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U.K. Manufacturing: From Underdog to Top Dog

Martyn Gill
By Martyn Gill
May 15th, 2015

Despite a rocky history and losing almost two-thirds of the market in just 30 years, manufacturing in the U.K. is making a steady comeback.

5 Ways Pharma and Medical Device Manufacturers Can Use Technology to Promote Quality and Compliance

Eric Weisbrod
By Eric Weisbrod
April 14th, 2015

Because life sciences products are often ingested or implanted in the body, it is critical for pharmaceutical and medical device companies to adhere to stringent safety and regulatory compliance standards. Using advanced technologies, manufacturers can employ a holistic approach to quality and ensure product safety.

NorthStar Battery & InfinityQS Present: 7 Habits of Quality Obsessed Manufacturers

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
February 10th, 2015

Innovations in manufacturing excellence don’t just happen, people make them happen. The Infusion Online series is designed to foster innovation by providing a forum for manufacturing pros to collaborate, share ideas and implement best practices.

New Webinar Series | Infusion Online: Tips and Tricks Live

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
January 29th, 2015

Next week, we will be kicking off the first segment our new webinar series, Infusion Online. As an extension of our global user conference, Infusion, the series was designed with our clients and prospects in mind.

Quality Challenge #6: Supplier Quality Visibility

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
December 9th, 2014

Managing the quality of suppliers’ products continues to be a challenge for most manufacturers. The complex nature of today’s global supply chains only complicates the matter.

Quality Challenge #5: No Global Visibility

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
December 3rd, 2014

Companies with multiple manufacturing plants across the globe have unique challenges in measuring and comparing quality data. In most cases, each plant is collecting data in isolation from the other facilities, leading to a lack of standardization across the enterprise. Furthermore, different languages, time zones and measurement units only add to the confusion.

Quality Challenge #4: Traceability Hurdles

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
November 26th, 2014

In the event of a recall, could you quickly and easily trace and present quality data of your raw materials through to your final finished goods? For many companies the ability to provide beginning-to-end documentation of quality data is a huge hurdle with potentially disastrous repercussions.

Quality Challenge #3: Incomplete Plant View

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
November 20th, 2014

How do you know you have a quality problem, or more importantly, when? Is it when product is returned from suppliers? When you receive complaints from your customers? Or worse, is it when you’re facing a recall? Many manufacturers lack true visibility into and across their shop floor and it’s costing them unnecessary time and money.

Quality Challenge #2: Delayed Improvement Cycles

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
November 18th, 2014

In today’s competitive manufacturing landscape it is important to focus quality efforts and make measured improvements that will boost your processes. But do you know where to start? Oftentimes, decision makers lack the real-time visibility they need to pinpoint the areas that are in need of the most improvement.

Quality Challenge #1: Overwhelmed Shop Floor

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
November 13th, 2014

Overwhelmed Shop Floor

Organizations across all industries are pushing to become leaner and employees are taking on more responsibilities with less resources – but at what cost?

Conference Recap: Infusion Chicago & ProFicient 5.2

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
November 6th, 2014

InfinityQS is committed to providing companies the tools and resources necessary to achieve manufacturing goals. Our global manufacturing intelligence conference, Infusion, is a place for our clients, prospective clients and industry experts to connect and share new ideas, experiences and insights. In October, we welcomed attendees to Infusion Chicago.

Quality as Catalyst: Ending the Reactive Cycle of the Life Sciences Industry

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
October 7th, 2014

Winter is right around the corner and people are already getting in line get their annual flu shot. Getting immunizations has become a part of our daily lives that we barely think about. After all, how many people do you think have ever wondered, “How did this drug end up here?”

MFG DAY 2014: Stories about Overcoming Top Manufacturing Challenges

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
October 3rd, 2014

Founded on June 26, 2012, MFG DAY is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing “common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is – and what it isn’t.” Today, there are more than 1,500 national events on October

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend Infusion Chicago

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
September 5th, 2014

With 5 weeks until Infusion Chicago, we rounded up the top 5 reasons why you should attend our manufacturing intelligence conference this year.

InfinityQS Recognized in Gartner’s Hype Cycle Reports

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
September 2nd, 2014

InfinityQS has dedicated 25 years to ensuring greater quality for manufacturers by providing software solutions that deliver insight across the enterprise and into the supply chain. With our cloud-based deployment option, ProFicient on Demand, manufacturers are collaborating with suppliers all over the world and monitoring processes in real time to identify areas for continuous improvement.

Cooper Tire and InfinityQS Partner for Manufacturing Success

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
April 15th, 2014

As a driver, there is a lot of weight resting on the quality of your tires. Whether you are driving for a commercial operation or traveling with a vehicle full of family and friends, you want to be completely certain that by the time your automobile makes it out onto the road, it is ready to roll with absolutely no chance of anything going wrong.

Cochlear: Assuring Crystal Clear Hearing with InfinityQS

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
April 2nd, 2014

As a leading manufacturer of implantable hearing devices, Cochlear has a big responsibility. Whether its customers are counting on them to experience the world of sound for the first time, or to restore hearing to a previous level, they count on Cochlear to produce only the finest hearing aid products.

Baldor Adopts the Quality Improvement Mindset

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
March 31st, 2014

Electric industrial corporation Baldor produces power transmission products, drives, generators and motors for 26 plants across the U.S., Canada, England, China and Mexico. These products are sold to distributors and OEMs across over 70 countries worldwide with the guarantee of both superior quality and high efficiency, including Dodge motors.

U.S. Auto Industry Hits Lowest Quality Rating in 16 Years

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
March 28th, 2014

For awhile, there has been a great amount of speculation about the level of consumer satisfaction with the U.S. auto industry. Now, consumers have spoken—and the results should have U.S. auto producers running to analyze existing quality control measures.

U.S. Auto Industry Hits Lowest Quality Rating in 16 Years

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
March 13th, 2014

For awhile, there has been a great amount of speculation about the level of consumer satisfaction with the U.S. auto industry. Now, consumers have spoken—and the results should have U.S. auto producers running to analyze existing quality control measures.

Americans Now Demanding Food Safety Overhaul

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
March 11th, 2014

Americans are growing increasingly frustrated with the level of food quality in the U.S., as evidenced in a recent Harris Poll report. According to the report, almost three-quarters of Americans believe that there should be more government oversight regarding food safety.

Bolster Your Enterprise Quality Toolkit with These Five Strategies from InfinityQS

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
March 5th, 2014

Now that you are considering implementing an enterprise quality management system into your enterprise, it is important to have a strategy set in place to benchmark progress and make sure your changes are actually improving your process.

Quality and Manufacturing Efficiency Are All about Revenue

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
March 3rd, 2014

Manufacturing environments are designed to produce goods quickly so they can be sold for maximum profits. The common thread amongst the top manufacturers is an understanding, from the executive to the shop floor, of how to use manufacturing intelligence technology enable high quality production runs and turn big profits at the same time.

How effective is the Quality Control in your Food Supply Chain? Are you sure?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
February 19th, 2014

As a food manufacturer, the job does not start—or end—with your organization. You do not grow food in your facility, and you do not place it by hand into the refrigerators and store locations around the world. You outsource the bulk of your production operations, assemble goods and ship them out to your vendors.

Pharmaceutical Industry Looks to Increase Compliance

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
February 18th, 2014

Right now, FDA compliance is a major obstacle in the pharmaceutical industry. According to ExpertRECALL, in the third quarter of 2013, the FDA documented 171 drug and pharmaceutical recalls.

Packaging Companies Focus on Manufacturing Quality Control

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
February 4th, 2014

Packaging manufacturers are constantly striving to improve the shelf life of products as well as factors related to convenience. For this reason, the shape, size and appearance of a product’s package is crucial for achieving success.

How Drug Manufacturers Are Approaching Quality Control

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
January 30th, 2014

In the pharmaceutical industry, drug manufacturers strive at all costs to prevent unsafe products from reaching sick consumers. Yet right now, there are many challenges currently standing in the way of overall quality control for many organizations in the pharmaceutical industry.

Aerospace and Defense Industry: Honed In on Quality Control

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
January 28th, 2014

When it comes to manufacturing quality in the aerospace and defense industry, there is no margin for error. Due to the astronomical cost of materials and the high risk environments that aerospace products are often used in, quality failures are not an option.

InfinityQS: Defining Quality in the Food and Beverage Industry

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
January 23rd, 2014

In today’s competitive and highly-regulated food and beverage market, quality is one of the key drivers of success. Quality control is one of the most important tools for building customer trust and controlling manufacturing costs.

