PrimusLabs - QA Systems (2023)

Quality Assurance Auditing


PrimusQA: Quality Assurance Systems
Systems and services designed to enhance your company’s product quality assurance programs

Tailored Quality Assurance Service (TQAS)

Transfer your QA systems to a dynamic database utility that reduces costs and maximizes the benefits of your recorded data.
TQAS can be done by creating a new quality assurance system or by transferring existing quality systems.
The captured data is made to work hard, creating tables and graphs that will help your business internal customers (QA staff, purchasing, sales) as well as showcasing your quality programs to your major customers.
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PrimusQA: Quality Assurance Systems
Systems and services designed to enhance your company’s product quality assurance programs

Quality Assurance Auditing

A free audit template designed to measure your company's product quality processes and documentation systems
Store completed audits and monitor your progress as often as you want
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Welcome to PrimusQA’s Tailored Quality Assurance Services.

PrimusLabs has been developing in-house computer programs since 1998, specializing in data handling and housing for auditing. With the advent of wireless connections, PDA’s, tablet PC’s and more sophisticated software, audit design and development has changed in leaps and bounds. These same developments can be used to create tailor-made QA Systems for clients who want to take the next step in providing the best product to their clients.

Tailored. "Tailored" programs allow you to design the system for your company, which means you run the system. If you already have a highly developed QA program, then the project can simply be a transfer to a database, which will allow you reduce costs, improve quality and maximize your efforts.

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Service. A good QA system is rarely static; it must adapt to take account of new technologies and changing market forces. It may be that your Quality Attributes will change, there may be new products, packaging, equipment, etc. This generally means that the QA system will need to be amended, and program changes are often expensive. With TQAS, program changes are expected and do not cost extra! PrimusQA contracts are designed for long term service.

Analysis. QA data can be more than just a check that the product meets the specification. Databases linked to statistical and graphing tools will allow you to analyze your data like never before. Again this is “tailored” and can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. And, you can change your analysis and graphing requirements any time you wish.

Why have a formal QA System?

  • Prevents rejections
  • Gives buyer confidence
  • Prevents consumer complaints
  • Enhances company and brand image
  • Increases efficiencies and reduces costs
  • Maintain and/or improve product and process consistency
  • Maintain and/or improve product quality
Why have a computerized QA System?
  • Reduces paperwork
  • PDA’s can even eliminate paperwork
  • Allows easy access to data
  • Allows easy transfer of data
  • Allows easy analysis of data e.g., averages, year on year changes
  • Increases staff efficiencies thereby reducing costs
Why have a “tailored” QA System?
  • Every company has its own quality philosophy
  • Quality is a competitive issue
  • Quality is dynamic and market driven, so the QA system has to be adaptive
  • Off the shelf systems are rigid, high up front charges and often have expensive program editing charges if changes are needed after implementation
Why choose PrimusLabs?
  • Proven IT solution track record with major food industry clients
  • In-house IT programming, support, anddata servers
  • Bilingual pre- and post-implementation technical support
  • Competitive and innovative pricing system (combines system development, implementation and maintenance costs)
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PrimusQA ExtranetSite Demo.
This demonstration shows an example of how your results can be displayed on your own personalized extranet site. You choose what results to show, how they are shown, the type of analyses performed and the type of displays used to show these analyses. Please feel free to try out the inspection activity and analysis tools.

PrimusQA PDA Demo.
This demonstration shows how an input screen on a PDA might look. The types of data, the way the data is scored, use of camera's, GPS, etc. are tailored to what ever the client wishes. This easy entry system is both fast and secure. Please feel free to try entering data.

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Hardware

TQAS can be setup to run on PCs, laptops, PDAs, TabletPCs.

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Obtaining data is more than just texts and drop-downs – think about cameras (built into PDAs), GPS for when checking product in the field and voice recording to speed up data entry.

Nowadays, real time data entry is affordable – wi-fi connections or active synchronization can be used to get the data from a to b almost instantaneously.

Types of Data

TQAS can be used for all kinds of data:

  • Product quality attributes (color, shape, size, taste testing, sugar testing, etc.)
  • Content controls (weights, counts)
  • Shelf life (quality, weight loss)
  • Process controls (temperature, anti-microbial strength, pH, foreign material)
  • Traceability (lot codes, label presence and details)
  • Cull/downgrade records
  • Customer feedback
TQAS is your program and can be designed to capture any data you wish. You can add or take away any facet of your TQAS system whenever you want.

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PrimusQA offers their Quality Assurance Templates for everyone's use:Back
  1. Internal/Self Auditing (1st Party)
    A great way to develop, implement and maintain your product quality program in-house. Helps show customers your commitment and helps prepare for any external audits from buyers or third parties. Click here to learn more.
  2. Procurement Auditing (2nd Party)
    Use the template to assess your suppliers – how to do they measure up to your companies needs. Click here to learn more.

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Internal/Self Auditing (1st Party) Back

PrimusQA's “Health Check” for your product quality assurance systems. Get a measure of how your system stacks up against this comprehensive QA audit devoted to product quality.

