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Quality Intelligence: why automation makes you work smarter
Blog door Gerben de Haan,Founder at Alis Quality Intelligence Software
Months before the outbreak of World War One, the introduction of a moving assembly line at the Ford plant in Michigan reduced the time it took to build a Model T car from more than 12 hours to 2½. Fast-forward 100 years, and a ‘smart factory’ in Germany takes just 86 seconds to put together a Ford Fiesta.
I can’t even make a cup of coffee in that time.
Quality Control had to be invented as a discipline to respond to the astonishing leaps forward in mechanization. Technological change required (and requires) Quality Control to come up with new answers all the time, and so the way we inspect, monitor, record and analyse Quality has changed as dramatically as the production process itself.
Quality Control itself is also a process, as much as assembling the body and the engine of a Ford Fiesta, and like any other process, needs to be managed.
Quality Intelligence is the name we give to Quality Management at its very best. In an earlier blog, we discussed how Quality Management needs to respond to the challenges of Industry 4.0. Answer? By being as good at Quality Management as it is is possible to be right now.
Big Data, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and hyper-connectivity are happening, but it’s too easy to get fixated by developments we can’t predict. Chances are that you can implement radical change to your Quality Management using technologies that are already out there.
You need to ask yourself two questions: are my systems and processes as fully integrated as they could be, where can I gain time and efficiencies by automating, and does senior management share my vision of Quality Intelligence as a strategic function within the company?
Okay, three questions. In a blog about omnipresence in quality management, we looked at two of them: the importance of integrating not only systems and processes, but also the Quality Team with the wider departmental structure – the supply chain, if you will.
So what about automation? How can you boost Quality through smart automation?
Automation saves time
How much time you save through smart automation depends on the size and nature of your factory, particularly the complexity of your QESH requirements. The ballpark figure for a midsize manufacturer is 10 to 16 hours a week, not enough to have an impact on the payroll but that is not the objective. You want to free up time to analyse the data and reports that have been generated automatically. This way, the overall level of your Quality goes up. You will prevent more errors, and spend less on correcting them.
Automation imposes consistency
Automation isn’t interested in character, and it doesn’t have off-days: a task is carried out and recorded in the same manner every time. If anything goes wrong, it is easier to find out why and correct it because Systems always get it wrong in a predictable way.
Automation improves data and data analysis
This automation frees time for you and your team to focus on the actual analysis and interpretation. This helps you in your journey towards Quality Intelligence.
Next step: take a Quality Management selfie
How close to that experience are you? Our white paper, How to prepare for Quality Intelligence, describes the journey from ad hoc and fragmented Quality Management to an integrated and comprehensively automated system. It is not the roadmap, but the map – to find out where you are on this map, you need to self-evaluate the maturity of you Quality Intelligence processes. But that is the subject of a future blog!
|Categorie(n)||ICT Innovatie, Branche > Groothandel, Industrie en Logistiek, Soort > ERP|
|Bronvermelding||Alis Quality Intelligence Software|
|Internet URL||Alis Quality Intelligence Software|
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