“Proof of Concept”—we’ve all heard this term. It’s an exercise to determine the feasibility of a specific design idea or assumption. To prove it’s worth. Does it “hold water,” that is, is it true?\r\n \r\nSuccessful Enact® deployments begin with a proof of concept. Conducting a proof of concept will quickly demonstrate the benefits of implementing Enact within your organization and get your deployment started on the right track. A well-planned and executed proof of concept will help you to learn the software, build a strong starting point for your Enact deployment, and get results fast!\r\n \r\nEnact is the InfinityQS Quality Intelligence platform. It’s a cloud-native quality management software system designed to take the burden off IT while offering you the flexibility and power of the cloud: a single, unified data repository; enterprise visibility that leads to strategic and transformative insights; and unlimited scalability… all at a very affordable price.Proven Path\r\nSo, why is a proof of concept so important? For InfinityQS’ Enact, it is how we get the product into your hands and help you to quickly design the foundation of your Enact deployment. Once you begin your proof of concept, you will see how easy it is to use the powerful data collection and analysis tools Enact has to offer. In fact, you’ll be ready to collect production data after your first guided proof of concept session with an InfinityQS Applications Engineer.\r\n \r\nLet’s take a look at the Enact proof of concept in this blog—specifically, how it works, the topics covered during proof of concept, expected results, and the path forward after completing your proof of concept.\r\n \r\nProve It!\r\nThe proof of concept is the first phase in our Enact Deployment Guide. During this deployment phase, customers form their foundational knowledge of how Enact works, gain confidence using the software, and build a business case for expanding Enact across your manufacturing operations. That’s important, because Enact is a new way of approaching quality management. As InfinityQS COO, Doug Fair, stated in his Shifting Manufacturing Quality Paradigms blog, cloud technology is changing the quality manufacturing landscape.\r\n \r\n“Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provides manufacturers with the capability to have data collection and visibility across the entirety of an enterprise. SaaS provides our quality improvement experts at the corporate level (from anywhere around the globe) to be able to sort, slice, and dice data anyway they want from across plants, across departments, across the enterprise, across regions.” There are no longer any limitations. \r\n \r\nWhy Enact?Enact is the award-winning Quality Intelligence platform that speeds and simplifies real-time quality data collection, reporting, and analysis. Whether your company operates one manufacturing site or sites in multiple locations, Enact can help you meet your most pressing goals—reducing scrap and waste, improving product quality, and maintaining compliance—with an easy-to-use visual interface, complete mobility, flexibility, and power.\r\n \r\nProof of Concept Works\r\nThe way in which Enact proof of concept works, the foundation for its effectiveness, is simply this: Start Small. That’s it. Focus on a small sample of parts that are subject to the same data collection routine. Sounds sensible, right?\r\n \r\nHow it All Begins\r\nAnd we really do mean small: a single filling operation, or a packaging operation, for example. But before you leap into Enact, we need some information. We start with a questionnaire that helps our team better understand your specific goals for using Enact and the results you would like to obtain during your proof of concept. This questionnaire also asks for information about the line or machine we’ll be focusing on during this phase. Next, you’ll work with an InfinityQS Applications Engineer to achieve your desired results for the proof of concept. During just a few guided sessions, you’ll build your first process model, begin collecting data, and learn about the data analysis features Enact offers.\r\n \r\nOver the course of the proof of concept, involvement from your operators who collect data is key. You and your assigned Applications Engineer will review production data collected by your operators in Enact. During guided sessions, you’ll also discuss feedback from your team and can make adjustments to your initial proof of concept deployment.\r\n \r\nProcess Model\r\nThe first feature in Enact we’d like you to get familiar with is the process model. It’s a new concept in the quality manufacturing software world; and it’s important for customers to get a handle on what it is (and how it’s used) in order to get the most from Enact. Everything starts with the process model. Here’s an example of a rudimentary process model: \r\nThe process model is a powerful and useful tool. Eric Weisbrod, InfinityQS VP of Product Management, states in his blog, The Joys of a Process Model, “The process model is visual, it’s functional, and it allows you to build things out in step-by-step fashion. It’s expandable, helps you error-proof your processes, and centralizes and simplifies the ways in which you manage your operations.” Above all, the process model helps you better understand your processes.\r\n \r\nIn addition, the process model forces you to think about the nuts and bolts of your manufacturing processes and how it all fits into Enact. You discuss “the components or ingredients of the finished product, the steps that go into creating the product, from raw materials to finished item.” \r\n \r\nBuilding your process model is an important part of the proof of concept phase, as it is the basis for expanding your Enact deployment. The idea is that once you get the hang of that first process model and the accompanying data collection(s), you can reuse that process model to rapidly expand to similar production lines. The beginnings of the scaling process. Speaking of data collection…\r\n \r\nData Collection\r\nAs mentioned earlier, you’ll begin collecting data early on in the proof of concept phase. During your first guided session, you’ll see how easy it is to design a data collection routine in Enact. After creating your first data collection, it’s time to put Enact into the hands of your operators to begin collecting production data. \r\nCollecting data is an important milestone in your journey with Enact, but it’s only the beginning. Enact is about more than just collecting data. It’s about gaining insights from analyzing the data and acting on those insights to drive transformation within your organization. Achieving a solid data collection routine isn’t the finish line; it’s the starting line.\r\n \r\nDashboards\r\nDashboards are the primary tool for all Enact users, from operators to power users and administrators. As Eric mentions in his process model blog, “Enact delivers what we call prioritized, or tailored, content. It’s [precisely] the information that the user needs to see, without all the other extraneous stuff that can be distracting.” \r\nNotifications that are pertinent to each user, data collections being prompted for at the appropriate times, and customizable reports allow our dashboards to present the most effective information to your users. The best part is that it doesn’t require creating hundreds of dashboards…\r\n \r\nLast word on dashboards: “The same dashboard is designed to be used across your organization. This means a filling operator, quality technician, and packaging operator could all use the exact same dashboard and see exactly what they need from it.” Again, re-usability.\r\n \r\nDemonstrate Value\r\nOne of the outcomes of your foray into a proof of concept is that you can analyze results of your proof of concept and realize the value Enact can bring to your manufacturing operations. You’ll see exactly what Enact can do for you firsthand.\r\n \r\nThe findings you collect from your proof of concept—overfill, reduced waste, reduced scrap, whatever it may be—can be presented to stakeholders in your organization to show them how Enact can not only make your operators’ jobs easier but also save you money and hone your processes to perfection.\r\n \r\nWhere to Now?Repeat and expand. After your Enact proof of concept is complete, it’s on to a pilot, where you will deploy Enact to other production areas. During the pilot phase, you’ll continue to expand on your deployment, using additional Enact functionality, such as gauges and automated data collection, and continue planning for your full production rollout of Enact.\r\n \r\nContinuous quality improvement for your organization is just a proof of concept away…\r\n \r\n \r\nContact an InfinityQS Account Manager (1.800.772.7978 or via our website) to get started with your 30-day risk-free trial of Enact and your Enact Proof of Concept.