NGC Software has launched the latest release of its Andromeda Quality Control solution for fashion retailers and brand owners, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution designed to help companies identify product quality problems on the factory floor.

Aimed at quality management and compliance testing throughout the supply chain, the software can help identify issues early so they can quickly and easily be resolved, reducing chargebacks and returned inventory.

It features integration with legacy Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), ERP and logistics solutions, multilingual online and offline functionality, and geolocation of factories and auditors.

The cloud-based solution allows internal, third-party or factory-certified auditors to conduct multiple audit types, produce comprehensive inspection reports, and create corrective action plans. All of the information collected on the tablet is uploaded to the Andromeda Cloud Platform, resulting in real-time reporting and failure notification.

The system automatically generates corrective action plans that bring the quality assurance process full circle.

"Managing production quality and product compliance are critical steps in any apparel supply chain," says Mark Burstein, president of sales and development, NGC Software.

"Our Andromeda Quality Control solution allows retailers and brand owners to protect their brand reputation by helping identify issues early and tracking resolutions for a comprehensive quality assurance process. We're already working with new and existing customers on implementations."

Product testing is an integral part of the solution that streamlines the entire testing process for both finished products and components. Retailers and brand owners can manage the complex process of requesting, tracking, submitting, and approving product tests, then creating compliance documents such as the General Certificate of Conformity (GCC).

Andromeda manages product compliance for domestic and international regulatory requirements such as CPSIA, Prop 65, REACH and many others. It also manages testing protocols related to product quality standards, including fibre content, weight, count and yarn size; dimensional stability; colourfastness; wet and dry crocking; tearing, tensile and seam strength; pilling resistance, pile retention and stretch recovery.

Andromeda Quality Control is part of NGC's Andromeda Cloud Platform, which brings together information from legacy systems and pulls data from all departments – merchandising, product development, sourcing, compliance, purchasing, production, quality, logistics, marketing and sales – into a single cloud-based solution that connects vendors, suppliers and other providers.