Manufacturing Quality Focuses on Creating Consistent Products and Reaping the Rewards from Higher Revenue

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
January 14th, 2014

According to a recent study conducted by LNS Research, revenue growth is now the top financial objective for corporations—ahead of growing operational margins, expanding into global markets, improving ROI and cutting costs in the enterprise.

Quality Control: Manufacturing Trends to Consider in 2014

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
January 13th, 2014

Many companies approach enterprise quality management with the need to improve or bring together  current quality control software systems. It can be difficult to gain value from homegrown IT systems due to the lack of a single quality control hub with many systems.

SPC Software, Manufacturing Intelligence and Properly Trained Employees Equal A Recipe for Manufacturing Success

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
January 10th, 2014

Having access to the most effective tools is never enough—no matter the job, it is essential to keep your skills up to date with the proper training.

Eliminate Customer Complaints via Social Media

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
January 9th, 2014

Picture this: a customer is in a rush to get to work but needs to remove a coat of ice from the windshield. So he grabs a new can of anti-ice spray in order to expedite the process. Instead of melting the ice instantly as it’s intended to do, however, the sprayer cap is defective and won’t distribute the juice.

Five Must-Have Quality Control Elements in your Enterprise

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
January 8th, 2014

Once you adopt the quality control mindset, you want to make sure that you have all of the pieces necessary for smooth sailing during production. There are a lot of different aspects that make up quality control and each one is equally important.

Here are some of the core ingredients that you need in order to leverage a complete enterprise quality management solution:

Are You Putting Quality and Manufacturing Operations Data to Work in Your Enterprise?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
January 7th, 2014

When raw data are pulled from a manufacturing operation, the data are all but worthless to a corporate executive until they can be converted to intelligence in the form of visualizations and intelligence. While raw data has a ton of value, it is a lot like crude oil in that it has to be refined before the most value can be gleaned from it.

Continuous Improvement: Statistical Process Control (SPC) Training

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
December 26th, 2013

Enterprise quality management is one of the most important aspects of your production process. Your company relies heavily on a best-in-class quality system to produce quality parts that meet company and customer expectations.

Things to Consider when Choosing an Enterprise-level Quality Management Solution

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
December 23rd, 2013

Your company manufactures frozen foods at the large-enterprise level. From New York State to Mexico City, frozen foods are created, assembled, packaged and distributed from multiple plant locations across several continents. The ultimate challenge for a brand is to create millions of units, sourced and created across multiple locations that look, taste and act exactly the same.

How Much Visibility do You Have into Your Quality Control Processes?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
December 20th, 2013

When investing in enterprise quality management, just as with cars you can kick the tires and examine the paint job or you can do your research about what’s actually going on under the hood and match the car’s level of performance to meet your needs. Sure, you could step on the gas and your car will go—for awhile. Likewise, the same thing will happen when you hit the brakes.

Choosing a Multi-Site Enterprise Quality Solution

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
December 19th, 2013

You are in charge of overseeing manufacturing production across eight different corporate branches. As a multi-site manufacturer, quality is vitally important at each of your facilities but at the same time, they each act somewhat independently so there isn’t an encompassing need to implement a fully integrated, enterprise system that drives global standards.

SKU Management Got You Down?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
December 18th, 2013

Your beverage company produces several different types of soda. And for each brand of soda, you have a different stock keeping unit (SKU). As any beverage manufacturer can testify, however, these different SKUs can really add up—and keeping track of them in a database as they change can be a task that takes an exorbitant amount of time.

Quality Control Practices to Celebrate

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
December 17th, 2013

This holiday season, before dashing off to holiday parties, marathon shopping, yuletide carols, or however you celebrate, it is important to sit back and look at all of the products around you that make your life great.

Things to Consider for SingleSite Enterprise Quality Management Deployments

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
December 11th, 2013

Your manufacturing facility is a single site operation as it produces goods out of one facility. It does not have the responsibility of looking after an entire supply chain, or shuttling data back and forth between individual plant locations.

How to Attain Manufacturing Enlightenment: Part 5

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
December 5th, 2013

The journey towards completely automating your manufacturing quality control processes can take a long time. Many months of data aggregation and process optimization must first take place before you can gain complete real-time visibility into your company’s production output.

How to Attain Manufacturing Enlightenment: Part 4

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
December 4th, 2013

Optimizing your manufacturing facility’s automation processes is a bit like driving a standard transmission car. You start out slow, in first gear as you manually collect basic information. By the time you get to fourth gear, your process should be cruising along at about 40 mph. It’s a step that you have to master before you can get to fifth gear, which is manufacturing nirvana.  

How to Attain Manufacturing Enlightenment: Part 3

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
December 3rd, 2013

Think about the process that a new piano player undergoes while learning to play the instrument. The musician will start out slow, learning notes and figuring out how the process works. Then, there is a “eureka” moment when all of the information clicks and individual notes can be strung together to form melodies and progressions.

The Success of Your Supply Chain Starts with You

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
December 2nd, 2013

It is not uncommon for plant managers, quality teams and compliance managers to know they have quality issues in the supply chain but not have the right intelligence to properly pinpoint the problem. Internal supply chain teams excel in logistics, planning and scheduling, but many organizations have gaps when it comes to who is responsible for tracking supplier quality.

Do You have the Quality Manufacturing Mindset?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
November 15th, 2013

In manufacturing today, consumers have an endless variety of options to choose from when deciding which company to do business with. Consumers will make choices based on a whole host of factors related to personal taste, brand loyalty, cost and efficiency.

Turn OEE into a Portal for Advanced Metrics

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
November 14th, 2013

The quest for product perfection does not just happen with the snap of a finger. Manufacturing executives need quality insight in order to gauge a realistic view of how automated processes are working.

The Modern Assembly Line: 100 Years Later

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
November 13th, 2013

It has been 100 years since Henry Ford introduced the modern assembly line and forever changed the course of manufacturing. The combination of interchangeable parts and time-efficient processes created a system that eventually sold 15 million Model T Fords and made the automobile one of the centerpieces of American culture.

Don't Let Surging Sales Affect Your Product Quality

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
November 12th, 2013

Manufacturing executives have a responsibility to get products out onto the market as quickly as possible. In order to meet the needs of a hungry consumer base, it can be tempting to push products down the line faster in order to meet surging demand. When sales surge, there are quotas to meet and orders to fill.

The Value of a Centralized Database

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
November 5th, 2013

Think of how hard it is trying to learn a new language using only vocabulary. You could have an entire dictionary at your disposal, but if you can’t make a sentence the words are all but useless. The same can be said about your manufacturing intelligence.

The Value of a Centralized Database

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
November 5th, 2013

Think of how hard it is trying to learn a new language using only vocabulary. You could have an entire dictionary at your disposal, but if you can’t make a sentence the words are all but useless. The same can be said about your manufacturing intelligence.

The Advantage of Automation

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 28th, 2013

Imagine you are purchasing wood for the surface of a large, outdoor patio. You don’t want just any brand of lumber, however. You want to know the source of where the wood came from. Aside from its location, you want to ensure that the wood is of high quality and is built to last for your purposes.

How to Attain Manufacturing Enlightenment: Part Two

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 24th, 2013

A chef that makes a tomato sauce for a large group of people has to taste the sauce at critical points in the production process to ensure the quality and flavor is right. A good chef never sends anything out of the kitchen without testing for temperature, texture and aesthetics.

How to Attain Manufacturing Enlightenment: Part One

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 23rd, 2013

Congratulations—your enterprise has decided to take active steps towards a more holistic manufacturing approach. It has recognized that there are flaws in its operational procedures, and is now taking important measures towards ensuring that they cease to be an issue moving forward.

Sculpt a Positive Brand Image with Social Media

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 21st, 2013

Think for a moment about your all time favorite products. You might recall the crisp taste of cola on a Thanksgiving table, or the lemon scent of laundry detergent on fresh sheets drying in the sun.

Global Manufacturing Economy on the Rise

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 17th, 2013

JPMorgan has released its 2013 Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index. According to the report, global manufacturing is on the rise. And after a particularly strong September, things are starting to head in the right direction.  

U.S. Manufacturing Reaches Highest Peak in Two Years

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 16th, 2013

Over the past few months, economists and executives have waited with their fingers crossed tightly while monitoring the state of manufacturing in the U.S. As the manufacturing economy continues to stabilize after a stretch of decline, there has been some concern about the direction that it would head in during the second half of 2013.

Construct Your Company's Image around Sound Quality

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 15th, 2013

Imagine that you are in a store, and you see a pair of headphones that boast superior sound quality and durability. You purchase the headphones, and after using them for 6 weeks, the sound starts to crack and pop. As a consumer, this is not a good feeling.

