How can you use the data you collect every day to improve manufacturing operations and quality? The key is to collect data properly. A survey conducted by InfinityQS queried 260 manufacturers—including some of the world’s largest organizations. Surprisingly, 75% of respondents are still manually collecting statistical process control (SPC) data. And 47% of those are still using pencil and paper!
If data on the plant floor is vital to tracking stock levels, keeping tabs on possible quality issues, and ensuring overall smooth production, then why are manufacturers insisting on using manual data collection when other methods are readily available?
Any time data is manually collected, the risk of errors increases. Information can be keyed in incorrectly or completely overlooked. When out-of-specification data is missed, manufacturers lose the ability to immediately flag quality issues and stop production lines before a problem impacts business operations. Further, manual data collection limits the insights that manufacturing quality professionals can obtain beyond the plant floor—insights that can drive continuous business advantages throughout the enterprise.
By implementing an automated data collection and integration solution, quality professionals can gain actionable operational insights that enable their organizations to achieve significant improvements in productivity and higher levels of customer satisfaction. Manufacturing companies that have turned to automated data collection are reaping the benefits throughout every level of production—improved product quality and compliance, decreased costs and risk, and more strategic, data-driven business decisions.
SanDisk Case Study
As an innovator in product design, manufacturing, branding, and distribution, SanDisk has made quality management the cornerstone of its operations. As its product offerings evolved over the years, the company realized it needed a system that could analyze real-time process data and predict potential quality issues. SanDisk turned to InfinityQS for an SPC platform that collects process data and delivers real-time analysis to quality engineers, process engineers, and management.
As an integral part of SanDisk’s comprehensive quality solution, InfinityQS quality management software uses a Data Management System (DMS) to consolidate and standardize process data and a Remote Alarm Monitoring Service (RAMS) to automate alarms, holds, notifications, and reporting for timely responses to quality events.
With all quality data stored in a single, unified database, SanDisk’s quality and process control team has visibility across operations and can conduct analysis to identify opportunities to save valuable time, money, and resources. The automated alarms enable the teams to react to every potential incident and control processes before a defective product is manufactured.
It’s clear that most manufacturers are hesitant to put down their clipboards and pencils. Whether the concern is a large upfront cost or a perceived lack of internal expertise, the reluctance to automate data collection is holding these manufacturers back.
By taking advantage of hidden opportunities that can only be uncovered through real-time, unified data, manufacturers can quickly see incredible returns on their initial quality investment. But, in the end, manufacturers will be the ones to make the choice between the status quo and real-time accumulation of data that can tap into profit centers that existing systems have failed to reach. Will your organization take the next step to improve its bottom line?
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