April 15, 2014
Cooper Tire and InfinityQS Partner for Manufacturing Success
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.
In order to accomplish this, car tire manufacturers rely heavily on quality control checks throughout the manufacturing process. These control checks can be costly though—and they must be done correctly in order to make sure that the quality reporting data is accurate. Otherwise, the safety of the entire operation could be at stake.
Cooper Tire is one company that was looking to improve the safety of its operations by focusing on the most important thing: its supply chain. Cooper wanted to streamline the purchasing of high quality raw materials such as synthetic and natural rubbers as well as carbon black, reinforced fibers and steel. The company also wanted to be able to benchmark progress in order to improve the decision making process.
Cooper Tire was able to streamline efficiencies using InfinityQS ProFicient software, a statistical process control (SPC) engine that delivers quality reporting both in real-time, and in the long term. By installing InfinityQS ProFicient, Cooper was able to become ISO 9001 certified in 2008. Now, the company can keep an eye on its internal processes at all times, which includes record keeping, overall output quality and CAPA—which are all requirements for ISO 9001 certification.
Additionally, Cooper Tire realized $400,000 in annual savings on the belt line by analyzing the dimensional data of components. These cost savings represent just one line in one plant. Similar savings were recognized on other production lines and throughout other facilities using InfinityQS.
The company was also able to save almost one half of a million dollars in annual savings on its belt line. For more information, and to read the case study, please click here.