News - Availability of MasterControl TotalMFG™ Solution Package Announced

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA – November 18, 2008 – MasterControl Inc., a global provider of document, quality, and audit management software solutions, today announced its new MasterControl TotalMFG™ software solution package. MasterControl TotalMFG™ enables regulated manufacturers to get their products to market faster while simultaneously maintaining compliance.

“MasterControl TotalMFG allows cross-functional teams to efficiently collaborate on critical documents and accelerate the development cycle,” said Matthew M. Lowe, MasterControl Senior Product Manager. “MasterControl can help all departments throughout an enterprise—whether it is product development, engineering, manufacturing, operations, quality, purchasing, or regulatory—streamline their processes.”

MasterControl TotalMFG can help manufacturers launch products to market faster by enabling the entire development team to execute and communicate their tasks more efficiently using the tools with which they are already comfortable and proficient. Specific benefits of the TotalMFG software package include:

  • Collaboration workspaces that have the capability to involve multiple departments, outside suppliers, consultants, etc.
  • A Web-based platform that eliminates the constraints of geographic dispersion
  • Automated approval workflows that eliminate time otherwise wasted waiting for approval signatures
  • Project management tools that dramatically reduce administrative overhead by automating task tracking and distribution
  • Concurrent engineering involving suppliers and manufacturing

By providing tools that make product development and quality more efficient, MasterControl TotalMFG makes efficiency and compliance synonymous throughout the organization. Quality professionals can achieve compliance without hindering the development cycle while at the same time increasing overall product quality by incorporating failure and complaint data into future designs. Access to all supplier-related quality information is available from a single interface, which allows for rapid assessment. Supplier compliance is insured by MasterControl’s automated status tracking functionality. MasterControl also helps regulatory specialists participate in the development cycle and makes it possible for them to easily repurpose documentation for use in regulatory submissions.

MasterControl TotalMFG is an integrated enterprise system that serves as a single source for product definition and provides a central repository for all drawings, specs, manufacturing procedures, inspection criteria, marketing collaterals, bills of materials, and so forth. The system features tightly integrated applications and seamlessly integrates with the tools users work with every day such as CAD, Outlook, Word, MS Project, and more.

MasterControl’s advanced document control functionality is conducive to streamlining processes throughout the enterprise. Users from any department can easily collaborate on the same document using the applications with which they are most comfortable. The system streamlines supply chain management to help prevent receiving delays, product rework, and scrapping of product. MasterControl also provides an overview of the development pipeline, ensuring that purchasing decisions are based on accurate data. By reducing bottlenecks and inefficiencies across multiple departments, MasterControl TotalMFG reduces the total amount of time it takes to get a product to market.

Every department organization-wide can benefit from MasterControl TotalMFG. For instance:

  • Product development and engineering teams can use MasterControl to more easily manage the continual flood of iterations of product specs and keep manufacturing, purchasing, document control, and the supply chain up to date. The system allows design engineers continue to work in the CAD environments where they are most comfortable.
  • TotalMFG connects manufacturing and operations departments to the development process in early stages and allows them to provide input that will reduce manufacturing costs and get the supply chain lined up sooner. MasterControl insures that documentation used in the manufacturing process is always up to date. 
  • Quality managers can track and trend quality metrics with MasterControl’s built-in analytics tools and scheduled reports. MasterControl simplifies compliance without sacrificing efficiency by automating quality events such as CAPA, customer complaints, NCMRs, and audits with electronic signatures and workflows. Employee training records can be automatically maintained and controlled with robust links to the MasterControl document management system. In addition, MasterControl allows the quality feedback loop to be leveraged in order to improve product design and reduce failures in the field. MasterControl helps quality professionals avoid common QMS pains and provides more control over the development process and resulting documentation. The system also makes it easier to maintain a rapidly evolving AVL and helps insure that it is utilized properly.
  • With MasterControl, purchasing departments have a single source for product specifications and approved vendor information. MasterControl allows managers to see changes in processes, thereby enhancing efficiency and preventing scrap and rework. MasterControl TotalMFG insures that purchasing decisions are always based on accurate, up-to-date data.
  • Regulatory personnel are able participate in the development cycle and have the capacity to easily repurpose documentation for inclusion in regulatory submissions. MasterControl TotalMFG simplifies and automates the processes and systems that must be in place for ISO 9000 certification.

Specific components of the MasterControl TotalMFG package include:

The MasterControl BOM, Supplier, Projects, and PDM Connector solutions inclusive in the TotalMFG package provide clients with unprecedented PLM functionality.

For more information about how MasterControl TotalMFG can improve your manufacturing processes and get your product to market faster, contact a MasterControl representative.

About MasterControl Inc.

MasterControl Inc. is a leading provider of document, quality, GXP and audit management software solutions for companies worldwide. MasterControl™ products are easy to use, easy to deploy, and easy to maintain. MasterControl solutions are specifically designed to accelerate products’ time to market and incorporate industry best practices for automating and connecting every stage of the product development cycle.  By combining an integrated, Web-based platform with a continuum of robust products and exceptional services, MasterControl drives down the total cost of ownership and enables customers to extend their investment across the enterprise. Nearly 400 companies, more than any other QMS provider, count on MasterControl solutions to dramatically enhance their business process management. For more information about MasterControl products and services, visit, or call 800-825-9117 (U.S.) or +44 118 9812838