Date: May, 2022 | CategoryQuality Author: Hana Trokic


The great resignation is no joke. Just as the pandemic has changed many aspects of our everyday lives, it has also changed how we view work, and maybe for good.

The last year has seen millions of people quitting their jobs globally with no clear explanation as to why. While theories range drastically, in the midst of economic and market uncertainty, it seems as though now was a better time than any for people to leave their jobs. Whatever the reason, one thing is for certain – it’s currently an employee’s market. Many companies all across the globe are scrambling with staff shortages and are struggling to find new hires to fill open positions. Technical, experienced workers seem to be becoming scarce resources, and companies are trying hard to keep their employees satisfied to avoid any gaps they might experience should they decide to leave. Other companies are turning more towards technology to help fill the void.

With every technological revolution, there were talks that technology would take the place of human labor. From the industrial revolution in the 19th century to the most recent digital revolution of the last 50 years, new technology was introduced to help improve the way we work and live and has eased many processes that once took ages to complete. While it’s true that these new advancements make manual work mundane in some instances, they also open up new industries, sectors, and jobs that make up for lost labor. In other cases, these technological advancements have helped streamline many different workflows across all sectors and have made specific jobs unnecessary. In the 21st century, it just doesn’t make sense to do some jobs manually when technology was created to complete those tasks accurately, in a fraction of the time. For example, you wouldn’t hire a mathematician to solve equations for you all day when a computer can do it in seconds. But don’t worry about a robot apocalypse just yet. Humans are still very much needed in the workforce as recent labor shortages and its subsequent downfalls have come to show.

Still, if the most recent technological revolution has taught us anything, it’s that technology can help solve many of the daily problems we face today and, in many instances, could also be the better option. Employment is no exception, as industrial automation might be the answer to overcoming labor shortages globally.


Manual or Automated Quality Control? 

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Think about the last time you had to proofread a document manually. What resources did you need? How much time did it take? Did you need help? The answer to most, if not all of these questions, is probably – a lot! When we manually proofread documents, it’s hardly ever an easy task. Firstly, most of us rely on one or more platforms to perform spell and grammar checks. Then, we read through the copy to ensure no mistakes slipped through, check if the formatting is correct and if the flow is okay. Once we’re happy with the copy, as a final step and in good proofreading practice, we would send it over to a friend or colleague for a final overview. These steps take a substantial amount of time to finish as properly proofreading a document can take hours depending on content length.

On the other hand, there’s automated quality control. This file comparison technology works by running a character to character comparison to inspect each Unicode value. It can detect up to 18 types of text errors such as missing punctuation, font and color errors, inserted or deleted words, and more. Essentially, not only does it complete everything a manual check does, automation improves the quality of the inspection by also finding discrepancies that are difficult to find manually. These discrepancies include color deviations, broken text, graphics, and more. Oh, and did we mention that automation inspections are completed within a matter of seconds? We rest our case.

Back to Basics 

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Now, we can get down to business knowing the fundamental differences between manual and automated quality control. From a professional standpoint, most companies’ highest priority is to produce more for less or increase profits while decreasing spending. In a market with a labor shortage, turning to automated solutions is probably the perfect answer to fill in those gaps.

As previously addressed, manual checks take up large amounts of company resources. From a team of proofreaders to various platforms and excessive amounts of time, all of these resources are incredibly costly and, in most cases, unnecessary when software exists to streamline these processes. A file comparison tool brings things back to the very basics—the essentials. As the software can seamlessly be incorporated into all workflows and is extremely easy to use, it can bring proofreading down to just one employee and the software – working together in perfect harmony to get the job done right! As the software completes tasks in record time with increased accuracy, there would most likely not be a need for large teams to overlook the proofing of content. In workplaces where staffing issues are occurring, automated quality control can also help make everyday tasks easier for existing employees, allowing them to finish their work more efficiently and relieving them of the stress of an increased workload.

