Quality Domain - a successful partner to the automotive industry

Different industries also mean different requirements for materials and machines, but also for the software. One of the many strengths of our Quality Domain CAQ software lies in the wide range of possible applications in the most diverse sectors. Our satisfied customers include not only companies from the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and electronics industries, but also many well-known automotive manufacturers. Years of experience, innovation and the experience of a large number of satisfied customers have made us what we are today.

Initial situation and special features of the automotive industry

In times of global competition, increased safety requirements, the unpredictable development of energy costs, supply bottlenecks and increasing uncertainty due to the growing number of corporate mergers, the remaining market participants are being forced to become more efficient and productive.
Fixed costs must be reduced, which unfortunately often results in a reduction in personnel. This is exacerbated by increasing customer requirements and the individualization of products.

In these difficult times, the use of CAQ software is essential for companies in the automotive industry. It improves the chances of surviving on the global market and helps companies to cope with the ever-increasing competitive pressure.

Strengths of the quality domain

Our Quality Domain software is probably one of the most versatile CAQ software currently available on the German market. It supports you in all areas of your quality assurance and paves the way for a continuous improvement process. By using the software, you can analyze quality-relevant data right at the start of the production process in order to detect key errors, tolerance violations or trends at an early stage.

Thanks to the central storage of all relevant quality data, the traceability of each individual piece of information is possible without great effort – so that, in combination with our complaint management software, the causes can be easily and specifically tracked down and rectified as quickly as possible. With the help of our traceability software, you can find part IDs and batch data more easily and carry out process improvements more efficiently – resulting in increased customer satisfaction.

Dynamic test severity control

An important, because cost-saving, aspect of the software is the dynamic control of inspection accuracy. It is based on the process data that is collected directly during the production process and documented on a daily basis, such as various quality-relevant parameters that welding robots transmit to the software during the welding process. This makes it easy to identify conspicuous welding points so that a targeted inspection can then be carried out that is limited to these conspicuous points. This process drastically reduces the number of inspections and the associated costs.

Handling the software

Another strength of the software is its user-friendliness, which we receive time and again from our customers. This is due to the clear design and self-explanatory functionality. This also includes the quick and easy familiarization of employees with the software. This is done individually according to user groups, so that each employee receives training specifically tailored to their area of responsibility.

In addition to the special training models, the user profiles can also be customized to ensure that the software remains clear for each individual. The inspector is therefore quickly able to enter measurement data, which is then analyzed by the process monitor over a longer period of time in order to detect process changes, such as repeat errors, using long-term analyses.

Continuous adaptation of the software

Joining technologies in the automotive industry have developed rapidly in recent years, with the result that numerous different technologies are currently in use. The integration of new joining technologies into the software is an ongoing process, ensuring that you can always integrate the latest technologies that the market has to offer.

Connection of process and product data

The software enables you to bridge the gap between product data and quality-relevant process data. Not only can all process data collected during production using the various joining techniques be accessed centrally in the software, but also all product information from the various systems, such as ERP or CATIA. With the Report Designer, this data can then be displayed in correlation with each other in meaningful evaluations. The flexible creation of test certificates, weekly and monthly evaluations, measurement reports or capability certificates is also extremely simplified.

The Report Designer offers a variety of standard display formats. If these are not sufficient, you can even create new individual reports with little effort. By integrating graphics, photos and CAD drawings (including MIBA), reports can be adapted to individual requirements. However, the software can not only centrally manage the product and process data mentioned, but of course also all other process data, such as from coordinate measuring machines, gap and transition measuring devices or torque wrenches.

Application example: Testing spot welds with ultrasound

The picture at the top right shows an employee checking spot welds with an ultrasound device. These results are then displayed on a monitor, as shown in the picture below. QDA provides a visual representation with the exact position of the individual measuring points as support for the ultrasonic inspection, which is also displayed as a 3D graphic on the monitor.

