Our GSQA© market is moving to on-line collaboration for suppliers and supply chain partners in our customers’ quality processes. This developing global configuration is perfectly managed in a SaaS product such as GSQA©. The alternative is staying with current practices closely tied to paper which based on their history have a short lifespan left.
In the collaboration mode between product companies and their suppliers, preliminary material specifications need to be exchanged to arrive at a satisfactory match between product engineering requirements and the supplier’s ability/advice. Once specifications are agreed to and signed off, materials should be tested for specification conformance before they are shipped to any customer.
The preceding functionality has been available forever in GSQA. The GSQA e-COA® (Electronic Certificate of Analysis) “ship-to-spec” has been a standard for assuring that materials, ingredients, components are in-spec before they are shipped by a supplier minimizing rejections at customer receiving docks or worse causing problems in production. This is a quality step that some quality managers ignore. Other quality professionals who have lived with “ship to spec” are moving beyond to “ship-to-control” which provides additional insight before shipment that material may be trending to a spec violation or exposes a process not under control.
Paper-based processes do not fit that model. The drive to more consistent quality at a lower cost is moving industry to electronic partnerships where paper-based quality simply cannot support the newly required accuracy and speed of interaction.
The “ship to control” functionality is available in GSQA for the quality operation that insists on minimal material, ingredient, or component disruptions for their customers. And by enterprises unwilling to accept materials, ingredients or components that can be less of a risk if monitored with tools available today . . . like GSQA.