Why Automate Your Supplier Quality Processes?
Manufacturing organizations often have to rely on hundreds or thousands of suppliers to deliver the right materials on time to minimize inventory and ensure continuous improvement to operations, quality and the bottom line. However, these organizations often have extremely limited control and visibility when dealing with their suppliers.
Over 50% of recalls can be traced back to supplier and contract manufacturer issues.
(Source: Recall Execution Effectiveness Report. Deloitte, GMA, FMI, GS1. May 2010)
Manual supplier-facing quality processes leave organizations vulnerable to mistakes, higher cost of poor quality, lack of transparency to the big picture of supplier interaction, and lack of analytics and reporting capabilities. Dangers of releasing products with potential quality issues can cause expense recalls, which can lead to brand and litigation exposure.
Sparta Systems’ Supplier Quality Management (SQM) solution enhances supplier quality assurance by managing the process of qualifying, selecting, and monitoring suppliers and supply chain partners. This supplier quality solution offers features such as:
- Supplier scorecards
- Supplier qualification workflows
- Management of approved supplier list (ASL)
- Tracking systems for supplier non-conformances and resulting CAPA
- Supplier audits
Supplier Performance Management and Evaluation
The Supplier Quality Management solution, as part of an overall enterprise quality management software (EQMS) solution, increases efficiency of supplier network selection and supplier management by both tracking and managing the qualification and approval process for new potential suppliers. At the same time, it helps avoid redundant evaluations by maintaining complete records of all previous suppliers evaluated for reference across the enterprise. Supplier qualification and evaluation is further enhanced by advanced auditing capabilities to allow offline execution of audit records and reports and seamless integration back into the SQM solution.