QMS Quiz Results

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Thank you for completing the Arena Solutions QMS Quiz. We appreciate your desire to learn how you can optimize your quality processes to gain strategic advantages.

These results will help you determine the best time to start leveraging QMS, as well as the benefits you can expect from a product-centric QMS solution.

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How Product-Centric QMS Helps

Today’s highly regulated product companies must manage large volumes of information and maintain high levels of quality in an environment of changing regulations, complex supply chains, and even more complex products. Pushing your paper-based or document-centric electronic quality system beyond its limits may require investing significant time and money—thus delaying your ability to capitalize on market opportunities.

Product-centric QMS solutions help companies manage product quality processes more efficiently. At its core, product-centric QMS manages quality and training processes in context with product bill of materials, product documentation, approved manufacturers, component distributors, and engineering changes. A single solution to manage both product data and quality streamlines your quality processes and simplifies collaboration with the entire product realization team. Product-centric QMS also works with upstream design (e.g., eCAD/mCAD) systems and downstream enterprise systems such as ERP, CRM, and MES. Product-centric QMS should be easy to implement, able to scale, and cost-effective to maintain.

To learn more about product-centric QMS and how it can help your business, read Product Centric QMS: A Critical Advantage for Regulated Companies.

Read on to discover how QMS can help you face your company’s challenges.

Arena Product Lifecycle Management Software

Who We Are

Arena Solutions is the leading cloud solution provider for today’s product innovators. Our enterprise product realization platform is purpose-built from the ground up to enable quality, engineering, manufacturing operations, and supply-chain partners to collaborate effectively. We empower more than 1,300 customers of all sizes to achieve their product goals.

What We Do

Our solutions enable companies to design, produce, and improve innovative products quickly. Arena eliminates infrastructure barriers by ensuring secure collaboration during product development, improving closed-loop quality and training processes, and resolving design issues. With Arena QMS, teams share product information, exchange ideas, and accelerate changes throughout the product lifecycle. We also help product companies work with their partners to drive the entire product realization process from product concept through volume production.

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Challenges for Product-Centric QMS

Customers tell us that these are the specific challenges that sparked their need for product-centric QMS. Whether you face these issues now or will in the future, here is how product-centric QMS helps.

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As product complexity increases, so do the challenges of addressing quality on the product. It’s worth noting that product complexity does not typically change over time, unless you plan to make a major change to your product features, such as adding IoT capabilities.

Product-centric QMS leverages product information managed in PLM so quality and others have one single source of truth for all things product; there’s no need to wade through product spreadsheets and documents on a shared drive.

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If you rely on contractors, suppliers, or other external partners to help design, manufacture, and support your product, product-centric QMS is a must. An effective QMS system enables your extended product team to participate securely in quality processes. This capability is not available in all QMS systems. QMS enforces compliance quality processes. And product-centric QMS brings manufacturing and other specialists into quality processes to accelerate improvements.

QMS systems have formal processes in place for corrective and preventative action (CAPA), eight disciplines (8D), complaints, corrective action requests (CAR), supplier corrective action requests (SCAR), and others. In product-centric QMS, these quality processes are linked with engineering change processes.

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QMS manages your quality processes. As your business scales, the increased amount of data and the complexity of processes grows. Product quality impacts customer satisfaction and therefore corporate performance. Cloud QMS scales to your needs without hardware investment. Overhead for IT is negligible because installation, backups, and upgrades are included with your subscription.

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To get products to market, your company must comply with various types of regulations. Maintaining compliance to various regulatory initiatives is critical to building safe products and avoiding potential hazards, fines, lawsuits, and even loss of life.

QMS systems help companies manage, track, and document evidence of compliance to reduce risk and improve quality. Product-centric QMS links compliance evidence with the product record.

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Product-centric QMS helps companies meet their operational goals: product quality levels, time to market, cost of goods sold. They do this by enabling the product team to contribute throughout the product lifecycle and integrating quality processes with engineering processes. In this way cross-functional, distributed teams can resolve issues and improve products faster.

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The more people involved in product quality processes, the more product-centric QMS helps. The more people involved, the more difficult sharing, tracking, and controlling quality information becomes.

Product-centric QMS provides controlled access to quality processes and product information such as design history.

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Product-centric QMS connects quality processes with product changes (Engineering Change Orders or ECOs) and document changes (Document Change Orders or DCOs). In this way, you can see how past quality issues were resolved. And you can easily see the quality action that initiated an ECO or DCO.

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Product-centric QMS includes training and quizzes. When a document is changed, the people who have been trained on past revisions will be notified. QMS facilitates employee and partner training on the latest instructions, procedures, and standards.

Now that you know a little more about product-centric QMS and how it helps, contact us today to find out why Arena is the No. 1 QMS solution for product companies. Contact Arena Sales.

“Arena can do it all…”

— Kim Khoe, Director of Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance, Apical Instruments

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About Arena Solutions

Arena Solutions helps innovative electronic high tech and medical device companies create products that change the world. The Arena product realization platform unifies PLM, QMS, and ALM, allowing every participant throughout the product design and manufacturing process to work together. With Arena, teams accelerate product development and delivery to increase profits. For more information, visit www.arenasolutions.com.