Why Every Manufacturing Executive Needs to Pay Attention to OEE

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 14th, 2013

As a manufacturing executive, your business frequently takes you to various locations around the world. But while you are on site visits or at meetings, how do you keep an eye on manufacturing processes back at home?

How Well Do You Know Your Supply Chain?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 10th, 2013

Your company manufactures frozen pizzas and purchases ingredients from independent vendors located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. You make the crust, but not the meat, spice, sauce or cheese which must be acquired and assembled into the frozen pies that are then shipped out to consumers.

Are You Getting the Most out of Your Statistical Process Control Software?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 8th, 2013

Enterprise quality management is one of the best ways a company can ensure it’s pleasing its whole customer base. With so much pressure from the public these days to produce quality products, it is helpful for an organization to observe its own quality control system and find out just how well it is working.

Mobile Agriculture: Enterprise Quality Management Solutions for Farmers

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 7th, 2013

Once the sun comes up, farmers have a lot to do. There is livestock to look after, crops to monitor and equipment to tend to. With so much going on, however, there is another issue at hand that is creating more work around the farm—regulatory compliance.

How Can Mobility Help Push Manufacturing Intelligence Into a System?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 4th, 2013

Physically recording information into a database on a paper sheet can pose several difficulties. Paper, by nature, only is useful in certain environments. Whether it gets wet, tears, get smudgey, misinterpreted or whatever, with paper you are increasing the likelihood of mistakes. And that’s before you even use the data and then eventually, (gasp), store it.

Why Reshore, Why now?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 3rd, 2013

As the U.S. manufacturing economy continues to rebound from it steep decline, more and more American companies are returning home to produce their goods. This makes it an ideal time for companies that are on the fence to strongly consider the upside of returning to America to manufacture products.

Work Smarter and Harder with Manufacturing Intelligence

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 2nd, 2013

Recently, host of the popular television series “Dirty Jobs” Mike Rowe wrote an article repudiating the old adage that employees should work smart, not hard.

Statistical Process Control Software: Creating the Demand for Visibility

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
October 1st, 2013

Nobody ever sees a product recall coming. It is generally assumed by many manufacturers in an assembly-based manufacturing setting that business partners who supply small product components produce parts that are of sound quality. But assumption, however, is precisely the issue.

Statistical Process CONEtrol: How Ben & Jerry's Ensures Superior Product Quality

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 26th, 2013

Fans of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream are sold on the company’s ability to produce goods with unwavering quality. They know that every single time they open a carton of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, they can expect a premium product that will not disappoint.

I Own a Small Business. Can I Benefit From SPC Software?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 25th, 2013

Many people are under the impression that manufacturing automation is typically geared towards large enterprises that deal with massive amounts of production output. However, enterprise quality management at the small business level is just as important as any large enterprise.

Why the Cloud is a No Brainer when it Comes to Manufacturing IT

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 24th, 2013

A manufacturing facility requires constant oversight to ensure top notch enterprise quality management. That is because in production, even the smallest mistake will be carried out over a great deal of products. For instance, if too much milk or eggs go into a certain recipe, an entire batch of cookies can be ruined.

How Mobile Technology is Changing the Plant Floor

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 23rd, 2013

When it comes to manufacturing food on a large scale, there is no room for variation. Production consistency is the most overarching factor for consumer happiness and safety.

What sort of metrics work with mobile solutions?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 20th, 2013

A great amount of care goes into the production of potato chips to ensure that each and every bag conforms to production quality standards. In order to ensure that each bag measures up to the standard amount of quality, executives must pay attention to certain metrics. These metrics include factors such as flavoring, crunchiness, moisture level and appearance.

What Kind of Intelligence Can I Gain from OEE?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 19th, 2013

In manufacturing, companies consistently strive to create a product that is perfect. This process must occur as quickly as possible in a production facility. When it occurs efficiently, a process is declared to be stable.

SPC Software: The Missing Ingredient in the Meat Industry

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 18th, 2013

Meat quality reform remains one of the most pressing issues currently facing the food industry.

Are You Prepared to Handle Food Safety Modernization Act?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 17th, 2013

When the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act was first introduced in 2011, its aim was to increase oversight into food manufacturing quality. Now, further changes are being anticipated by both domestic and international farmers who are forced to comply with the law.

SPC Use: Helping Soda Enterprises Produce Consistent Products

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 16th, 2013

As a soda manufacturing executive, your goal is to ensure that every container that is sold with your brand on it tastes exactly the same, no matter what. Whether it is being consumed in Los Angeles or Maine, your customers will come to expect that when they pop open a bottle it will taste familiar and will not disappoint.

How Automation Makes Manufacturing Data More Reliable

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 12th, 2013

Let’s face it: the manufacturing environment can be a chaotic place. It can be loud. It can be crowded. And it can be fast paced. For an employee, however, these issues must often be overcome to accurately record manufacturing intelligence. For an enterprise that still relies on workers as the end-all-be-all for manufacturing intelligence, this can be a big problem.

Making the Case for Bar Codes to Ensure Product Quality

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 11th, 2013

Consumers care deeply about the quality of the products that they consume. When it comes to the operational safety of items that are used on a day-to-day basis, there is little patience for parts that do not meet specifications. While various individuals have long been a part of the inspection process, however, there is one problem: humans make mistakes.

Top 10 American Manufacturing States

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 10th, 2013

It’s becoming safer to say that American manufacturing is now standing on its own two feet. It has been reported that U.S. manufacturing has grown for the second month in a row.

Gaining a Competitive Advantage through Product Visibility

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 9th, 2013

Imagine you are waiting in line at a fast food establishment, behind a row of four cars. In this moment, you are hungry enough to eat a cheap hamburger, but not hungry enough to sacrifice your moral or ethical obligations. So, you pull out your mobile device and enter the name of a signature burger into you application.

Alpha Packaging: Leveraging InfinityQS ProFicient Software

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 6th, 2013

InfinityQS offers a great number of services in the name of enterprise quality management, from the realization of software investment through the RapidStart program to the identification of potential process improvements for increased productivity.

The Analytics of Manufacturing Intelligence: What you can Accomplish with the Right Data

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 5th, 2013

Say you are an auto manufacturer and you produce a series of cars whose windshields are much too thin. Small rocks, tree branches and other debris cause undue breakage. As a result, the car is forced to be recalled from the market.

Why is a Mobile Approach to Enterprise Quality Management Necessary?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 4th, 2013

As a manufacturing executive, you require analytics to back up the important business decisions that you are regularly required to make. But how often are you able to actually be present in the facility in which the information originates? And how long does it take for data to come from the plant floor into your boardroom?

The Value of Enterprise Quality Management Software: Part Two

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
September 3rd, 2013

Much has been discussed about how enterprise quality management software can increase the safety of your production facility and increase the awareness of your company’s supply chain.

Frozen Pomegranates Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 30th, 2013

Businesses are always looking for ways to lower costs and increase quality. In the food industry, though, quality isn’t just king; it can also be the difference between a person staying healthy or becoming ill.

Adjust Your Manufacturing Approach, Reduce Customer Complaints

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 29th, 2013

Once upon a time, a customer complaint surrounding a product—such as an uncomfortable or poorly made pair of shoes—probably would not make it out of a close circle of friends or colleagues. But now, there is a new player in the customer service game that has turned the tables on production quality requirements—social media.

Re-defining 'Made in China'-Part Two

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 28th, 2013

Over the past century, China has emerged as a global powerhouse in manufacturing. It is for this reason that the term “made in China” appears on so many imported products. In fact, 70 percent of the world’s umbrellas are made in China. The country produces 60 percent of the world’s buttons.

Re-defining 'Made in China'-Part One

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 28th, 2013

When a product recall takes place, one of the most important parts of solving the problem is finding the root cause and taking appropriate steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. For this reason, product traceability is a major issue of concern for companies. To successfully navigate these issues, a company must have total visibility into the supply chain.

In Rwanda, Manufacturers Look to Quality Control for Success

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 26th, 2013

It has been nearly two decades since political and social unrest nearly destroyed the fragile economy of the small African country of Rwanda. And now, all signs indicate that manufacturing is on the upswing—and executives are looking at quality control as an important way of ensuring that it moves in a positive direction.

India Pathology Research Centers Lacking Quality Control

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 23rd, 2013

The study and control of pathogens is absolutely integral to the prevention of the outbreak of deadly, contagious diseases. And a major part of this process is the regulatory oversight of those working with such dangerous pathogens.

May Manufacturing Orders up 13.6 Percent

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 22nd, 2013

American-based manufacturing intelligence leaders have reason to speculate that the second half of the year is going to be a profitable one.

