A Focus on Quality – How Gauge Management Lays the Initial Groundwork for Quality
It is safe to say that the individual measurement value lies at the beginning of all quality management efforts. If, for whatever reason, the value is not measured correctly, all subsequent QM processes will be in vain.
As the reliability of information is determined right at the point of its initial collection, perfectly functioning gauges are essential for successful quality assurance. That is why gauge management is applied in order to ensure that the employed gauges are always correctly calibrated and in sound working order. It furthermore organises the acquisition, application, and maintenance of all gauges.
Standards and legal aspects
It comes as no surprise that the seemingly logical necessity of a gauge management system in the production environment is also a key requirement of many standards and an aspect of great legal importance with regard to product liability. Chapter 7.6 of ISO 9001, for instance, requires that a process is implemented which ensures the suitability and reliability of all gauges that are employed in a company. From a legal point of view, manufacturers cannot provide full evidence in case of product malfunction that everything was done to prevent said malfunction if they cannot prove that all gauges were correctly maintained and calibrated.
Gauge management is an integral QM element
A fully linked CAQ-system like CAQ.Net® provides measures that go way beyond the mere adherence to standards and protection against legal matters. Apart from providing real-time monitoring and documentation of the state of a gauge as well as its location of use, and calibration status, the gauge management module PMM.Net ensures that only gauges which are available and in sound working order are implemented in measuring processes – thus eliminating the possibility that faulty or unsuitable gauges are used. The tools for rapid and comfortable gauge capability monitoring in accordance with MSA 1-6 and the VDA 5 proof of capability that are integrated in PMM.Net furthermore ensure that you can always manage your gauges in compliance with official rules, standards, and regulations.
Many gauges consist of several individual components and thus exhibit a special challenge for the organization and execution of calibrations and maintenance jobs. PMM.Net therefore allows you to consolidate any number of a gauge’s components in one group. This allows you to synchronize inspection dates and ensure that the entire device is calibrated in one go – thereby significantly reducing the planning effort and power-off hours caused by otherwise varying calibration dates.
Any Number of gauges
Several of our customers implement PMM.Net in order to manage over 100,000 gauges in just one production site. It is especially in these cases, that the integrated lending and storage monitoring functions via barcode, QR, and RFID provide a considerable simplification of all gauge-related management processes. PMM.Net can also be easily connected to existing automated measurement equipment storage facilities or gauge-conveyor devices. However, many smaller companies who employ only 100 gauges or fewer are also among the many users of PMM.Net.
They all appreciate the intuitive usability of the software and the clearly structured gauge management processes – particularly in contrast to tedious Excel spreadsheets. The complete linkage within the CAQ system also makes PMM.Net the perfect replacement for other types of isolated solutions, which often require a great information maintenance effort. In contrast, PMM.Net turns gauge management into an integrative part of the PDCA cycle and thus facilitates comprehensive quality management.
A holistic gauge management solution
PMM.Net allows you to monitor and document the quality, reliability, and suitability of all gauges in your company. It furthermore enables you to conveniently retrieve current numbers and facts with the click of a button and use this data to compile detailed cost-center or gauge-specific financial overviews. PMM.Net thereby allows you to lay the foundations for effective and efficient gauge-related cost controlling.