Enact Free Subscription – Quick Setup

Miguel Acuña
By Miguel Acuña | June 14, 2022
Product Analyst

Fact checked by Stephen O'Reilly

In part one of this series, InfinityQS VP of Product Management, Eric Weisbrod, laid out the framework of the Enact® Free Subscription. Each new subscriber will begin with the Quick Setup, which we’ll explore in detail in this blog. In part three, we will describe the Enact environment included with every Enact subscription. Finally, in part four, we’ll discuss how customers can immerse further into Enact with Guided Learning.
 
As Eric mentioned, with this free subscription there is no “limited version.” You’ll get the full version of the product when you sign up.  And as a new subscriber, we’re convinced you’ll love Enact once you start using it. “Enact is designed to be flexible and adapt to the way you work—and the most important thing it needs is your data. This means building your first data collection as quickly and easily as possible.”
Enact on the Shop Floor
The new Quick Setup is a configuration guide that enables companies to start using Enact right away with only a few steps. I’d like to walk you through an example of setting up a data collection in Enact so you can see just how easy it is.
 

Diving Right into the Enact Quick Setup

As a new customer of any product, you’re coming in with no background information on how it works. It can seem overwhelming and confusing to get started. The Quick Setup is designed to ease that burden by asking for a few straightforward pieces of information that allow Enact to configure the data collection for you.
 
When you log into your Enact environment for the first time, the first thing you will see is the Quick Setup Configuration Guide screen. Since you will have no data to begin with, you will be starting with a blank slate. The Quick Setup will enable you to create your first data collection—to start entering values, whether as a test or an actual quality check, and start seeing the value of your free subscription. And this entire process should take about five minutes, which is less time than it might take you to read this blog. It’s one of those rare “easier done than said” opportunities in life.
 
Quick Setup - Configuration Guide screen
Quick Setup – Configuration Guide screen
 

Creating Your First Data Collection

As a former quality engineer, I’ve had my fair share of time-consuming experiences figuring out how to configure data systems and setting up computer files to collect data. To demonstrate Quick Setup living up to its name, let me show you an example of a data collection that I would have created when I worked in the thermoforming plastics industry making plastic cups.
 
When you select CREATE from the Quick Setup Configuration Guide screen, the Quick Setup process begins with the Basic Information screen.
Quick Setup - Basic Information screen
Quick Setup – Basic Information screen
 
At the top of the Basic Information screen, you can see instructions for the current step. This is nice because they provide guidance, and you don’t have to spend time searching for information. On each screen, you will find similar instructions to guide you through each step of the process.  What’s even more exciting is that the instructions have embedded links to Guided Learning, where you can find a variety of tutorial videos. You could watch a video instead of reading this!
 
The first step is to name the new data collection. This is a name that will appear in your Enact environment, and anyone who might use this data collection, such as operators or technicians, will see this name. So, try choosing a name that your intended users will understand.
 
For this example, I’ve chosen to name the data collection “Quality Checks” because I know the operators on the floor are familiar with this term. Simply enter the name and select SAVE & CONTINUE.
 
Next, the Parts screen displays. Again, notice the instructions for this step of the configuration located at the top of the screen. These are there to guide you.
Quick Setup - Parts screen
Quick Setup – Parts screen
 
Quick Setup lets you enter as many parts as you’d like. And a data collection can often be used for several parts that are similar. That way, you don’t have to create multiple data collections. On the Parts screen, you enter names for the parts to be checked with this data collection.
 
Again, be mindful of the naming you choose because every time data is collected, the user will select the desired part from the list of choices you create here. In this case, I’ve chosen two of the most common parts produced: a 2oz cup and a 10oz cup. You might want to use designations that make sense to your business, like part numbers, SKU numbers, or something from your organization's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system—it’s up to you. Select SAVE & CONTINUE to move on to the next screen.
 
On the Features screen, there are two tasks to complete. First, enter the sample size—the number of parts to be measured. These are typically individual pieces taken from the production lines or machines. The number of samples could come from your own documentation, requirements, or the actual work that goes on in production. 
Quick Setup - Features screen
Quick Setup – Features screen
 
Second, name the features to be measured. These are characteristics that operators or technicians are measuring and using this data collection to enter their results. The data entry is done using the keyboard at first. But if you have gauges or other measuring equipment, we can add those later to make the data collection even more reliable and save time. Nowadays, if a gauge can connect to the computer, it’ll most likely be able to send data. And Enact is built to receive it!
 
