Compare SPC Software Solutions

In manufacturing, quality management isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it job. The quality intelligence software you choose must have the tools you need to optimize product and process quality today—and the flexibility to grow with your organization into the future.

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InfinityQS Enact
Traditional SPC Software
ERP/MES Quality Module
Microsoft Excel
Paper System
Other SPC

Deployment Options

Native Cloud Application Yes No No No No
A software application that is specifically designed to run within a cloud platform-as-a-service environment without the need for IT infrastructure or added hardware. Users access the application through a web browser.
Cloud Hosted Application No Yes Yes Yes No
On-premises software applications that are simply hosted on cloud servers. Clients have separate “instances” of the software and none of the IT infrastructure is shared.
On-Premises Application No Yes Yes Yes Yes
A software application designed to operate on physical individual and server-based computers using traditional operating systems. The software is installed and operated at the local workstation or server level. These are not web-based applications.


Subscription-Based License Yes No No No No
A software application that is licensed on a time or subscription basis. Users have access to the application only during the subscription period. Subscription-based licenses are renewable, typically annually.
Perpetual License No Yes Yes Yes No
A software license that allows the client to use the software into perpetuity. Typically, only a single version of the software is licensed to the client unless an annual maintenance contract is purchased.
Annual Maintenance Contract No Yes Yes No No
An offering by software companies that sell on-premises software allowing the client access to all updates and technical support during the contract period.


Model-Based Configuration Yes No No No No
An intuitive, graphical approach to system configuration where system elements are linked together to mimic plant processes.
Menu-Based Configuration Yes Yes No No No
The traditional system configuration method of using menu selections to set up features.
Development Required No No Yes Yes No
Custom software programming is required to configure the system.
Tag-Group Descriptors Yes Yes No No No
Text-based descriptors that are assigned to elements of the system to allow more efficient filtering of data results.

Data Collection

Manual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users collect data and enter it into the software application.
Timed Data Collection Yes Yes No No No
Manual data collections based on a time interval (e.g., hourly). The system reminds the user to collect the data when it is due.
Triggered Data Collection Yes Yes No No No
Manual data collections that are triggered by an event configured in the software. When the event occurs, the software reminds the user to collect the data.
Semi-Automated Data Collection Yes Yes No No No
Data collections that involve one or more measurement devices connected to a software system. The user initiates the measurement and the data is automatically added to the application’s database.
Fully Automated Data Collection Yes Yes No No No
Data collection process that happens without user interaction. Users set up the data collection, then it runs on its own, storing data to the application database.
Checklist Data Collection Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Manual data collection using a checklist-type form. Allows additional contextual information to be collected, enabling more granular data analysis.

Data Visualization/Analysis/Reporting

Dashboard Views Yes Yes Yes No No
Graphical user interface design that displays user-specific information in a configurable, single view.
Control Charts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Control charts are used to study how a process changes over time. Data are plotted in time order.
Advanced Charting (Multiple Level) Yes Yes No No No
Charts, such as Pareto and Box & Whisker plots, that show variation of key product features across sites, lines, products, shifts, and so on.
Capability Analysis Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Features that support the calculation of Cpk (process capability index) and/or Ppk (process performance index) for a manufacturing process.
Real-Time Alarm/Event Tracking & Notifications Yes Yes No No No
The system monitors data streams in real time and generates alarms and process events based on user-defined limits. As violations occur, users are provided notifications in real time.
Comprehensive Quality Reporting Yes Yes No No No
Users can configure a broad range of quality-related reports for consumption by different user types.
Tag-Based Filtering Yes Yes No No No
Tags are text or numeric values that can be assigned to parts, processes, and features and allow advanced filtering of quality data.

Data Connectivity/Integration

Broad Field Device Connectivity Yes Yes No No No
Supports data connectivity with a wide range of gauges, CMMs, scales, vision systems, PLCs, databases, OPC, and more.
Plant System Connectivity Yes Yes Yes No No
Supports connectivity with process control systems, plant automation systems, process historians, ERP systems, MES systems, and more. This is referring to connecting to systems like SAP etc.


Supports IOS, Android, and Windows-Based Devices Yes No Yes No No
Supports mobile devices that use one of the 3 top mobile operating systems: Apple IOS, Google Android, and Microsoft Windows
Supports Responsive Design Yes No No No No
Web application that automatically resizes the displayed information based on a mobile device’s screen size and resolution.
HTML5 Compliant Yes No No No No
Web application that displays properly when using an HTML5-compliant web browser. Eliminates the need for device-specific applications.

User & Data Security

Configurable Role-Based Privileges Yes Yes Yes No No
Allows administrators to configure user privileges by user role.
Configurable Security Access Policies Yes Yes Yes No No
Administrator can configure user access policies.
Note: This table compares features found in a variety of real-time quality software, ERP, and MES quality modules (such as DataNet (WinSPC), Zontec, Hertzler, and SAP QM) and user-developed systems (such as Microsoft Excel/spreadsheet-based and paper-based systems). The information presented is for the benefit of the reader. InfinityQS has verified this information to the best of our ability but does not warrant the accuracy of the information presented as software products change over time.

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