Quality Management Advanced Modules

With Plex's Quality Management Software (QMS), you can go above and beyond with advanced options in quality management.

Take your quality management practices to the next level with features such as supplier quality management that allows you to extend visibility of product quality into your suppliers’ plants. Problem control and continuous improvement project tracking are included for efficient production as well as gage integration, inventory and calibration control. Quality standards compliance exists to help you meet important milestones, while internal and supplier auditing ensure your integrity on the plant floor.

APQP Overview

  • Support for the advanced product quality planning (APQP) discipline to coordinate multiple tasks that help ensure product quality is built into the production process
  • This is often a necessary element for quality standard compliance

Continuous Improvement Project Tracking

  • Track and document implementation of cost-saving ideas, best practices, Poka-Yoke (error proofing) and other continuous improvement projects

Cost Recovery

  • Normally used in conjunction with the Problem Control feature set

Electronic Gage Integration

  • Connect electronic gages to Plex to eliminate manual data entry of dimensional measurements


  • Create and manage first-piece inspection packages or production part approval process (PPAP) for submission to your customer to obtain approval to begin production
  • Print a combined set of documents such as part submission warrants as required by your customer to obtain approval to begin production
  • The system draws data from a variety of other modules to produce other supporting documents such as control plans, FMEAs, gage R&R, first-piece inspection data, etc.
  • Compliant with Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) for PPAP 4th Edition on the Part Submission Warrant (PSW); forms for PPAP Dimensional Results (CFG-1003, March 2006); and the PPAP Performance Test Results (CFG-1005, March 2006)

Problem Control

  • Use highly configurable forms to apply techniques such as problem reporting and resolution (PR/R), 8-discipline (8D), 5 Why or other corrective action methods to record, track, follow-up on, resolve and report problems and concerns within the company, whether caused by suppliers or raised by customers
  • Assign actions needed for containment, correction and prevention of problem recurrence
  • Suppliers can directly collaborate on the resolution of problems for which they are responsible using the Plex Supplier Portal
  • This is often a necessary element for quality standard compliance

Test Tracking

  • Store and track information about tests performed on products and materials, often performed as a pre-delivery inspection

Gage Control

  • Manage and control measurement devices within the facility using a master list of gages
  • Optionally serialize and identify gages with barcode labels
  • Perform gage studies including gage repeatability and reproducibility (GR&R), bias, linearity and stability

Internal and Supplier Auditing

  • Define, track and conduct internal and supplier quality audits
  • Custom configure audit forms for a variety of other auditing and checking tasks and projects

Quality Standards Compliance

  • Help ensure accomplishment and retention of certification to the quality standards important in your industry using flexible, user-configurable methodologies
  • Document itemized quality standard requirements within the system, then use a formalized mechanism for review/signoff, audits, checklists, procedures, documentation and follow-up activities

Supplier PPAP

  • Issue and manage first-piece inspection packages for production part approval process (PPAP) to help ensure vendors are qualified to supply products and materials you may order from them
  • View and print a combined set of documents such as part submission warrants provided by the supplier
  • Compliant with AIAG for PPAP 4th Edition on the PSW

Supplier Quality Management

  • Manage supplier quality by tracking supplier status, certification level, problem history, quality performance and other metrics
  • Prevent purchase orders from being issued to suppliers with an unknown or unacceptable status
  • Suppliers can directly review and collaborate with you to improve their performance using the Plex Supplier Portal
  • Integrated with Supplier List, Problem Control, Purchasing and Shipping and Receiving

Supplier Returns

  • Track product that needs to be returned to a supplier
  • Integrated with inventory and lot tracking, problem control, supplies, rejections and general shipping