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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

Here at ASTUTE 2020, we can support your business throughout this period of uncertainty. Our world-class academics and technical experts from across our strong Welsh Universities partnership are available to support you through research and innovation activities. If you wish to discuss opportunities for working with us e.g. to modify your production to develop solutions to support the fight against COVID-19, you can contact us via email.


What is Quality 4.0?

What is Quality 4.0?


We are currently experiencing unprecedented changes in the manufacturing industry which have primarily been driven through the widespread use of digital technologies. This has resulted in greater accessibility to data throughout the manufacturing process facilitated by the introduction of smart sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI). These aspects form the core elements of the 4th Industrial revolution referred to as Industry 4.0.

Alongside the Industrial revolutions over the past 100 years and more, the focus of quality practices in the manufacturing industry has also evolved, moving from a reactive inspection regime to a more proactive continuous improvement focus. There is now renewed interest in Quality Management and its role in shaping Industry 4.0 strategies.

Whilst the Industry 4.0 environment provides the physical resources for improvement through the introduction of new technologies, the Quality Management and Quality Engineering aspects provide a framework to harness and develop people and processes to understand and achieve the maximum benefits from digital technologies. This new focus for Quality is called Quality 4.0.

Quality 4.0 is now widely recognized by the professional bodies with the ASQ (American Society for Quality) leading the way in defining the principles and providing resources for implementing Quality 4.0[1].

A Quality 4.0 impact and strategy e-book developed by LNS Research (membership-based research and advisory firm focused on driving Industrial Transformation success for their clients) are available for download[2].

[1] https://asq.org/quality-resources/quality-4-0

[2] https://blog.lnsresearch.com/quality40ebook#sthash.8Ns9kPyF.dpbs

For more information about these articles or how the ASTUTE 2020+ project can help your organization, please contact Professor Hefin Rowlands (hefin.rowlands@southwales.ac.uk)