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Five Steps to Getting Started with Advanced Quality Management (AQM)

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

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Advanced Quality Management (AQM) is a methodology that focuses on using data analytics, statistical analysis, and process improvement techniques to improve quality and reduce waste in manufacturing processes. Here are five steps to getting started with AQM:

  1. Assess your current quality management processes: The first step is to evaluate your existing quality management processes and identify areas for improvement. This includes identifying the types of quality issues you are facing, the frequency of these issues, and the impact they have on your operations.

  2. Develop a quality management strategy: Based on your assessment, develop a quality management strategy that outlines your goals, objectives, and the steps you need to take to improve your quality control processes. This strategy should include specific metrics for measuring progress toward your goals.

  3. Implement data collection and analysis tools: To effectively manage quality, you need to have access to accurate and timely data. Implement data collection and analysis tools, such as statistical process control (SPC) software, that can help you collect, analyze, and visualize quality data in real time.

  4. Train your team: To successfully implement AQM, you need to ensure that your team is trained in the methodologies and tools you are using. Provide training and support to your team to help them understand the new processes and tools.

  5. Continuously monitor and improve: AQM is an ongoing process, and you need to continuously monitor your quality control processes and make improvements as needed. Use data analysis tools to monitor your progress toward your goals, and make adjustments to your strategy as necessary.

Overall, getting started with advanced quality management requires a commitment to data-driven decision-making, a focus on process improvement, and a willingness to invest in the tools and training needed to make it successful. By following these steps, you can improve your quality control processes and reduce waste, leading to a more efficient and effective manufacturing operation.

About Bluestreak™:

Bluestreak™ is a powerful Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and a fully integrated Quality Management System (QMS), designed for the manufacturing environment and service-based manufacturing companies ( metal-treating/powder-coating, plating, heat-treating, forging, and metal-finishing), businesses that receive customers’ parts, perform a process (service) on them, and send those parts back to the customer). Companies need MES software tailored to specific functionality and workflow needs such as industry-specific specifications management, intuitive scheduling control for both staff and machinery maintenance, and the ability to manage work orders and track real-time data. If different work centers on the production floor aren’t “speaking” to each other via the MES, the data loses value and becomes disjointed or lost in disparate silos.

Bluestreak | Bright AM™ is an MES + QMS software solution specifically designed to manage and optimize the unique requirements of Additive Manufacturing’s production of parts and powder inventory usage.

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