A revolutionary approach to supplier quality management

1factory - bring your supply chain to your desktop

Connect with Suppliers

Bring your supply chain to your desktop over the 1factory platform. Access quality control plans, inspection data, and analysis from hundreds of suppliers across the supply chain. Enjoy unparalleled visibility into your supply chain.

Define Controls

Work together with suppliers to develop quality control plans. Ensure that every critical product feature, process parameter, and required task, has an associated control to prevent mistakes and control variation.

Enforce Controls

Go beyond first articles and PPAP, and bring your quality control plans to life. Ensure that data is collected in a systematic and disciplined manner in accordance with the controls defined in the quality control plan.

Monitor Quality

Automate data-analysis, and provide real-time feedback to both the supplier and the buyer's supplier quality team, ensuring a common understanding of process performance. Assess defect-risk before parts leave the supplier.

Improve Performance

Quickly retrieve data for root-cause analysis from across the supply chain. Collaborate with suppliers to improve critical processes. Easily measure and compare process performance before and after improvement projects.

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Collaborate with suppliers. Ensure quality at source.

Quality Planning

Zero-defect quality control requires attention to detail at the product-feature, process-parameter, and manufacturing-task level. But how do you ensure this attention to detail for thousands of features, parameters, and tasks across hundreds of suppliers with limited supplier quality resources? 1factory can help.

Use 1factory's quality planning feature, and collaborate with suppliers to quickly define controls for critical product-features, process-parameters, and manufacturing-tasks. Know how your parts are made, and ensure that inspection methods, work instructions, and inspection frequencies are clearly defined. Address quality plan differences up-front before they turn into disputes.

Quality Control Plans

Systematic Data Collection

1factory enforces controls by ensuring that data is collected in a systematic and disciplined manner in accordance with the quality control plan. No more missed inspections, and incomplete quality records.

More importantly, 1factory enforces controls without becoming a burden. We recognize that your suppliers are in the best position to ensure quality at source, and we designed the 1factory system to make it easy for suppliers to easily capture measurement data. In fact, it's easier for suppliers to record data directly in 1factory than to record it on paper or in excel.

Data can be captured from keyboard, CMMs, excel spreadsheets, and barcode readers. In addition, suppliers can associate certs (e.g. raw material, heat-treatment, electro-plating etc.) with the appropriate lot number or work order number.

Pre Control

First Article Business Process

The purpose of a first article is to validate that the production process is capable of producing a good part. Therefore the first article review process needs to do more than simply check the first piece. It needs to confirm that the manufacturing process with which the first piece was produced, is actually representative of the on-going production process. It also needs to confirm that a quality control plan has been established and followed during production.

1factory can help you structure and manage an efficient and effective first article approval process. Whether you use simple first article reports, detailed PPAPs, or AS9102 report formats, we can help deliver a customized work-flow and experience that is appropriate for your business.

First Article

Incoming Inspection

Speed-up incoming inspections using 1factory's automated sample size calculation feature with built-in support for C=0, ANSI Z1.4, and ANSI Z1.9 plans (other industry specific plans are available).

Easily set up inspection plans (by importing spreadshets or reading and ballooning drawings). Maintain inspection plans with revision control, and change history. Be audit-ready with detailed change-logs for inspection plans and data-entry logs for inspection data. Easily manage raw material, external-processing and other certs by uploading along with inspection data.

Quality Control Plans

Supplier Final Inspection / Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI)

Access final inspection data from suppliers before parts leave supplier's manufacturing facility. Identify high-risk features, assign corrective actions and work together with suppliers to ensure quality at source.

Use 1factory's quality planning feature, and collaborate with suppliers to quickly define controls for critical product-features, process-parameters, and manufacturing-tasks. Know how your parts are made, and ensure that inspection methods, work instructions, and inspection frequencies are clearly defined. Address quality plan differences up-front before they turn into disputes.

Quality Control Plans

Supply Chain Monitoring / Dashboard

Real-Time Visibility: 1factory complements your existing ERP and PDM systems, with real-time access to supply chain quality control data at the feature, parameter, and task level. With 1factory, you can access supplier plans, inspections, process capability studies and CAPAs. In the event of a problem, you can retrieve data at the click of a button. No more waiting for paper or spreadsheet data to be emailed by suppliers.

