Begin Now! Establishing Continuous Quality Management Improvement Practices

Articles

How To Establish Continuous Quality Management Improvement Practices

Begin Now! Establishing Continuous Quality Management Improvement Practices

Articles

How To Establish Continuous Quality Management Improvement Practices

Articles

How To Establish Continuous Quality Management Improvement Practices

Begin Now! Establishing Continuous Quality Management Improvement Practices

Keep up-to-date with the latest supply chain insights.

Thanks for signing up!

In order to plan and implement quality management improvement practices, you must first achieve supply chain visibility, capture actionable production data, and establish clear lines of communication.

This article will first look at how your business can benefit from good quality management improvement practices, and present some basic principles that underlie quality management improvement. Finally, we'll provide you with some useful tools for building an effective quality management framework.


How Good Quality Management Improvement Practices Lead to Success

Without a coherent quality management improvement program and the ability to stay on top of every last performance detail, quality problems will inevitably grow into profit-eroding catastrophes. This is why companies that rely largely on reactive, ad hoc measures to patch up production problems tend to remain at constant risk and barely keep their heads above water. Establishing a strong quality management process from the start is practically indispensable for companies reliant on supply chains covering multiple continents, cultures, languages and disparate regulations.

Knowing this, industry leaders make sure to invest time and resources into a preventive approach to quality management, with continuous analysis and review that help them minimize substandard quality and inefficient production methods. Foresight like this allows them to focus primarily on improvement and innovation.


The Fundamental Principles Behind the Quality Management Improvement Process

1. Establish a Culture of Quality

By establishing a culture of quality through daily practices, procedures and expectations, you can impress upon your business partners a commitment to quality, consistency and efficiency.

Delivering a detailed program and usable tools is further evidence that you have made the initial investment to ensure your QMI process hits the ground running.

2. Achieve Supply Chain Visibility

We cannot improve what we cannot see. Supply chain visibility allows companies to see how every aspect of production works, and works together, to create a line of goods fit for national and international markets. There are too many factors which, if not monitored continuously, can pose a risk to the entire enterprise.

3. Pinpoint Improvement Areas

The devil and the development are in the details! After achieving visibility over every aspect of your production and delivery process, your company and its network of responsible managers can isolate each process function, such as factory line assembly, packaging and labeling.

Additionally, the same efficiency evaluations can be used to see how each individual process fits alongside its neighboring processes. For example: your automobile parts may be consistently meeting your quality control (QC) specifications, while also being manufactured or warehoused in a way that creates assembly or delivery delays.

4. Collect and Analyze Data

Quantifiable data and analysis--like identifying alarming failure rates--will help everyone determine and prioritize improvement areas, with KPIs that can be measured against future success rates.

5. Communicate Inspection Data Results

Capturing pertinent data is not enough to drive improvement--it must also be effectively communicated to all supply chain managers and in-house inspectors. To help all parties make the most of valuable QC data, establish clear lines of communication that are easy to access and use.

6. Maintain Continuous Evaluation

A proper production process is continuous, without a single static moment or a break in the action. Your evaluation efforts should be equally dynamic and continuous: you cannot drive improvement with a one-and-done inspection plan or infrequent communication.


Building a Quality Management Improvement Framework

The ongoing digital revolution is increasingly bringing global supply chains together in unified platforms, with specialized software designed to help companies take control of their supply chain and drive continuous improvement. Today, leading companies use the following three methods to ensure quality and efficiency, enhanced by technology.

1. Supply Chain Process Mapping

Process mapping is a proven tool for achieving visibility across your supply chain. Just like an easy-to-read road map, this tool organizes every supply chain partner by location, responsibility, quality and compliance requirements, and role in the overall production cycle.

Physical activities can be tracked at every tier of production alongside testing, inspection and certification (TIC) data, so that all successes (and failures) are accounted for.

2. Risk Area Analysis

The root of some production problems and inefficiencies often isn’t readily apparent. To identify the underlying cause of quality issues, companies may need to investigate multiple possibilities. Data analysis helps identify root causes and potential risk areas in the production process, be they manpower, machinery, or improper training.

When you have the data on the root causes of quality issues and risk areas in your supply chain, as well as a systematic way to quantify and record successes and failures, you can create an improvement plan that is properly prioritized, specific, and flexible enough to adapt to change.

3. Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA)

The PDCA methodology is ideal for initiating and achieving continuous quality management improvement across your supply chain. This is because PDCA: 1) emphasizes action at every step; and 2) places great importance on early-stage, Quality Assurance planning.

By iterating on each step of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle, you can combine planning with actionable practices, encouraging organized, proactive habits in your entire supply chain, which will help you and your production partners eliminate production quality failures and inefficiencies.

Importantly, this reiterating cycle always returns to planning improvements based on the performance results, allowing you to isolate potential improvement areas and develop further improvement measures--which, in turn, will be tested again.


How Can QIMAone Help?

QIMAone's quality and compliance software is designed to bring together your supply chain partners and their various TIC requirements into one harmonious communication and data-sharing platform.

Backed by over 15 years of TIC-service experience, our supply chain management format will allow your company to achieve full visibility over your product and processes--from sourcing to shelves and tables. 

