A manufacturing nonconformance is an unexpected event that occurs in the manufacturing process that deviates from a set standard or requirement. Nonconformance management solutions enable identification and documentation of these quality events, apply standard risk criteria to triage, route events appropriately, and enforce structured failure analysis, root cause identification, quarantine and final disposition.
There can be many challenges during a manufacturing process, particularly regarding nonconforming products, materials and components. These nonconformances could lead to rework and scraping, product recalls, and decreased productivity. Ask yourself these pertinent questions regarding nonconformances in your manufacturing environment:
It is important to integrate nonconformance management into manufacturing execution systems to allow easy search across facilities or multiple facilities, find the affected work in process (WIP), route it through review and investigation and then take appropriate actions. When systems are tightly integrated, actions are taken directly against material affected by a nonconforming event.
To improve product quality, manufacturing nonconformance materials and processes must be readily visible, enforceable, easy to analyze, and fully traceable to their origins. It is important to identify and contain product and production events rapidly to drive down the costs of quality. Nonconformance management solutions enable the identification and documentation of quality events from any production source across the enterprise, and apply standard risk criteria to triage and route events appropriately.
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