August 7, 2013
The Green Benefits of Using Statistical Process Control - Part 2
Offices everywhere have a common interest in reducing waste without compromising profitability. Yet many organizations still use pencil and paper to regulate business and manufacturing processes. And this practice is actually doing more harm than good, from both a financial and environmental standpoint.
In fact, an average office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper every year. And while the U.S. contains only five percent of the world’s population, it consumes 30 percent of the world’s paper. And even worse, more than 40 percent of wood pulp winds up contributing towards paper production. Further, it costs an organization about $25,000 dollars to fill a four door file cabinet with paper, according to some studies.
So when your company chooses to switch to a digital method of enterprise quality control, the most important environmental factor will be the reduction of the overall amount of waste. Statistical process control systematically works to reduce waste by closely monitoring product specifications while parts are still being made or assembled. When the software begins to detect a pattern of variation in product conformity, the process will cease until the problem can be eradicated. When collecting this type of data with a paper and pencil, errors cannot be detected until long after products have been made and analyzed. This often leads to the excess use of material and furthers the likelihood of a recall.
Likwise, when you switch to a digital method of cloud based enterprise quality control and observe your manufacturing statistics in real time you will have the luxury of a completely comprehensive view of production. You will be able to make changes quickly to prevent waste from occurring before it starts to pile up. For instance, you might realize that you could cut down on the amount of plastic that goes into a product, or a certain ingredient if you produce food. Or you might realize that your company puts too much raw materials into a certain product.
With a paper and pencil based system, these types of calculations take a long time to generate. But with statistical process control, you are given real-time data that can be interpreted and acted upon immediately to cut down on waste. You are put in the driver’s seat and can make decisions as you need to so that your plant can be environmentally conscious and save money at the same time.