Digital Quality Assurance – Modern Methods for Modern Products

Quality assurance is based on the basic
premise of consistency. Consistency with industry regulations, previous
products made or services given or that they are just up to organisational
standards. The irony is that many organisations don’t keep their own background
operations in inspecting quality up to scratch. Methods for inspection become
out-of-date, lengthy processes where information is deciphered from the
handwriting and wording of an inspector. This can often give problems in data
entry and analysis, as there are variances between determining what is a
sufficient level of quality, what is meant in the recorded data. For many
organisations, the underlying cause of their problems can be traced back to
being centred around discrepancies on this level; hence new methods are needed.
Today, most industries are fortunate enough of being able to take advantage of
regular mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to bring digital to their
workplace. In specific industries like oil and gas and mining, there are even
intrinsically safe or rugged mobile devices to access the benefits of the digital
world. Quality assurance no longer needs to be the excuse of any organisation,
any industry.

Whether inspection a product, a process or
service, its absolutely vital that there is a clear set of guidelines and
standards that are use as a measure to see whether it complies to the relevant
specification. In this sense, the pen and paper checklist method of yesterday
is completely unsuited to quality assurance and management. An inability to be
updated over-the-air (OTA) or variances in recorded data leave many things to
personal judgement. Over the long term, this can becom a real problem for many businesses.
The best way to foster long-term growth is off the back off an up-to-date quality
assurance management system, modern like your products or services. Through
using this, defects can be minimised, and failures and defects can be detected
and be almost completely avoided. Compliance with industry regulations such as
ISO 9001 become simple, as such standards can be integrated directly with the
inspection checklist and back-end system. All information recorded on the
mobile device is sent straight to the database, which thanks to its digital
automatic filing and business intelligence, gives immediate compliance
evidence. The audit trail is kept clear and easy to find; simplifying the
entire compliance process. The actual process of quality inspection is also
benefitted through digital. More detailed information can be captured using the
mobile device camera; taking pictures, using voice to text, real time access to
specifications and reference material. Images can be annotated using the
touchscreen, whilst offline mode ensures you that you can take your quality
assurance wherever necessary.

Proper quality assurance inspection and
quality management can also work wonders for your business productivity and
reputation. Introducing risk mitigating strategies, corrective action plans,
and keeping high standards for products, processes and services will raise the
overall standard of your business. A workplace operating with a high culture
quality, will almost certainly rub off onto your deliverables to your end user. 

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