PLM and ERP provider NGC Software has developed a new mobile solution that allows quality audits to be carried out on-site at factories, helping to reduce chargebacks and cancellations by improving product quality.

The Advanced Quality Module is a tablet-based software and application that allows quality control managers to conduct audits at the manufacturing facility, replacing the manual process. It is designed to allow retailers and brands to identify problems sooner, and fix them at the factory before products ship.

Through the software, auditors can conduct multiple audit types per purchase order, take photos of defects, and conduct master inspections. It can also provide comprehensive analytics by factory, vendor, country, and style, to assist with sourcing decisions and identify where factories can make improvements.

The solution can be integrated with existing PLM and apparel supply chain management solutions from NGC and other vendors, and features multilingual online and offline functionality with global collaboration. It can also be used with the NGC's Interactive Quality Tablet (IQT) mobile solution.

The tool is "far more objective and consistent than the manual processes many manufacturers use," says Mark Burstein, president of sales, marketing and R&D at NGC Software. "Our Advanced Quality Module is already being deployed by leading fashion brands and retailers, helping them make better sourcing decisions and quickly improve product quality."