How Much do Product Recalls Really Cost?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 21st, 2013

Picture this: your food processing plant is forced to recall several hundred packaged meats from its facility after a food borne illness is discovered lurking inside of a product. The product recall initially costs your company $50 million as a result of not using statistical process control software.

The Next Generation of Manufacturing Intelligence

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 20th, 2013

The Baby Boomers are retiring, and are slowly handing over the reins to a new generation of manufacturers. But who is this generation of young leaders who will be tasked with ushering in a new era of American production? How will they fare with the challenges that lay ahead in the coming years?

The Value of Enterprise Quality Management Software-Part 1

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 19th, 2013

There is an old adage that too many cooks can spoil a soup. If you have six cooks lording over a pot, for example, each one will have a different system of how it should come out. Seasoning amounts, cook time and ingredients will all clash and create a mess, where one governing cook can probably do the entire job adequately.

Statistical Process Control Software: Protecting Consumers as well as Manufacturers

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 16th, 2013

Your UK- based food plant produces several varieties of soups—many of which contain meat products. But since you have neither a farm nor a slaughterhouse, you outsource your company’s meat production to a third party that provides your company with the beef and chicken that you need. 

What Determines a Quality Product? How Can SPC Software Ensure This?

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 15th, 2013

Chefs around the country are gearing up for the US Foods second annual Next Top Product Contest. With the grand prize being $20,000 in cash and prizes, as well as the ability for a chef to have his or her product developed into a national product, there is a lot on the line in th

InfinityQS to Host Manufacturing Intelligence Conference

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 13th, 2013

On September 16-17, manufacturing executives from across the globe will converge in Washington, D.C., for a conference to discuss the latest in manufacturing intelligence, automation and mobile quality control platforms.

FDA to Lower Acceptable Amount of Arsenic in Apple Juice-Part Two

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 12th, 2013

Recently, the FDA announced that it will place restrictions on the amount of arsenic that is allowed in apple juice.

FDA to Lower Acceptable Amount of Arsenic in Apple Juice-Part One

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 9th, 2013

A refreshing glass of apple juice has always been one of your favorite treats. Better for you than soda, yet sweet enough to provide a sugar fix; you have always thought of it as a great way to consume nutrients and still act like a kid at the same time.

Toyota Opens Manufacturing Quality Control Center

Ed Van Rens
By Ed Van Rens
August 8th, 2013

Not only did Toyota up its quarterly profit by 94% in its April-June 2010 report, but the company it making it clear that product safety is back to being a top priority. The Japanese automobile corporation has announced that it is opening a manufacturing quality control center to oversee the production of all vehicles moving forward.

FDA Looks to Crack Down on Imported Food

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
August 6th, 2013

Consumers care deeply about the safety of the food they ingest. But while the FDA works to ensure that the food products bought and sold in America are of the best quality possible, this type of regulation does not exist in every country.

Keep Your Product Off a Recall List with Manufacturing Quality Control

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
August 6th, 2013

When you browse through the isle of your local Toys R Us or Target franchise searching for a gift or a present for your newborn nephew, you might debate which color you like best or which is really the softest stuffed animal. However, the last thing on your mind should be whether or not the product is a choking hazard or a potential life-threatening gadget.

The Importance of Ensuring Quality in an Assembly-Based Manufacturing Culture

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
August 2nd, 2013

Imagine you’re the owner of a business that churns out all sorts of toys generally designed for children between the ages of three and six. Your most popular toy happens to be a series of action figures that’s tied in to a popular summer blockbuster. Those figures are put together on an assembly line, with different parts coming from different suppliers.

Seven Ways You are Already Using the Cloud without Realizing It

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 31st, 2013

You use your phone to check your most recent bank statement, and deposit checks. Then, you download the latest track from your favorite artist. Next, you open your contacts list and send a text message to your friend.

Drug Manufacturers Fined after Neglecting Manufacturing Quality Control

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 30th, 2013

On a global scale, the market for prescription drugs is expected to grow to $1.2 trillion by 2016. Drug manufacturers understandably want to do all they can to take the biggest bite they can chew out of that proverbial pie.

GM to Issue Massive Auto Recall due to Fire Hazard in SUVs

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 29th, 2013

Picture this: you purchase a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer because you like its safety features. And then you are told by its manufacturer, GM, that you cannot park it in your garage—because of a potential fire hazard.

Generate Long Term Sustainability with Manufacturing Quality Control Software

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 26th, 2013

Everyone loves when a promising young band releases a groundbreaking album. But there is nothing sadder than watching that same band flop after such initial success. And instead of analyzing the surrounding musical landscape and making quality changes, the band starts relying on old tricks that previously worked but no longer cease to amaze anyone.

Generate Long Term Sustainability with Manufacturing Quality Control Software

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 26th, 2013

Everyone loves when a promising young band releases a groundbreaking album. But there is nothing sadder than watching that same band flop after such initial success. And instead of analyzing the surrounding musical landscape and making quality changes, the band starts relying on old tricks that previously worked but no longer cease to amaze anyone.

Should I Move to the Cloud? Is it Right for Me?

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 25th, 2013

There’s a reason why nine out of 10 IT decision makers have a positive opinion toward cloud computing.

How Walmart Ensures Product Quality Through Traceability

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 24th, 2013

Recently, product recalls have been dominating the news.

Foster Farms Recalls 6,000 Pounds of Chicken

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 23rd, 2013

Consumers aren’t often granted the privilege of seeing what goes on inside of the manufacturing plant where their food is processed. For this reason, food labels are an integral part of the trust that exists between consumers and food providers. Consumers rely on the accuracy of a provider’s word to tell them exactly what is in the product.

Why Statistical Process Control is Necessary for Your Organization

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 22nd, 2013

Imagine this scenario: a patient undergoes hip surgery, only to be told that the replacement product that was installed inside of his or her body must be recalled due to a defective feature. Months, or perhaps years, of grueling rehab are compromised due of a lack of statistical data that could have prevented such instances from occurring. 

Mobile Technology Now a Top Investment Priority for CIOs

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 19th, 2013

When it comes to top investment concerns for CIOs, disaster recovery, operational expenses and security all rank very high. But there is a new factor that has worked its way to the top of the list, and it has to do with how employees are staying connected at work.

Tips and Tricks for Ensuring Enterprise Quality Management-Part Two

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 18th, 2013

Does all of the recent talk about the importance of quality control in manufacturing have you scratching your head, wondering how times have changed? After all, up until a few years ago, the quality of a product was less of a concern than it is today. Now, impeccable product quality is an essential part of maintaining a strong reputation in manufacturing.

How Can I Leverage My SPC Data to Save Money?

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 17th, 2013

Your factory uses ProFicient statistical process control (SPC) software to control the quality of production. Still, the factory is producing an excess amount of waste—and it is starting to add up.

ATS International to Utilize ProFicient Manufacturing Intelligence Software

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 16th, 2013

At first glance, it might appear that car, airplane and food manufacturers have little in common. After all, there aren’t many similarities between a frozen burrito and a 747 airliner. But there is one thing that these different industries all have, and it is the need to produce products that consistently meet regulatory standards and appease a demanding customer base.

What is Manufacturing Quality Control?

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 16th, 2013

Think of the amount of work required to transform a car from a random collection of assorted parts into the assembled entity that it is when it reaches the end of a production line. Cars don’t just spontaneously appear.

Why Does My Coffee Company Need Manufacturing Quality Software?

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 12th, 2013

You’ve seen the commercial: an individual lying in bed, and the only thing that can rouse him or her from slumber is the smell of savory coffee roasting. It goes without saying that coffee customers are very loyal and rely on the taste, smell and density of their favorite type of roast to ensure a smooth start to their day.

Why Your Organization Should Sever Its Ties with Paper

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 12th, 2013

For office managers and employees, the sight of a stack of papers piling up on a desk is an iconic symbol of a nightmare. It usually signifies a very long day—and night—in the office.

The Two Lives of a Control Chart

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 9th, 2013

There is no disputing the fact that control charts have become an integral part of the manufacturing quality control process—namely due to the fact that the charts can instantaneously analyze data from the shop floor, review the statistical patterns and determine if process variability falls within an acceptable range.

The Green Benefits of Using Statistical Process Control - Part One

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 8th, 2013

This summer, as temperatures soar, consumers will reach for plastic water bottles to quench their thirst. And in doing so, they will do their part in contributing to the 30 gallons of bottled water that is consumed annually by each person.  

