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Hexagon and ETQ’s solution combined together will prevent defects in the production and ensure a quality management process.
FREMONT, CA: Every manufacturer aims to produce high-quality products to satisfy their customers as well as create a brand reputation in the market. Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division, a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous technologies, and ETQ, a leading quality management system (QMS) provider, have teamed up to ensure quality from concept to customer, enabling better data-driven decision making throughout the process, producing better, more consistent products in less time and with fewer resources, and enabling progressive smart manufacturing strategies.
Paolo Guglielmini, President of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, said: “Consumers perceive quality based on their experience. It is the manufacturer’s brand reputation, it can add significant value to a product, and it combines every aspect of the product lifecycle. Our customers trust our solutions to connect the shop floor to the top floor with pervasive quality assurance, and this new addition to our ecosystem will further support their journey towards Industry 4.0.”
Hexagon's vendor-agnostic inspection and measurement technologies are combined with ETQ's stakeholder-connecting QMS to create a rich digital thread that captures quality control and assurance procedures that are now handled manually. The cloud platform also lets customers quickly discover and analyse issues by delivering actionable insights by incorporating machine learning and artificial intelligence throughout design, manufacturing, customer service, and support.
Usually, the action to halt or modify production of the faulty product is handled manually or with limited technological assistance, but with a Hexagon-ETQ-generated NCR solution, a corrective action can be automatically triggered in production and the information updated in the company's enterprise resource planning system to put the affected product batch on hold. This effectively digitises the quality management process and provides an unprecedented level of integration across the manufacturing lifecycle that supports smart manufacturing goals and objectives, preventing the release and potential negative repercussions of faults.