Employee Retention

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Labor shortages aren’t the only problem facing the job market currently. Companies also have to deal with post-pandemic economic uncertainty, inflation, and a disruption in supply chains. This leads to businesses making more conscience business decisions to help them stay afloat. While some companies may start cutting employee benefits as a method to save money, they should twice. Instead of taking away from their most precious assets, companies should instead look at increasing efficiency and easing the everyday tasks of employees to retain their talent.

In an employee’s market, it’s hard enough to find quality talent, but even if you do, the cost of hiring a new employee versus retaining current staff is enormous. In fact, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reported that, on average, it costs a company 6 to 9 months of an employee’s salary to replace them. Thankfully, automating your work processes is the key to solving all of these problems and can positively impact employees and companies alike.

For starters, quality control systems speed up all proofing processes from content production to publishing. Current comparison software technology can compare documents at rates of 1000 characters per second. In contrast, the average reading speed is 200 to 250 words a minute, and the average person in business reads no faster than people did 100 years ago. This fact alone shows the immense benefits of automation to the workplace and employees themselves. No one wants to spend their time doing mundane tasks that software can do more efficiently. What’s more, time spent to complete tasks is money being spent. Spending money on obsolete and outdated practices is money that can otherwise be spent on improving employee satisfaction, workplace benefits, and can help retain the quality employees you already have.

While some businesses might only see how automation can affect their company’s production and overall efficiency, implementing an automated quality control system is a one-stop shop for all businesses. Not only will it help company profits and processes, but it will also immensely help employees themselves, allowing them to do their job better and more quickly. So, how does automation affect the workforce? Maybe the solution lies in taking the extra step to set up proper workflows that also benefit your existing employees and talent.

What’s the Solution?

While there’s never a one-size-fits-all solution to a problem, the key to overcoming the big labor shortage could be found in implementing automated systems in your organization. Not only will the company benefit from automation through increased profits and efficiency, but employees will also directly benefit by completing tasks with the utmost ease. Need we say more?

Ready to stay ahead of workforce changes and implement solutions that work? Learn more about automated quality control systems and their endless benefits by requesting a demo of GlobalVision here.

Verify 2021.3 New Release

Date: October 2021 | Category: Company | Author: Fouad Noujaim


Introducing Verify 2021.3, the latest version of GlobalVision’s web-based inspection application. Built to deliver a more intuitive user experience, Verify optimizes inspections by catching deviations at every revision point.

This release includes new improvements and features that enable connectivity to the platform and enhance the flexibility of performing accurate Text and Graphics inspections by expanding the tools available to the user in order to better prepare their files.

New features include Marquee Zoning, Shifted Graphics, and the ability to generate a public API key for a seamless integration process.


A new way of performing partial inspections: Marquee Zoning

The new and much anticipated Marquee Zone is here. The Marquee tool gives users the ability to select text independently from the document’s reading order, by highlighting text using a free-hand selection.

Verify 2021.3 New Release display

The update itself comes into Verify as an enhancement to the existing Zoning tool. The newly rebranded Zoning tool is now known as Text Select, and has the ability to select text following the existing reading order on the document. The benefit of the tool is that it will automatically find the corresponding text on your new document. However, if the text is impossible to select, you can now use Marquee Zoning to choose the text you need to inspect.

Text Select:

Verify 2021.3 tools

Verify 2021.3 New Release walk through


Marquee:

Verify 2021.3 New Release display

Shifted Graphics – Match artwork on different pages

Another update is the introduction of the ‘Shifted Graphics’ feature which now allows for inspection of files with different layouts. This enhancement provides users with the ability to inspect images that are not located in the same positions on the Source and New File.

 
Verify 2021.3 New Release screenshot

The ‘Shifted Graphics’ works by placing an anchor point on the Source file indicating a point of reference on the artwork being inspected and placing another anchor point on the New file to automatically create a match.

This new feature allows the graphic zone to be moved with accuracy even if the Artwork is on an entirely separate page.

Exponential Zoom and Spacebar Panning

Additional features have been added to simplify the use of Text and Graphics zoning while prepping a file for inspection.

