Enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools are powerful ways to manage the complexities of modern manufacturing. AS seen in the recent post, Strategic guide to planning manufacturing production cycles, the right ERP solution can optimize operations, centralize data, encourage collaboration, and drive revenue growth.
With better management of data and systems, the need for quality control may seem like less of a priority. However, in an era of increased regulatory demands, quality control is essential for successful manufacturing ERP software.
Here is a closer look at how to meet quality control goals with an ERP solution.
Your quality control program is designed to ensure order accuracy and consistency while maintaining regulatory compliance. So how does an ERP help?
It Starts With Data
Your quality control starts and ends with quality data. For QC professionals, a lack of good data is problematic and requires a great deal of guesswork. However, a recent survey showed that only 3 percent of company executives believe their data meet basic quality control standards.
The right ERP solution helps you in the collection and organization of data, much of which is done automatically and in real time. An integrated ERP solution allows companies to collect information from various parts of the manufacturing enterprise, as well as from suppliers, partners, and customers. By automating this collection, there is much time spent in the collection and data entry tasks.
Accessing that information is also far easier with an ERP solution that allows for multiple users to input, see, and use data.
Your QC strategy needs to ensure that the output is accurate and meets the standards you’re organization puts in play. Having the real-time data accessible allows for that analysis to happen faster and more consistently.
An ERP helps ensure that the materials, products, and procedures are visible to all, monitored, and applied or created properly. ERP solutions can automate the inspection of incoming raw materials to ensure that they are appropriate and meet the agreed-upon standards.
Your ERP solution can ensure that the entire supply chain works from the same performance indicators and procedures, with the transparency of data providing documentation, identifying issues, and allowing for multiple players to work on developing solutions together.
Track and Trace
In the unfortunate case of a recall, ERP solutions help manufacturers respond quickly and minimize impact. Recall management tools can easily identify affected lots and shipments, the type of recall and reasons. In minutes, you can have a clear indication of the affected products and quantities, supplier details, remaining affected stock, and call lists for CRM and sales teams to do outreach.
Your recall management module can manage and track customer responses and generate notification letters, while assigning appropriate response tasks.
When used correctly, your QC and recall management ERP functions will minimize the impact of a recall event, protect your customers and the public, and minimize reputational affects.
Centralized Inventory Control
Inventory control is about ensuring accuracy, appropriate reordering, and proper and timely usage. With QC modules, a manufacturing ERP allows for the creation of inspection plans and checklists; embedding of measures of accepted values; and mobile recording of statuses and test results.
Your ERP will allow for the analysis of real-time inventory data and the development of historical QC results to identify patterns. Your organization will have less waste and fewer customer chargebacks.
You want to ensure that federal and international regulatory issues are in full compliance to avoid costly fines and penalties. ERP tools allow you to comply with multiple sets of regulatory guidelines, creating the audit trails and reports that are necessary to document processes and risk mitigation.
ERP solutions, in short, ensure that your QC function is an integrated part of management functions and operations. At NexTec Group, we help companies identify their ERP needs and find the right solution to drive productivity and profit. Contact us to see how NexTec Group can help your organization focus on quality manufacturing.