Four steps to enhancing quality inspection on the factory floor

Quality is an integral aspect of any product — a key differentiator that sets a product apart and gives it a competitive edge above others in the same industry. However, the adverse effects of low-quality products are just as impactful: a tarnished reputation and damage control, product recall costs, statutory implications and governance penalties, customer dissatisfaction, and loss of market share are just a few. That is why there is absolutely no room for error on today’s busy factory floor.

Facing challenges on the factory floor

Unfortunately for manufacturers, quality control is still predominantly a costly, manual process. On one hand, organizations are trying to control spiraling costs, while on the other, they need to recruit qualified, experienced quality inspectors to get the most important part of their production work done. These highly-skilled staff come at high costs that may not be viable for every business. Complex production lines, lightning-fast outputs and mass production can pose additional challenges in the quality inspection process.
Another key challenge is that quality inspection depends on sampling sizes, spotting foreign objects or anomalies, identifying incorrect setups, and finding defects that may be missed due to their sheer size. If they go undetected, these tiny slips will inadvertently affect the end product’s quality and may have catastrophic results.
As a business leader, how do you ensure you don’t slip up on quality control? How can you improve your quality inspection without inflating costs and timelines?

Four ways to improve your quality processes

Here are four important steps that can help you build and boost your quality control processes on the factory floor:

  1. Leverage technology and automate your quality processes. This can pave the way for faster quality inspection at a fraction of the cost. The key is to balance your quality manpower with automated processes that can quickly spot defects and errors in time, and prompt line managers to take a corrective action earlier the product lifecycle.
  2. Use computer vision technology and AI to automate your quality controls and boost results. Let’s be honest — there are some tiny defects that even the best quality controller may miss, simply because it may be too small to spot with the human eye and our limited tools. Cutting-edge solutions like computer vision and AI reduce the chances of human error, and may be set to trigger an alert as soon as a defect is detected.
  3. Allow high precision cameras such as 2D cameras, thermo cameras, and 3D cameras to do the smart work. These cameras will scan and capture any anomalies that may suggest quality defects.
  4. There is no one-size-fits-all approach on the factory floor. Different businesses have different needs and varying degrees of quality that they need to maintain. This is why you need to partner with an established digital solutions provider who can tailor a solution specific to your business.

Quality Inspector: One solution for all your quality needs

Fortunately, Quality Inspector can help fast-track your automated quality processes without compromising any of the steps mentioned above.
Quality Inspector is a cutting-edge framework that uses computer vision and AI to automate your quality processes. It leverages a wide range of pre-trained, self-learning AI models and tailors them to your business needs to improve your quality inspection.
This solution delivers high accuracy results even in challenging environments and conditions. Tailored to your business needs, it knows just what to look out for and identifies the tiniest of defects that may be invisible to the naked eye. The best part is that its supports high precision cameras that are compatible with Atos BullSequana Edge servers for lightning-fast performance and results.

Getting started

Our teams can conduct a demo that will enable you to get a clear understanding of what Quality Inspector can deliver for your business. Book an appointment and let our experts show you how we can tailor a new quality inspection process for your business and showcase the level of accuracy that we can achieve together.

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About Pierre Jarrige
Aeronautics market expert for Atos MRT
Pierre JARRIGE is an aeronautics expert in the MRT (Manufacturing, Retail & Transport) market for Atos; he supports the various teams on digital transformation issues in his market, with a focus on industry 4.0 and big data technologies. Pierre has more than 10 years of experience as a consultant for major aeronautical companies in various fields such as business process improvement, innovative projects, technological demonstrators or digital roadmaps. A graduate of Toulouse Business School, he now teaches courses on the aeronautical market. Pierre is based in Toulouse, the world capital of aeronautics.

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