Quality management can prevent reactive recalls in the automotive industry
As Vauxhall launches it second round of recalls on...
Quality management software is a necessary tool in the automotive industry, according to InfinityQS.
As Vauxhall launches it second round of recalls on over 230,000 Zafira B models, the car industry must start proactivaly assess quality management throughout every stage of the supply chain. Manufacturers expose themselves to expensive recalls by only taking steps reactively.
Martyn Gill, Managing Director at InfinityQS Europe, said: “By using supply chain quality management software with real time functionality, automotive developers can review all parts installed in a car to ensure they meet strict criteria for installation. Time is money in any industry and being able to identify any problems in the supply chain in real time is incredibly advantageous. By having a software solution in place, users are provided with intelligence from the supply chain to help developers detect any faulty products.
“There must be a willingness to adopt new digital techniques within the automotive industry. Too many ‘travel documents’ – checklists for car builders – are paper based and therefore lack a synchronising feature with existing technology. By having a tablet or workstation PC, developers and builders can check, in real-time, the status of products and the overall supply chain.
“By being able to easily track batches and product suppliers, manufacturers will be able to review the inspection report to check for any inconsistencies. With a robust digital solution, the manufacturers can drill down into the electrical detail of the products to review for any faults. This ease of access to the electronic data can provide manufacturers with a clearer understanding of where the fault lies, either with the part itself or the design and build of the vehicle. In adopting such practices, it should significantly reduce the chances of incidents like those experienced by Vauxhall repeating itself,” concluded Gill.
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IMF: Variants Can Still Hurt Manufacturing Recovery
After a year of on-and-off manufacturing in the US, UK, and the eurozone, demand for goods surged early last week. Factories set growth records in April and May, suppliers started to recover, and US crude hit its highest price point since pre-COVID. As vaccination efforts immunise much of the US and UK populations, manufacturers are now able to fully ramp up their supply chains. In fact, GDP growth could approach double-digits by 2022.
Now, the ISM productivity measure has surpassed the 50-point mark that separates industry expansion from contraction. Since U.S. president Biden passed his US$1.9tn stimulus package and the UK purchasing managers index (PMI) increased to 65.6, both sides of the Atlantic are facing a much-welcomed manufacturing recovery.
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Even as Spain, France, Italy, and Germany race to catch up, and mining companies pushed the FTSE 100 index of list shares to a monthly high of 7,129, some say that UK and US markets still suffer from a lack of confidence in raw material supplies. Yes, the Dow Jones has made up its 19,173-point crash of March 2020, and MSCI’s global stock index is at an all-time high.
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Mathias Cormann, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) concurred—without global immunisation, the estimated economic boom expected by 2025 could go kaput. “We need to...pursue an all-out effort to reach the entire world population”, Australia’s finance minister added. US$50bn to end COVID across the world, they imply, is a small investment to restart our economies.