IBS QMS, now part of Opcenter, offers a holistic quality solution across the entire product life cycle and supply chain. IBS QMS software helps manufacturers control quality, production, traceability, and compliance efforts to optimize process and product value. It helps manufacturers address all quality issues by building in both cross-industry and industry-specific best practice solutions. IBS QMS software complies with key quality standards, including ANSI/AIHA Z10-2005, BS8800, Basel II and AUS/NZS 4360, DIN EN ISO 9000, FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and 820, ISO 14971 and 13485, ISO 31000, ISO/IEC 27002:2005, IATF 16949:2016, OSHA18001, Q 101, SOx and VDA 6.1.

Designed to streamline processes in the areas of product development, manufacturing, test, and acceptance, IBS QMS software represents a pillar of Siemens’ manufacturing operations management (MOM) portfolio.

Now under the Opcenter Quality umbrella, IBS QMS includes systems tailored to specific key industries and/or functional areas. IBS QMS solutions enable customer-specific applications to provide quality assurance independent of vertical integration, production processes/models, and stage in the supply chain. Within the IBS QMS portfolio, flagship IBS QMS Professional is a process-oriented, modular, multi-lingual, and cross-industry computer-aided quality (CAQ) solution. IBS QMS Automotive addresses integrated quality assurance in automobile construction that covers the entire process from the body shell to the finished product. CompliantProTM is the integrated compliance management solution in IBS QMS, creating transparency in each of the defined company processes and ensuring adherence to all relevant guidelines, regulations, and requirements. These systems are discussed in greater detail below.

Man in a factory looking at a digital representation of quality processes managed by IBS QMS Professional software

IBS QMS software functionality

IBS QMS software does much more than merely support inspection routines and documentation. With its holistic approach to quality, IBS QMS quality management software enables quality planning to begin during the engineering and design of a product and continues with quality control during the manufacturing of the product. IBS QMS software detects risks and failures in the design and manufacturing of the product so that continuous improvement can take place. Specifically, by collecting quality data from design and production, IBS QMS provides the information needed to initiate problem-solving processes both product and production – continuously and sustainably.

Functions provided by IBS QMS quality management software include:

  • A structured method of defining and initiating the necessary steps to bring a product from the planning stage to serial production, typically advanced production quality planning (APQP)
  • Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) to support preventive defect avoidance with an evaluation of failure consequences and associated risks as early as the planning phase
  • Acquisition of relevant data and costs for external and internal complaints
  • Supplier quality management, including incoming goods inspection, supplier assessment, supplier audit and complaints management
  • Gage management to monitor instrument performance and calibrate gages to product specifications
  • Production quality, including inspection planning, inspection during production, and statistical process control (SPC) to help detect tolerance variances, identify root causes and correct defects in real-time
  • Compliance management (customer/supplier/internal)
  • Audit (supplier/internal)
  • Defect acquisition and evaluation

IBS QMS Professional

IBS QMS Professional is a multi-lingual, cross-industry computer-aided quality (CAQ) standard solution. IBS QMS Professional modules are designed to streamline processes in the areas of product development, manufacturing, test and acceptance.

IBS QMS Professional harmonizes and standardizes quality processes throughout the product lifecycle. From design and planning (ideation) through the production process (realization) and back with continuous improvement (utilization), IBS QMS Professional supports an end-to-end, closed-loop quality process. Significant process optimization is carried out in the production planning, development and construction phase. Next, procurement and production processes are managed to achieve the desired quality. The mature product then serves as a major source of input, though lessons learned, to the product design process, closing the quality loop.

IBS QMS Professional performs quality processes safely by capturing and accounting for all product and process complexities. The system supports interfaces to a broad spectrum of measurement equipment, from simple calibers to complex coordinate measuring machines or 100% inspection machines. The gage management system provides tools for managing various gage types (e.g., mechanical, electrical) and for documenting all procedures related to gage history (e.g., gage calibration, issue/return, and repair). Gage selection is a vital requirement in achieving standardized documentation of relevant quality product and process data, and it helps identify and monitor deadlines for each gage.

Importantly, IBS QMS Professional meets regulatory standards and ensures – and demonstrates – full compliance. Manufacturers have to meet standards and respect guidelines relevant to their specific industry.

IBS QMS Professional is designed to increase transparency across the manufacturing enterprise, reducing risks and costs of quality issues and process violations. As a process-oriented, modular system supported by the reliability and structure of the Deming cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act), IBS QMS Professional ensures the highest quality performance. The Deming cycle supports IBS QMS Professional across the entire product value chain as a scientific, step-by-step approach to problem-solving and continuous improvement. Additionally, IBS QMS Professional addresses what is typically a disparate set of quality activities across the enterprise and replaces many decentralized tools that manage quality processes with different databases in a heterogeneous and non-integrated IT landscape. The system houses all quality-relevant data in a centralized database.

IBS QMS Automotive

IBS QMS Automotive brings transparency to the full range of production data from the supplier to the dealer, protecting running capacity, punctuality, stability, and reduced processing times throughout manufacturing. It masters the technical complexities of automotive manufacturing, offering complete management of configurations and providing easy access to all production data at a glance.

With its specific tailoring to the needs of the automotive industry, IBS QMS Automotive:

  • Complies with all major standards, including QS 9000, VDA 6.1, IATF 16949:2016, and AIAG
  • Supports the zero-defect strategy
  • Supports electronic vehicle job cards
  • Efficiently manages rework
  • Manages location and dynamic creation of vehicle-specific inspection orders
  • Generates comprehensive traceability with precise localization of defective products
  • Reduces warranty costs and accelerates complaint processing
  • Prevents multiple inspections and tightens the inspection process
  • Determines business ratios for process optimization

IBS QMS CompliantProTM

IBS QMS CompliantPro is an integrated compliance solution, providing sustainable support for all areas of corporate governance, risk management and compliance. It supports change history, escalation mechanisms, e-mail notifications, and more.

CompliantPro can be adapted to suit existing company processes and map them clearly. Integrated control functions and responsibility structures enable a fast and effective flow of information, which in turn enables a quicker identification of trends and risks and the avoidance of negative consequences.

The IBS QMS CompliantPro solution integrates user administration to enable reliable role and function allocations for each individual user. This ensures access security at each level. The system is strongly oriented around best practices as well as regulations and requirements.

IBS QMS CompliantPro is designed to support value-oriented and reliable corporate management to the satisfaction of all stakeholder groups. It enables timely fulfillment of all relevant internal and external regulations and standards applicable to the company both today and in the future, without high costs for the organization. IBS QMS CompliantPro:

  • Promotes a Culture of Compliance™ in companies throughout the supply chain
  • Ensures compliance with all relevant standards and regulations, as well as legal requirements
  • Provides a highly configurable and scalable software solution
  • Creates no sector restrictions, making it usable in every organization
  • Supports a large variety of different document types, different rights, and different workflows
  • Can be used by every unit, regardless of location

IBS QMS benefits

Manufacturers employing IBS QMS software in its current form – Opcenter Quality – enjoy both quantitative and quality improvements in product and production. They achieve shorter innovation cycles with more complex products, reducing time to market. IBS QMS also enhances flexibility, enabling individualized production with higher productivity. Energy and resource efficiencies across local and global operations are also generated as a result of IBS QMS quality management software.

Additional benefits:

  • Visibility of all production data at a glance
  • Support of standards that enable openness and flexibility
  • Minimization of extraordinary quality expenditures during new product introductions
  • Reduced inspection and rework costs
  • Reduced warranty and obligingness costs
  • Reduced recalls and recall costs
  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Strengthening of the brand and company image