Competitive Differentiator – Al Hufstetler discusses Closed Loop Quality

By Tim Egloff

I caught up with Al Hufstetler, VP of Development for the Quality Planning and Production Validation Group after the quality sessions on Thursday. Al’s presentation covered our entire Quality Management solution suite but he singled out our latest development, closed loop quality to a PLM data model.

Most quality management solutions focus on detection to correction, a necessary business process for any manufacturer however it is a purely reactive process. What’s missing is a link to where quality begins; in design.

Listen as Al describes the buzz he created at PLM Connection when discussing the value of Dimensional Planning and Validation.

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