The immediate impact that InfinityQS ProFicient had and the awareness it created was tremendous, much more than I ever thought possible. Now we can look at operations as a whole and make big-picture decisions about what should be done going forward. Management is using data to make informed decisions and plan for the future.
There are many advantages to having a computerized system that sometimes, in the fog of having this powerful tool with its many capabilities, one can over look.
It is ultimately easier for the operator. Even with the minimal computer skills many of the
operators had in the beginning, the overwhelming consensus is that they prefer using InfinityQS
over a paper system.
You can read the data rather than having to decipher the writing of 150 different people. The data is at your fingertips.
It is less expensive to throw away any non-conformities upstream when they are discovered prior to being used in the vial converting process.
We invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to implement the latest technology for vision systems and shop floor SPC to meet customers’ new product requirements. The investment completes the vertical integration of technology required to control the entire manufacturing process.
The new system provides real-time results at the point of manufacture, beginning with the tube drawing operation and continuing through the vial converting and packaging processes. The manufacturing data is analyzed in real time with the appropriate statistical methods to provide a picture of what we are making in production of a batch or production lot.
When we tested the software against our previous SPC provider, InfinityQS stood out as a solution that provided full capabilities to production processes analysis as well as the scalability to expand with our global needs. We were looking for a solution that met our high-level of quality requirements and InfinityQS software met our expectations.
We were trying to gain a perspective about what the data is telling us. What does it point to about opportunities we have? We wanted to do less troubleshooting and work on improving processes rather than resolving production issues.
Because quality is synonymous with the Cooper brand, we looked to InfinityQS to ensure that every process met the Cooper standard. We investigated a few different options and decided that InfinityQS provided the best SPC solution to handle the complexities of our manufacturing operations.
By incorporating a Manufacturing Intelligence platform with an SPC engine into our plant floor quality efforts, Coty has realized benefits across all parts of the value chain – from quality professionals that experience unprecedented database accuracy, to executives seeing financial savings.
The implementation of InfinityQS ProFicient is creating visibility across our global manufacturing base and elevating the level of trust in the data. This work helps us identify opportunities, improve process variations and control raw material usage, as we continue to uphold General Cable’s commitment to produce quality products for our customers.
The key to successfully implementing SPC is not only making sure data are collected frequently—a single data point isn’t meaningful—but also knowing what to do with the data after they are collected. By utilizing control charts in InfinityQS ProFicient, we can clearly identify trends in our processes and make adjustments accordingly. In one case, our actions resulted in significant increases in processes capability and that makes me very happy. If a process is capable, it improves product quality and save money on all fronts.
Our plant needed a real-time solution that would decrease the amount of time that we spent measuring on the shop floor.
Though weight data was already being collected in the carbon molding area, we needed to implement a paperless system to help the operators respond in real-time to out-of-control signals. Improving Trek’s use of SPC in the OCLV molding area is another way of ensuring our ‘Best in Class’ status as a bicycle manufacturer.
Analyzing the data real-time allows us to separate the special causes from the common cause variation and to have the operators react only when special cause variation is present.
We have a tradition and promise to uphold to our customers, so we evaluate our quality products very closely. InfinityQS' software and support services made the installation and setup easy, allowing us to increase work production while saving money and time.
Implementation and integration was seamless and un-disruptive to our operations. Navistar has a commitment to produce quality diesel engines from start to finish, and InfinityQS' solutions advance our ability to do so while providing continuous ROI.
Siemens VDO and our gauging partner Etamic performed an exhaustive analysis of the available SPC software packages looking for our 30 'must have' features. InfinityQS was chosen because they were best suited to meeting all of our requirements. Using their products, we are now easily collecting and analyzing over a million data points per day across our entire plant.
We began to implement InfinityQS in our inspection areas and immediately saw the advantage of interfacing gages. Instead of measuring parts and spending time filling in an inspection record, the inspector is able to hit a button, the data is automatically entered.
InfinityQS ProFicient was an ideal fit for replacing our homegrown quality system. It not only met our initial requirements for software validation and ease of use, but has also extended our data collection and reporting capabilities to support our continuous improvement efforts. We are able to use the insight, or Manufacturing Intelligence, acquired from the data we collect to continue ensuring customer satisfaction and safety.
Our results from the implementation at our facility have been overwhelming. We are now able to track data with the click of a mouse that would have taken several man hours to do previously. The software also saves the validation team time in manipulating the data; they can export the data into third-party analysis software like Minitab without manually re-keying the data. This eliminates data entry errors.
We have made numerous investments in technology to help support our quality initiatives, and InfinityQS ProFicient allows us to bring everything together. We can now assimilate data from different systems and device locations – whether from our ERP system, document control program, or other inspection equipment – into one, centralized hub for easy analysis and decision making.
InfinityQS was a criticial component in enhancing customer satisfaction for both new and existing customers. We have found that when new customers visit our facility and they see that we have real-time SPC configured, their confidence in our product and processes increases.
We are looking to improve our confidence in our capabilities and numbers, which will guarantee a quality product to our customers. Such confidence is important to our future – it allows us to meet our customer requirements as promised. I believe ProFicient on Demand is a tool that will get us there, essentially by helping us to communicate better with our suppliers using data to drive such communications.
I am happy with the ProFicient on Demand product and the InfinityQS team that is behind it. InfinityQS’ technical support and training team are excellent. They are always able to provide answers to our questions and resolve issues as they come along.
The addition of InfinityQS to SanDisk’s existing system infrastructure gives us a significantly more responsive and effective production environment.
In this particular case, we believed in utilizing a “best of breed” methodology. Why should we take months to custom design something in our MES system when a proven and more complete software package already exists that can easily be integrated? By investing in and implementing InfinityQS, we have already seen immense benefits. The software has allowed us to attain a ROI much more rapidly than if we had put in the time and money to customize our MES to do something that it was never originally designed to do.
No other system would allow us to integrate real-time process data from disparate systems into MES or launch automated alerts and actions to give our engineers intelligence and feedback. InfinityQS has proven vital in resolving issues we didn’t even know we had.