Tips and Tricks for Ensuring Enterprise Quality-Part 1

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 3rd, 2013

Your supply chain is responsible for supporting your company. And the success of your supply chain—as well as your company—depends heavily on the reliability of each step of the manufacturing process. The problem is that just like real chains, supply chains can break. And when something goes wrong in your production process, how are you going to know where to look to fix it?

InfinityQS Handbook for Quality Metrics Helps Manufacturers Reduce Waste - Part Three

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 2nd, 2013

Reducing the amount of waste in your manufacturing facility can save you a lot of money—and manufacturing quality control software can help you achieve this. But once you see the benefits of doing this, how do you go about figuring out exactly what to measure?

How SanDisk Ensures Top Flash Drive Quality Using SPC Software

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 2nd, 2013

You have a 20 GB video file that must be transported from your home computer to a remote location. So, for security purposes, you save the file onto a flash drive, where it can be accessed from just about any available USB port. You place complete trust that this small device is of sound quality and will allow for a smooth transition to whatever machine it is plugged into.

InfinityQS Handbook for Quality Metrics Helps Manufacturers Reduce Waste - Part Two

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 28th, 2013

Chicken breast manufacturer Foster Farms is currently facing a product recall after mislabeled meat products were recently discovered on retail outlet shelves.

Why Are American Product Recalls Occurring? Part 4

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 27th, 2013

Taking medication has become a routine procedure. Whether medication is prescribed by a doctor or is purchased over-the counter (OTC), consumers oftentimes place complete trust in the fact that what they are taking will cure them of their maladies. 

And, rightfully so; medication is something that should not have to be questioned.

The Importance of Quality Control and Improving Customer Satisfaction-- Part 1

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 26th, 2013

You are sitting on a flight that is bound for the United States. You sit back in your chair, and unwrap a turkey sandwich that was given to you by the flight attendant. Finally, a bite to eat—you relax, and bring the sandwich to your mouth.

Manufacturing Quality Control: Toyota Recalls 242,000 Vehicles

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 24th, 2013

If you bought a car four years ago and suddenly got a notice that it was being recalled because of a manufacturing defect, how would you feel? Unfortunately for about 242,000 owners of Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h hybrid vehicles manufactured in 2009, they’re about to find out.

How Ben & Jerry's Saves Money while Increasing Customer Satisfaction

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 21st, 2013

You might not think about what actually goes into Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. After all, you know it is powerful enough to send you out to purchase it at any hour of the night. And, there is perhaps no other food so readily available with as much pull as this Vermont manufacturer’s ice cream.

Why Are American Product Recalls Occurring? - Part 3

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 20th, 2013

It’s a fact of life, we all get sick or injured at some point. When that time comes, we trust medical devices to help restore us to proper health. Whether it is a needle or a nebulizer, medical devices save lives and prevent illness.

What Every Manufacturing Leader Needs To Know About The Cloud

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 19th, 2013

With cloud computing becoming the new norm in the market, manufacturing leaders are wise to fully educate themselves and how they can benefit from its services. Below we will examine just a few of the benefits you can expect from the cloud.

The Benefits of Traceability in Different Markets

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 17th, 2013

Traceability can have many benefits in many different market areas from manufacturing suppliers to food industry suppliers, among others.

InfinityQS Handbook for Quality Metrics Helps Manufacturers Reduce Waste

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 14th, 2013

Think about the amount of waste that your enterprise produces during manufacturing. Whether it is a surplus of metal that winds up in a scrap heap, food or wood, excess waste can add up. 

Waste, however, is merely the product of inefficient enterprise quality management.

Why Cloud, Why Now?: How to Ease the Burden of your IT Systems - Part Three

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 12th, 2013

Your manufacturing business is growing very quickly.

InfinityQS to Host Webinar on Benefits of Cloud Technology: Part One

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 11th, 2013

Remember how incredible it was when email first made its way onto a cell phone? Or when the first banking apps started appearing on smartphones? Now, more than ever, mobile technology has become completely integrated into our everyday lives. We regularly transmit sensitive information in our personal lives without even blinking an eye.

What is a Control Chart?

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 10th, 2013

As a consumer receiving a manufactured good, you might not think twice about the shop floor or manufacturing plant that is responsible for the creation of your delivered good. You probably only care that the product works well and that the company stands behind it.

How Professional Sports General Managers are Minimizing Risk with SPC

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 7th, 2013

Picture this: a major league slugger cranks 55 home runs and manages to drive in 160 RBIs over the course of a season during a contract year. This is, by all means, a legendary amount of production—one for the history books.

What is Enterprise Quality Management?

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 6th, 2013

For manufacturers, avoiding disorder should be the number one priority for ensuring success. This is because disorder leads to mistakes, mistakes lead to product recalls and recalls lead to major financial loss—as well as embarrassment for your organization and stakeholders. On top of this, recalls are dangerous and create long lasting and widespread consumer mistrust in your product.

How the Food Industry Can Benefit From Statistical Process Control - Part One

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 5th, 2013

On Friday evening, you decided to reward your hard work by purchasing a fresh Alaskan sockeye salmon. And as a result, you have been in bed all weekend with a high fever, nausea, muscle aches and a stiff neck. You have contracted Listeria—food poisoning.

How did a trip to the grocery store result in such catastrophe? 

The Demand of Traceability in the Food Industry

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 4th, 2013

At any given moment, you could check the tag on your favorite shirt or jeans or even pair of shoes and be able to trace it back to its original manufacturing country. But have you ever wondered whether that “Maine Lobster” was actually captured off of the coast of the Pine Tree State?

Why Cloud, Why Now?: The Importance of a Central Quality Hub-Part Two

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 3rd, 2013

There is an old idiom that says variety is the spice of life. But as with any spice, when used in the wrong situation it can do much more harm than good. One place where variety does not belong is in your statistical production reports. These reports are the only true way of knowing exactly what is coming off of your production lines and into the hands, or mouths, of consumers.

Why Cloud, Why Now?: More Than Just Data Storage - Part One

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 30th, 2013

Homeowners are well aware of the feeling when a washing machine breaks, or a tree falls on the house. After all, when you are responsible for your own maintenance, it comes with responsibility. The same is true for companies who manage their own data in private centers, with their own hardware. Storage requires work and money. And, when equipment breaks, the company has to fix it.

How In-Process Sampling Can Benefit my Company

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 29th, 2013

Do production costs and product quality keep you up at night? Do you have nightmares about the words “product recall” appearing next to your company’s name in a front page headline?

The Top Benefits of Statistical Process Control: Part Two

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 28th, 2013

When it comes to manufacturing operators, too much information is never a bad thing. After all, gaining insight into your manufacturing quality control processes is paramount as it can be just the thing to prevent you from incurring unexpected costs that result from process breakdowns and product issues.

Why Are American Product Recalls Occurring? Part 2

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 24th, 2013

Let’s face it: you can’t always be there to protect your kids. From the moment a child is born, it is a process of letting them go. And part of this process is trusting that the environment our kids grow up in is of sound quality.

Statistical Process Control: Three Types of Control Charts

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 23rd, 2013

If you have already made the decision to embrace a statistical process control method—such as a control chart which can visually track process and abnormalities—you are already well on your way to bringing manufacturing quality control to your operations. So, what’s the next step?

Determining which type of control chart to utilize.

What is Statistical Process Control?

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 22nd, 2013

Today more than ever, the demand for producing quality products in a timely manner is a major concern for manufacturers. Companies have to now cater to consumers who know exactly what they want and where else they can get their goods; after all, the competition is always waiting with bated breath to steal your consumers.

The Top Benefits of Statistical Process Control: Part One

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 21st, 2013

No matter the line of business you are in—from retail to hospitality to technology to finance—it’s imperative to prevent business-related problems before they occur. That can be something as simple as avoiding the loss of one of your customers to poor customer service to precluding the botched manufacturing job of one of your flagship offerings.

The Top 3 Benefits of Statistical Process Control Software

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 20th, 2013

The next time you are walking through a store, take a moment to stop and look around. It can be any store, really, as long as there are products that line the shelves or showroom.

Why Companies Should Embrace the BYOD Revolution

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 17th, 2013

Not too long ago, employees were required to check their personal lives at the door before work. The use of a mobile device at work was typically considered a faux pas—and in some cases, worthy of expulsion.

What is Manufacturing Intelligence?

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 16th, 2013

Your company makes sneakers from plants across the globe. As an executive, you have a responsibility to make sure that the products you are manufacturing are of sound quality and conform to company standards. Anything less is intolerable.

Why Are American Product Recalls Occurring? - Part 1

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 14th, 2013

American society celebrates the act of eating as an extension beyond the need to appease basic bodily functions. It is a comforting experience. Reaching for a pretzel or a hamburger is rarely thought to be a dangerous activity. Since products are inspected and labeled they are always safe, right?

