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Quality From Top to Bottom – Highlighting the New Plex “Quality Management for Dummies” eBook

Quality Management System (QMS)
September 20, 2023

Traditional manufacturing required as much art as science. Settings were done with gear ratios, levers, and calipers. But modern companies can no longer run their production that way. Fortunately, today, digital settings and automated recipes allow incredible precision for production processes.

That same digital precision available to run production is now used for managing quality. For forward-looking companies seeking to immerse their production capabilities in a closed-loop continuous pursuit of quality, the value of a robust QMS system is hard to overstate.

The new “Quality Management for Dummies” eBook clearly explains how QMS software can elevate modern production capabilities while creating an environment for continuous quality and improvement.

Defining a Modern Quality System is Defining Culture

Manual quality systems were always inherently flawed. The fatigue of endless manual reports and human analysis alone made it hard to keep processes on track. A digital-powered QMS removes that tedium and uses powerful insights to monitor and improve quality across an enterprise.

From these insights, organizations benefit from newly revealed trends, actionable insights, and objective attainable steps that improve quality by identifying the root causes. Employees are empowered to respond and act with unsiloed data and complete visibility.

This combination makes it easier to build an authentic culture of quality that isn’t just confined to production processes. It reaches from the supply chain through the product lifecycle.

Find Your Starting Place

Putting the power of digital QMS to work means weaving success in individual quality process improvement into a repeatable system across all processes. Companies can develop plans that address real issues and concerns within the organization using the well-proven methodology of Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA).

The value of PDCA is that it can be applied to products, processes, or services with consistent outcomes. Using critical KPIs to validate and measure success, the same methodology can be consistently applied to all these areas. And because the system is digital and utilizes at or near real-time data, the impacts of changes and actions are immediately measurable.

As each action generates further insights, cross-functional teams can evaluate the success and take additional action to modify or further improve on success.

The Only Constant is Change

It’s hard enough to manage quality in modern manufacturing. But the level of change driven by new regulations, sustainability initiatives, and other rapidly evolving shifts can be staggering. And no company can keep up with these things manually.

As the Plex “Quality Management for Dummies” eBook highlights, some industries, like automotive and food and beverage, are particularly hard hit by continuous changes in regulations and requirements. The bottom line is that a digital, robust QMS is the only way to stay ahead of these changes by automating systems and processes so that new regulations and traceability requirements are updated in real time and pushed immediately to the production floor. Without the power of a data-driven QMS, companies' quality management would fight a losing battle.

Progress That Drives Change

The Plex QMS is a powerful, AI-driven platform that delivers prescriptive and predictive insights. It employs advanced machine learning to help your company develop quality KPIs as a strong and reliable knowledge base.

As insights from your digital QMS reveal problems and progress by category and offer analysis on how to overcome the issues, your culture of quality grows alongside it. With data no longer siloed or missing, teams can communicate clearly and collaborate more for better results.

Don’t Get Left Behind

These are just a few topics covered in the new Plex “Quality Management for Dummies” eBook. It highlights not just the importance but also the necessity of a well-executed digital, data-driven QMS.

By integrating a QMS with your other operations systems, improvement, root cause analysis, hidden trends, and more, you can drive a culture of quality and link quality and production instead of simply overlaying quality as a requirement.

The Plex QMS is cloud-based and delivers a robust digital solution so you can stay ahead of changes, address problems systematically with actionable insights, and build a culture of quality around your operation from top to bottom.

To learn more about how the Plex QMS system can work for you, read the new Plex “Quality Management for Dummies” eBook here or contact us for more information.

About the Author

Plex Team

Plex Systems, Inc., a Rockwell Automation company, is the leader in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, empowering the world’s manufacturers to make awesome products. Our platform gives manufacturers the ability to connect, automate, track and analyze every aspect of their business to drive transformation. The Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform includes solutions for manufacturing execution (MES), ERP, quality, supply chain planning and management, Industrial IoT and analytics to connect people, systems, machines, and supply chains, enabling them to lead with precision, efficiency and agility.