Why companies in the automotive industry choose us

Thanks to our global service and short implementation times for software problems or inquiries, we always manage to convince our customers of us and our products and build up a long-term working relationship based on trust. Many customers appreciate the close and good cooperation with our colleagues, who are always able to think their way into the most diverse problems of the respective project. Following a large number of discussions and analyses, optimal solutions are then sought together and individual decisions are made. Thanks to the good contact that continues beyond the project, the software can be continuously and optimally adapted to the constantly changing production processes.

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Ludmila Lebedev
Sales Team Germanedge

Armaments group tightens quality processes with fully integrated eQMS

Our client is a supplier of complex defense systems. As a global player, the OEM works with hundreds of Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers. The multinational company has been on a stable growth path for years. As a result, the need to transfer quality management processes, tasks and data to a central planning and control solution increased. In 2012, the company began looking for a suitable QMS solution.

What were the main challenges?

The dominant topic on the agenda of QM managers is traceability. When defense systems are manufactured, a large number of parts and assemblies have to be processed. The requirements for the traceability of these parts extend down to the level of individual measuring points.

In order to cover the entire value chain, data and information must be processed both from the company’s own systems and from key suppliers – from ID and batch numbers to material certificates. Before the launch of QMS, the customer used a framework document that accompanied the components through the entire production process. All process participants were required to document their work in accordance with the company’s QM specifications. However, the increasing complexity of the production processes and the growing number of orders also increased the risk of no longer being able to fully record the required data.

The defense company was therefore looking for an integrated QMS – a data-based software system that enables bidirectional exchange with all relevant systems in the value chain. In particular, this includes the company’s SAP solution, the MES systems used and the measuring instruments. Additional attention is paid to the integration of the calibration system. This ensures that operators only use validated tools for their quality checks. This means that when a measuring device is used, the eQMS automatically checks whether it is correctly calibrated so that its results can be accepted.

Why did the customer choose QMS?

In addition, the entire architecture of the solution, especially the data structure, is transparent enough to be validated by both internal quality managers and external auditors. In this way, it can be proven at any time that the manufacturing processes comply with all regulatory requirements. These range from industry standards such as ISA95, ISO9000 and TFS16949 to customer-specific requirements and IT security and data protection regulations.

How did the implementation process go?

The armaments group operates the software as an on-premise solution in one of its European plants. The basic implementation took place in 2013. The rollout began along the entire value chain. The customer was able to carry out large parts of the implementation itself. This applies in particular to user training. Experience shows that new users are usually up and running within two hours. This is mainly due to the lean GUIs of QMS and not least the fact that the system runs in the local language.

From a process perspective, the implementation began with a proof of concept (PoC). This showed that the customer was already able to map the majority of its processes in the QMS standard. In addition, the PoC made it clear where changes needed to be made. Most of these modifications were necessary to adapt the traceability functions of the software to the requirements of the defense industry. Thanks to the PoC, the customer is still working with a solution where all changes are integrated into the standard.

In addition, virtually no changes were made to the actual core solution after the initial implementation. Adjustments are only made almost exclusively when additional integrations are required. For example, when new production facilities or measuring devices need to be connected to the QMS.

How does the QMS support operational processes?

QMS is used along the entire value chain. The spectrum ranges from incoming goods to delivery control. This ensures that no part leaves production without having been approved in eQMS. The company also uses QMS to approve newly developed parts and new suppliers for practical use.

More than 800 concurrent users work with the system around the clock. The user interfaces have been designed for the various user roles. This means that users only see the data fields and associated QMS information that are relevant to their specific work. The customer has set up these front-end roles themselves.

The armaments group uses the functions of the Quality Domain in these areas in particular:

Quality planning

APQP (including process flow, control plan, FMEA, PPAP and MSA.


Incoming goods

Processing and release, including testing and documentation with direct connection to SAP.

Data acquisition

Inspection planning for the creation of inspection characteristics and work instructions. It also supports inspections that are directly integrated into the MES.

