Dynamic Remote Alarm Monitoring Service (DRAMS)—Peace of Mind for Your Operations

Mike Lyle
By Mike Lyle | July 15, 2020
President and CEO

Fact checked by Stephen O'Reilly

Are you suffering from data overload? Do you have too much data to monitor and not enough time to review it? Are you currently able to monitor that much data, or are you crossing your fingers and hoping that everything is OK?
Hoping and crossing fingers aren’t effective strategies. If you’re like most organizations, data is the EKG of your organization’s health, indicating whether things are going well, or if your operations are in dire straits. You likely need to keep a close eye on all your data streams, all your processes, and all your data points. You can’t afford to miss a single violation or out-of-specification issue. Your business depends on it.
Welcome to DRAMS—InfinityQS’ Dynamic Remote Alarm Monitoring Service. DRAMS is what you need to automatically review all data streams in your operations. And DRAMS is what you need to automatically generate alarms and emails when your data indicates problems. DRAMS helps ensure that you never miss a control limit or spec-limit violation again, helping to ensure peace of mind and the uncrossing of fingers forever.
Plant Floor 

Never Miss Another Violation

DRAMS is a Microsoft® Windows-based service that automatically monitors all active data collections in:
  1. ProFicient (our on-premises quality management solution)
  2. ProFicient on Demand (our cloud-based quality management solution)
To keep this blog from getting too wordy, I’ll just refer to both products as “ProFicient” from now on.
DRAMS real-time data monitoring and event generation enables you to proactively manage your operations using automated alerts that are triggered when a process or quality alarm occurs. Once a control chart violation or spec-limit violation occurs, ProFicient sends email notifications to critical team members—helping you better control your manufacturing processes and ensure the highest levels of compliance.
DRAMS on Plant Floor 

Improve Operator Focus

Stop wasting your employees’ valuable time by asking them to manually monitor data. DRAMS enables operators and other time-starved personnel to focus on what they do best—making consistently high-quality products for your company—only turning their attention to quality issues when alarms are generated. This frees them to focus on more critical tasks like looking for ways to optimize manufacturing processes.
As a bonus, in addition to being extremely effective, DRAMS has been designed as a “low configuration” product. That is, it’s very easy to set up.

Service Setup

DRAMS requires almost no configuration or maintenance. That means less stress and work for your overburdened teams. The DRAMS service is installed on a server and monitors the ProFicient system you select. Once the service starts, it’s off to the races—DRAMS runs unattended. No oversight is required. That’s right; set it up and forget it.
The only configuration typically needed is to exclude specific data streams that you don’t want DRAMS to monitor.
DRAMS Easy Configuration
DRAMS Easy Configuration
As you can see in the screen capture above, we point DRAMS at ProFicient, tell the service how often to look for new sub-groups coming into the system, how often to look for alarm rules and notifications changes, and that’s pretty much it. The service is off and running!
Setting up exclusions is also easy. Simply select the part(s) to be excluded from a drop-down list. Configuring DRAMS couldn’t be any easier.
Database Manager
Database Manager 

Here’s How it Works

DRAMS automatically detects active data streams coming into ProFicient. The service compares incoming data with the appropriate control limits and specification limits that your team has stored within ProFicient. As DRAMS reviews incoming data, violations are automatically generated and emails are automatically sent in real time.
Importantly, the “D” in DRAMS stands for dynamic. You don’t even have to tell it what streams to look at. You just tell it what streams not to look at, as noted above. Once you point it to ProFicient, it monitors all your variable and attribute data—everything going through the system.
The service can simultaneously monitor up to 1,000,000 data streams. Therefore, the larger the ProFicient system you’re running, the greater value you get from DRAMS.


When a violation occurs, DRAMS logs the event to your ProFicient database. If email notifications are configured in ProFicient, an email is sent to key users when a DRAMS-generated violation occurs—enabling team members to take immediate action.
Sample Email Notification 
Sample Email Notification 


DRAMS is offered as a server-based license. Typically, each facility running ProFicient would require a DRAMS license. (In the case of PoD, InfinityQS experts install DRAMS on the tenant database, and the DRAMS license is added to your subscription.)


DRAMS is compatible with the latest version of ProFicient version 5. If you’re unsure about whether or not you should upgrade, please read this blog. [Note: PoD, of course, is always up to date, as our team manages all updates in the cloud for our clients.]
See our Support page for all the information you need about the current version of ProFicient, upgrading, downloads and documentation, self-help, tips & tricks, and more.
InfinityQS will update DRAMS as needed to maintain compatibility with new versions of the software.

Next Steps

DRAMS is easy to set up. It monitors all data streams, and it notifies you and others when there’s something to pay attention to. DRAMS offers peace of mind for your data collection and monitoring—without any hassles. We’re proud to offer such a robust and effective tool that’s so easy to use. You can’t afford to miss a single control or spec-limit violation in your operations. Your business depends on it. Give DRAMS a try!
Please contact your Account Manager (1.800.772.7978 or via our website) for specifics about DRAMS pricing, system requirements, or any questions you have about the service.

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