Dashboard: Monitor inspection status and defect-risk in real-time across all suppliers, from your desktop. Easily drill-down to feature-level performance problems. Prevent defective parts from entering your manufacturing or spares supply chains.

Scorecard: View supplier performance over time, and output scorecards at the click of a button.

Supply Chain Dashboard

Supplier Change Control

Ensure suppliers are always building to the latest part and drawing revision level. Ensure corrective actions, design changes, manufacturing process changes, and inspection method or frequency changes are reflected in quality control plans.

Track QC Plan change history with version controlled plans. Comply with customer and industry specific change control requirements including Intel's Copy Exactly!™ requirements. Ensure a closed-loop change implementation process all the way from Engineering Change Order (ECO) to supplier's manufacturing floor.

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Product Traceability

Track manufacturing process and quality control data from sub-tier through end-customer. Retrieve product inspection data by serial number, batch number, work order number, lot number, PO number, gage ID, operator ID, machine ID, fixture ID etc.

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Minimize Part-to-Part Variation:

Simple Visual Controls: 1factory provides real-time pass/fail feedback to the factory technician, along with simple visual controls so that factory technicians can ensure that products are free of defects. 1factory also provides options to set-up Pre-Control, Individuals Charts (I-MR), and Means Charts (x-bar, R charts) to detect drifts and shifts in processes.

Process Capability: Use process capability (Cp, Cpk) and process performance (Pp, Ppk) analysis to identify high-risk processes and parts. Ensure common vocabulary and understanding of metrics, and use instant automated analysis to minimize variability and guide process improvements.

Run-charts and SPC: Minimize part-to-part variability, ensure parts are built to specs, and deliver product performance that results in a positive customer experience. Improve product reliability, reduce early-life failure, and reduce warranty costs. 1factory also makes it easy to implement and monitor industry specificn requirements - e.g. AS9103 Variation Control - without any additional efforts.

Data Analysis, SPC, Cp, Cpk

Supplier Corrective Actions, CAPA

Easily create and manage CAPAs for defects, deviations, customer returns, audit findings, safety problems etc. Assign and track action items and CAPA status and ensure timely resolution.

Follow a structured problem solving process (8D): document the problem, identify the team, determine corrective action, implement containment, determine root-cause, implement preventive action, and validate effectiveness.

Output CAPA into industry-standard 8D format for easier reporting to customers. Easily Pareto non-conformances by part number, type, and cause. Trend non-conformances over time.

Supplier Corrctive Actions, CAPA

Supply Chain Dashboard

Monitor inspection status and defect-risk across all factories and work-centers from your desktop. Easily drill-down to feature-level performance problems. Prevent defective parts from escaping to customers.

Factory Defect Risk Dashboard

Supplier Onboarding, Scalability

1factory provides a complete supplier onboarding service. We begin with a standard letter to suppliers that outlines the program objectives and benefits to both buyer and supplier. Next we organize overview presentations for each supplier, and finally, we bring each supplier on-board with hands-on training.

1factory is designed for the front lines of manufacturing with design inputs and ideas from quality control and manufacturing users. 1factory's intuitive design and best-in-class screens make navigation a breeze. Adding a supplier to the 1factory platform takes just a few clicks, and training takes less than an hour, with no disruption to supplier operations.

Our subscription pricing allows you to start small - with just a few suppliers and parts - and allows you to scale infinitely as your business grows.

Secure and Reliable

Authentication

To access the system, a user must have a valid user name and password. User names are authenticated via email confirmation. Passwords have mandatory lengths and characters, and are always stored encrypted.

Each user is assigned a role and set of permissions, and every transaction within the system is authenticated against the user's organization, role, and permissions.

Data Security

We encrypt data during transfer using TLS 1.2. The connection is encrypted and authenticated using AES_128_GCM, and uses ECDHE_RSA as the key exchange mechanism.

In addition, we use encrypted block storage to protect data and files at rest.

Up-Time and Reliability

1factory has been engineered to be highly scalable and available. Over the last two years, we have not had a single unplanned outage.

1factory backs-up data with 2x daily snapshots. We use a very reliable data-center provider, with production and recovery in two geographic zones to allow fail-over with minimal disruption to our customers.

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