In small series production, especially when producing precision components, quality control is often a challenge. Errors are only detected at the end of the process during the final inspection. This can lead to significant costs as faulty components are further refined and additional measurements are required.

Solution: Inline quality control using an IIoT platform

One way to reduce quality costs in small series production is to use inline quality control. The process data is recorded throughout the entire manufacturing process and evaluated in an IIoT platform such as CuttingEdge World. This allows anomalies to be detected and corrected at an early stage. In series production, inline quality is often used to detect deviations in process parameters. For example, anomalies in spindle current or tool wear can be detected. In small series production, inline quality can also be used to detect anomalies on the workpiece or component itself.
All data from the digital twin is recorded in the IIoT hub, meaning the final inspection of the workpiece is no longer necessary

Benefit: Detect errors, save additional measurements and final checks

Inline quality offers companies in small series production numerous advantages, including:
    • Early error detection: This means that faulty components can be identified early and not further refined. This leads to cost savings.
    • No additional measurements/visual inspections: Inline quality can reduce the need for additional measurements and visual inspections. This also leads to cost savings.
    • Reduced complaints: 100% inline quality control reduces the risk of complaints. This leads to an improvement in the company’s image.

Conclusion: Inline quality control significantly reduces costs

Inline quality is an effective way to reduce quality costs in small series production. By detecting errors early and avoiding additional measurements and visual inspections, companies can save significant costs.
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