Plastic cups are simple products. The basic requirements for quality control are to verify the weight of the cups and to measure the thickness of the walls. So, weight and thickness are the features that I’ve chosen for the data collection. Also, I’ve set the sample size to a quantity of “3” because operators are expected to measure three random cups from the production line as part of their quality checks. Select SAVE & CONTINUE to move on to enter Processes.
Quick Setup - Processes screen
Quick Setup – Processes screen
 
Processes in Enact follow a hierarchy—company, division, region, site, and department. The default hierarchy level for processes created in the Quick Setup fall under “Department.” This setting can be changed later, if so desired. On this screen, enter names for the tools, machines, or lines that make your products.
 
For our example, there are two thermoforming lines commonly referred to as Line 1 and Line 2. Either one of these lines can make the 2oz cups or 10oz cups since molds are interchangeable. For that reason, I’ve entered names for both lines so that operators can select either one, depending on which is running for which product. Select SAVE & CONTINUE to move on to setting limits.
Quick Setup - Manufacturing Limits screen
Quick Setup – Manufacturing Limits screen
 
On the Manufacturing Limits screen, you could immediately select SAVE (skipping this configuration step entirely) and your data collection would be available right away. However, to keep an eye on your processes and to be alerted of any issues you might have (for example, to receive notifications when a measurement exceeds a pre-set limit), you need to create some manufacturing limits. In Enact, we use manufacturing limits as a term that can include any specific type of limits against which to compare your measurements. Examples include reasonable limits, specification limits, net content control limits (e.g., MAV, T1/T2), etc.
 
Through the Quick Setup, you’ll be able to enter specification limits, which are applied to part and feature combinations to determine product acceptability based on your requirements. As shown in the image above, I’ve set upper specification limits, targets, and lower specification limits for the different combinations of parts (cups) and features (weight and thickness) that were created in the previous steps. By the way, each field has a drop-down list so you can quickly select the parts and features created, which means you don’t have to re-type anything. Select SAVE to finish your Quick Setup and you’re ready to collect data!
 
Again, I want to remind you that this whole process that we walked through should take about 5 minutes. Why not try it for yourself? After all, it’s free!
 

Collecting Data

When the Quick Setup closes, the new data collection immediately displays on the Work Dashboard. This is our pre-configured dashboard, where operators or technicians interact with the Enact environment. If you were to create more data collections, they would also show up on this dashboard. We’ll discuss dashboards in more detail in the next blog in this series.
Work Dashboard - with Data Collection
Work Dashboard with Data Collection
 
The time comes to put this data collection in practice on the production floor or to show someone how it works. Select the Quality Checks data collection. A screen opens to display the two processes defined in Quick Setup.
Data Collection - Select Processes  
Data Collection – Select Process
 
After you select either Line 1 or Line 2 from the processes, the screen displays the parts you defined in your Quick Setup.
Data Collection - Select Part
Data Collection – Select Part
 
After you select either the 10oz cup or 2oz cup, the data collection screen displays for the part and process you selected.
Data Collection - Quality Checks  
Data Collection – Quality Checks
 
You take your weight and thickness measurements for the samples you selected during the Feature portion of Quick Setup and then enter those into the data entry (gray) field.
 
The values you enter will automatically be compared to the Manufacturing Limits you entered during Quick Setup. When you’ve completed your measurements, you simply select SAVE.
Data Collection - Entering Data
Data Collection – Entering Data
 
As you can see from the steps we’ve walked through, all the information displayed during the data collection is directly tied to the configuration in Quick Setup. And as you continue gathering more data and your environment grows, the dashboards will begin to be populated with useful information such as notifications, analysis charts, and reports.
 

Full Transparency

The free subscription includes two licenses, which should be enough to become well acquainted with the Enact interface, and a total of 50,000 manual data values per month. No other restrictions apply.
 
And this is only the beginning. Once you start collecting data you will see the real-time notifications and analysis capabilities of Enact. Your data collection is still associated with process models; it isn’t just limited to Quick Setup. Attribute data, calculations, gauges, and more are all still available—just not as part of Quick Setup. Do you want to reduce the number of selections made by the operator during data collection? Add timers? Associate lot numbers? You can use all these great functionalities by adding them using the standard data collection configuration tools. These topics are beyond the scope of this blog, but they are all there for you to apply them for the success of your company for free!
Enact - part of your production routine

In Closing

Incorporating Enact into a small part of your day-to-day production routine with a free subscription is a great way to see if it fits with your industry and to see if it meets your organization’s unique needs. Since the free subscription provides access to a fully working version of Enact, you will have the ability to demo the product to others within your company and get buy-in from stakeholders. The opportunities are endless! You can test it, use the two free licenses for as long as you need, and see the value that Enact brings to your company.
 
Please read the other blogs in the Enact Free Subscription series:  Take advantage of the technology at your fingertips today: contact one of our account managers (1.800.772.7978 or via our website) for more information about a free subscription to Enact.

 

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