Integration Delivers Quality Control via PLM from Design to QA on Factory Floor - Automates and Extends Feature-Level Quality Control Across the Extended Supply ChainFOSTER CITY, Calif., Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Arena Solutions, pioneer of a cloud-based, all-in-one product development platform that unites PLM, supply chain collaboration and QMS, today announced a partnership with 1factory to provide OEMs with complete visibility of product quality from initial design through the quality control processes on their factory floors and across their supply chain. With this partnership, customers have an end-to-end quality control solution capable of identifying non-conformance to specifications early in the design/manufacture process and can accelerate the necessary corrective actions.
1factory's cloud-based platform enables OEMs to employ a single quality inspection testing system for all parts and assemblies throughout the extended supply chain. The 1factory platform simplifies inspection and test planning, digitizes production floor measurement data, enables traceability (by batch, lot, serial number, operator, inspection equipment, etc.), and delivers real-time analysis to help prevent defects and improve processes. The integrated solution connects product information in Arena with quality control data in 1factory. With the integration, inspection plans in 1factory are revised in sync with engineering changes in Arena. Associated documents such as drawings, work instructions, and inspection procedures, created and controlled within Arena, can be accessed directly from 1factory. When parts or assemblies fail inspection or test, a quality inspector can create an Arena quality object - a non-conformance material report (NCMR), supplier corrective action (SCAR), or if sufficiently serious, a corrective action preventative action (CAPA) - directly from within 1factory. The 1factory integration with Arena provides a comprehensive quality assurance solution for OEMs and their supply chain partners. Together, the OEM and the supplier can identify quality issues, collaborate on resolutions and document the action plan from within a single quality process. Engineering teams have complete visibility with links between components and suppliers for all quality issues as they assess the part for future product inclusion. Impacted teams will be able to proactively analyze products returned from the field against the component's design specifications and factory inspection data, driving a closed-loop quality process from manufacturing, to field repair, to the engineering team, in order to optimize product manufacturing quality and reduce field repair costs.