November 13, 2014
Quality Challenge #1: Overwhelmed Shop Floor
Overwhelmed Shop Floor
Organizations across all industries are pushing to become leaner and employees are taking on more responsibilities with less resources – but at what cost?
- Missed data checks
- Data Errors
- Increased time gaps between report cycles
Blueprint: The first step
A quality system’s success (and failure) starts at the shop floor. For this reason, it is important to embed a commitment to quality into your organization’s DNA and ensure that you implement a quality system that is easy to operate and provides value in helping operators get their job done right the first time. A manufacturing intelligence software removes some of the burden from your operators and helps streamline your manufacturing process.
Real Problems, Real Results
Nestlé Waters | Secondary Challenges: Incomplete Plant View; No Global Visibility
Informed, Timely Decision Making to Improve Quality
Nestle Waters, the world’s leading bottled water company, needed a system that would allow them to easily monitor, review and trend real-time quality data across their 100 manufacturing sites in 38 countries. Additionally, they needed to standardize on one solution across all facilities to complement their existing IT infrastructure and move away from their cumbersome and disruptive paper-based system. With the deployment of InfinityQS ProFicient, Nestle Waters now has real-time visibility over production processes—at both individual sites and at the corporate level across 26 factories. By tracking trends in quality data, they can make more accurate and timely decisions about process improvements.
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NorthStar Battery | Secondary Challenge: Delayed Improvement Cycles
Increased Process Productivity and Efficiency
NorthStar Battery has quickly become an industry leader in the design, manufacture and deployment of an innovative range of batteries and site solutions. The company’s quality managers and operators use InfinityQS ProFicient in their subassembly area, which is the first of four production areas in their total production line. With copious amounts of data analysis performed in conjunction with multiple Six Sigma projects, ProFicient helps NorthStar utilize data in new and innovative ways. NorthStar has seen a direct impact on productivity and efficiency with ProFicient’s alarm monitoring feature which allows operators to react and make adjustments to the system in real time, as opposed to days or weeks later.
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Cochlear | Secondary Challenge: Incomplete Plant View
Reduced Build Variability and Went Paperless
Cochlear, the world’s leading producer of Implantable Hearing Devices, has a passion for innovation and quality that extends beyond their goal to improve the quality of life for people around the world by producing the highest quality products possible. With a desire to replace their paper-based reporting system, Cochlear implemented InfinityQS ProFicient to decrease build variability and proactively monitor production processes in real time. Today, ProFicient helps ensure that every unit is produced to the same exacting standard and notifies shop floor operators of deviations. These real-time alerts safeguard the continued production of high-quality products by providing the information necessary to make immediate modifications. Cochlear’s quality managers can also review historical quality records, analyze Assignable Cause Codes, and Corrective Action Codes to further optimize their production cycle.
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