We provide mapping capabilities that help you keep track of all sites involved in the harvesting, manufacturing, storage, shipment and sales of your products, enabling you to:

  • Identify potential risk areas;
  • Implement actionable improvement plans; and
  • Maintain accountability for your uncompromising standards.

Additionally, real-time inspection monitoring encourages responsible managers to address problems as they are detected, and not hours, days or weeks later, by which time the problem will have grown too large to be handled efficiently.

Finally, QIMAone provides a library of standardized inspection templates, along with customizable workflows that will help train your in-house inspectors in performing the routine quality checks, so that your third-party inspection budget can be reserved for more complicated tests or cases when independent review is required.

QIMAone is ready to help your business hit the ground running with continuous quality management improvements.

Learn more about QIMAone applications by scheduling a demo today.

Related articles

digital , improvement , quality

7 Effective Ways to Improve Your Quality Management System
7 Effective Ways to Improve Your Quality Management System

Finding ways to improve your quality management system (QMS) will help supply chains become more proactive. Find out 7 ways to improve your QMS in this article.

Understanding Supply Chain Risk Management: Software & More
Understanding Supply Chain Risk Management Software & More

Supply chain risk management (software or inspections) can protect you from the unexpected. But how can you implement these practices into your chain?

The Benefits of a Data-Driven Supply Chain
The Benefits of a Data-Driven Supply Chain

Learn more about the benefits of a data-driven supply chain.

Benefits of Digital Inspection Management Software
Going Digital With Inspection Management Software

How can inspection management software improve your business? Keep reading to find out the benefits of inspection management software.

how to Implement a Quality Management System
How to Implement a Quality Management System

Knowing how to implement a quality management system is just as important as the software you choose. Find out more about QMS implementation here.

Barometer QIMA Q3 2020 about Asia’s Manufacturing Powerhouses Rallying Despite Ongoing COVID-19 Disruptions
QIMAone Barometer Q3 2020

Barometer QIMA Q3 2020 about Asia’s Manufacturing Powerhouses Rallying Despite Ongoing COVID-19 Disruptions

Boost Quality Control with Supplier Performance Metrics
Boost Quality Control with Supplier Performance Metrics

Supplier performance metrics help you boost efficiency in your supply chain. Discover how they help you improve quality control and grow your bottom line.

Barometer QIMA Q1 2021 - Global Trade Covid Disruption Reveals Changes in Consumption Habits and Rampant Ethical Risks, as China Sourcing Beats the Odds
QIMA Barometer Q1 2021

Barometer QIMA Q1 2021 - Global Trade Covid Disruption Reveals Changes in Consumption Habits and Rampant Ethical Risks, as China Sourcing Beats the Odds

Why Your Supply Chain Needs a Quality Control Checklist App

Looking for a better way to minimize defective products in your supply chain? Check out how a quality control checklist app can make your quality checks simpler.

Online Quality Management System Software: Simplify Quality Control

Online quality management system software helps you manage quality control data more effectively. Discover how you can streamline and optimize your processes.

digitized quality control processes using quality control management software like QIMAone
What is a Quality Control Management Software or QCMS in the supply chain?

At its core, a quality control management software or QCMS is a complete system for monitoring, measuring, and responding to your supply chain’s quality control priorities. The software’s role is to streamline quality control management by making reporting easier, deeper, and more accurate.

Supply Chain Visibility: Challenges and Solutions
Supply Chain Visibility: Challenges and Solutions

In this article, we will look at why supply chain visibility is crucial for businesses, how businesses can tackle supply chain visibility challenges, and how achieving visibility ensures efficiency, high-quality production, and ethical transparency.

The Importance of Quality Assurance for Supply Chain Success

Supply chain success begins with the Quality Assurance process. Find out more about the role of QA in fulfilling complete customer satisfaction.

How to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

How can companies improve supply chain efficiency? New technology designed for streamlined product quality inspections can help. Find out more here.

Why is a modern quality control management software vital for your business?
Why a modern quality control management software is vital for your business?

In this article, we will explore the importance of a seamless quality management system (QMS) to help you take control of your quality control operations and build an effective, safe and ethical supply chain.

Importance of Total Quality Management

The importance of a Total Quality Management System is found in it's sustainable delivery of quality products to customers. Find out more about TQM here.

Supplier Quality Management Software (SQMS) is necessary for strengthening supply chains.
What is a Supplier Quality Management Software?

In this article, we'll address what makes Supplier Quality Management Software (SQMS) necessary for strengthening supply chains.

Discover how QIMA partners with Google Cloud to create QIMAone!

Curious to learn the why's and how's behind QIMA's partnership with Google? Read this article to uncover the real reasons behind the QIMA x Google Cloud partnership.

Avoid collection poor quality data!
The Impact of Poor Quality Data across your supply chain

Successful supply chain managers leverage data to make smarter and accurate decisions! In this article, you will learn the impact of collecting poor quality data across your supply chain.

Digitizing traditional quality control using a QMS
Manual quality control is dangerous for margins

Global supply chains are still facing rising costs and logistics disruptions. In a globalized world, there is an urgent need to review the traditional way companies monitor their quality of their goods! Head to this article to

Discover how QIMAone can help with your business.

Get a live demo to find out how QIMAone can help your business