Once you have completed the audit, you can transfer your audit to the online database, see your results and then create and save your corrective actions.

You can use the audit systems as many times as you wish and plot your QA program development. The audit is also great preparation for third party and Customer quality audits, as well as a way of underlining your operations commitment to supplying quality products.

Audit Information Menu

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Procurement Auditing (2nd Party) Back

Ensuring that your supplied product is the right quality helps ensure that your process will create the required quality in the finished product. Using the PrimusQA audit template when visiting your suppliers will allow you to measure the supplier’s quality assurance program.

Once you have completed the audit, you can transfer your audit to the online database, see your results and issue a report to the supplier, who can create and save corrective actions.

You can use the audit systems as many times as you wish and plot your suppliers progress.

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Paper Format of Templates

To download, Right-Click on the PDF link below, select "Save Target As..." (in Microsoft Explorer) or "Save Link As.." (in Netscape) and save it to a Directory in your hard drive. Note: In some browsers, it is possible to click on the links and open them directly inside your browser, but the document may lose some of it's formatting, saving to the hard drive is recommended.

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Facility Quality Assurance Audit 06.01 PDF
Compliance Criteria and Auditor Guidelines. 06.01 PDF

Quality Audit Glossary

Compliance Categories

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PrimusQA Quality Audit Glossary Back
Quality Assurance Audit Glossary
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Automated Quality SelectionWhere selection process step is carried out automatically using some piece of sorting equipment. Examples include color sorters, weight graders, pressure sensing systems, size graders etc. See positive selection and negative selection.
CommodityIn the context of this audit, this refers to bulk raw material items that are either selected and sold as is, or mixed with other commodities and/or ingredients to form a finished product.
First In, First Out. (FIFO)Stock rotation best practice.
Food Contact PackagingAny packaging material that will come into contact with any foodstuff.
In Line Equipment In the case of this audit program, "in-line" is describing a piece of equipment that is part of a continuous process, e.g. an "in-line" check weighing machine (usually a conveyor belt with an in-built scale and recording system). See "stand alone" equipment.
IngredientsIn the context of this audit, this refers to ingredients that are usually mixed with other commodities and/or ingredients to form the finished product.
Manual SelectionWhere employees are used to select product in the process step. Manual selection is often a conveyor belt system of some type, but batch manual selections is also sometimes performed. See positive selection and negative selection.
Negative SelectionA selection process where the graders remove the "out of specification" materials. In other words the removal of downgrade and cull materials. See positive selection.
Non-Food Contact PackagingAny packaging material that will not come into contact with any foodstuff e.g. an outer carton used to hold bagged salads.
On HoldRaw materials, work in progress or finished goods, that need to suspended and not used or shipped without further investigation are placed "on-hold" pending a decision or outcome.
Outer PackAn outer in this audit is referring to the packaging used to carry unit packs e.g. bagged product, clamshells or bulk packed product.
Positive SelectionA selection process where the graders remove the "in specification" materials. See negative selection.
Quality AttributeA parameter of an item or process that affects the quality of the raw material, work in progress item or finished product.
Quality Related Processing StepsAny step in a process which is designed to improve or maintain the quality of the product being produced. If the step is not performed properly that the quality of the product is affected. While selection processes do affect quality, in this audit, selection processes (manual and automated) are covered in specific questions.
Raw MaterialsIn the context of this audit, raw material includes commodities, ingredients and packaging (both food contact and non-food contact) unless the question specifies otherwise.
Rejection SystemRejection systems as pertaining to an automated selection process is using the mechanism that removes identified below specification material. An example would be a rejection paddle that pushes an identified below specification item off a conveyor belt.
Re-workFinished product that is returned to an early step in the process and then packed again.
Shelf LifeIn the context of this audit, refers to the life of the product after shipping.
Stand Alone EquipmentIn the case of this audit program, "stand alone" is describing a piece of equipment that is not part of a continuous process, e.g. an weighing scale that is not part of the continuous production equipment flow - the product is taken from off the line, weighed and put back on the line or transferred to another process.
Temperature SensitiveA material that requires to be stored at a particular temperature range in order to maintain optimum quality for the longest possible time.
Unit PackThe individual pack format that is used for a product e.g. clamshell, bag, etc.
Work In Progress (WIP)Any material that is partially worked on, but is not manufactured into the finished product.

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PrimusQA Compliance Categories Back
Compliance Categories
Full complianceTo meet the question and/or compliance criteria in full.
Minor deficiencyTo have minor deficiencies against the question and/or compliance criteria. To have single or isolated non-severe deficiencies (usually up to three) against the question and/or compliance criteria. To have covered most of the question compliance criteria, but not all.
Major deficiencyTo have major deficiencies against the question and/or compliance criteria. To have numerous non-severe deficiencies (usually more than three) against the question and/or compliance criteria. To have single or isolated severe deficiencies against the question and/or compliance criteria. To have covered some of the question compliance criteria, but not most of it.
Non-complianceTo have not met the question and/or compliance criteria requirements at all. Having systematic deficiencies against the question and/or compliance criteria (severe or non-severe issues).

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