Updated: Apr 29
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Manufacturing software has become an essential part of running a business that is firing on all cylinders, reaching its profit goals, and fulfilling its customer orders correctly and in a timely manner. This software is especially important in the service-based manufacturing industry, where companies often work in specific niche roles. Software guides companies through their quality control procedures, the steps that ensure that customers’ orders match exactly what they asked for and are free of defects. Getting quality control wrong can lead to wasted time and materials due to rejected batches of product. In the worst-case scenario, delivering product that does not meet specifications could lead to massive recalls.
When implemented and followed correctly, quality control procedures have the potential to save companies hundreds of thousands of dollars in the long run. These procedures will also ultimately boost a company’s reputation with clients, thanks to consistency and quality products, and lead to more business. Following all your quality control procedures can produce a virtuous feedback loop, with your company cranking out product that meets every specification, not wasting material or having to rework defective parts, and leading to repeat and larger orders from happy customers.
This all sounds great, especially for manufacturers who have already modernized their quality control procedures with top-of-the-line software. Unfortunately, many companies in the manufacturing industry still need to get on board with the software wave. It can be an intimidating undertaking for decidedly old-school operators, but it is a step that must be taken to stay competitive. This is where a trusted software provider like Bluestreak can guide manufacturing companies and give them exactly what they need to streamline their quality control procedures. Bluestreak removes the human element and potential for error by creating automated procedures that can be followed correctly every single day.
Software from Bluestreak streamlines quality control procedures and catches small, frequently repeated mistakes that have the potential to add up and drag down profit margins. Quality control software is an invaluable part of running a winning manufacturing business in the modern economy. Implementing Bluestreak’s software automates many quality control procedures and streamlines them into one single platform.
Bluestreak’s software has an Advanced Specifications Manager that makes it simple to manage multiple specifications for different jobs and industry clients. The specifications manager supports specifications from AIAG, API, AMS, AS, ASME, ASTM, ISO, MedAccred, and others, as well as any company’s own internal quality specifications. The platform allows companies to make sure their production floor is automatically conforming to every specification requirement, every time. It creates an audit trail to prove that products are made to their required specifications and keeps everything in an easy-to-manage database. With the Advanced Specifications Manager, Bluestreak users get accessible, accurate, available, and complete datasets for every order.
Bluestreak also has advanced quality and scheduling tools that streamline the quality control process in service-based manufacturing shops. The quality tool removes human error from the data entry process and ensures that quality data is reported correctly. The scheduling tool is important for planners and operations managers who often cannot predict their floor’s workload from day to day or have to deal with emergency requests. It also allows orders to be managed on the fly or changed rapidly to account for rush orders or equipment loads. Everyone who has ever worked in the manufacturing industry knows that the floor’s schedule is incredibly dynamic and always changing. Keep it updated in real time with Bluestreak, and never miss a rush order.
Use the advanced quality capability to develop quality control plans that split a work order down by part. Rather than having a single quality control plan for an entire order, Bluestreak’s advanced quality tool allows companies to develop quality control procedures for each specific part in an order. Sampling plans are another vital aspect of quality control. With Bluestreak, they can be defined by a specific number of samples per batch or a percentage of parts. Then, you can use the sampling plans to define limits for when products should be rejected as defective.
In this day and age, operating a manufacturing floor without industry-specific quality control software is akin to flying blind. Without access to immediate, real-time, actionable data coming in instantaneously from the floor, operators lack the ability to understand what is happening on their floor at a given moment and to make adjustments and catch profit-sucking mistakes before they snowball. Streamline your quality control procedures with a fully-functional software platform that will bring your manufacturing business up to speed.
Bluestreak’s MES + QMS solution helps service-based manufacturers increase production floor productivity and increase their profits. If you’re ready to leave manual, time-consuming service-based manufacturing tasks in the past, drastically reduce your scrap and rework percentage, gain visibility of your production floor processes, and build better relationships with your customers, contact us for a free consultation today!