Data analysis & reporting

Key figure creation uses advanced statistical methods (Advanced Statistics).

Together with the Quality Domain, the customer is currently considering how measurement data management can be further optimized. At the center of these considerations is the use of artificial intelligence and natural language processing (NLP). The aim is to build a voice input system that allows workers in the hall to record measured values without having to interrupt their actual work.

How can faults be rectified or even avoided?

Considering the range of applications for its products, it is crucial for the equipment supplier to identify problems, defects and faults in the manufacturing process and even avoid them if possible. This is why the QMS customer has a comprehensive solution for error handling.

The automatic escalation processes of QMS can be triggered even when irregularities are just beginning to emerge: If a measurement trend threatens to deviate from its usual distribution pattern, the system recognizes this at an early stage. This gives the set-up supplier more time to adjust the affected production processes before the produced parts actually fall out of specification.

This enables quality managers and product owners to carry out predictive quality analyses. Although the currently implemented solution does not yet use artificial intelligence for this purpose, the customer is able to manage and control deviations from the specification at a very early stage. This is because whenever an error occurs, the error management system triggers an alarm and automatically notifies the people responsible. They also automatically receive exactly the information they need to rectify the current problem. In this way, the equipment supplier minimizes the number of production errors and, as a result, the amount of its.

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Ludmila Lebedev
Sales Team Germanedge

Customer use case: Wind energy

We can say a lot about ourselves and our software. However, no one can say more about our software than our customers, who use it every day.

Our user reports show how companies achieve success with our solutions. There is no better way to find out what our customers think!

Below is a customer use case from the wind energy sector. With more than 40,000 installed wind turbines, the company is one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers with several production sites worldwide.


Each of the four product divisions is dedicated to the manufacture of a specific part of the wind turbine. There are aspects of quality management, such as data acquisition, that affect all divisions. However, there are also individual quality requirements that are only relevant to certain areas.

The nacelle consists of gears and bearings that are built around the main shaft and are driven by the rotor blades. Additional quality requirements here include the collection of torque data on all fasteners, SPC and traceability of components and materials.

The tower is the pillar, the base on which the nacelle is mounted. The recording and analysis of welding data, the documentation of material assemblies and traceability are the top priorities here.

Rotor blades. Each wind turbine requires three rotor blades, which are made of carbon fiber and glass to save weight. Depending on the type of wind turbine, the rotor blades are available in different lengths. The quality focus in the production of the rotor blades is on controlling the weight of each rotor blade and maintaining the exact shape for perfect aerodynamics. The elimination of faults and defects is essential, as the scrapping of a faulty rotor blade is associated with high costs.

Control systems. These are the hardware and software that control the wind turbine. The focus here is on achieving yield targets for the initial samples, supplier management and the tracking of parts and defects.

Global standardization of data collection

Given the size of the company, the complexity of the quality requirements and the global distribution of production sites, reconciling data and reports generated in different plants and by different suppliers is a major challenge. Millions of measurements are taken and analyzed every day.

Our QM software is installed on the central server. This is where all the data is recorded, stored and managed. The software standardizes all quality data. It ensures that measurements of the same characteristic are taken and analyzed in the same way everywhere. Consistent quality management begins with data acquisition. Even here, it must be ensured that all data is valid before it is imported and further processed. This guarantees the comparability of all data from every system and every machine worldwide.

Implementation and quality integration

The first step in introducing a new product or solution to a wind turbine manufacturer is a successful pilot installation. The pilot installation for QMS took place at the company’s headquarters in 2008 and included the QMS SPC software. Data was to be imported from over 500 devices and from various databases. In addition to the company’s own equipment, this also included welding machines, Zeiss coordinate measuring machines and special machines and test equipment for the wind energy sector.

QMS is implemented throughout the entire product life cycle chain, including the planning and approval process for newly developed parts and suppliers across the entire production chain with more than 5,000 employees working in the system around the clock. No part leaves production without being approved in QMS.