Exponential Zoom

The ‘+’ and ‘–’ zoom buttons now change the zoom level exponentially making it easier to zoom in and out of the document. This can be tied with the Shifted Graphics feature allowing the user to position their anchor point much more accurately.

Verify 2021.3 - How to use.

Space Activated Pan

Clicking the spacebar while a prep tool is selected now activates the panning tool. Now, instead of clicking out of a tool in order to move the file around, you can simply use the spacebar to switch between cursors.

Public APIs

Additionally, this release features the much-anticipated integration capabilities.

Verify 2021.3 Public API Setting tool

Our APIs allow customers to seamlessly connect Verify with their Artwork Management Systems and other platforms, allowing them to run quality inspections directly within the asset development process. This allows for a secure transition between products to further streamline user workflows.

Access your API key in My Account > Settings > API Key.

Once the API key is generated, it can be pasted in the third-party app.

For the full list of features, check out the release notes for 2021.3.


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Date: October 19, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Seth Richtsmeier


For better or for worse, COVID-19 has impacted virtually every industry, and for a wide range of reasons. For some, like online retail and remote work solutions, a change in consumer habits has driven unprecedented demand and exponential growth. For others, like travel and leisure, health and safety concerns have shuttered businesses and brought operations to a halt.

The increase in online shopping over the last year and a half has led to higher demands for packaging manufacturers to ship products, food, and other goods to consumers. This includes pharmaceutical packaging companies who have seen a substantial increase in demand. Global civilians are navigating the new normal and opting for at-home deliveries of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

At best, the impact of COVID-19 on the pharmaceutical packaging industry has been a mixed bag. Spikes in demand for medication and vaccine distribution have been a driving force for packaging throughout the pandemic. However, supply chain disruptions and growing health and safety concerns have resulted in unprecedented obstacles for pharmaceutical packaging businesses.


Here are four ways the COVID-19 pandemic has made an impact on the pharmaceutical packaging industry:

  1. Illustration of a delivery guy delivering productsIncrease in demand

    Public stay-at-home orders and CDC recommendations to limit contacts have led to a high demand for at-home deliveries of health care products like pharmaceuticals. This has resulted in a greater need for pharmaceutical packaging as people around the world navigate the ongoing pandemic.

    Demand for pharmaceutical packaging has increased in the following ways:
    • Prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals
      The demand for pharmaceuticals has skyrocketed throughout the global pandemic. In fact, the industry saw pharmaceutical spending increase by an astonishing $88 billion globally.
      However, a closer look at purchasing patterns has revealed this spending growth was not solely due to prescription drugs or therapies to treat coronavirus symptoms. In many instances, patients were advised by healthcare providers to stockpile therapies to combat any supply chain shortages caused by the pandemic. Over-the-counter purchases also increased by 14.3% for calming, sleeping, and mood drugs.
    • At-home deliveries
      The “where” and “how” we purchase prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals has also shifted. Traditionally, the distribution of behind-the-counter pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs has been handled by drug store pharmacists. However, with the threat of the pandemic still lingering, eCommerce has expanded into new industries as the demand for at-home pharmaceutical deliveries rises.

  2. Illustration of a vaccineDistribution of vaccines

    COVID-19 vaccination efforts put a major strain on pharmaceutical packaging firms to quickly supply the packaging required to facilitate an accelerated time to market. A couple factors play heavily into the pharmaceutical packaging of emerging vaccines.

    These include:
    • Storage requirements
      MRNA vaccine storage requirements have been problematic (to say the least) for the pharmaceutical packaging industry. The requirement to store vaccines at a frosty -70 degrees Celsius can cause glass vials to break, destroying valuable vaccines sought after world-wide.
      To address these challenges, SiO2 Material Science created a unique vial made from plastic polymer, with a nanolayer of glass on the inside. The special compound helps to address the shortage of glass, producing a hybrid vial able to withstand the vaccines rigid storage requirements.
    • Multi- and single-dose vials
      As federal regulators consider the recommendations and rollout of a COVID booster shot, Pfizer looks to modify their packaging options to increase accessibility and decrease wasted doses.
      A CDC spokesperson confirmed more than 14.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been wasted thus far during global vaccine rollouts. This largely stems from deliveries of multi-dose vials and strict storage requirements that limits where and for how long these vials can be kept. By offering smaller packaging options, the pharmaceutical giant can cater to smaller facilities in rural areas to store greater quantities of the vaccine without wasting doses.

