Quality 4.0: Technologically Enabled Quality Assurance
Fast-track your journey towards next-generation Quality 4.0 capabilities with our science-based assurance experts.
With the fourth industrial revolution comes a corresponding revolution in quality assurance: Quality 4.0. Data has always been a foundational element of quality assurance, but now, the potential means to generate data, the granularity of data, and the sophistication of data analytics using game-changing technologies has the potential to shorten product innovation cycles; improve supply chain transparency, resilience, and agility; enhance production controls; and optimize environmental and social impacts from products and operations.
While new automation, analytics, and simulation technologies create profound opportunities for industry, many companies do not know where to begin or how to effectively integrate new technologies within their operating model, especially with regard to managing quality. Without a corresponding quality maturity development strategy, a technology development strategy will be less effective at achieving objectives, and may even exacerbate quality issues.
The Intertek Advantage
Intertek’s quality management advisors will partner with you to elevate the maturity of your quality ecosystem and unleash the full value of Quality 4.0. Our science-based quality assurance experts have the product-specific and global supply chain knowledge to understand what data is needed, how it can be captured, and how it can be interpreted to generate the quality insights you need.
Regardless of your starting point, our six-step approach will define your Quality 4.0 strategy and produce an actionable roadmap to implement it:
- Identify technology deliverables that support quality objectives.
- Define selection criteria for the technology (i.e., What functionality and performance characteristics does the technology need to produce those deliverables?).
- Evaluate technology options against the selection criteria.
- Identify what quality system capabilities are needed to make the technology effective.
- Conduct a technology adoption readiness assessment of the current quality system.
a) This assessment uses an Intertek scoring system across six pillars and up to 40 key quality capability areas.
- Gain alignment between the top leadership’s long-term quality objectives and the operational team’s project plans to achieve those objectives.
This approach includes data mapping and validation of algorithm capabilities for predictive quality risk insights and prescriptive quality optimization.