As the coronavirus continues to rapidly spread, the race to develop a crucial vaccine has sped up to try to match its pace. Many pharmaceutical and biotech companies are working through the trials of what they hope will turn into the essential vaccine. Producing so many doses of a critical drug in such a narrow time frame has certain quality control hurdles. The medical field has seldom, if ever, worked at a pace like this before, but quality cannot be sacrificed when human lives are on the line.
Quality control in manufacturing companies is also critical for keeping the world moving and economies humming along at full speed. It creates a more efficient production floor that doesn’t waste materials or time on reworking defective parts. It can also be the deciding factor between a successful company consistently exceeding clients’ expectations or producing underwhelming output that leaves the client disappointed. Quality control extends beyond the finished product and into the day-to-day operations of the production floor and long-term business health.
There are infinite ways that implementing proven quality control helps in manufacturing, but here are several examples for companies to consider:
- Improve customer loyalty and satisfaction.
- Increase market share.
- Improve safety.
- Keep customers coming back for more.
- Limit wasted materials and rework.
- Avoid downtime.
- Stay away from product recalls.
- Manage scheduled maintenance and staffing levels.
Any manufacturing company that does not employ a proven quality control system is likely wasting thousands of dollars a year and may be hurting their own reputation without even knowing it. Implementing industry-specific quality control is a must for manufacturers. Not only will it protect the reputation of your business by ensuring that every finished product has been created exactly to the client specifications, but it will also lead to a more efficient production floor, cut down on wasted material and time, improve equipment operation, and make life easier for employees.
For smaller, service-based manufacturers, choosing the right quality control system can be a difficult task. They need something geared specifically for their industry, such as Bluestreak’s MES/QMS-integrated system. It can align perfectly with the operational procedures of a service-based manufacturer.
Bluestreak has been designed specifically for the service-based manufacturing industry. Customers can maximize their ROI with this software, thanks to the user-friendly platform that is easy for employees to grasp.
The most important function for smaller manufacturers is the real-time shop floor tracking with the Production Pathway, which can manage and track work in progress on the shop floor. The software handles work order management, specification data management, quality control plans, scheduling, and other critical tasks, and it does all this automatically. Adjustments, like work order changes, can be made in real time to keep things running smoothly, thanks to a constant inflow of high-quality data. Virtually everything that happens on the shop floor can be tracked and analyzed.
These are all critical functions of a shop running at full strength. Quality control can become mundane, and the quality of that control can suffer when left completely in human hands.
An investment in the latest technology is also an investment in the workforce. This shows the team that management is willing to make a strong commitment to helping them do their jobs better and stay safer. With Bluestreak’s automated features, employees are free to focus on more innovative tasks that can invigorate them in the long run, without sacrificing quality. They will feel more involved and will take ownership of the quality control process.
Quality control is the lifeblood of manufacturing companies, and those that get it right are the winners. The rest will fail. The solutions provided by Bluestreak take the burden of implementing the processes and managing data from the staff and simplify the entire quality control program. Everyone’s life is made easier in the end.
If you’re ready to leave manual, time-consuming service-based manufacturing tasks in the past, drastically reduce your scrap and rework percentage, gain visibility of your production floor processes, and build better relationships with your customers, contact us for a free consultation today!