  3. Illustration of multiple vaccineSupply shortages

    Although the demand for pharmaceuticals has remained high, delivering on pharmaceutical packaging has been hit hard by supply shortages. Most vaccines require two doses to fully inoculate an individual, which effectively means doubling the number of vials required to assist in vaccine distribution efforts.
    • Vaccine vials
      Developing vaccines posed another unprecedented challenge for glass vial makers. While the race was on to develop a safe and effective vaccine to target COVID-19, few recognized the supply challenges that threatened its distribution.
      An estimated 15.6 billion glass vials were needed to vaccinate the world’s population. This sudden surge in demand along with the high cost of vial production equipment has made it hard for pharmaceutical packaging companies to produce enough vials to fill orders.
    • National lockdowns and border closures
      The pandemic has also introduced unprecedented supply chain roadblocks, which makes receiving and managing inventory flow a challenge. National lockdowns and border closures have slowed and even halted the flow of materials required for manufacturing. This forces many organizations to re-evaluate their supply chain strategies and focus on agility, efficiency, and resiliency.

  4. Illustration of pharmaceutical packaging Changing packaging design

    High global infection rates have been a leading factor in encouraging the packaging industry to reassess strategies and prioritize clean and safe packaging to curb the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. Pharmaceutical packaging firms now focus on package materials and tamper-proof packaging to promote health and safety throughout the remainder of the pandemic and beyond.
    • Package materials
      A study from the National Institute of Health, CDC, UCLA, and Princeton University found traces of SARS-CoV-2 was detectable for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. To protect consumers, new designs must incorporate the right materials to limit the virus’s survival rate on package surfaces.
    • Tamper-proof packaging
      Adding third-party delivery services to the distribution of pharmaceuticals leads to great concern over product contamination during the delivery process. Not to mention, at-home deliveries can pose a serious threat if delivered to the wrong hands. Creating tamper-proof packaging adds the extra level of protection to ensure public safety is maintained throughout each delivery cycle.

Conclusion

As many industries continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding new ways to optimize business operations is becoming more important than ever. Pharmaceutical companies must leverage the tools available to them to solidify any existing processes and ensure that they’re operating as efficiently as possible in a changing landscape. To learn more about effectively managing your quality control process, visit globalvision.co/quality-inspection-system or request a demo with a product expert.

 


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6 Ways Businesses Can Overcome Data Integrity Issues
 
 

Date: September 14, 2021 | Category: Compliance | Author: Kayla Caticchio


In today’s digital age, a new threat presents itself to businesses that are heavily reliant on data. Many data-driven organizations rely on data integrity to be able to conduct their business operations without issues. These businesses must take great care to ensure the consistency, accuracy, validity, and safety of data. Failure to do so can result in the corruption of information that can negatively affect all aspects of a business. To avoid being put in a vulnerable position, there are many steps that can be taken to help overcome data integrity issues.


What is Data Integrity?illustration of a lock

Data integrity refers to the reliability and trustworthiness of data over the course of its lifecycle. Data can be either valid, invalid, or in the process of becoming valid. Error-checking and validation processes are methods often used to ensure data integrity.

 

Why is Data Integrity Important?

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Data is perpetually vulnerable to corruption of any kind. The degree of its vulnerability depends on the efforts taken to preserve its original state over time. These efforts exist to preserve the reliability and trustworthiness of data to ensure proper decision-making within an organization. Any impactful decision within a business requires data to be accurate and consistently valid in order for any progress to occur.

