SPC Best Practices at Infusion 2011

Industry leading manufacturers will be presenting best practices for using SPC software at InfinityQS' fifth annual user conference this fall in San Francisco. The conference, Infusion 2011, will offer three tracks: Hands-On Training, Tools & Techniques, and Best Practices. Here's a sneak peak at some of the presenting companies:

Greene, Tweed: Supporting Safety Programs with InfinityQS

As a leading manufacturer of high-performance elastomers, advanced-engineered thermoplastics, high-performance thermoplastic composites, and integrated material solutions, Greene, Tweed is a global company with facilities across North America, Europe and Asia. Their components are used by leaders across the aerospace, petrochemical & power, oilfield, and semiconductor & solar industries. 

Brice Langston, a process engineer at Green, Tweed will discuss how they manage safety programs in their manufacturing environment. He'll demonstrate how InfinityQS software can be used to support these critical programs by collecting and analyzing hazard data, which can be used to reduce injuries from long-term exposure.

Traditionally, long-term hazards are monitored through periodic sampling. However, this process has three key weaknesses:

  • Sampling may miss special cause variation
  • There are high labor and service costs associated with setting up a system and post analysis
  • Most safety issues are typically determined "after-the-fact"

This presentation will discuss the results of Greene, Tweed's pilot safety monitoring program using InfinityQS and how the software has been enrolled into their 5S (Sort, Set-in-Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain) activities.

This presentation will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, Oct. 17.

Schiff Nutrition: Using ProFicient to Measure OEE Metrics: Availability, Performance & Quality

Schiff Nutrition International develops, manufactures, markets, distributes and sells vitamins, nutritional supplements and sports nutrition products. Schiff Nutrition's core brands include Move Free®, Schiff® Vitamins, MegaRed®, Tiger's Milk®, and Fi-Bar®.

Stanley Chiang, a process engineer at Schiff Nutrition will discuss how they are using OEE with InfinityQS SPC. OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a continuous improvement measurement of the efficiency of a manufacturing process. The three components of OEE - availability, performance, and quality can be used to help analyze the where the six big losses are occurring.

By analyzing each of the OEE components, companies can address productivity losses more objectively InfinityQS' ProFicient software provides a versatile platform for determining the three components of OEE equation. ProFicient also allows users to categorize the six big losses through the use of assignable causes and corrective actions, hence providing real-time feedback about the manufacturing operation.

Schiff Nutrition is using ProFicient to determine OEE in their packaging and manufacturing departments. Data collection occurs through automated DMS/DCS, Dynamic Scheduler, and standard data entry methods. Each component of OEE is calculated using ProFicient and presented in various tables and charts. Using these metrics, Schiff Nutrition has been able to better understand where production inefficiencies and losses are occurring and take steps to produce higher quality product at a lower cost.

This presentation will be held at 2:30pm on Monday, Oct. 17

View the complete Infusion Agenda.

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