Quality 4.0 strategies for Supply Chain Management will be built on the technologies and processes centered on the digitization of industrial processes and the connection between digital and physical production systems. It is not limited to manufacturing operations; Q 4.0 can be enabled by inexpensive sensors or improved ways to connect business systems. It could include the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or improved capabilities around Big Data and data analytics.
If there is such a thing as Supply Chain 4.0, what will it accomplish and what will it look like? The traditional Supply Chain Management approach still provides value whether your receivable is a piece of hardware or a software download:
– 1. Provide a Supplier Scorecard
– 2. Measure and Track CoQ
– 3. Require Closed Loop Corrective Action
– 4. Audit Key Suppliers
It is targeted at maintaining a supplier network that delivers your needs correctly and on time. But, Supply Chain 4.0 must use the tools of Industry 4.0 – automatically gathering more nuanced data across multiple suppliers, garnering learnings that cannot be seen when looking at suppliers as individuals. And that can lead us closer to achieving six sigma performance from our supply chain.
As a Senior member of ASQ, Jim belongs to the Princeton and South Jersey Sections. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor since 1993 and a Certified Manager of Quality/ Organizational Excellence since 2008. Jim was active in Quality New Jersey between 1991 and 2007. Mr August has taught courses at Rutgers, Raritan Valley Community College and Middlesex County College. He has been a workshop leader and trainer for ISO 9001 and ASQ CMQ/OE and CQE certification refresher courses. Jim has a wide range of professional interests and is often a guest lecturer at Rutgers in addition to being a regular presenter to ASQ local Sections and ASQ regional programs.