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Manufacturers: Do You Trust Your Data?

To ​ensure product quality, inspection data has to be collected continuously. 


This data is the "fuel" underlying the entire quality control process. In addition, with companies begining to introduce AI and Machine Learning into their processes, these models are only as good as the data they're built with -remember that old saying; "garbage in, garbage out."


trust ropeThere is a fundamental rule regarding the data that you use to make decions:
You must be able to trust your data's accuracy, ​timeliness,​ and completeness


​Some of your manufacturing data may originate from IOT, sensors, and other automated measurement devices. But despite the advent of automation, a large amount of manufacturing data still originates from humans on the manufacturing production floor or in the warehouse. Often, inspectors or inventory managers are doing materials or quality checks on paper, and this introduces risk and can compromise the reliability of your data collection, leading to data that may not be "trustworth"


To improve the trustworthiness​, timeliness​, and completeness of data collected by workers, manufacturers are ​going digital. They're replacing​ paper forms with mobile​ (and web) inspection apps, or mobile forms, that work on tablets and smartphones.

But if the mobile forms you're using aren't ​fully customizable and sophisticated in terms ​of things like data validation, ​error trapping, complex calculations, bar code lookups, and embedded logic - chances are high that there will be mistakes​. Another factor to consider is If your workers are collecting data with mobile devices but are working in an area of the facility without a good Internet connection, that will directly impact the ability of your mobile device or laptop to work.. These deficiencies will result in compromised product quality, more wastage, potentially late shipments, and customer dissatisfaction.


Alpha Solutions for ManufacturingBecause of its experience and Alpha TransForm, its market leading data-capture software, Alpha Software works with manufacturers to replace their paper forms with trustworthy and  powerful data collection apps (including dashboards and workflow)  that improve product quality, customer satisfaction and enhanced product reputation


Talk to us today to learn how we can make your production data collection, faster, more accurate, and actionable.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.