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Top Tips for Improving your Quality Management

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An essential guide to assist you, the Quality Expert in enforcing the standards you expect on a daily basis across the whole manufacturing plant. Improve product quality, traceability and Statistical Process Control (SPC) whilst preventing mix-up and product recalls in manufacturing.

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Top Tips for Improving your Quality Management

  1. 1. Quality Management Checklist An essential guide to assist you, the quality expert, in enforcing the standards you expect on a daily basis across the whole manufacturing plant.
  2. 2. At Cimlogic, we know the role of ‘Quality Management’ within a manufacturing environment is essential to maintaining and exceeding customer expectations, for positive brand enforcement whilst ensuring regulatory compliance. But, as a quality expert, you already know this.
  3. 3. Are you, taking all the steps necessary in ensuring the performance of your people, your processes and your systems is at its highest standard at all times? But does everyone else?
  4. 4. Take a look at our ‘Quality Management Checklist’ and see what improvements could make your life as a quality expert easier! Do you count down the hours, hoping that everything goes to plan, everyone does what they are supposed to do and nothing untoward happens?
  5. 5. 1. Product recalls Quality Management Checklist
  6. 6. It is essential that affected products are identified quickly and accurately, but eliminating these common quality problems completely and reducing the number of defect products can encourage a healthier bottom line. Are all of your products sent out with the knowledge that it is a safe, well produced product, suitable for customer consumption?
  7. 7. Do you have the ability to identify all parts, materials, and components that created a final product? The ability to track, trace and record the genealogy of raw materials and Work In Progress (WIP) throughout each stage of the production process and product life-cycle is imperative. The ability to track and trace a product from ‘Farm to Fork’ will lead to increased product quality, safety, transparency and greater recall responsiveness, full genealogy will help eliminate the risk of cross contamination between batches.
  8. 8. Product Genealogy will reduce the cost of product recall and the damaging affects to brand reputation caused by poor quality products. Having accurate genealogy and traceability ensures that recalls can be targeted quickly, efficiently and then contained before it is shipped further down the supply chain, reducing the impact of the recall. Hopefully you will never have to deal with a product recall, but you need to have the confidence that if one did occur, it would be dealt with swiftly and efficiently, minimising damage.
  9. 9. 2. High Levels of Scrap & Give Away Quality Management Checklist
  10. 10. Do you feel as though your company has a high level of scrap and giveaway? High scrap levels can lead to high material costs and lost production time making parts, which aren’t saleable.  Determining current scrap rates and the main causes of scrap is the first step to managing it  Set goals for improvement and educate everyone as to what those goals are
  11. 11. Questions to ask yourself… Are the raw materials you are using, the standard you expect them to be at? It is pointless using cheaper materials if the scrap value is greater than the cost savings. Are people trained properly to handle the raw materials and the production process? Vast reductions in waste can be made simply by educating folk on handling, storing and the correct production processes. If the answer to these questions is no, then you need to produce a business case for procurement and an action plan to get your staff up to scratch.
  12. 12. Reduced scrap levels can save time, reduce interruptions to the production cycle times – and ultimately result in the production of higher quality products first time round Reduce scrap and get your business and your product on road quicker
  13. 13. Quality Management Checklist 3. Mix up Prevention
  14. 14. Preventing product ingredient mix ups or packaging material mix ups is vital to avoiding cross contamination and costly product recalls. Do you have a platform to monitor and manage quality issues, such as mix up prevention? It can help standardise local and global quality processes in order to improve the way that quality is managed and controlled.
  15. 15. 4. Make KPI Targets Visible Quality Management Checklist
  16. 16. Do your employees know the business KPI targets? Do they have targets which contribute to the business goals? Are they able to strive for Continuous Improvement within the workplace? All KPI targets should be visible to all management and operators.
  17. 17. Display these alongside their own achievements and it will inspire them to continuously improve their performance to hit their monthly KPI targets, and those of the business. This also allows operators to understand their own development needs alongside the businesses needs.
  18. 18. 5. Monitor Systems Performance Quality Management Checklist
  19. 19. Ensure all systems in operation are regularly monitored and checked throughout the day for quality production output. As businesses grow and more products lines are added, sometimes the systems do not grow with them. Are your systems fit for purpose? Do any of your systems need upgrading to ensure maximum quality is being produced at the correct rate?
  20. 20. Quality Management Checklist 6. Define Processes
  21. 21. Do you have processes that you go through on a daily basis? How effective and efficient are they? You need to take a hard look at current processes:  How your workers go about their job with your manufacturing equipment  Is there room for improvement with your manufacturing equipment Are you using machine parts that are defective? Or unnecessary?
  22. 22. 7. Plan for Continuous Improvement Quality Management Checklist
  23. 23. By following a system that adheres to DMAIC:  Define  Measure  Analyse  Improve  Control You get Continuous Improvement in the quality of your employees, your manufacturing equipment, process and products and in turn, an increase of profit.
  24. 24. And always remember to... Quality Management Checklist
  25. 25.  Analyse critical control points and potential hazards in real time  Evaluate KPIs and production events to confirm regulatory compliance  Communicate any non-conformance concerns with alerts and notifications  Quality Management Software will be the leading solution for Continuous Improvement throughout the value chain, from product ideation through to distribution and service.
  26. 26. Quality Management Checklist Thankyou for viewing Cimlogic’s ‘Quality Management Checklist’
  27. 27. We hope you found some useful information within this slide share. If you have any questions or require any more information about Quality Management Solutions and what we could help your business with, please contact us at: enquiries@cimlogic.co.uk or alternatively call 01274 599955

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