For most manufacturers, 2020 has brought home one point with vivid clarity: Upgrading their quality management solutions is imperative. However, the potential scope of the task can be overwhelming. Where do you start?
At InfinityQS, we recommend starting small—with a limited Proof of Concept (PoC) project. This exercise, conducted by a select team on a single line with a specific goal, provides multiple benefits:
- You’ll engage the key stakeholders in your project.
- They’ll learn the software and build a strong understanding of its capabilities and features.
- You’ll be able demonstrate and quantify the benefits of implementing the software.
- You’ll end up in a position to expand the deployment across the organization.
A PoC is our recommended starting point for customers who are looking to implement our Enact® Quality Intelligence platform. It’s a cloud-native quality management software system designed to take the burden off IT while offering you the flexibility and power of the cloud. Enact is highly intuitive and built to make everyone’s job easier—from operators to C-suite execs. Just like any software project, getting buy-in from users is essential—and success depends on starting everyone on the right foot. Let’s take a look at what an Enact PoC entails, the results you might expect, and how you use the project to kick off a larger transformation for your company.
For InfinityQS customers, a PoC is guided by an expert Applications Engineer. That guide helps customers form their foundational knowledge of how Enact works, gain confidence using the software, and build a business case for expanding Enact across their manufacturing operations.
That’s important, because Enact is a new way of approaching quality management. Cloud technology and Software as a Service (SaaS)is changing the quality manufacturing landscape, providing manufacturers with the capability to have data collection and visibility across the entirety of an enterprise. SaaS enables quality improvement experts at the corporate level (from anywhere around the globe) to be able to sort, slice, and dice data any way they want from across plants, across departments, across the enterprise, across regions. There are no longer any limitations.
However, because SaaS is a big change for many manufacturers, it’s important to utilize a solution that’s purpose built for manufacturing. Enact is the award-winning Quality Intelligence platform that speeds and simplifies real-time quality data collection, reporting, and analysis. Whether your company operates one manufacturing site or sites in multiple locations, Enact can help you meet your most pressing goals—reducing scrap and waste, improving product quality, and maintaining compliance—with an easy-to-use visual interface, complete mobility, flexibility, and power.
Proof of Concept Works
The way a PoC works, the foundation for its effectiveness, is simply this: Start small. That’s it. Focus on a small sample of parts that are subject to the same data collection routine. Sounds sensible, right?
How it All Begins
And we really do mean small: a single filling operation, or a packaging operation, for example. To help ensure that focus, we start with a questionnaire that helps our team better understand your specific goals for using Enact and the results you would like to obtain during your PoC. This questionnaire also asks for information about the line or machine we’ll be focusing on during this phase.
Next, you’ll work with an InfinityQS Applications Engineer to achieve your desired results for the PoC. During just a few guided sessions, you’ll build your first process model, begin collecting data, and learn about the data analysis features Enact offers.
Over the course of the PoC, involvement from your operators who collect data is key. You and your assigned Applications Engineer will review production data collected by your operators. During guided sessions, you’ll also discuss feedback from your team and can adjust your initial PoC deployment.
The first feature in Enact we’d like you to get familiar with is the process model. It’s a new concept in the quality manufacturing software world; and it’s important for customers to get a handle on what it is and how it’s used. Everything starts with the process model. Here’s an example of a rudimentary process model:
The process model is a powerful and functional tool that allows you to build things out in step-by-step fashion. It’s expandable, helps you error-proof your processes, and centralizes and simplifies the ways in which you manage your operations.
Above all, the process model helps you better understand your processes. It forces you to think about the components or ingredients of the finished product and the steps that go into creating the product, from raw materials to finished item.
Once you get the hang of that first process model and the accompanying data collections, you can reuse that process model to rapidly expand to similar production lines.
You’ll begin collecting data early on in the PoC. But collecting data is only the first step toward gaining insights. Enact enable you to analyze the data and acting on those insights to drive transformation within your organization. Achieving a solid data collection routine isn’t the finish line; it’s the starting line.
Dashboards are the primary tool for all Enact users, from operators to power users and administrators. They provide prioritized, or tailored, content. It’s precisely the information that the user needs to see, without all the other extraneous stuff that can be distracting.
Dashboards contain information such as notifications that are pertinent to each user, data collection prompts at the appropriate times, and customizable reports. The best part is that you don’t have to create hundreds of dashboards.
The same dashboard is designed to be used across your organization—backend setup enables the customized display. This means a filling operator, quality technician, and packaging operator could all use the exact same dashboard and see exactly what they need from it.
A PoC provides measurable results that demonstrate the value Enact can bring to your manufacturing operations. You’ll see exactly what Enact can do for you firsthand.
The findings you collect from your PoC —overfill, reduced waste, reduced scrap, whatever it may be—can be presented to stakeholders in your organization to show them how Enact can not only make your operators’ jobs easier but also save you money and hone your processes to perfection.
Repeat and expand. After your Enact PoC is complete, it’s on to a pilot, where you will deploy Enact to other production areas. During the pilot phase, you’ll continue to expand on your deployment, using additional Enact functionality, such as gauges and automated data collection, and continue planning for your full production rollout of Enact.
Starting small and expanding in a methodical, controlled fashion is a proven way to make a big change—like changing quality management—manageable and beneficial for all your stakeholders.
Try Enact risk free. InfinityQS is offering Enact free for 3 months—and our expert Applications Engineers will help you set up your PoC at no cost. Learn more and get started today.