 

What Are the Threats to Data Integrity?Illustration of a person facing data integrity issues

Threats to data integrity can appear in many different forms. Threats can be accidental or voluntary, taking the form of cyber attacks with the intent to alter or destroy data. Some of the most common threats, however, are often internal. Examples include:

  • Human error
  • Unintended actions
  • Security errors
  • Malware
  • Compromised hardware

 

How Can Businesses Overcome Data Integrity Issues?

  1. Validate Input: Documented evidence of validation is a crucial way to ensure that input data is accurate. Once a data set is received, it should always be systematically verified.
  2. Validate Data: Ensuring data meets pre-determined specifications and key attributes is crucial to ensuring its validity and the system in which it passes through.
  3. Remove Unnecessary Data: Duplicate files and unidentified data can potentially open doors to unwanted intruders set on exploiting or corrupting information.illustration of security process and checklist
  4. Data Back-Ups: Permanent data loss is a real threat to businesses. Staying on top of routine backup checks is crucial to avoid losing critical information. Businesses should be proactive in creating a recovery strategy in the event of an unexpected data loss or application error. This will help to restore any losses that could potentially occur.
  5. Manage Access Control: Setting limits and controls on who can access certain information within an organization is crucial in protecting data from unauthorized users, including intruders and impersonators. Actions must be taken to ensure that the unwanted spread of sensitive information is limited. Furthermore, the importance of physical access controls must not be neglected. Businesses should take care to protect places like server rooms that can be especially vulnerable to corruption.
  6. Traceability: Data integrity relies heavily on the ability to track down the source of a breach at any point within operations. Ensuring that audit trails are consistently in place helps to provide security in the event of a breach and allows organizations to identify the source.

 

Overcoming Data Integrity IssuesIllustration of someone using GlobalVision to address data integrity issues

Data is useless without the underlying assumption that it is reliable and accurate. Management is dependent on the accuracy and integrity of data to be able to make decisions. In addition to the methods mentioned above, automation technology can help businesses secure their data and other information. GlobalVision’s inspection technology features audit trails and other controls developed to meet compliance and data integrity requirements for regulated industries. To learn more, visit globalvision.co.

 

 


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The Best Automated Inspection Software for Creative Agencies
 
 
 

Date: August 19, 2021 | Category: Proofreading | Author: Kayla Caticchio


The creative process can oftentimes be messy due to its collaborative nature. From the brainstorming phase to the actual execution of ideas, creating content for brands with complex and multi-dimensional requirements is no easy feat. A fragmented creative process can be enough to put a halt to any given project, especially within marketing and creative agencies that include several different departments and strict deadlines. In turn, it can be difficult for agencies to maintain content accuracy as work moves through different revision stages.

GlobalVision’s automated quality inspection software helps agencies streamline their quality control process while reducing project completion time, so they can focus on taking on new business.


How Can Automated Quality Inspections Help Your Agency?Illustration on how Automated Quality Inspections works

Quality control systems are essential to ensuring that no content errors affect the quality of campaigns and other projects. Built to ensure the quality of work at all stages of the agency workflow, GlobalVision’s software eliminates inefficient and costly errors that can delay projects and negatively impact client satisfaction. Manual proofreading simply isn’t accurate enough to meet the defined standards that clients expect from their hired agencies, especially when multiple departments are involved.  The various divisions of a creative agency require standardization when it comes to quality control, which is where GlobalVision’s software comes in. From ensuring the accuracy of copies and vendor proofs to graphic and editorial consistency, automated quality control elevates your agency’s credibility and inspires confidence within your clients.

GlobalVision for Creative AgenciesIllustration including a monitor, documents, checklists and reviews.

GlobalVision’s inspection platform for agencies is the must-have digital inspection tool for any agency wishing to reduce project delays, automate proofreading across workflows, utilize graphic comparison checks, and detect any errors that may have occurred. Client satisfaction is dependent on agencies properly maintaining their quality control standards, therefore using the proper tool to do so is vital for the success of your agency. Visit GlobalVision’s website to learn how our tools can help elevate your agency’s quality control process.