FAQ: QMS Software Product Overview
What does QMS stand for, and what does it mean?
QMS stands for Quality Management System. That refers to any system designed to promote quality, increase productivity, improve regulatory compliance and improve worker safety within a manufacturing or industrial context.
What are the pros and cons of using QMS software?
QMS software digitizes the functions of a more traditional QMS based on pen-and-ink records. QMS software (also known as EQMS) has nearly unlimited storage capacity, speed, and responsiveness. This benefit makes it easier and more effective to promote quality within an organization.
What are the most popular quality management software applications?
We can use quality management software for various applications, including document control, audit management, environmental health and safety, nonconformance management, supplier quality management, and more. Nearly every industrial or manufacturing organization needs these applications to some extent.
Can using a QMS improve a company’s KPIs?
Yes. Quality management software tracks progress towards meeting critical quality benchmarks, and tracking is the first step to improvement. In addition, tracking quality throughout the organization allows you to pinpoint areas where it’s lacking, allowing you to iron out production challenges and create better products faster.
Can I integrate quality management software with other enterprise applications?
Yes. QMS software integrates with applications such as CRM, ERP, PLM, MES, SPC and more. APIs allow you to build integrations in areas where they don’t already exist.
How can my external teams collaborate using QMS?
Many quality management systems include built-in identity and access management systems that allow external teams—such as vendors and suppliers—as much controlled access as is required. That makes it easy to share your requirements with other organizations securely.
Can I create an audit trail using quality management software?
Quality management software creates audit trails using its built-in audit management and document control applications. The application sorts and tags data related to various processes and products automatically. When those processes undergo an audit, you’ll be able to retrieve the preexisting audit trail automatically, saving hours or days of effort.
Can I automate processes using QMS software?
With the right QMS software, you’ll be able to automate many of your existing quality management processes. For example, you’ll be able to perform automated analytics on your production queue, automatically initiate an audit in the event of a nonconformance, and automatically assemble and fill out paperwork to create a change request.
What reporting features can I expect from a QMS?
QMS includes detailed reporting and analytics features. Ideally, you’ll be able to assemble a custom dashboard that includes all the metrics you need to keep track of in real-time. Some vendors offer custom reporting when necessary.
What are the different types of QMS?
The most common QMS use cases include document and change control, enterprise and operational risk management, nonconformance management, supply chain quality management and audit management.
What is the best quality management system?
We’re biased towards ETQ Reliance NXG, our flagship cloud-based QMS system with features designed to improve visibility, usability, flexibility, and quality scalability across the entire workforce. With advanced automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and a secure online platform, you’ll enjoy a future-proof application suite that helps you elevate every dimension of quality.
What are the benefits of QMS?
QMS allows quality organizations to transform quality from a cost center into a force that drives revenue for the entire business, allowing it to increase customer satisfaction, avoid costly recalls, improve regulatory compliance, and maintain good relationships with vendors and suppliers.