QAD EQMS for Manufacturing

Posted on: January 30, 2023 | By: Emily Aro | QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process

In this blog, part two of the QAD EQMS series, we will cover what features in QAD EQMS benefit the manufacturing department of a company. If you are interested in an overview of EQMS or how it benefits the Engineering or Sales departments click here for part one of the series.

Manufacturers face pressure to improve initial quality. This results in faster product life cycles, increased dependence on suppliers and additional manufacturing complexity. Constant process visibility and a preventative approach can improve manufacturing performance and help avoid quality issues.

The cost of poor quality can be a considerable portion of a manufacturer’s operational cost. Organizations that take a comprehensive approach to prevent quality issues and standardize quality processes across the business reduce operational costs. Companies that experience significant growth and those that introduce many new products realize even greater savings.

Manufacturers that fail to implement integrated enterprise quality processes and reporting will be at a strategic and competitive disadvantage. Key features are the inspection and SPC processes.

Inspection and SPC Processes

The Inspection & SPC (Statistical Process Control) module facilitates real time inspection checks and sampling typically triggered by integration with enterprise systems and based on the control inspection methodologies prescribed by the APQP module. The inspection event failures escalate issues to the CAPA & NCR module, interacting specifically with the Nonconformances, Supplier Corrective Action Reports, and Quality Alerts processes. Inspection & SPC contains several processes that originate from other module, which allows users to operate locally, rather than jumping across several modules for every inspection. However, due to integrations with other outside processes, users should be familiar with the APQP and CAPA & NCR modules before working with the Inspection & SPC module

 Inspections are not effective if their results cannot be analyzed efficiently enough to improve the process. QAD EQMS captures process information in a central repository to enable rapid evaluation of data.  This feature allows output to be presented quickly in SPC charts that prompt effective course corrections.

Additional features of Inspection and SPC in QAD EQMS include

  • Match inspection results to the latest quality plans
  • Address inspection failures with integrated non-conformance management
  • Utilize skip lot methodology for receiving inspection

Continuous Improvement

Businesses must adapt to the ever-changing needs of their customers/industries. QAD EQMS includes continuous improvement suggestions, projects, lessons learned, issue management, and meetings into one system.  This efficiently manages the process in one place.

Other benefits of the Continuous Improvement features in QAD EQMS include:

  • Driving collaborative improvement initiatives
  • Management of cross-functional teams and projects
  • Reduction of costs and improved performance

Next Steps

If you are interested in learning more about QAD EQMS for Manufacturing and/or other ways you can optimize the use of your QAD system, contact us here.  You can also contact us via email at or call (312) 345-8810.

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