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Quality Control Management

ECI works closely with Quality Control Management at our clients' plants. Quality control is an integral part of every successful manufacturing facility, and ECI's Integrated Process Control System is recognized by many quality control management veterans as one of the most complete and thorough approach to quality control management available.

Our Integrated Process Control System (IPCS) addresses quality control from start to finish. At the beginning of the assembly line, every unit is given a unique serial number and bar code, so that all tests and parameters can be logged to the database and retrieved for quality control management analysis. As the unit moves down the line, units are tested in stages to control quality, and key components are scanned as well so that vendors can be held accountable for their quality control as well.

At the end of the production line, ECI recommends a full-function automated quality test that insures that your customers receive only quality, functioning product. Our IPCS goes one step further with our shipping "watchdog" principle.

The Shipping “Watchdog” Principle is best exemplified by ECI’s PackOut™ Integrated Quality Control System. PackOut™ the ECI Watchdog guarantees that consumers receive the best quality product manufacturers can provide. Manufacturers who embrace the Watchdog Principle have the highest regard for quality control management. An all-encompassing crosscheck through all processes, PackOut is the final assurance that each unit has passed all previous quality control tests. No defect gets through. Electrical interlocks prohibit final packing and shipping until all tests have been passed. For instance, if the Watchdog detected that a unit bypassed a final leak test, the shrink wrapping machine would refuse to work for that serial number. This gives the consumer a consistent level of quality --guaranteed.

When ECI first introduced the Watchdog principle to our clients, we faced some resistance by operators who were concerned about meeting daily quotas. But as quality control management noticed the significant drop in warranty claims, it was mandated in no uncertain terms that the ECI Watchdog could not be bypassed. Our customers have informed us that, with the aid of the ECI IPCS, they consistently approach zero D.O.A.'s (Dead on Arrivals) and have dramatically reduced warranty claims.

To further enhance the usefulness of the IPCS in manufacturers' quality control management plans, ECI provides detailed reporting utilities in our software. For instance, ProMonitor™ is a Production monitoring software utility used by quality control management wishing to view the details and line status of each assembly line running InterLink™. With ProMonitor you can collect data from every integrated station and know what tests have been run, how many units have passed, first pass rates, station utilization, takt times, production line efficiency and more. See real-time information about all of your stations and operators, or run station history reports to evaluate areas where your production could be more efficient.

If you would like to learn more about how ECI can help your plant implement effective Quality Control Management, or if you would like to have the benefits of quality control management further explained, please request our free Information Packet and Report–Ranking Technology Providers.

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