Closed Loop Quality Management for Design to Manufacturing

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In automotive manufacturing, consistently high quality is the primary component of operational excellence. As the evolution of the auto industry accelerates, however, a manufacturer’s ability to meet aggressive quality goals is increasingly at risk. Automakers and suppliers today are being challenged by stricter sustainability and regulatory requirements, consumer demand for vehicle connectivity and personalization, and the need to innovate rapidly to incorporate alternative powertrains and autonomation. Manufacturers that maintain a traditional mindset with a siloed approach to quality will experience launch delays, rework costs, and higher warranties. By incorporating a smart and integrated manufacturing quality solution, a digital transformation works to connect the typically disconnected quality processes within an organization. This ensures efficient and effective quality management from end to end with room for innovation.

In automotive manufacturing, consistently high quality is the primary component of operational excellence. As the evolution of the auto industry accelerates, however, a manufacturer’s ability to meet aggressive quality goals is increasingly at risk. Automakers and suppliers today are being challenged by stricter sustainability and regulatory requirements, consumer demand for vehicle connectivity and personalization, and the need to innovate rapidly to incorporate alternative powertrains and autonomation. Manufacturers that maintain a traditional mindset with a siloed approach to quality will experience launch delays, rework costs, and higher warranties. By incorporating a smart and integrated manufacturing quality solution, a digital transformation works to connect the typically disconnected quality processes within an organization. This ensures efficient and effective quality management from end to end with room for innovation.

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The Digitalization of Quality Management

With the growing popularity of electric vehicles and autonomous driving, and the onset of multiple regulations to offset climate change, vehicle design is more complicated than ever before. Future-minded manufacturers and suppliers recognize that they will gain a competitive edge by using digitalization to embrace this complexity instead of struggling with it. The latest industrial revolution has reshaped the way cars are designed and built with new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and the industrial internet of things (IoT). Critical to the digital transformation of production is quality assurance. By applying innovative technologies strategically to the quality management system, automakers and their suppliers will accelerate quality through insights and improvements derived from data accessed from the shop floor and fed back into the loop.

Compliance Through Closed Loop Quality

Closed loop quality management provides the ideal support to meet international guidelines and standards, including ISO 9001, IATF 16949, Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), and more. This combined digital solution begins with customer requirements. It provides continuous access to updated information across the value chain and throughout the product lifecycle, avoiding costly and inefficient instances of non-compliance. With a digital backbone that runs through the entire ecosystem, the change management process distributes upcoming engineering changes and specifications to all stakeholders for proper coordination and execution.

A Holistic Approach to Quality Management

Siemens Digital Industries Software smart manufacturing portfolio includes a closed loop quality solution that enables OEMs and suppliers to break down barriers and adjust processes based on lessons learned in order to eliminate failures before they occur. Quality processes and certifications, including APQP, FMEA, PFMEA, and PPAP, are seamlessly supported, enabling manufacturers to integrate quality management across all domains and efficiently support internal and external audits. Siemens holistic quality management solution helps OEMs and suppliers minimize cost overruns, ramp up on schedule, meet international standards and guidelines, and edge out the competition.

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