The manufacturing process is rife with complexity and a lot of moving parts. It’s also very proficient at generating paperwork in huge quantities. Paperwork which is repeated for every single item or job. So how do manufacturing companies cope with the repetition and generation of this paperwork, and how does it affect their ability to run a truly efficient manufacturing process.
When working in manufacturing, there are a multitude of regulations and rules that must be adhered to. These rules can vary depending on the products being manufactured, but there will always be a baseline that must be adhered to, including a number of ISO compliancy requirements. Content management supports lean manufacturing practices and quality programs, which in turn drive greater efficiency and ISO-compliancy manufacturing processes across the board. In addition to being compliant with regulations, adhering to manufacturing document control standards helps businesses bring products to market faster, with a quality management program fully supported by document control.
Quality And Document Control
Quality control within manufacturing is an essential process, and one that involves multiple moving parts and repeated processes. But repeating these processes manually not only increases the risk of error, it takes up employee time that could be better spent on more productive tasks. Automated workflows build reliability and repeatability into the manufacturing process, while simultaneously eliminating errors, delays and duplications caused by manual processes, allowing for more effective quality control procedures. In addition to that, content management solutions allow businesses to manage workforce training documents and work instructions, CAPA procedures, non-conformance reports and more in a central document control repository. This repository uses version control to track document revisions, electronic approvals, record authorizations and even send notifications when paperwork is edited, to keep people informed.
Manufacturing Vendor Management
Content management and automated workflows allow manufactures to improve the efficiency of vendor management and relationships by capturing a record of all vendor documents, communications and project records. Set up to your specifications, you can allow vendors self-service access to their own areas within the central document repository via a simple web browser, eliminating communication errors, improving service and the flow of information. This also allows for effective version control throughout documents, so all parties are able to work from one, current document without the risk of duplication.
Auditing And Records Management
Auditing and records management goes hand in hand with compliance, but when such large quantities of paperwork involved the time and resource pressure is huge. But when a manufacturing businesses implements an automated content management solution; an electronic tag and trace function is implemented. This means that each document can be digitally tagged, identified and tracked throughout its entire lifecycle, creating a searchable electronic log of paperwork. This makes compliance audits a simple and painless process, saving a lot of time over performing manual audits.
Content management allows manufactures to capture an audit train on documentation, give secure access to manufacturing records, automate workflows, generate reports, manage procedures and even incorporate digital signatures for fast electronic approval of documentation.
To find out more about how content management can benefit your manufacturing company, or book your free demo, get in touch with the team at Tipac today.