Honda Recalls Shed Light on the Importance of Manufacturing Quality

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 13th, 2013

When purchasing a new car, the last thing on your mind should be whether basic safety features function or not. After all, you have most likely put down a large sum of cash for the car, done your homework and done your test drive. The rest should be easy. Sometimes, though, things fall through the cracks.

Uncovering the Importance of Quality Metrics for Manufacturing Quality Control - Part Two

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 10th, 2013

On Wednesday, May 15 at 2pm EDT, InfinityQS—a leading provider of manufacturing quality control software and solutions—will host a webinar titled “Quality Metrics—What You Need to Know.” The webinar is an educational session that will detail the importance of quality metrics and how to manage this valuable data.

Uncovering the Importance of Quality Metrics for Manufacturing Quality Control - Part One

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 9th, 2013

InfinityQS, the leading provider of manufacturing quality control solutions, prides itself on its ability to not only help manufacturers detect abnormalities and variations before they occur, but to also constantly reevaluate set processes and find areas to improve.

How Mobile Made the Manufacturing World Flatter

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 8th, 2013

The prevalent use of mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones are revolutionizing and simplifying the technology world. The increase in mobile device use has made the manufacturing world flatter. Not flatter in the literal sense like Christopher Columbus used to think, but flatter in the sense that data can be shared across the globe seemingly without limitations.

What is the Cloud?

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
March 28th, 2013

No matter what tech conference you attend, what breakout session you sit in on and what article pops up on your Google News alert, “Cloud” is dominating the tech space. For the past few years, in fact, the cloud has begun to play a more prominent role in the tech world, in large part due to the savings, efficiencies and enhancements it offers.

Free webinar: Which Control Chart Should I Use?

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
March 28th, 2013

With over 300 types of control charts available, it can be overwhelming to select the most appropriate one for a specific situation. You may only be using a few charts for all your data analysis simply because you haven't explored further possibilities.
 

Free ebook: Quality Metrics Survival Handbook

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
March 6th, 2013

Do you know how much profit a 10% decrease in waste would generate?
 
If you’re like most quality professionals you have difficulty responding to that question. If that is the case, you will run into difficulties anytime you need to justify investments in improvement projects to your upper management.
 

Knowing is Half the Battle: A Quality Strategy Based on Real-time Intelligence

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
February 22nd, 2013

Quality Digest's editor-in-chief Dirk Dusharme, and InfinityQS project manager Eric Weisbrod take an in-depth look at best practices for leveraging real-time quality data. Get a first hand look at new smartphone interfaces for dashboards and reports, the latest in mobile data collection and how a central quality hub puts executives, management and shop floor operators on the same page.

Fix it: Getting Intelligence from Control Chart Dashboard

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
January 23rd, 2013

We’ve completed our setup with ProFicient and are now collecting process and product data from all of my production lines.

Is your Big Picture Cloudy?

Steven Voight
By Steven Voight
January 10th, 2013

We all love our computers, don’t we? We love how quickly they can perform complex calculations, how easily they can be used to learn and communicate, and how much time they can save us in our jobs.

But computers can also be, well, kind of finicky, can’t they? They interpret things in a very precise manner. And if you’re not careful, that can make your job much harder.

Tis the Season of Giving, not Giveaway

Natalia Ochoa
By Natalia Ochoa
November 28th, 2012

It is the holiday season and one of the best things about this time of year is giving. However, as a quality professional, I see a big difference between giving and giveaway. There is never a good time of year for product giveaway.

10 Things to Help the Quality Team Improve Customer Complaints

Britt Reid
By Britt Reid
November 7th, 2012

Customer complaints are a part of doing business.  That information you receive from people who spend money with your organization are giving you invaluable feedback.  They care enough to say something.  Just keep in mind the customers who do not say anything and take their business elsewhere.  They are important, too.

Integration – What questions should we ask equipment vendors?

Kyle Cahoon
By Kyle Cahoon
November 2nd, 2012

Integration is a broad term used in quality circles to describe anything from manually merging data output from two different systems – such as a Material Requirements Planning (MRP) and Statistical Process Control (SPC) – to commanding Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) from quality data input.

Angie, you have notifications pending

Jude Holmes
By Jude Holmes
October 25th, 2012

Event Detection and Workflow Management

Mobile Data Collection

Eric Weisbrod
By Eric Weisbrod
October 9th, 2012

Like many things in the manufacturing world, the definition of “mobile data collection” changes based on company, environment, collection type, required functionality, and who knows how many other variables. After many discussions with many clients on this topic, some general definitions of mobile data collection include:

4 Reasons Why Your ERP Won’t Solve Your Quality Problems

Ngoc Le
By Ngoc Le
October 3rd, 2012

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is a system designed to integrate and provide information to flow from one department to another in a manageable fashion. ERP systems are very common in the business world and are designed accordingly, with a focus on business metrics.

You’re In Control, Now How Do You Stay In Control?

Ngoc Le
By Ngoc Le
October 2nd, 2012

Manufacturers love to hear the word “in control” when talking about processes. From a Statistical Process Control (SPC) point of view, an in-control process means that a process is stable or predictable. After putting in the work to get a process in control, how do you make sure it stays in control?

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Categories » SPC

ProFicient 5: The Next Innovation in Manufacturing Intelligence

Mike Lyle
By Mike Lyle
September 24th, 2012

Over the years, InfinityQS has been fortunate enough to partner with the world’s most successful manufacturers, from multi-national giants to precision-oriented companies that dominate their markets by doing things right. The common thread between all these great companies is the relentless drive for improvement. They take ownership of quality.

Comparing Quality Levels between Machines, Parts or Shifts

Kyle Cahoon
By Kyle Cahoon
August 6th, 2012

Continuous process improvement does not always seem like a realistic task during what already feels like overly busy days. Work days (and nights) are spent conforming to customer compliance standards, investigating customer complaints or struggling with data collection hardware and software.

How to build a business case for buying SPC

Erik Martinsen
By Erik Martinsen
July 17th, 2012

When investigating an SPC system, it can be difficult to build a business case for it. As a quality engineer, the value in having easy access to data seems obvious, but this can be a hard sell to an organization focused on cost and payback opportunities for capital projects. There are a number of ways an SPC system can be used to drive improvement and reduce costs.

Client Success Video: Snak King

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 13th, 2012

The next stop on our client success tour takes us to City of Industry, CA to meet Snak King, one of the largest snack food producers in the U.S. Snak King saved over $1 million on overfill costs and lowered customer complaints by more than 30% in the first year of their ProFicient deployment.

11 Skills Your Quality Team Needs to Have

Natalia Ochoa
By Natalia Ochoa
July 3rd, 2012

As you may already know, all the departments in a company are fully interrelated. Most of the time the quality department plays a central role that impacts all other departments’ metrics.

Enterprise Integration: Store and Forward

Chris Kearsley
By Chris Kearsley
June 28th, 2012

Our clients have come to understand that the InfinityQS platform is far more than traditional SPC. We’ve been working with top manufacturers to develop leading edge quality control for nearly 25 years. In that time, the business landscape has changed dramatically.

Make SPC Easy

Britt Reid
By Britt Reid
June 19th, 2012

When it comes to statistical process control (SPC), it's easy to get lost in the weeds and forget what you are really trying to accomplish. The whole point is to make better products for the customer.

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Categories » SPC

Product Recall Trends: An Ounce of Prevention

Jude Holmes
By Jude Holmes
May 29th, 2012

What is the greatest threat to the American manufacturer? The great recession? Close, but not quite. Corporate espionage? Save it for the movies. Obamacare? Let’s not go there.

A Primer in Quality Control Data integration

Eric Weisbrod
By Eric Weisbrod
May 16th, 2012

Integration is a word that many people in manufacturing use, a subset of those interact with and a much smaller subset truly understands. From a very high level, it makes absolute sense that various systems should be aware of each other and communicate as much as possible. I’d like to make an addendum and change the last word in that sentence from "possible" to "practical".

To our Clients…

Mike Lyle
By Mike Lyle
May 15th, 2012

We owe it all to our clients' success

IndustryWeek Best Plants Conference

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 11th, 2012

In April we attended the 2012 IndustryWeek Best Plants Conference in Indianapolis, IN and joined more than 700 attendees for 2 days of plant tours, sessions and the IW Best Plants awards ceremony.

The High Cost of Quality

Rick Sloop
By Rick Sloop
May 2nd, 2012

Having been involved in quality and process control for quite a few years now, I tend to read any article regarding a quality issue or anything related to new ideas for quality or process improvement.

