In manufacturing organizations, product quality reports are necessary for quality management and process improvement. But building them from disparate data is tedious and time-consuming, and they are often outdated before they can be used. Fortunately, modern SPC software has made the product quality report obsolete. Today, you can see all the information you need—in real time—through a simple, intuitive dashboard.
You produce product quality reports for a specific reason: to deliver information to your production operations teams so they can do their jobs. Dashboards provide modern capabilities that make them invaluable to manufacturers: a visually compelling delivery system; role-based information, alerts, and notifications; and dramatically simplified reporting.
See What You’re Missing with a Visual Delivery System
Dashboards in Enact® by InfinityQS® are the daily workspace for everyone in your production operations environment—from operators to quality professionals to supervisors and your executive team. They bring the right information to the people who need it, instantly—giving them insights they never had before.
When you’re working in your legacy SPC system, how easy is it to acccess the information you need? How timely is that information when you get it? And how easily can you convey that information to other team members and upper management?
The visual delivery system in Enact is an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand, dashboard-driven interface. And it’s tailored to each individual user’s role and needs.
Addressing your priorities
Enact delivers what we call prioritized data. It’s the information that you, the user, need to see, tailored to your role and specific to the job you’re doing. That means you don’t have to wade through extraneous data that can distract you. And it’s not just your dashboard; it’s also the notifications that you need to see.
When your dashboard shows you prioritized data, you quickly see the information that requires your attention. This could be exception reporting—like specification violations or statistical violations. Operators will see the data collections that require immediate attention or are due soon. Continuous improvement teams can see data streams organized in order of violations (rather than wading through control charts to find the “right chart”).
All of this is designed to improve productivity by focusing the information you must absorb before taking action, while still making the rest of the information available when it’s needed.
Notifications: Process Control and Monitoring Made Easy
Too much data makes it difficult for users to filter out the noise and focus on the priorities they need to pay attention to. Enact’s highly visual user experience streamlines delivery of the specific information that each user needs.
By automating notifications, such as when data collection or compliance checks are due, you support and empower your operators—the frontline soldiers in the war against rising costs and manufacturing imperfections. Providing automatic reminders takes the guesswork out of when they need to gather data. It means that they don’t have to keep checking the clock on the wall or continually glancing at their wristwatch. And it means that there is little possibility of forgetting a data check or violating critical compliance requirements.
Dashboards are easy to build
Since Enact knows who you are, what your role is, what workstation you’re at, and what you need to see and when, your job becomes easier and you never miss a data collection or an alert.
It’s easy to choose what information you want on your dashboard, whether it’s a Pareto chart, a box-and-whisker plot, or a stream summary. Each dashboard consists of customizable tiles that provide data at a glance and allow users to drill down into details.
And after a dashboard has been created, users with different roles and access levels can customize it to meet their needs, without affecting the dashboard for other users. That way your organization can reap the benefits of standardized analysis while still giving users the tools they need to improve the quality of processes and products for which they are responsible.
These valuable SPC tools are all data-driven, so all you need to do is set up the parameters of the data you want to see through a simple interface.
Enact’s parameter sets help you determine what you see on your dashboard. A parameter set is a selection of data defined by record count, time span, and one or more descriptors (e.g., part, process, feature). You define the parameters and Enact applies them to the tiles in your dashboard.
For example, you could create a parameter set of the latest 1000 records from the last month where Process equals Mold #### and Feature equals Wheel Diameter. Even if you have thousands of records going back years for many different molds and features, Enact returns only the subset of data defined in your parameter set.
Reporting Made Easy
Modern SPC has made it possible to improve your data collection, analysis, and overall quality management. But you also need to be able to communicate findings to upper management. That’s a lot easier when the information you need is easy to access.
Centralized Data Repository
An important aspect of the dashboard is it gives you complete visibility into your quality data. This is possible because all your data, regardless of its source, is centralized and standardized in a unified data repository—made accessible in the cloud. From there, it can be configured, aggregated, and analyzed. Aggregated data provides visibility across the company, so you can compare lines, departments, and sites to optimize all your manufacturing operations.
Standardized dashboards help improve communications and operations because they promote consistent practices and standard operating procedures across the company. With everyone using the same tools to look at data from a central repository, users with different roles can make consistent decisions to optimize product quality, processes, and production operations.
Benefits for Quality Professionals
Typically, manufacturing quality professionals are creating reports periodically—weekly, monthly, or quarterly. To do that, they have to go out and find all the information they need. Typically, that information is spread out in different systems.
Enact brings all the information you could possibly need for your reports into one place.
Once your quality professionals get all the information they need together, they must put that information into a format that means something to upper management. That can be time-consuming. Even in a small organization, this type of activity can take a whole day (or more)—and that’s in the hands of an experienced quality pro!
Benefits for Upper Management
Dashboards take a lot of the burden of analysis off the plate of upper management. When the quality pros use a dashboard in Enact, the reports that upper management receives are not stacks of spreadsheets they need to mine for information.
Old fashioned reports are a static snapshot and are out of date the moment they’re produced. If upper management has questions or concerns, they must talk to the original author—and that person usually ends up doing more work to arrive at the required answer.
The power of the dashboard for upper management is that they actually see up-to-the-minute information. And when they see a detail that’s interesting to them, they can drill down into it with a click. They get instant answers, meaningful insights—and the power to take action quickly.
Made for the Enterprise—No Matter the Size
So, what does all this about easy reporting and a centralized data repository mean? It means that Enact is perfect for any company that’s trying to get a better handle on their processes—from smaller organizations to large, global enterprises.
When you look at data that represents quality information across multiple production lines, shifts, plants, you can easily see where you’re doing well. And you can can uncover the greatest opportunities for reducing waste and costs while improving quality. That’s a huge return on your SPC investment.
To solve your biggest plant-floor problems, you must modernize your SPC system. Visit InfinityQS and learn how an advanced, digital quality platform can give you access to the information you need most—at the heart of your manufacturing operations.