February 27, 2012
American Woodmark Corporation Selects InfinityQS' SPC Platform to Advance Six Sigma Initiatives
Ed Van Rens
Real-time alerts, statistical process controls and drill-down analysis to provide visibility into input/output correlation and process inefficiencies
Fairfax, VA - February 27, 2012 - InfinityQS International, Inc., the leading provider of real-time quality control software solutions, announces that American Woodmark Corporation, a leading supplier of cabinetry to the remodeling and new construction industries, has selected its ProFicient real-time SPC (statistical process control) software to increase process efficiency and reduce scrap. American Woodmark will further its corporate quality mission by integrating the ProFicient platform into its already-established lean manufacturing and Six Sigma initiatives, to improve visibility into input/output correlation and process inefficiencies.
Shannon Walton, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, American Woodmark, said, “In order to achieve our corporate vision to be the undisputed leader in total quality for our customers, contractors and do-it-yourself service centers by 2013, it is vital that American Woodmark lives and breathes quality. We selected InfinityQS’ ProFicient because it not only enables us to identify and correct inefficiencies now, but is also a scalable system that will grow as our needs evolve. ProFicient has been so well received at each of our plants that the biggest challenge is tempering the excitement for continued, strategic deployment.”
American Woodmark utilizes natural materials in its manufacturing processes, which creates a wide range of quality characteristics to consider, such as natural abnormalities in the wood or humidity and temperature in the plants—all of which can affect the quality of the final product. By implementing ProFicient to automatically alert appropriate operators and quality managers as nonconformities occur, the company can optimize its manufacturing processes resulting in time and cost savings, as well as higher quality production and enhanced brand confidence.
Michael Lyle, president and CEO, InfinityQS, said, “American Woodmark continues to thrive, even as its competition struggles, because it understands the real market value of manufacturing to specification the first time, every time. The InfinityQS platform provides its quality teams with real-time visibility and allows them to optimize processes specific to conditions on the plant floor. True to the principles of Six Sigma, data analysis guides American Woodmark’s decision-making and allows the company to overcome challenges related to natural variation in its raw material. The result will be a higher quality product, increased demand from customers, and dramatic reductions in operational costs.”
Headquartered in Winchester, Va., American Woodmark operates 11 manufacturing facilities and nine service centers across the country. Its products are sold on a national basis directly to home centers, major builders and through a network of independent distributors.
InfinityQS’ ProFicient is a proven, powerful and intelligent real-time SPC software solution. Many of the world’s leading manufacturers have standardized on ProFicient to monitor quality benchmarks, provide full traceability across the supply chain, and meet regulatory compliance and customer reporting requirements. While closely monitoring production and testing processes in real time, it enables supply chain-wide visibility through flexible deployment options and a centralized global quality database. For more information about InfinityQS’ real-time SPC software solutions, visit http://www.InfinityQS.com/.
View the press release at Supply & Demand Chain Executive.