Due to the growing competitive pressure and the constant development of the used technologies, the quality requirements of a company are continuously increasing. The growing customer expectations are also leading companies to aim for a continuous improvement of their processes, whether in the hardware or in the software.
In order for a company to remain competitive in the market, the quality of its products and services must both reach a consistently high level and be continuously and systematically promoted in all operational phases and processes. At this point, the use of Quality Management Software is recommended, providing the necessary functions to ensure quality throughout the entire life cycle. This type of software assists effectively in enhancing and controlling quality and can be integrated with the company's entire management processes.
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Explained briefly, SAP Quality Management (QM) has been developed as a feature of SAP ERP Central Component (ECC), the main ERP product from SAP. Quality Management is designed to support companies in the process of implementing and executing quality control processes. So, for what specifically was this module developed? This module is created to facilitate continuous process improvement, prevent product manufacturing errors and implement sustainable quality control programs. Predictable benefits for companies include compliance with manufacturing quality requirements and standards, decreased operating costs, and improved customer and employee satisfaction.
The SAP QM Module is used as a tool in quality planning, quality control (inspection), quality assurance, and quality control as well as a support tool for the implementation and execution of these and other processes.
In SAP QM, the important quality assurance methods can be defined as, example, inspection methods, inspection characteristics, and sampling procedures. The software functions as a fully-fledged quality information system and provides the features for results recording, defects recording, sample management, and test equipment management.
Several tools for many related actions, which can be configured for the company's specific processes, make up SAP QM. Each of these tools includes functions that are specific to that activity.
In the following we will describe the various SAP QM tools and functions in detail:
SAP Quality Management brings out valuable advantages and benefits during its use. In the following, we will list a selection of the most important benefits for your company that can be achieved by using the SAP QM module on a regular basis.
The most efficient and valuable benefits of the SAP QM module:
Quality contributes greatly to the competitiveness of a company and is also becoming a key factor as the market continues to grow and customers make their purchasing choices as conscious consumers, along with the price-performance ratio.
As part of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), SAP QM builds a company-wide quality information system for long-term quality control and quality assurance. Moreover, SAP QM is an integral part of the entire SAP ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. It is used in companies across a range of sectors and industries. Thanks to smooth integration with and into other SAP components, the module supports and guarantees companies in their efforts to ensure quality at all levels of the supply chain and in all phases of the PLM cycle. Also, SAP QM is an important tool for audits, as it is used for corporate standardization and quality assurance. The SAP QM module contributes to company standardization and certification in keeping with recognized standards of international quality.
The significance of quality management and therefore the use of professionally managed SAP QM modules is becoming increasingly important for the competitiveness of a company. By using SAP Quality Management Software adapted to your company and with the support of specialized Quality Managers, you can increase your business value without any hurdles.
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