The reason why the quality of the products in your company should be constantly improved
Think about your last online purchase: among other things, what did you consider important when you made your decision? Based most likely on the reviews and recommendations of other buyers. These describe the benefits and quality of the product, mostly ruthlessly honest. That is one reason why the quality of the products in your company should be constantly improved: it will be passed on. Read below what quality management is and how you can go through the implementation in an uncomplicated manner.
Quality management - in short: QM - is a management approach that is becoming more and more important in companies. It describes all measures that contribute to the optimization of services, processes or products within a company. The focus is on the quality of the products and services that are sold to the customer. The main goal of quality management in companies, customer satisfaction, is derived from this.
While in some companies a quality management representative or quality manager controls and ensures the implementation, in other companies it is several or all employees who contribute to quality. The question now arises as to what exactly “quality” actually is, because everyone defines quality a little differently. It is difficult to judge or measure objectively.
“Quality is no coincident, it is always the result of careful thought.” John Ruskin
There are basically two standards, the implementation of which is decisive for quality assurance: DIN EN ISO 9000: 2015-11 and DIN EN ISO 9001: 2015-11.
The internationally valid ISO 9000 standard defines seven principles according to which quality criteria can be established and thus made measurable. These are:
The second standard, ISO 9001, defines the minimum requirements for a QM system. These are broken down into the areas of organization, planning, management, operation, performance evaluation and improvement. ISO 9001 is therefore the continuation of ISO 9000. Companies have the option of being certified according to ISO 9001. This certificate attests that the company meets the basic quality requirements. Thanks to the general level of awareness, the certificate itself has already become a quality feature of a company.
The bottom line is that quality is the result of what demands a company has on its own products and services and what kind of processes are used to achieve them.
Here, too, ISO 9001 formulates a clear recommendation on how to proceed in practice. The content structure of the standard shows parallels to the known PDCA cycle. Accordingly, the following steps are carried out in quality management:
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The ISO 9001 standard repeatedly speaks of a so-called audit in the course of implementing QM. The audit describes the process of comparing target and actual values in the company, deriving improvement measures and implementing them. The audit is so important because it guarantees the actual quality. It is the most complex step in the QM system, as it involves a large amount of documentation, reports and comparisons. The measures that are derived must be announced to the workforce and the implementation must in turn be monitored. Only specially trained employees can take on the tasks of an auditor. They are trained according to the respective standard, in this case ISO 9001, and are then able to carry out audits in companies.
As complicated as it all sounds, there are some aids that make quality management work progressively easier. Above all, it is advisable to implement suitable QM software.
The most important advantage of QM software is the digital documentation of all processes and procedures. It takes a lot of time if every move has to be documented manually or even by hand, mainly because the individual steps build on each other and therefore often have to be modified afterwards. This works much easier if they are documented digitally, as the reports can then be edited with little effort.
The quality management software from EcholoN offers another major advantage: It contains a cross-departmental knowledge database. This not only automatically learns successively with each work step, it can also be fed manually, for example with important standards and regulations from quality management. Compliance with the requirements and the path to ISO 9001 certification are thus significantly simplified.
The constantly recurring audits can also be structured in an uncomplicated manner using suitable quality management software such as that from EcholoN. Plans, reports, controls and responsibilities are clearly assigned and can therefore be called up at any time. Ultimately, this not only saves time, but also costs and employee resources.
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