Continuous Innovation from A4 Creates Powerful Software Engine

Continuous Innovation from A4 Creates Powerful Software Engine

A few years back, A4 Systems came across an interesting opportunity in the asset management industry;  the need for a digitalized quality control system. This would mark the evolution of A4’s main software technology today, Systems Quality Control (SQC) — a platform that transformed from a simple system for maintaining quality assurance, to a powerful software engine designed to make sense of any type of data.

The opportunity arose from the countless asset management companies, including some of the largest players, utilizing paper and spreadsheets to manage their hundreds, or even thousands, of assets that spread from coast to coast. Although this method proved to be inefficient, there remained no industry standard for digital systems in sight. 

As you can imagine, managing tasks and keeping track of day-to-day quality assurance was a mess. Routine quality checks were not being followed up on. Important issues were not being addressed in a timely manner. Workers were losing their physical copies of checklists and assignments. Companies were simply struggling to maintain a consistent and efficient quality control process. That’s where A4 came into the picture. 

After reviewing these recurring issues with multiple companies, A4 set out to develop a new software to manage all quality control activities. That software would come to be known today as SQC. 

SQC would completely eliminate the need for paper and spreadsheets by using a cloud based platform to collect, store, and manage all quality inspection data. Workers would be able to access it on their mobile devices from anywhere, and all data from inspections would be seamlessly saved to the cloud. 

One of the most powerful features to come from the development was its automation capabilities. It could track if tasks were behind schedule and automatically escalate an alert to supervisors to investigate. If any issues were noted during an inspection, new follow up tasks would automatically be created and reports would be sent to the appropriate supervisors for review. 

The level of automation and digital data collection proved to be powerful in the market by successfully solving the issues of missed tasks, late assignments, and misplaced information. It also took away much of the monotonous tasks of compiling and circulating information through complete automation, opening up workers to spend time on more valuable tasks. 

Since its inception not many years ago, SQC has come a long way. As A4 prides itself in its ability to innovate, an opportunity to build off of SQC was soon recognized. The trend of Internet of Things (IoT) technology was quickly emerging, and A4 took full advantage of it. By integrating digital sensors into the SQC software, A4 opened up a whole new level of value for clients, as well as opened the door to countless opportunities in other industries.

The first few projects under the new technology included development of cutting edge devices to collect temperature and pressure data. The devices would send the data to SQC where artificial intelligence would analyze the data and provide an output for users to act on. The devices were initially designed for oil and gas operations, but soon were acknowledged across a variety of industry applications. 

In more recent ventures, SQC has seen development in the areas of digital twins, RFID inventory tracking, flow meter analysis, remote video monitoring, predictive analytics, machine learning, and countless other emerging technology trends, proving its flexibility to solve a wide range of problems.

Today, SQC is used as the main software engine for all of A4’s products. It still utilizes the standardized backend of automated rules and logic, while integrating with any type of sensor technology and using advanced data analysis to easily solve complex issues in any industry.