Had discussions today on the Inspection activity modules today. Although these modules are powerful, the actual data collection is not geared up for full shot inspection. It can be done but the actual data entry portion will take at lease twice as long as the current methods we employ with Excel. It would be nice to have the data reside in IQMS however the labour side is alarming. These tools automatically control chart the characteristics at the touch of a button. The control chart and FMEA modules are data repositories and do not drive anything in the system. However these tools are powerful in organizing and ensuring all aspects are covered from a planning perspective. My initil thgought on using these tools may be our best option and we need to discuss the value of implementation. The APQP module will be a great tool for the Desgn Control process. We can set-up the template to assist in ensuring all aspects of new launch product are determined. Need to discuss the deployment of this module with Steve.
IQMS has made the changes we, at Pano, identified by applying standard templates to the calibration aspect of the tools. They still use the PM Module to control the Due list. We will be able to move the calibration process to IQMS I believe it is now powerful enough. The QC's and OP IN II will need training on this module.
The PPAP module has no use at Pano at this time. This module is used for preproduction sample control. But at this time should be the lowest priority module to implement.
As anticipated I am spending more time at IQMS to discuss the Warehouse implementation. I will be reviewing the Tech Notes tonight and preparing for our meeting tomorrow. Both Eric and George assure me that the implementation is not tough from a hardware perspective. and training will be minimal. I will have a better feel after tomorrows meeting.
I offered Phil my services to assist in development of the quality modules further. He indicated that he welcomes that opportunity and will be in touch with me. He likes some of my concepts and wishes to discuss them further. This would be of much benefit to Pano.
On a lighter side I visited the new head office of IQMS. They will be moving in the first week of March. Just guessing, there may be some trouble getting tech support issues resolved for a couple days. The facility is at least twice as big. The contractor took me through the building. It will be very nice for them.