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Data can be a modern manufacturing company’s greatest asset. However, if that data is not centralized, it becomes difficult to use and almost impossible to interpret.

Lacking true visibility into your quality and process data prevents you from conducting the necessary analysis that spurs process improvement—the type that can transform your organization’s efficiency and bottom line.

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That’s why companies are so focused on digitizing quality data. In a real-time, cloud-based Statistical Process Control (SPC) solution, your team can connect disparate data and extract meaning from it.

You are then equipped with the intelligence required to prioritize your continuous improvement efforts and quickly make an impact on quality and lowering costs.


Why is it important to centralize quality data?

You need to be able to see and work with your quality data to get the value you need from it.

Whether you are responsible for the quality of a single line or hundreds of plants, look for a cloud-based SPC solution that stores all quality data in a single, centralized repository.

When you have a centralized repository, you’re able to see the big quality picture. And because that data is stored in the cloud, your team will have access to it on any internet-capable device, at any time.


What does cloud-based SPC enable you to do with your data?

An SPC solution enables you to see real-time data so you can rectify any issues that cause processes to fall out-of-spec. But it also helps you extract meaning from data when processes remain in-spec.

Out-of-spec data

If an out-of-spec event occurs and you use a robust SPC-based quality solution, like Enact® by InfinityQS®, you’ll receive real-time notifications that can help you resolve issues. You set specification and limitation criteria, then the system alerts you in real time if data falls beyond those thresholds.

The best SPC software solution provides process control alerts and notifications to the right people at the right time, ensuring that critical information gets to those who require it.

In-spec data

Your quality management software can do more than centralize your quality data and alert you when data falls out of specification limits; it can help you make sense of it.

Through analysis tools, your solution can help you identify process areas that need improvement, so you can prioritize your efforts. That makes it easier to determine which areas have the greatest opportunities for improvement to quickly make an impact on quality and costs.


How in-spec data spurs process improvement

Let’s say you’re an operations director at a company that has 16 injection molding plants. Your company has quality issues, and your competitors are tougher than ever. You need to reduce costs and make a big impact on your company’s bottom line as soon as possible.

But you don’t want to tell plant managers to just “fix stuff.” Plus, just generically telling them to reduce costs can result in unintended negative consequences. Instead, you need to be able to view quality across all your plants and identify clear strategies for how to eliminate costs of poor quality.

That’s where your cloud-based quality system can help. Let’s look at two tools to help you analyze your processes.

 

Yield potential and yield performance

Since quality data from all 16 plants is centralized, you should be able to easily aggregate all plant data into a single chart. That chart should provide critical information such as performance comparisons, yields, and related metrics between regions, plants, and production lines. The Enact table below shows grading definitions for both Yield Potential and Yield Performance.


QTY0222 InfinityQS ICGrading Grid and Details Dashboard

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Stoplight reports

Color-coded “stoplight” reports like the one below provides at-a-glance grades for each plant, production line, product, and feature. With reports like these, your greatest opportunities for improvement will stand out, and your quality priorities will be clear. As a result, you should be able to easily prioritize company- and plant-specific efforts to improve overall quality, no matter how large or small your quality responsibility is. The image below is an example of how easy it should be to understand where you could prioritize your quality efforts.


QTY0222 InfinityQS IC Stoplight Tables Highlight Areas of Critical Need

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As someone who wants to drive improvement and competitive advantages throughout your organization, you’ll need this level of visibility. Otherwise, you could be blind to the greatest opportunities to cut costs and boost quality. That level of insight is no longer something you can only dream about.

Powerful reports like these can highlight your greatest opportunities for improvement and guide both global and local quality efforts. This can help you prioritize your quality efforts and drive specific, meaningful, beneficial improvement strategies throughout your organization.


Modernize your manufacturing through centralization

A modern shop floor is a connected one. If you want to stay competitive in manufacturing today, you need visibility into your quality data. That starts with centralizing it in a cloud-based SPC solution.


Do you suffer from disconnected data? Visit the InfinityQS website to learn how you can centralize your data in the cloud and extract more value from it.