Quality systems

Quality systems or quality management systems, as they are often called, are the structured procedures which in effect enable quality control to be realized. The systems required include the levels of responsibility for quality control, such as hierarchical diagrams (family trees) showing who is responsible to whom and for which part of the quality spectrum they are accountable for as well as the procedures for recruiting and training staff and operatives. Other systems cover the different quality procedures and processes which may be common for as well as all components or specific for particular ones.

Quality systems also include the procurement, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment for carrying out quality checks. These cover such equipment as measuring tools, testing bays, non-destructive testing equipment for radiography (X rays), magnetic particle scans, ultrasonic inspection and all the different techniques being developed for testing purposes.

Documentation plays an important role in ensuring that the tests and checks have been carried out as planned and the results accurately recorded and forwarded to the specified authority. Suitable action plans for recovering from deviations of set criteria will also form part of the quality systems. The sequence of generating the related quality documentation is shown in Figure 17.1.

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