IQ Quality at Pano Cap

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Training Day 3

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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Training Day 2

Spent time on finishing Document Control today. We should use the expiry date as the date for obsoleting documents. Should keep the documents in the library and not remove obsolete documents as this causes errors. These errors are recoverable but it's easier if we just leave the documents in the library.

Also discussed Engineering Change Orders. We need to use a template, which defines the steps in the ECN process. We should review Chris' template he presented at the Drawing Control Meeting to use as an aid in setting up our template. One thing we need to watch out for and this goes for all modules in the Quality System, is that for items with workflow, if there are no persons identified in the responsibilities tab and you execute Workflow, the completed dates enter in the system and will close out the element and the ECO, Deviation, CAR.....

Filtering could potentially cause us issues because when you set the filter it affects the search dialog boxes. And you have to set the filter criteria in the base module not from the jump to. This is just a learning issue though.

I discussed with Phil the Read Only Access for Quality Roles and I have a procedure on how we can create them. It is pretty simple but we have to create them.

There are many items we need to ensure people understand what NOT to change.

We went through the CAR Module and we are currently using them correctly. No major breakthroughs there. Although we need to start using Workflow. People will need to be trained on this. I will have to change the master templates settings to make the workflow more efficient.

We covered Deviations. This will definitly replace the current Quality Alert process. There is currently no link to tool. I have submitted a SCR for that.Deviations can linkto an ECO or a CAR which will be good for tracking purposes.

We discussed the MRB Module which will replace the PAMADA NCMR process. this will work well although we need a couple of SCR's to make it better. We need to discuss the process of NCMR's, we may need to change the current method to suit IQMS. I am thinking that QC couold do the material transaction of placing the NCMR Qty in the hold location. But that is just thinking out loud.

I have logged into Pano Cap during the training sessions and have created SCR's for items brought up during training. There are three new ones created today. This ability is particularily useful. I was able to review with Phil specific items at Pano by logging on directly in class. Way Cool. I was able to review the Scanner quote with George from IQMS online and reply to the vendor with George right there. The ability for me to access Pano off-site hasd been extremely valuable.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Day 1 training:

Went through in quite detail the documnet control module and Work flow. This module is extremely powerful and we need to set all document libraries to secured in order to maximize the document control features.

Utilizing IQ Alert we will then be able to automate the Workflow actions. This is necessary as attempting to manually execute workflow is far too laborous. It is recommended that the alert be run every 2 hrs. It may be beneficial to setup the workflow alerts separately such that the times may be staggered lessening the loading on the IQ and mail server. If IQ alert is used for workflow, you must remove the checkbox "Use Microsoft Outlook" from System Setup/System Parameter Company Info Tab.

We should also move the Apache Server to an alternate (Not IQORA) server and enable ssl encryption. The server has to be registered as a public domain. If we do so we will be able to implement IQMS Customers and Suppliers in the workflow methodologies, like we attempted before with striuctly IQMS. This will be of much benefit. For supplier complaints we can have them respond directly through the email notification and will not have to manually track whether the submissions have been received. It appears that there will not be a security issue, they only have access to the web service emailing from IQMS. We have to apply an e-verification service.

For AR and AP contacts, each contact will require IQWebDirect checked off. This will allow them to be utilized in Wirkflow. Alsothey ned to be added to the Team Members list.

It appears that the way I started the documen libraries is a good strategy however, will have to change to a secure library type. With this will have to (in windows) change each document to a Read Only Access. All document folders in Windows will also have to change to Read Only except for the document owner user. They should have read-write aaccess. We should look at setting up protocol for where and how to set up these document libraries. perhaps in my folder in "T" drive is not the best place. It was mentioned by Phil that many companies have a document server strictly for managing documents. One company in the trainng class is using an intranet to view and manage ISO documentation.

We will need to train document owners on how to use the document module.

Many things learned today. Looking forward to tomorrows class. This training so far has been very beneficial.

I talked with Eric regarding warehouse management, George is another contact. They have started looking at RFID but will not do anything until there is standardization on RFID in general and direction from users. They have completed their testing using a Symbol scanner and an IPAQ PDA, both work equally well. IPAQ's are cheaper but more fragile and battery life is not as good as a handheld. But on the same token, PDA's may play a role in Quality for the inspectors being able to complete inspections on the floor (ie Finals, inprocess etc). Other users may find these of benefit. I will confirm this later in the week. WMS seems relatively easy to implement but will require training.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Bringing Closure: Pano Cap's techie blogger: Bringing Quality Home

Interesting trip. Although I had no choice and plenty of warnings not to be the first through the terminal at Breslau, I happened to be the first one through. And as warned was the "Designate Passenger" who was searched and patted down, took shoes off and all that stuff. Once arrived in Detroit, clearing customs, they thought I had a criminal record and was pulled into the Customs room where I was finger printed and had my picture taken. All was fine, I cleared customs without any problems. Off to a good start.Flew to LAX and took a "puddlejumper" to San Louis Obespo up the coast of California. Very beautiful.Tomorrow Day one of the training.

Interesting trip. Although I had no choice and plenty of warnings not to be the first through the terminal at Breslau, I happened to be the first one through. And as warned was the "Designate Passenger" who was searched and patted down, took shoes off and all that stuff. Once arrived in Detroit, clearing customs, they thought I had a criminal record and was pulled into the Customs room where I was finger printed and had my picture taken. All was fine, I cleared customs without any problems. Off to a good start.

Flew to LAX and took a "puddlejumper" to San Louis Obespo up the coast of California. Very beautiful.

Tomorrow Day one of the training.