Rapid technological advances and globalization of the market has made the manufacturing environment tremendously competitive. In order to stay in business, manufacturers must constantly find new ways to design and make products in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Most of all, they need to continuously improve product quality.
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To compete better in the international market, manufacturers and their suppliers conform to ISO 9000 quality management standards and ISO 14000 environmental management standards. Companies that are publicly traded or those planning to go public or are acquired by public companies also need to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).
For manufacturers and their suppliers, the ultimate goal is to produce safe, reliable, and high-quality products. To achieve this goal, they must address many quality-related challenges, including:
The MasterControl™ integrated quality management suite is a configurable, easy-to-use solution that helps companies attain and sustain ISO certification and regulatory compliance. MasterControl connects different departments with each other and with data and processes under a secure and centralized Web-based system. This connectivity helps promote quality throughout the enterprise by allowing management to continuously monitor and proactively improve the quality system.