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Categories » SPC

Ebook Available: 7 Habits of Quality Obsessed Manufacturers

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
April 26th, 2012

The new ebook is an engaging and informative profile of the modern manufacturing quality expert and how he sees the world. In the ebook, InfinityQS vice president of statistical methods Steve Wise shares observations and wisdom gained over 25 years working with the world's most innovative manufacturers.

Are you down with OPC...Provider?

Natalia Ochoa
By Natalia Ochoa
April 26th, 2012

In his last blog, "Old McDonald had a Farm," my co-worker Britt Reid did a great job describing our package of tools called DMS/DCS which allows you to collect data from m

Defects - The Story Continues

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
April 16th, 2012

In our first installment of collecting attribute type data we went over how to set up a ProFicient project to collect defectives type data in a single data entry configuration.

Passing Parameters from the Toolbar: No Stops! No Layovers!

Jude Holmes
By Jude Holmes
April 10th, 2012

I recently came across the quote by Henry J. Tillman that says ”’Getting there is half the fun’ became obsolete with the advent of commercial airlines.” This quote is funny because it’s true. In order to get the best price, you are more or less forced to take more than one flight, which often doubles the amount of time it takes to get to your destination.

Unsung Hero: Utilizing the User-Defined Item Descriptor

Ngoc Le
By Ngoc Le
April 3rd, 2012

Have you ever seen the massive cruise ships or oil tankers, weighing in at several thousand tons, being towed by the comparatively tiny tugboats?  I’m amazed at their effortless ability to tug a vessel many times their size. Although they are not often utilized, when called upon they are extremely useful and powerful.

The Tide is High

Rick Sloop
By Rick Sloop
March 26th, 2012

My last blog, "Who’ll Stop the Rain," explained how collecting too much data creates problems with control charts. Attempting to monitor too many items can be overwhelming and results in the user overlooking the "true" key characteristics of a process.

Old McDonald had a farm

Britt Reid
By Britt Reid
March 20th, 2012

Old McDonald had a farm…O-L-E D-B.  Not the words you had in mind?  It’s okay, by the end of this entry you might never go back to the original!

What Makes Super Descriptors So “Super,” Anyway?

Eric Weisbrod
By Eric Weisbrod
March 12th, 2012

When building InfinityQS projects and setting up data entry configurations, sometimes clients are in a quandary on whether they should use some of the pre-defined ProFicient "super descriptors" like Lot, Job, Shift and Serial Number.

"What are the advantages?"

"Should I save them for something special?"

Product Performance vs. Process Control

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
March 3rd, 2012

Remember that early class or seminar you took on Statistical Process Control (SPC)? You know, the one that said if you can learn to understand and control the critical inputs of your process, the critical outputs would take care of themselves.

Predicting the Future

Natalia Ochoa
By Natalia Ochoa
February 29th, 2012

In the manufacturing world, it is really difficult to predict the future, and many times we make our decisions based on our gut feelings. While InfinityQS can't provide you with a crystal ball, we do have tools that can help you predict the effect of changes in specification limits.

Organizing Charts in Engineering Mode: The Matrix Style

Ngoc Le
By Ngoc Le
February 20th, 2012

You have four charts and only one computer screen. How do you consolidate to a multiple chart view to compare data without having to thumb through individual charts? You might be tempted to resort to flashy, "Matrix"-style moves, but fear not, there is a simpler approach that is just as effective and doesn't require stretching.

Simplifying Your ProFicient Environment

Kyle Cahoon
By Kyle Cahoon
February 13th, 2012

So, your ProFicient SPC system is humming along - you have a number of operator data collection projects, engineering reporting projects, supervisor review projects, and everything is perfectly organized, neat, clean, and easy-to-use - exactly how you dreamt of implementing the software.

Generically Specific: An Oxymoron?

Jude Holmes
By Jude Holmes
February 2nd, 2012

I recently went to the movie Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, starring an incredible new young actor named Thomas Horn, along with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Have you heard of it?

Client Success Video: Schiff Nutrition International, Inc.

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
January 31st, 2012

Our client tour continues at Schiff Nutrition's award winning manufacturing and distribution facility in Salt Lake City, UT. Schiff Nutrition is a leading nutritional supplement company with a portfolio of well-known brands that includes Tiger's Milk, Schiff Vitamins and Schiff Move Free.

Defects Defects Defects

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
January 23rd, 2012

My company is using ProFicient to collect SPC data and we are learning more about our processes every day.

Descriptors Gone Wild

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
January 16th, 2012

Descriptors are powerful tools that are used often when we collect SPC data. They perform many functions including filtering data to a more specific level, assisting in the creation of special reports like the Lot Summary, and keeping track of serialized items.

The Other Side of the Coin

Natalia Ochoa
By Natalia Ochoa
January 10th, 2012

Have you ever heard of "the flavor of the month?" The phrase refers to "a change that does not last." Sometimes we feel like we invest so much effort in making changes to our processes and at the end, these changes do not last forever.

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Multi-Tasking, The Easy Way

Simo Koncalovic
By Simo Koncalovic
January 3rd, 2012

Every time you collect data, are you selecting all types of charts and click, click, clicking away before you can even start? Do you have to perform many different types of tests on a sample at several different workstations? Is your index finger beginning to develop a twitch? Well, ProFicient may have a solution for you. It may be your only chance to combat that carpal tunnel syndrome!

Importing “Ugly” Data

Eric Weisbrod
By Eric Weisbrod
December 27th, 2011

Perhaps this blog's title is a misnomer. When I refer to "ugly" data I don't mean the actual data, I am referring to the file format that contains the data, but "Importing Data With a Less-Than-Cosmetic File Structure" just doesn't have much of a ring to it.

The Chicken and Egg: Process vs. Test

Jude Holmes
By Jude Holmes
December 21st, 2011

We've all pondered this question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? While I'm fascinated by this question I won't bore you with my theories. However, I have visited many manufacturing sites and sometimes there is a little confusion on whether to collect data from certain processes using the Process or Test functions in the Data Entry Configuration. Which is best, Process or Test?

Quality System Integration: Closing the Loop with OPC

Chris Kearsley
By Chris Kearsley
December 14th, 2011

InfinityQS DMS and ProFicient DCS recently support new handshaking features that allow them to communicate at improved data rates. The Data Collection Service no longer needs to wait for the Data Management Service to publish new values.

But That's Not When MY Day Starts!

Eric Weisbrod
By Eric Weisbrod
December 8th, 2011

ProFicient SPC Software offers a lot of great ways to select, filter and sort data. Users often take advantage of Part, Process, Test, descriptors and time to ensure they’re getting the data they need.

Who'll Stop The Rain?

Rick Sloop
By Rick Sloop
November 28th, 2011

Did you ever take the time to stop and watch the rain? I’m not talking about a sprinkle, I mean a real downpour or as we say in the South, a “gully washer”. Ok, I’ll translate that. A “gully washer” means that it rained so hard that the ditches were overflowing. This is a serious storm where the rain falls in sheets so thick that it’s hard to see through.

Thankful for Quality

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
November 22nd, 2011

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we asked our clients what they were most thankful for with regards to their quality control systems. Our goal at InfinityQS is to make our users' jobs easier and help them be more successful, so we wanted to know what they were most thankful for. Here's what they said:

The Elusive 2nd Signature

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
November 16th, 2011

We’ve all experienced it from time to time-- one of your test results fails and you need to have your supervisor sign off on the subgroup. Or once you complete your setup, you need to have another operator or your supervisor sign off on the results. Essentially, you need to take the data you've captured in ProFicient to a higher level for approval.

A ProFicient Hidden Jewel: Serial to File Utility

Kyle Cahoon
By Kyle Cahoon
November 3rd, 2011

If you have been using ProFicient’s COM port integration with Gage Server then you are probably like most users who have locally-connected devices from which data is read into your Data Entry Configurations in real-time.

Getting More out of Quality: ASQ Certifications

Doug Fair
By Doug Fair
October 13th, 2011

You may have guessed it, but we take continuous improvement pretty seriously here at InfinityQS.

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon-- SPC Style

Rick Sloop
By Rick Sloop
October 11th, 2011

I just recently heard about the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” theory (thanks to Peter Goral). You probably already know the concept so I guess I’m a little late to the party. Anyway, the theory is that anyone in show business can be linked to Kevin Bacon through their film roles within six steps, or six degrees of Kevin Bacon or less.

Case Study: Wireless Data Collection

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
October 6th, 2011

It sounds like such a great concept – using wireless connections to import gage data into ProFicient SPC. But how to implement it? To follow is a case study of a bottling company that I recently visited.

