New roles for Industry 4.0: Quality Engineer

Industry 4.0 is rising and bringing new challenges for companies and teams as manufacturing landscape changes.

Quality Engineering is a new and varied field which is becoming more and more crucial on a shop floor.
A Quality Engineer’s job is to monitor and audit the quality of all the manufactured goods, making sure that all the processes are performed correctly. Manufacturing systems and processes need constant supervision and they look not only for defects, but also for the respective cause and solution in a timely manner.

Quality engineers can find a place in a variety of industries, from automotive to textile, food or electronic industries, although discrete manufacturers, for example, might probably show different needs from a continuous manufacturer.

Tasks and responsibilities

During their day, a Quality Engineer will probably spend some time on the shop floor, monitoring performance and troubleshooting problems, counting on manufacturing software such as Prodsmart to easily collect and present them with the necessary data, in real-time, for an informed decision-making process. Performance analysis and improvement might also be one of their main priorities, which can benefit from the useful dashboards and analytics provided by a manufacturing software.

Industry 4.0 has been shaping the relationships on the shop floor, between teams, machines, and between people and machines, and Quality Engineers are essential since they ensure the connectedness of the entire factory and resources.

Compliance, integration of systems and processes are also a responsibility of the Quality Engineer. Since connectivity and digitization open a new window of possibilities for real-time data collection and analysis, Quality Engineers are also expected to ensure the trustworthiness of this information and use it to reach fast and informed decisions. 


How can a Manufacturing Software help

  • A Quality Engineer will benefit from having all the information collected and analyzed in real-time;
  • Easy reports, which take just a couple of clicks and minutes to gather the most important information, are also a useful tool to grant that the Quality Department and the whole company is ready to be audited for ISO or other quality norms at any time;
  • Having a full end-to-end traceability record is very important for full visibility, from raw-materials into finished goods;
  • Checklists, used for Safety or Quality purpuses are an easy way to ensure a correct and adequate product by the end of the production process, compliant with the necessary standards and norms;
  • Work Instructions, shown directly on the shop floor, are also a useful tool for training employees, keeping high production standards and sharing knowledge amongst all the workers.


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