CAPA from a high level and also delves into why you need, challenges with CAPA, automating CAPA, developing a closed-loop process, and a success story.

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USING BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS TO STAY FORWARD FOCUSED

Today’s manufacturing industry relies on business intelligence systems to remain forward-focused on quality management initiatives. Without actionable insight into the root causes of critical points of failure, quality departments would fail to perform their essential function. In partnership with an integrated…Read more

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BENEFITS OF ON-DEMAND QUALITY MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE SERVICES FOR SMALL AND MULTI-SITE BUSINESSES

Implementing and maintaining an enterprise-wide quality management system necessitates the deployment of novel IT solutions that efficiently facilitate quality management initiatives. Hosted software services provide a means for…Read more

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MANAGING EMPLOYEE COMPETENCY

As quality management software software modules become more integrated, manufacturers must be able to train personnel, track skills and manage employee competency records in order to maximize the value-added potential of new systems. Quality management software modules are powerful tools that require skilled employees in order to yield the highest possible return on investment…Read more

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SCORECARDS IN TODAY’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

Internal and supplier performance scorecards are mission-critical components of any continuous improvement strategy. Quality management systems that do not include flexible scorecard capabilities are generally insufficient to overcome…Read more

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QUALITY MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE TRENDS

Since the turn of the millennium, the proliferation of lean quality management and compliance systems has afforded manufacturers a means to soften the negative financial impacts on total cost of quality. However, as the global economy continues its…Read more

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HARMONIZING QMS WITH BUSINESS SYSTEMS

At the end of the day, harmonizing QMS with PLM, MOM, and SCM systems creates synergies in quality management processes throughout the enterprise. Through increased data exchange and collaboration, best-in-class enterprises are utilizing QMS to stand apart and break new ground in holistic, closed-loop quality management.

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PREPARING YOUR QMS PROJECT FOR QUICK CAPITAL APPROVAL

To guide your organization toward a truly holistic and integrated quality management system, this paper covers how to prepare your QMS project for quick capital approval. The operational synergies enabled by an integrated quality management system are well known from a quality management professional’s point of view, but communicating these benefits to the enterprise at large remains as challenging as ever…

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT QUALITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTION

Lean manufacturing initiatives allow businesses to improve the efficiency of production processes. Today, lean initiatives are spreading into the domain of quality management systems, streamlining operations among…Read more

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A GUIDE TO EQMS FOR AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLIERS: QUALITY AS A COMPETITIVE DIFFERENTIATOR

Quality is more than a department within your organization; it is a necessity to thrive in a globalized supply chain that stretches from Tokyo to Detroit. Without end-to-end quality management at every point of contact in the automotive supply chain, your company may continue to struggle to achieve real-time visibility into key quality metrics and performance indicators.  To overcome these challenges, you can implement enterprise quality management software to fuse critical business intelligence with operational metrics and quality benchmarks. Read more

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DASHBOARDING AN EQMS SYSTEM

In the realm of enterprise quality management, digital dashboards give your company a high-level overview of key performance indicators (KPIs) and many other metrics. A good enterprise quality management software (EQMS) system can include…Read more

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EVALUATING A SOFTWARE VENDOR’S IMPLEMENTATION STAFF

Implementing a comprehensive, integrated quality management system is certainly a monumental undertaking for any manufacturer. Enterprises must be able to receive maximum value from a software vendor’s implementation staff. Successful implementations require careful planning, from the nascent stages of deployment…Read more

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DIFFERENCES AND BENEFITS OF SOFTWARE CONFIGURATION VERSUS CUSTOMIZATION

Manufacturers commonly misconstrue the difference between software configuration and customization. From a strictly financial perspective, software configuration initiatives cost far less to implement than customization projects…Read more

The Upside to an Integrated EHSQ Management System_IQS

THE UPSIDE TO AN INTEGRATED EHSQ MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Leading organizations manage complex systems and establish sufficient differentiation between their products and those of their competitors. Organizations that excel across all sectors – EHSQ, compliance and product excellence – have invested in integrating systems into a harmonious, integrated EHSQ management system…Read more

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QUALITY SYSTEMS AND SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTIONS

Supply is critical to the continued operation of any manufacturing process. Any delay or disturbance along this chain can either slow or even halt operations. Quality systems, especially those with real-time performance analytics…Read more

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PPAP/FIRST ARTICLE

The quality management challenges facing the automotive industry and the aerospace and defense industry demand creative solutions. The relationship between manufacturers and global supplier networks is becoming more complex with each technology refresh. Despite these challenges…Read more

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TOP 10 PITFALLS OF EARNING CERTIFICATION

The process of earning all requisite compliance certifications is costly and time-consuming. On the other hand, the benefits of achieving compliance far outweigh these two primary obstacles to gaining certification. To lower the cost of achieving compliance…Read more

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ENGINEERING CHANGE NOTIFICATION (ECN) IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

Efficient change management and Engineering Change Notification (ECN) practices continue to be difficult to optimize in the globalized automobile manufacturing industry. Government and industry regulatory pressures mandate…Read more

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ISO 14001 OVERVIEW

ISO 14001 encompasses recommendations for a continually improving environmental management system. Many manufacturers and municipalities around the world utilize ISO 14001 standards to design, implement, execute and continually review the effectiveness of environmental management systems. ISO 14001 allows manufacturers in the environmental market to…Read more

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AN OVERVIEW OF ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develops standards to help facilitate international trade. ISO 9001 is the most recent series of standards that relates to the development of an ideal quality management system. The ISO 9001 series comprises the basis for additional industry-specific standards such as AS 9100, which focuses exclusively on…Read more

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GENERAL METHODOLOGY AND ROI OF SKIP-LOT DATA COLLECTION

Today’s manufacturing industry demands that companies devise creative solutions to the problem of the rising cost of nonconformances and corrective actions. Integrated quality management systems deploy a variety of statistical process control tools to improve…Read more

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ERP & SOFTWARE VALIDATION

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software plays a key role in helping companies to satisfy regulatory mandates such as cGMP, GAMP, FDA 21 CFR part 11 and FDA 21 CFR part 820. From an enterprise-wide framework, an ERP system is key to managing FDA-mandated documentation and integrating all external and internal information in a single system…Read more

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LIMS AND SOFTWARE VALIDATION

Supporting key features of a modern laboratory’s operations, a Laboratory and Information Management System (LIMS) is an essential component of sound quality management in FDA regulated industries such as medical device and life sciences. Along those lines, manufacturers must validate the software deployed in various medical devices to ensure the safety of products before they reach the open market. The process-centric approach to quality management applies to validating…Read more

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RISK MANAGEMENT & ITS PROCESS

Enterprises must be proactive when deploying risk management strategies. Risk management and its process is a mission-critical component of software validation best practices, which encompass the entire product lifecycle from conception to post-production monitoring. Establishing a documented risk management process is specifically suggested by regulations such as cGMP, GAMP, FDA 21 CFR part 11…Read more



 

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