When industrial equipment manufacturers evaluate ERP software, one of the key categories on the checklist is quality management. There seems to be a consensus that any Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system worth its salt ought to include the ability to plan and manage quality. While the quality management capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics AX compare favorably with those of competitive systems, taking a hard look at why quality really matters in Industrial Equipment Manufacturing demonstrates some of the major reasons why Dynamics AX is the ERP system of choice for mid-market IEM companies.

Quality is been a common theme in most manufacturing segments since the rise of Japanese automakers and the introduction of the Toyoda Production System in the 1980s. Japanese automakers dominated the American market first on price and then on the reliability of their cars. When Ford Motor Company declared “Quality is Job 1,” it reflected the realization of many American manufacturers that quality was mechanism that drove the Japanese competitive engine. Since that time the concept and the imperative of quality has evolved considerably. Whether it’s called Total Quality Management or Six Sigma or something else, the focus on quality has become ingrained in American manufacturing management doctrine and methodology. As a result, we include a quality management evaluation category on our ERP checklists and believe the ERP system we select will somehow help us do a better job of producing quality product.

Customer success stories demonstrate that IEM companies selecting Microsoft Dynamics AX often improve in managing quality and producing quality product. It’s possible to learn a great deal from the successes of others, but it’s also important to understand how to translate that learning into success for your company. As we said, taking a comprehensive look at why quality matters in IEM can help you evaluate how you can improve the quality performance of your company and understand why Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software for industrial equipment manufacturing is a key tool in helping your achieve your quality goals.  Read the rest of this entry »

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