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SwipeGuide vs. Quality Management System (QMS)

What's the difference between SwipeGuide and a QMS?

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Published on 31 October 2022 Updated on 29 June 2023

Here it is. Once and for all: the difference between SwipeGuide and a Quality Management System (QMS).


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SwipeGuide is:

A platform designed specifically to help modern manufacturers achieve efficiency, safety, and product quality through better digital work instructions. Unlike a QMS, we improve quality and compliance through a focus on knowledge capture and delivery for frontline teams. SwipeGuide is not a traditional management system. Instead, we amplify and support other quality systems that companies have in place.

SwipeGuide is a knowledge capture and delivery platform that helps frontline teams follow existing quality procedures by making this knowledge available through their daily workflow. Our platform makes it easy to perform tasks in a way that meets the quality standards of any manufacturer.

SwipeGuide is not:

A system to document quality standards.


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A QMS is:

A software that allows manufacturers to manage the granular aspects of:

  • Document control
  • Audit control
  • Materials quality management
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Audit management
  • And much more

In other words, a lot. A QMS represents a comprehensive approach to the storage and management of materials around compliance and quality control.

Way of working within a QMS is only as effective as the people and tools that it is composed of. A QMS requires a lot of time and money invested into the development of systems and Way of working.

Think: Lots of backend and back office work to build the very detailed quality management systems and storage needed to meet the manufacturing industry’s strict compliance requirements. Quality standards are maintained by a central quality team who’s responsible for maintenance, approval, and distribution.

A QMS is an effective storage system. It’s essential for compliance, but difficult to use on the factory floor because it lacks the mobile interface designed to integrate standards into day-to-day work.

A QMS is not:

Frontline knowledge capture and delivery.


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Chris loves to share his expertise on future-proof work instruction software for frontline teams in manufacturing. Particularly, how digital, visual work instructions can make a lasting impact on motivation, productivity, and operational excellence culture.

Published on 31 October 2022