The Difficulty of Paper COAs
The Certificate of Analysis (COA) provides key data that can drive measurable savings in production efficiency and product safety. Unfortunately, most organizations find it difficult to unlock the data that lives in these documents. Many manufacturers store COAs in filing cabinets, in email or in online folders. For these companies, the information only emerges when there is a catastrophic failure caused by inconsistent raw materials or parts.
What if you could use the supplier’s COA to virtually eliminate production failures resulting from inconsistent materials and reduce your inventory and testing costs at the same time?
Why GSQA? The e-COA® Is The Key To Production Efficiency
GSQA helps manufacturers turn the COA into an electronic certificate of analysis (e-COA®). With an e-COA®, you can achieve the following business objectives, ultimately improving margins:
- Virtually Eliminate Production Risk – GSQA instantly compares your supplier’s test results for every lot to your specification, preventing out of specification materials from shipping. This process virtually eliminates the possibility that out of specification materials will ever reach your production floor.
- Reduce Inventory – Since you will know that the incoming raw materials meet your specifications, you can reduce the amount of safety stock, reducing your inventory carrying costs, enabling you to move towards a just-in-time model. Virtually eliminate material quality quarantines.
- Reduce Testing – You will have enough e-COA® data to allow you to adopt a skip-lot testing program. This will reduce lab costs and staff time. If an auditor asks you to justify reduced testing, you’ll have the data to support it.
- Measure Your Suppliers – Since the e-COA® information is now data, you have trends and insights to not only know if your suppliers are meeting your specifications, but, how well are they able to control their production consistency. With GSQA ,you can share this information with them, making improvement easier and faster.
That is the point of the e-COA®. That is the point of GSQA.
Lots of Ways To Collect The COA using GSQA-DS
GSQA provides you over a dozen different ways to input the COA data, ranging from directly connecting to a LIMS system to uploading a file. GSQA makes it easy to gather this information.
Because GSQA is delivered in a SaaS model, information is securely shared inside your company, as well as with the supplier. Collaborate using this data instead of spending time collecting and managing it.
Reduced Inventory Through Supplier Trust
Since the shipped lots, as defined by the e-COA® document, must meet your specifications, you will know that every inbound shipment is “in spec”. You can use this knowledge to establish trusted supplier relationships, reducing on hand inventory and streamlining production scheduling.
Statistical Analysis Built In
GSQA provides statistical analysis of these data, showing you not only IF your suppliers conform to specification, but HOW WELL they do over time. Automatic SPC alerts show you if your suppliers are trending out of statistical control, giving you pro-active notice before their inconsistency affects your finished good quality.