Always have confidence in your QA and traceability with Integreater
Due diligence and evidence based traceability is difficult to prove whenever there is a reliance on manual checks. Data accuracy, the time and dates for checks cannot be guaranteed, and often paperwork is completed retrospectively.
Integreater QA and traceability excels at shop floor quality assurance and control within the food production environment. It translates QA checks into electronic procedures that prompt operators with a series of questions. Procedures can be grouped into sets, set as ‘timed’ and assigned to specific users or user groups.
Questions can be answered by selecting an item from a list, scanning a barcode, capturing a weight from a scale or by typing a number. Whenever new procedures are required, these can be readily developed in-house, tested and then released to relevant users.
With Integreater QA, information will be collected and results delivered your way:
- Set QA and traceability questions as either mandatory or optional, to ensure that meaningful results are recorded
- Edited and add new questions
- View results across multiple procedures; each procedure can be expanded to review when they were run and the results
- Filter results to focus on the most meaningful historical data
- Provide rapid access to audit information
- Eliminates requirement to re-key information
- Incorporates dropdown lists for ease of use
- Customise flexible and interlinked reports, to reflect your own procedures
- Immediately spot non-conformances and frequency
- Visualise data in real-time with active dashboards.
Data can be captured across a range of devices from touchscreens, scales, laptops, tablets through to handheld devices, scanners and PDAs integrated with 3rd party products, and transferred wirelessly to a server so that you have a complete picture.
From paperwork to QA that works
As Rob Stephens, SI’s Managing Director explains, “In terms of QA and traceability, with each and every process there are many different checks that have to be performed. Many factories are reliant on check sheets; the QAs use these forms to record status at different times of day when they walk the floor. Inevitably, this results in piles of paperwork to wade through whenever they get audited and it can take days to prove that all the checks have been performed and that whenever there’s been a non-conformance, they’ve done something about it.It’s a very reactive way of doing things. Filling in forms doesn’t indicate whether their processes are going well or badly, or if they are doing the correct number of checks at the right time.”
Flag up any non-conformances and take remedial action
Our software electronically collects and stores the same information and automatically flags up any issues. It shows how many checks are being performed, when they are happening and identifies any non-conformances. It becomes a very proactive way of managing QA and traceability; it provides a clear view of what’s being done, whether there’s anything that can be improve upon and, in terms of real traceability and looking at what you do, everything is instant because the information is already in place and available to be viewed.”
Any investment in ERP should consider how it will better enable TQM and support Right First Time methodologies, to both save time and improve accuracy. Whilst data capture will track the progress of your products, you need the rigour within quality assurance checks to track specifics such as moisture levels at different stages. Integreater QA provides that level of assurance.