Actionable intelligence is comprised of data that are complete, consistent, unified, and efficient. When we say “complete” we mean that all your manufacturing and quality data that have intrinsic value are being reliably collected and stored in a way that enables that data to be leveraged by you and your quality people. Leveraging data means that you can create insights from that data—insights into every facet of your manufacturing operations.
Those complete data are also consistent. Collected using consistent measurement methods or procedures and using the same units of measure. Consistent naming conventions are used—for parts, processes, and features. And consistent data aggregation and statistical metrics are used across data sets. The consistency is applied across the entirety of your manufacturing operations, across all products, all processes, all shifts, all plants, and all production lines. Only then do we have truly complete and consistent data.
Finally, actionable intelligence requires that the data are centralized—stored in a single, unified, centralized repository. From this repository, your data can be analyzed, sliced, and diced—in short, interrogated—at any level, across any manufacturing strata.
When these fundamental elements of data are in place, your quality people can then extract meaningful information. They can make changes more confidently and impact your performance in a number of positive ways—cutting costs, reducing or eliminating waste, and saving time and resources.
The Value of a Bird’s-Eye View
When we talk about actionable intelligence in the context of manufacturing, we mostly mean improving the efficiency of our production operations and not the efficiency of data collection, analysis, and decision making.
By utilizing a tool like InfinityQS® Enact®, you can make those data collection, analysis, and decision-making processes that fill your work every day as efficient as possible. When you can see across all your operations, you have a bird’s-eye view that provides the insights needed for informed decision making. Every decision you make is based on accurate and reliable data.
What Makes Enact Different
What makes Enact different is that it is “cloud-native”—built in the cloud, for the cloud. And it was designed “for the enterprise.” That’s important because, with data centralized in the cloud, it can support unique features and capabilities such as:
- Process models
- Unified data repository
Process models are visual representations of your processes. They allow you to build things out in step-by-step fashion, help you error-proof your processes, and centralize and simplify the ways in which you manage your operations. Most important, they are expandable and reproduceable so you can standardize those processes across plants.
Unified Data Repository
Having the ability to look at data across your entire enterprise in its summary form (in aggregate) is critical. It enables your quality pros to dig into the data and uncover the greatest opportunities for improvements in your operations. The unified data repository is at the center of almost all the transformative benefits you can glean from Enact.
Enact takes control charts to a new level with dashboards that deliver up actionable information for the right person at the right time—in a visually engaging way.”
Reuse is a common theme in Enact. The system was designed this way for ease of deployment and maintenance. Large organizations struggle to keep up with certain aspects of their quality software system such as configuration and keeping the software up to date. Enact’s response to those challenges is reusability: dashboards, process models, data collections, and sampling requirements.
- Easier deployment and maintenance
- Visibility across sites
- Easier and more accurate data and operational analysis
- Powerful, consistent reporting
- Simplified compliance
- Access for all types of devices (laptops, tablets, phones)
Actionable Intelligence Means Flexibility
Enact is flexible enough to understand and handle differences at the plant floor level. Great example: language labels. When you have a factory where some of the people speak Spanish, some German, some French, and some English, they can all seeing the system in their language.
Flexibility also extends to work practices. The ability to account for differences between product families and adapt to work practices means you’ve got options—so your operators can work efficiently (which helps you get buy-in).
Flexibility also means that you need to be able to implement a change, such as changing a data collection requirement, a specification limit, or the timing of checks—quickly and efficiently. With Enact, you can do that with a few clicks of a mouse and know that the change will be immediately implemented across all of the relevant areas at once.
Perhaps one of the most flexible things that a cloud-native system can do for you is updates. Not upgrades, but instead updates. There are no servers to purchase and set up, no software to install, and no need for time-consuming software upgrades. And everyone on your staff always has the latest and greatest version of the software—on any device that has a browser
Moving from dysfunctional data to actionable intelligence is essential for your organization’s overall health and growth. Enact can help you make this leap forward. Visit the InfinityQS website to learn more about the power of the Enact platform.