In today’s manufacturing organizations, process data is the foundation of a complex ecosystem of operations. Without the insights from that data, quality professionals and company leaders can’t ensure optimal processes, improve product quality, or find opportunities for reducing costs.

However, many manufacturing organizations still rely on legacy SPC systems that are deployed in separate installations across their organization. Some older systems may even rely on paper-based data collection, manually uploaded into the system or in spreadsheets.

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Without a centralized database, manufacturers lack the quality intelligence to significantly improve performance across operations. Instead, most of their time is spent reconciling “islands” of isolated, incomplete, and inconsistent data found in a legacy SPC system. Disconnected data hampers an organization’s ability to become more productive, agile, and flexible—all necessary capabilities for success in today’s competitive environment.

Many manufacturers are starting to realize a modern, digital SPC solution is crucial for collecting, analyzing, and using data.

Legacy SPC Systems Introduce Complex Problems

Because legacy SPC systems are built on local file-based storage, access is limited to the physical location of devices where the system is installed. The result is a proliferation of “islands” of data across the manufacturing organization.

With data isolated to certain workstations, analysis is difficult and resource-intensive. Its value is diminished and potential untapped.

Data isolation can also cause another issue: inconsistency. Without a central system, it’s hard for workers to trust data and calculations managed in one area of production from another. This inconsistency can expose an organization to high levels of risk and reduce the ability of teams to collaborate.

Contrast that to the InfinityQS next-generation SPC solution, Enact®, a robust, flexible quality intelligence platform. Enact provides manufacturers with a powerful, centralized SPC capability based on a unified, enterprise-wide data repository.

Modernizing SPC Promotes Collaboration, Efficiency

Cloud technology amplifies the power of SPC. Unlike legacy SPC systems, manufacturing operational data in the cloud is accessible from any device, anywhere, and at any time.

Consistency and standardization are maintained through a centralized database where all data across all manufacturing operations is captured and stored. That allows critical information, like part definitions and specification limits, to be used throughout the organization wherever it is needed. Any changes are reflected immediately.

In other words, there’s a single source of truth. And that makes it easier to perform analysis, whether it’s enterprise wide or looking at an individual data point from a particular process and point in time.

Scale is also not an issue in a cloud-based SPC system. Adding new processes, lines, plants, or even new sites is a simple configuration change. It’s fast, efficient, and generates added value across an organization quickly.

Maximize the Value of Operational Data

Manufacturers can’t afford to have a legacy system slow down production. Successful organizations will harness the power of their data through a modern, cloud-based SPC quality management solution like Enact.

Without it, precious time is wasted—and data’s promising potential to improve efficiency is left unused in data islands.

Tired of disconnected, siloed data? Discover how to maximize your data’s value and overhaul your legacy SPC system in the executive brief from InfinityQS.