The manufacturer utilizes the possibilities of QM for use in:

  • Quality planning – APQP4Wind including process flow, inspection plan, FMEA, PPAP and MSA.
  • Incoming goods – quality assurance and release of incoming goods, including inspection and documentation, directly integrated with ERP.
  • Data collection – Inspection planning to visualize characteristics, provide work instructions and support inspections directly integrated with MES.
  • Data analysis & reporting – Visualization and partial acceptance via automated analysis & reporting using statistical methods directly integrated with KPI reporting.
  • Complaint Management – Automated integration between data collection and defect resolution has significantly reduced the time required to manage the 8D process

ERP integration

QMS is integrated into the company’s existing SAP system and thus automatically receives further information, such as parts data, supplier master data, information on incoming goods orders or returns. This exchange takes place in both directions and also in exchange with warehouse management.

The MES connection

QMS is also integrated into the company’s existing MES system and also receives its information from here. It automatically receives production orders and recorded values from the MES system and returns relevant quality data to the MES system.

The synergies

QMS ensures that all quality data, from product planning to continuous improvement, is managed in an integrated system. This has created synergies over the years and significantly reduced quality costs. All recorded data, whether from the design phase or production, is error-proof and valid from the outset. It pays off across the entire line when reliable data is recorded. The integrated quality management system can thus get the best out of the data. In addition to the use of quality data analyses, the data can be passed on to suppliers and customers as documentation or product certificates. This forms the basis for quality planning, compliance and inspection, complaints management and continuous improvement.

The automated analysis and reporting functions are located along the entire quality value chain and can therefore uncover problems in real time. The graphically supported reports are clear and easy to read and provide the right people with meaningful information to make robust decisions in a timely manner.

Customer focus

The company’s success depends on the successful installation and operation of the wind turbines at its customers. The wind turbine manufacturer takes on an active advisory role when working with its customers in order to develop the special requirements of its customers together with them and to support them with its specialist knowledge throughout the planning phase. The QMS-based quality assurance system is an essential part of the production process. The software applies demand-oriented production equipment for quality control at each process step, defines strict and precise cycle times, applies SPC with Six Sigma targets, defines employee certification processes and standardizes measurement and test equipment management.

Customer-specific analysis

The Quality Domain has developed a process in which work instructions run automatically. The QMS software itself assesses whether the production line is within the quality tolerances and the specified sigma level. QMS analyzes the output of certain processes to determine whether they are being carried out optimally or whether the very time-critical inspection and data acquisition processes need to be adjusted. Another customer-specific module was implemented to obtain automatic test certificates from QMS and to provide test evaluations using the QMS Report Designer.

Gondel Baugruppe

The entire nacelle assembly process is mapped in a single QMS inspection plan, with each step defined as a process. The inspection plan, which includes “order” fields and sample information, requires that each individual step must be completed with an “OK” before the next step can start. It also ensures that each component is traceable. These inspection plans contain up to 450 processes and cover several hundred characteristics.

Today, all information from production flows into the QMS database to ensure that documentation and work instructions are up to date. Once a nacelle has been assembled, including the correct cable attachment, the recorded data is imported using the QMS Import Manager. If QMS determines that the inspection results are OK, it summarizes the results in the corresponding reports. The software then automatically creates and distributes the inspection reports. The process generates millions of records that are stored in QMS. Therefore, QMS is able to log test results, identify defects, track rework and calculate the values that go into KPIs to enable meaningful comparisons.

With QMS at the core of its quality management platform, the company has introduced what all leading manufacturers are trying to achieve – an exemplary integrated quality system that continuously improves quality on multiple levels, reduces costs on a large scale and ensures your product performance worldwide.


Get in touch!

Would you like to know more about our solutions? Then please write me using the contact form. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Ludmila Lebedev
Sales Team Germanedge

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