Quality Control in the
Automotive Industry

Enterprise-wide visibility supports the innovation that Automotive manufacturers need to stay ahead of the curve.

Automotive Quality Control

Today’s automobiles incorporate increasingly complex technology to meet the demands of global customers. Automotive OEMs, Tier 1, Tier 2, and other suppliers in the Automotive industry face:

  • Continuous pressure to keep prices low
  • Increasingly complex global supply chains
  • Increasing demand for innovations with reduced time to market
As a result of these challenges, quality management in the Automotive industry requires real-time visibility—within plants and across the globe—to proactively:
  • Drive down costs
  • Increase quality through continuous improvements
  • Ensure certification compliance

 

Automotive Quality Control with InfinityQS

InfinityQS® Statistical Process Control (SPC) software provides an enterprise-wide, single solution that enables Automotive quality managers to accomplish these goals.

Cost reduction

InfinityQS enables real-time data collection and analysis on the shop floor, enabling early detection of problems so operators can take action to prevent defects and nonconformities. Early prevention reduces scrap, rework, downtime, warranty claims, and recalls—and drives significant bottom-line savings.

By dramatically reducing process variation, InfinityQS users reduce their warranty-claim and recall risk, and prevent brand damage. And InfinityQS Lot Genealogy & Reporting minimizes recall costs by enabling track-and-trace of incoming material lot codes throughout manufacturing operations. Based on these cost reductions and others, you’ll be able to demonstrate a quick return on investment.

 

Global visibility to drive quality management and  continuous improvement

Legacy data collection and spreadsheet-based applications can’t get the job done. Today’s quality managers need real-time, accurate data that is visible from the production floor to the corner office.

Quality management in the Automotive industry requires visibility within plants and across multiple facilities, often on a global basis, to:

  • Prioritize improvement efforts
  • Compare production line capability
  • Ensure product consistency
  • Reduce costs
Global visibility to drive continuous improvement with InfinityQS

InfinityQS software provides these capabilities, and with our cloud-based solutions, Automotive OEMs and tier suppliers gain real-time visibility into their suppliers’ shop floor quality data before nonconforming product even ships. This enhanced level of supplier monitoring can:

  • Eliminate source inspections and acceptance sampling

  • Reduce inventories

  • Provide additional cost savings

Certification compliance

Compliance with government safety standards and ISO requirements for Quality Management systems is a given for Automotive suppliers and manufacturers. InfinityQS software provides quality managers with real-time documentation and reporting to:

  • Always be "audit ready" with reports to support internal or external auditing activities

  • Significantly reduce audit and certification time and costs

Certification compliance with InfinityQS

Automotive industry compliance

InfinityQS solutions have built-in functionality that helps suppliers and manufacturers comply with standards for safety and quality control. Our robust solutions stand up to third-party audits.
Lot Genealogy reports provide a comprehensive view of the incoming/outgoing product relationship, complete with statistical summary information.
ProFicient’s Lot Genealogy and Reporting functionality enables Automotive suppliers and manufacturers to track raw materials or component lot codes throughout manufacturing operations. For investigation purposes, genealogical "trees" can be created for any lot. These reports allow you to determine:
  • Materials used in the production of a specific finished lot
  • Where incoming raw materials were consumed
  • Root causes of nonconforming lots
  • Information critical for responding to product recalls
  • Which final lots were created from incoming lots
You can incorporate work instructions at the production-floor level, providing automatic data collection prompts to operators. InfinityQS’ timed data collection and data entry workflow capabilities offer visual prompts to operators—reminding them when and how to perform critical quality checks.

You can specify unique, time-based intervals based on product, process, or workstation. Reminders are clearly displayed with color-coded notifications—or windows that automatically pop up—clearly identifying when data collections are due. If a failure is detected or if no data are collected, InfinityQS solutions automatically send notifications, email administrators, or even require users to specify assignable cause codes and corrective actions.
Audits are made easier with real-time, instant access to all the quality records and electronic documentation needed to rapidly demonstrate compliance. InfinityQS solutions stand up to third-party (IAQG) certification audits, and internal audits for Quality Management Systems (QMS) that require ISO 9001:2008, IATF 16949:2016, or automotive OEMs. Creating reports takes only minutes—instead of hours or days—eliminating the need for spreadsheets and providing exactly the information that the auditors need.

InfinityQS solutions boast built-in checklist- and workflow-alerting features needed to comply with QMS SPC requirements for key product characteristics, Critical Quality Attributes (CQAs), and Critical Process Parameters (CPP).

The strict access control features support requirements for electronic signatures, including: Password Aging, Recycling, Lockouts, Length, and Encryption. Security Violation Logs track and report security violations by individual users and their locations. Access Logs track individual user access into and out of applications.

InfinityQS solutions also provide Audit Trail Logging, which gives a history of all changes made to any data record, including: sample data limits, alarm rules, change history, metadata, specification limits, and control limits.
Data Auditing provides full traceability for any modification, edit, or change to any data record. Traceability records are easily viewed in a variety of ways, but they cannot be edited. Whenever a record modification or deletion is attempted, ProFicient’s Reason for Change tracking feature forces users to select a reason for the modification. Free-form comments are also required. When specified, a Change History and Reason for Change Report can accompany any chart printout.
 
We have a tradition and promise to uphold to our customers, so we evaluate our quality products very closely. InfinityQS' software and support services made the installation and setup easy, allowing us to increase work production while saving money and time.
Implementation and integration was seamless and un-disruptive to our operations. Navistar has a commitment to produce quality diesel engines from start to finish, and InfinityQS' solutions advance our ability to do so while providing continuous ROI.
Siemens VDO and our gauging partner Etamic performed an exhaustive analysis of the available SPC software packages looking for our 30 'must have' features. InfinityQS was chosen because they were best suited to meeting all of our requirements. Using their products, we are now easily collecting and analyzing over a million data points per day across our entire plant.

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