by Marshall S.
I managed a group of analysts who supported the computing systems and information technology needs for the factory. One of the analysts, Kenneth Hutchison, led a team of staff who automated the discrepancy process. We innovated the process from a five-ply form to an immediate response system that documented discrepancies, mainly the quality assurance report (QAR). The system is named the Quality Assurance Document System (QADS). The five-ply form is no longer, as is the need for text data processing and salaried personnel verifying the discrepancy form prior to having TDPs enter the data into a system. The QADS system was on display in Chicago, which led to it being nominated for submission at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.