NB: This is an excerpt from our latest eBook “Quality 4.0: How to Transition to a Smart Quality Model.” To download the full eBook, click here.

The technological developments in the 2010s have resulted in a new industrial revolution known as Industry 4.0. This new industrial revolution uses digital systems and predictive analytics to exchange data between factories and trigger data-driven actions without human supervision. Some key technologies that are behind Industry 4.0 include the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and cognitive computing.

The evolution of quality management

Quality 4.0 refers to the future of quality management in the context of Industry 4.0. The revolution within the area of quality is all about using Industry 4.0 technology to improve the practice of quality management. Quality leaders have an opportunity to apply proven quality disciplines to new, digital, and disruptive technologies.

From Industry 1.0 to Industry 4.0

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Why Quality 4.0 is a priority for quality leaders in the supply chain

In the digital era, quality management doesn’t end when the product ships. With connected systems, that are possible because of new technologies, quality can include feedback from the consumer. As a result, the feedback loop and learnings are deeper, more lasting, and have wider impacts.

According to Peter Warner, Advisor in Residence for Procurement & Global Sourcing at Allbirds, 2022 will be a demarcation point to how manufacturing and quality assurance Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) adapt to remote and virtual work, and how well organizations are able to adopt smarter tools and optics ahead.

"The goal of adopting Quality 4.0 strategies is to move away from cost prohibitive manual processes and late decision-making to smart factories that are connected and can adapt quickly."

Peter Warner, Advisor in ResidenceAllbirds

Organizations that can successfully implement Quality 4.0 strategies will have a competitive advantage over their counterparts and will be able to replace costly manual processes with dynamic and automated systems.

According to Deloitte, factories that adopted digital technologies early on triggered double-digit growth in key performance indicators (KPIs) between 2015 and 2018. Some of these KPIs include:

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Quality used to be linear and plagued with manual processes. In Industry 4.0, quality is continuous and automated.

Download the full eBook to read more about Quality 4.0, trends to look out for, and practical steps to implement a Quality 4.0 strategy.

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