Boa Technology Inc., creators of the revolutionary, award-winning Boa System, delivers closure and adjustment solutions purpose-built for performance. Featured in products across the golf, athletic, outdoor, snow sports, cycling, utility, and medical categories, the patented Boa System consists of three integral parts: a micro-adjustable dial, super-strong lightweight laces, and low friction lace guides.
The Boa system is produced through a global network of contract manufacturers. For many years, Boa attempted to control quality by testing finished product at overseas manufacturers, an approach which cannot identify individual defective parts, and afforded Boa little visibility into the performance results for these tests. To address this issue, Boa began exploring techniques to push quality checks upstream through automated dimensional inspection on component parts, and to increase visibility into manufacturing processes through cloud-based data transfer. This presentation documents the process of implementing a radically different quality control system, from the development of customized measurement equipment to establishing a networked database that is continuously updated in real-time. The result of this journey reduced the burden of functional testing by about 6,000 labor hours annually while simultaneously improving part quality.