When a problem occurs in your manufacturing production operations, your job as a quality professional is to determine where the problem originated. That means reviewing data to trace when, where, and how the issue occurred. But if your company is like most, you have lots of systems that store critical quality data. Depending on the amount of data collected, your hunt can be time-consuming and overwhelming—even impossible. But what if all your quality data were centralized?
Stuck in Firefighting Mode
Welcome to the life of a quality manager: Firefighter extraordinaire. All emergencies, all the time. Whatever industry you work in, most days are a version of the same old story. Something doesn’t meet specifications, and it’s up to you and your team to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it—as quickly as possible.
The problem: quality information is scattered and de-centralized across systems, from ERP and MES systems to spreadsheets and paper. You spend so much time searching for data to address urgent issues that you have little or no time to consider how quality data could be used strategically. You can’t make big improvements that benefit all production lines in all plants. You’re always in reactive mode—unable to proactively prevent issues and improve processes.
The cycle of the firefight is exhausting. It’s easy to see why quality professionals rarely have time to do anything else. You must overcome multiple hurdles before you can shift from reactive to proactive.
Breaking the Cycle
At the heart of this challenge is how your company collects and stores quality data. What if all the different systems you’re using automatically saved the critical information you need into a centralized data repository? If that happened, then you could:
- Consolidate quality information in one place
- Review quality data from across the enterprise
- Get faster, easier access to the data you need
- Generate previously unknown insights that could improve quality across all plants
A solution that unifies your data from all its diverse sources and presents it in one centralized, easy-to-access data repository provides true visibility. It enables automated analysis and reporting about what’s happening in any process in real time—across your entire enterprise.
When combined with your quality experience, that enterprise visibility enables an approach that provides real understanding of the workings of your whole organization. And it provides actionable information that enables your quality professionals to drive big, sweeping quality improvement and cost reduction initiatives.
When data is centralized, you can easily analyze details specific to any combination of plants, regions, products, processes, shifts, employees, jobs, lots, production orders, suppliers—and just about any other criteria. And you can do so from anywhere, on any device.
You no longer need to be running around gathering paper, working with spreadsheets, or trying to transpose, format, and normalize data to support your analysis.
With critical quality information at your fingertips, you can create reports that point you to the best places in your operations to prioritize your efforts. And proactive thinking enables you to strategically use quality information to generate the greatest organization-wide benefits.
Imagine being able to see how your entire enterprise or factory is performing on a single report. With InfinityQS quality management solutions, you can produce region- and plant-specific summaries and details by just opening a browser on your tablet or phone.
Pull up charts, graphs, and analyses to begin unraveling cross-plant problems and determine the best tactics for fixing them.
Insight by Leaps and Bounds
This level of extensive and unified data availability opens new possibilities. You find yourself with more time in the day. You can devote some of it to analyzing aggregated historical data to look for patterns and trends. Access to data across all equipment, processes, and production lines makes comparing data throughout facilities as easy as a few clicks of the mouse.
A solution that makes data readily available and easy to analyze can produce immediate results. And easy-to-configure, flexible, targeted reports can pull in aggregated historical information not just from across a line, but from across your entire plant—even from multiple plants—without requiring expensive hardware purchases or ripping and replacing existing systems.
Is it time to centralize the quality and process data you rely on? We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our quality management solutions, Enact® and ProFicient™.