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Audit / inspections with tablet app?

Discussion in 'ISO 9001:2015 - Quality Management Systems' started by Bart Verdoodt, Jun 4, 2020.

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  1. Bart Verdoodt

    Bart Verdoodt Member

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    Hello quality people!

    Does anybody have any experience with performing (internal) audits and / or (housekeeping) inspections with an app on tablet or smartphone?
    I 'd love to hear your experiences and opinions about that.
    What tool / app do you use? What are its advantages and downsides?

    Many thanks.

    Best Regards,

    Bart
     
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    Welcome, Bart! My experience is with a product called "Tulip" and I have programmed the app for use when performing Layered Process Audits and have seen it used for 5 S audits too. Because these are different in format to QMS audits which tend to be less "formulaic" (or at least should be) I couldn't recommend an app for internal audits.
     
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    Many thanks, Andy.
    I 'll check it out.
    I don't have much (not to say any) programming experience, though...
     
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    Alstublieft! The programming isn't exactly difficult. It's the logic which is required to consider the "if this, then that" situations expected when doing an audit.
     
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    Hi Bart,
    I've used "Mango", "MyEasyIso" and "iAuditor". Based on my experience "MyEasyIso" was the best among them.
    If you give more info on the type of business your on and the purpose of the audits, I might be able to assist more.
     
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    Hi Mehrdad,

    Thanks for the info.
    (And sorry it took that long for me to reply...)
    Our company produces plastic masterbatches.
    Audit purpose is ISO 9001:2015 auditing, but also housekeeping and safety audits.
    Basically I am looking for a tool to set up a practical and easy auditing system.

    Best Regards,

    Bart
     
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    I've seen such audit apps. Typically, they take a standard (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 etc) and "parrot-phrase" each requirement as a question. The use of such compliance oriented, criteria checklists is a slippery slope. They are not true internal audits. Sure, they have their place (twice, in implementing a QMS/EMS, perhaps) but after that, about as useful as a bicycle to a fish.
     
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    We use a Dutch app now, called CheckBuster.
    It's advantage is that, once the audit / inspection checklists are made up, it is easy to do the inspection.
    And the report is made up automatically. Including a score.
    We mostly use them for housekeeping inspections and safety walks. (Based on OK / NOK, remarks and pictures.)
    For QMS-audits, as you say, still a lot of text entry needs to be done.
     

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