Quality 4.0 must be a significant contributor to the Industry 4.0 revolution happening in manufacturing, however, right now there is a significant gap between the two. The risk for the quality industry not closing, or at least not tightening the gap, will have a negative impact on the entire manufacturing industry.
This technology gap between quality and other aspects of the manufacturing process has steadily grown over the years. Some of the lagging has to do with the technology itself, and some of the responsibility involves business owners and managers who do not view expanding the quality function as a critical business need.
”Today, more than 75% of the industry still uses a pen or pencil to ‘balloon’ part prints manually. Quality requirements are manually extracted and interpreted, and then entered manually into a spreadsheet with many of the other related quality steps.Sam Golan, High QA