What's New in the EASE Spring 2022 Release
The Spring 2022 Release of EASE is here! Check out the new features and enhancements below or join the EASE team and watch the OnDemand webinar by clicking the button above to see the new capabilities in action.
Advanced Question Logic
Plant floor audit and inspection programs, particularly layered process audits (LPAs), typically follow a set procedure based on the way that a question is answered. If a question passes, then the auditor moves onto the next question. If a question fails, then the auditor outlines the non-conformance he or she has observed so that the issue can be resolved by the correct responsible party. However, there are situations where more information can be required to ensure that identified issues are managed properly.
The EASE Spring 2022 Release introduces Advanced Question Logic, a new feature designed to enable auditors to dig deeper into issues before commencing a closed-loop issue management process. Now, when creating or modifying audit and inspection checksheets in EASE, administrators will have the ability to add conditional questions based on the response to the initial question that was asked. For example, if a question asking whether there are two fire extinguishers in a given area fails, a follow-up question can be added to ask how many fire extinguishers are present. If the original question were to pass, then the auditor would be able to simply move onto the next question. This new capability will give EASE customers richer audit data and enable a deeper understanding of plant floor quality and safety processes.
One of the biggest challenges with manual, pen-and-paper audit programs is ensuring that audits get completed. The administrative burden of creating an audit schedule and then tracking down auditors to ensure that they complete their assigned activities can amount to a full-time job for many manufacturers.
This process can be challenging under ideal circumstances, but with ongoing staffing issues and the continued prevalence of remote work, the challenges are multiplied.
EASE customers worldwide have used our automated scheduling and reminder system to eliminate hundreds of thousands of hours of administrative overhead. Now, to help them navigate the new and persistent challenges they face, group inspection scheduling brings the ability to schedule an audit or inspection to either an individual or a group of auditors to complete on a first come, first serve basis. This will help EASE users better navigate the availability of their auditors to ensure that critical quality and safety audits continue to get completed no matter who is on the plant floor at a given time, further reducing the possibility of non-conformances slipping through the cracks.
Improved Enterprise User Management
Many plant floor workers do not have company-provided email addresses, making access to software solutions like EASE difficult to manage, particularly when company policy mandates the use of single sign-on.
Previously Ease introduced the ability to provision logins with a username rather than an email address, and with the Spring 2022 release, enterprise customers who require single sign-on can now provision EASE accounts using any unique identifier, not just an email address, to identify users. This will help further ensure secure access to company systems, no matter if a user is logging in on the plant floor or remotely.
- In the Conduct Audit module navigation pane on desktop and mobile, completed non-pass/fail questions will now be indicated with a gray check mark icon
- In the Conduct Audit module navigation pane on desktop and mobile, N/A responses will now be indicated with a yellow N/A icon rather than a question mark
- Mitigation status indicators have been standardized across all views where they appear in EASE
- When creating a schedule in the Assign module, you can now sort and filter by user scope
- Multiple Choice and Multiple Select question responses now include N/A within the pick list rather than separately
- When exporting a Corrective Action to a PDF, all comments sections now respect line breaks
- In the Reports module, the limit for data labels per chart has been increased from 50 to 100
The 2022 Spring Release features will be released during the upcoming quarter. EASE releases features to customers across multiple development release sprints during each period. In the case of major updates, EASE also provides the option for customers to opt into new features and provide early feedback before the features are turned on for all customers. Please contact your customer success manager or the EASE support team for further details and with any questions.