Quality Expo 2011

Doug Fair
By Doug Fair
October 4th, 2011

A few weeks ago, I was attended the Quality Expo in Chicago, IL. I was there to give a presentation on global quality management and also represent InfinityQS at our expo booth.

Client Success Video: NorthStar Battery

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
September 29th, 2011

Continuing on with our client tour, our next stop after General Cable was NorthStar Battery in Springfield, MO.

Quality Goes Global at Infusion 2011

Mike Lyle
By Mike Lyle
September 21st, 2011

With our 5th annual user conference less than a month away, I’d like to provide a “sneak preview” into one of the sessions that will frame many of the concepts and tools to be presented at this event.

SPC Software Powers Industry's Top Food Manufacturers

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
September 8th, 2011

Food Processing magazine recently released its annual "top 100" list of food manufacturers. The good news is that the food industry is steadily growing, with 19 of the top 25 seeing an increase in sales in 2010, and 18 of them also improving profitability. 

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SPC Best Practices at Infusion 2011

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
August 29th, 2011

Industry leading manufacturers will be presenting best practices for using SPC software at InfinityQS' fifth annual user conference this fall in San Francisco.

What's Hiding In Your Database?

Rick Sloop
By Rick Sloop
August 19th, 2011

You are likely using your InfinityQS SPC database to collect a wide variety of data types for many different purposes. While this information might be collected in different locations and for difference purposes, there is probably some information that would be useful during another data entry or that may even be duplicated for another process.

Lean Six Sigma Enters the 2012 Presidential Race

Mike Lyle
By Mike Lyle
August 12th, 2011

Did you hear Newt Gingrich discussing lean manufacturing in last night’s Republican Presidential Debate in Ames, IA?

Consistent to his approach as an "ideas" candidate he said: "They should institute Lean Six Sigma across the entire federal government. A hard idea for Washington reporters to cover, but an important idea because it’s the key to American manufacturing success."

Client Success Video: General Cable

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
August 10th, 2011

In my previous blog post, I shared a video that we shot at one of our client's manufacturing sites, C-Axis. Our next visit was to Highland Heights, Kentucky where we met up with Rachel Humphrey, master black belt at General Cable.   

Modifying Control Chart Sensitivity

Doug Fair
By Doug Fair
August 1st, 2011

Control limits are typically set at +/- 3 standard deviations for the statistic being plotted. That‘s how traditional Shewhart control charts have been constructed for nearly a century.

Client Success Video: C-Axis Medical Devices

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 25th, 2011

Over the past few months, we've been visiting our clients at their manufacturing facilities to talk to them about how they're using our SPC software. We were able to see our software in action and capture it on video.

Control Charts: Which One Should I Use? Part II

Steve Wise
By Steve Wise
July 21st, 2011

Selecting the right control chart starts by knowing something about what you want the chart to say about the process – what questions do you want the chart answer?

Control Charts: Which One Should I Use?

Steve Wise
By Steve Wise
July 18th, 2011

Control charts, ushered in by Walter Shewhart in 1928, continue to provide real-time benefits in today’s most modern factories. When first introduced, there were seven basic types of control charts, divided into two categories: variable and attribute. 

Manufacturing Adds Value with Track and Trace

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
July 7th, 2011

We've often talked about traceability in terms of the food supply chain and the importance of being able to trace ingredients back to the supplier. But what about the automotive industry? Just as important as the safety of the food we eat is the safety of the vehicles we drive every day.

The Tabular Cumulative Summation (CUSUM) Chart

Doug Fair
By Doug Fair
June 30th, 2011

Dr. Shewhart’s original control charts have been around for nearly 100 years. Since then, many different quality control texts have been written which highlight modifications to his techniques. Most of these enhancements have been born of the need to better support modern manufacturing methods and challenges.

A "Fresh" Perspective on the Food Supply Chain

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 27th, 2011

ChainLink Research just came out with a new study on the most pressing challenges within the food supply chain. Not surprisingly, quality was high on the list:

Let’s See Your Toolbar Do This!

Rick Sloop
By Rick Sloop
June 23rd, 2011

The Situation: The shop floor operator is using a basic data entry project, such as the one shown below. When the operator finishes taking measurements for a lot, you would like for him to print out a certificate of compliance with minimum effort.

Dr. Douglas Montgomery: A Sampling of His Expertise

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
June 14th, 2011

We recently announced that Dr. Douglas Montgomery will be the Keynote speaker at our fifth annual user conference, Infusion 2011, on October 16-19 in San Francisco. 

The Top 3 Drivers For Supply Chain Visibility

Mike Lyle
By Mike Lyle
June 7th, 2011

Over the past several years, we at InfinityQS have seen countless examples of manufacturers who are challenged to improve the quality of the materials coming from the supply chain.  As a quality control software company, our mission to help clients improve product quality is no longer limited to the production floor.

Mobile Data Collection Extends Quality's Reach

Doug Fair
By Doug Fair
June 2nd, 2011

This month's edition of Quality Magazine features an article I wrote about how mobile data collection technologies are extending quality systems beyond the plant.

ASQ World Conference on Quality & Improvement

Rick Sloop
By Rick Sloop
May 25th, 2011

I spent part of last week working the InfinityQS booth at the 2011 ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement. I won’t go into the booth stories here, but I would like to share a few interesting things about the show. Well, they were interesting to me so I hope you find them as such!

CONTROL International Trade Fair

Doug Fair
By Doug Fair
May 23rd, 2011

I recently returned from a week in Germany where I attended the 25th annual Stuttgart CONTROL show and international trade fair for quality assurance. There, our new channel manager, Michael Hines, and I jointly manned a booth with one of InfinityQS’ European distributors in Germany, STATCON. 

Traceability in Food Manufacturing

Doug Fair
By Doug Fair
May 12th, 2011

A few weeks ago, I spoke at the Innovations in Food Safety Conference in Harrisburg, Pa. I was featured in the "Profiles in Innovation" session which highlighted mini-keynotes from three different perspectives in the food supply chain.

Predictive Analysis for Quality Management

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
May 6th, 2011

A few days ago, Industry Week published an article titled Prescriptions for Supply Chain Success. The article focuses on building quality early in the process, instead of relying on "back-end testing".

Using Acceptance Sampling to Improve Quality

Doug Fair
By Doug Fair
May 4th, 2011

How do organizations confirm that supplier products comply with critical quality standards? For the most part, companies rely on inspectors to check incoming materials. Their results are compared with the company’s own quality standards and supplier-generated documents such as Certificates of Analysis (COA’s). Based on results, inspectors either accept or reject a shipment.

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Food Safety Summit 2011

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
April 26th, 2011

Last week, InfinityQS exhibited at the Food Safety Summit in Washington, DC. This two-day event provided food safety professionals with an opportunity to learn new strategies and discover new solutions for ensuring the safety of their products. 

Quality Conference 2011

Rick Sloop
By Rick Sloop
April 18th, 2011

This week I had the pleasure of attending the 2011 Quality Conference sponsored by Quality Magazine. The conference was held in Charlotte, North Carolina near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus.

Video: The ROI of an SPC Software Solution

Steve Wise
By Steve Wise
April 11th, 2011

In February, I gave a presentation to attendees of the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show. This event took place in Anaheim, CA and attracted manufacturing professionals from thousands of companies. My presentation was titled "Quality Management Strategies that Slash Costs and Reduce Waste".

Here is a video recording of my presentation:

Toolbar Tip

Jennie O’Neal
By Jennie O’Neal
April 7th, 2011

Anyone who has participated in the InfinityQS Fundamentals Training class at our corporate office probably has heard me say: “I love toolbar buttons!”  This week, I discovered a new use that has been present the whole time – I just didn’t know it.

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Food and the Fed

Doug Fair
By Doug Fair
March 30th, 2011

I just returned from an FDA meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland. There, I attended an open meeting entitled FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Title III – A New Paradigm for Importers. FDA members were the primary presenters, and they focused on the newly passed laws meant to enhance food safety.

It's Out of Control

Rick Sloop
By Rick Sloop
March 23rd, 2011

In my last blog, we discussed the importance of using control limits that are calculated from a true measure of the process variation. Now that we have the correct limits, we can use them to monitor the process behavior.

The Story Behind the Logo

InfinityQS Blog
By InfinityQS Blog
February 24th, 2011

The decision to change our corporate logo was not made lightly. InfinityQS has a reputation as the industry leader in real-time SPC solutions, so making a change to a well-established brand involves an element of risk.

Where Are Your Control Limits?

Rick Sloop
By Rick Sloop
February 10th, 2011

It’s 10:00pm; do you know where your control limits are?

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