Enhancing Quality Control with Fulcrum: A Video Overview
Fulcrum helps streamline quality control processes for manufacturers. In this video, Fulcrum Launch Manager, Joe Lewis, talks about how quality control and traceability in Fulcrum.
Fulcrum's traceability features allow users to view a receiving record for items purchased for a job, including details such as the assigned lot number and the associated material certifications. This information can be used to generate certifications for raw materials, which can be sent to customers as proof of quality. The certification tab within Fulcrum enables users to tie off raw material certifications to jobs, making it easy to create certifications for items being produced.
Job Tracking and Quality Control Data Capture:
Fulcrum's job tracking feature facilitates capturing quality control data during production, allowing shop team members to receive warnings if they drift out of tolerance. The software provides options for setting pre, in-process, and post-operation quality checkpoints, which can be used as gates to ensure operators cannot move forward until their checkpoints are completed. In-process checkpoints can be set up at different intervals, and the software generates warnings as tolerances begin to deviate. A graph is also available to visualize trends over time.
Non-Conformance Reports (NCRs) and Corrective Actions:
When quality issues arise, shop teams can generate NCRs directly from Job Tracking. Fulcrum's NCR grid serves as a dashboard to track the progress of NCRs through different stages and analyze their causes. NCRs can be linked to corrective actions, and tasks can be created to ensure that the business stays on track with improvements.
Fulcrum's scrap reporting feature enables users to analyze weekly scrap for equipment using a heat map. This visualization tool helps quickly identify areas of focus based on the value or quantity of scrap. Users can drill down into specific areas and view all the jobs where scrap has been reported. By clicking into the job and navigating to the scrap tab, users can access further details about the scrap event.
Additional Data Tracking:
Fulcrum also tracks data on returns, vendor issues, and on-time delivery. This comprehensive tracking helps businesses identify areas for improvement and implement necessary corrective actions.
Fulcrum simplifies quality control management. With capabilities like traceability, Job Tracking, NCRs, scrap reporting, and data tracking, Fulcrum ensures that businesses can maintain high-quality standards throughout their operations. Read more about quality, here.
Hey guys, I'm Joe. I'm going to walk you through how Fulcrum handles a few aspects of quality control. One thing to keep in mind is that these quality metrics are pervasive. It's not just one module; it's across the entire site and your entire business. So, I might be jumping around a bit.
We can start off with traceability. Here, I see a receiving record for an item I purchased for a job. I can see the lot number that I assigned to it, and I can see the material sort that I associated with that item as well. Once that material has been picked for the job, I can download and print out my certification from here.
Maybe you need to create a certification that you need to send to the customer for an item you created. We can do that under the same certification tab. This is what our certification looks like. This is how we can tie off your raw material certification to jobs for an easy roll-up and allow you to create certifications for the things that you make.
Let's jump into job tracking and take a look at how we can capture quality control data during production. The whole idea here is to capture the quality data as it's happening in production and give shop key members warnings if they're drifting out of tolerance. We can set a pre in-process and post-operation checkpoints, and we can even set these checkpoints up as gates in the operation so that your operators cannot move forward until their checkpoint is complete.
Looking at the in-process checkpoint, we set up different intervals here to be checked. We can see warnings as we drift out of the tolerance set, and the checkpoint itself. Here's a graph to see how we trend over time. When things go wrong, your shop team can also generate a non-conformance report directly from job tracking by selecting this here. Those reports will show up here on the NCR grid. This page serves as a dashboard to track progress of NCRs through different stages, as well as a report to analyze causes. NCRs can be tied to corrective actions shown in a grade over here, and tasks can be created in all efforts to make sure everything stays on track.
Another type of reporting we have is scrap reporting. In this view, we're looking at a weekly scrap for equipment. This heat map helps quickly identify areas of focus based on the value or quantity of scrap. Clicking here, we can drill into a particular area and see all the jobs where scrappers reported. Clicking into the job itself and heading to the scrap tab, we can see more details related to that scrap event.
So, these are just a few ways that Fulcrum helps track quality data, but we're also tracking data on returns, vendor issues, on-time delivery, and more. To learn more about Fulcrum, check out our other videos.