Next-Level Quality Assurance System


Inspection Manager is a revolutionary quality management software comprised of an integrated set of applications that encompass key aspects of quality management. It includes modules for inspection planning/design (APQP), customer requirements management, inspection document management, internal and supplier measurement results data collection, inspection equipment management and calibration schedule (MSA), management and tracking of inspection employees (HR) and their measurement activities, business process implementation, and more; all tied together and all sharing a single repository to allow for consistent, reliable, and accessible data.


Inspection Manager offers a user-friendly contemporary and clean interface that enables users to develop, control, and deploy inspection plans, related documents, requirements, and measurement instructions throughout the organization. The system provides an infrastructure to standardize and structure inspection data across an entire supply chain. HighQA specializes in developing software to assist in the management of quality process improvement including activities related to the needs of ISO/TS 16949:2009, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, QOS, APQP, etc.


Inspection Manager supplies organizations with cutting edge automation tools for digital measurement data collection. Measurement data capture engine supports simultaneous real-time input from multiple machines and devices. In addition to machine data collection, IM QMS provides breakthrough technologies that enable digital data collection for manual measurements taken on the shop floor in real-time.

Update: Version 5.1 of Inspection Manager (IM) software is now available. This latest version features next level Quality 4.0 standards, increased automation, and enhanced workflows.


Version 5.1 continues support for key industries and compliance standards including Aerospace (AS9100/EN9100, AS9102), Automotive (QS-9000/ISO/TS16949, APQP, AIAG guidance), Medical (21CFR, ISO 13485), Defense, Heavy Machinery, Oil and Energy, and others with multiple best practice standards. Inspection Manager v 5.1 delivers several enhancements to improve workflows, efficiency, and traceability. 


In-Depth AQL Based Sample Planning

Integrated AQL based sample planning in Inspection Manager Version 5.1 provides a more efficient workflow with data and plans in one centralized database. Set up a sampling plan once and use it across multiple jobs, lots, and orders. Modifications to the plan can be simply made with just a few clicks and are immediately visible. Integrated AQL based sample planning allows for repeatability, scalability, and consistency. Inspection Manager sample planning is based on MIL-STD-105 and Z1.4 AQL standards and supports many other common AQL tables.


Manufacturing Key Sets

The Manufacturing Key Sets feature enables you to group dimensions by cutting tools the same way parts are made on the shop floor. Dimensions affected by the same cutting tool are added to a Manufacturing Key Set group and color-coded on the print for easy identification of each group. The most critical dimension in each Manufacturing Key Set is marked as a Key dimension and made identifiable on the ballooned print. When the Key dimension passes inspection, the remaining members of the Manufacturing Key Set are marked as passed. Manufacturing Key Sets is an integrated feature working together with AQL Based Sample Planning and the centralized database system to maintain the integrity of the GD&T and inspection results data.


Robust User Access Control

Control access to sensitive part data with the integrated security control access system. Define security groups by location, department, role, or individual user to restrict part record access based on a ‘need to know’ or ITAR requirements. Add or remove users from access groups in a central location eliminating the need for the IT department to manage separate secure and unsecured servers.


Workflow and Usability Enhancements

More advancements in IM v5.1 include the ability to see inspection status for a part showing completed, to be inspected, and failed results. Each sample shows the inspector and time stamps for the first and last results increasing visibility and traceability across the lot/job. Real-time notifications and alerts are triggered for failed dimensions and lot acceptance status and can be configured for each part or job. Gage management now automatically tracks detailed usage history for each gage with the ability to sort or filter gage usage by part, job, inspector, date range, and more. Gage information is accessible in seconds for detailed lookups.


An enhanced OCR system captures a higher percentage of GD&T from poor quality drawings, adds new balloon shapes and arrows, and incorporates a drag and drop feature for adding custom requirements if not found in the drawing. Included with the new release are expanded materials, process management, and template libraries.


All features benefit from the centralized database. A single information source for production and manufacturing data extracted from a drawing, inspection plans, inspection results, and SPC information reduces the need for spreadsheets. The integrated database ensures data integrity and avoids misinterpretation of key data.


CD (Centralized Database Server) Inspection Manager QMS includes the following key components:

  • IPB (Inspection Process Builder)
  • MD (Machine Data)
  • DMC (Document Management and Control)
  • MSM (Measurement Systems Management)
  • IMX (Shop Floor Data Collection)
  • IME (Automated Shop Floor Data Collection)
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