ProFicient is an easy to use SPC software.
Samir Nagar, Schiff Nutrition International’s Director of Process Engineering, talks about the InfinityQS®
Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Manufacturing Intelligence solution, ProFicient™ (http://www.infinityqs.com/software). Schiff Nutrition is a leading manufacturing of vitamins, minerals, and nutrition supplements. Previously, Schiff used an SPC product that was difficult to use and required significant customization as well as proprietary hardware. Schiff researched InfinityQS’s SPC solution, ProFicient, and discovered key benefits that include:
- Ease of deployment and use, especially for busy operators in complex manufacturing environments
- No proprietary hardware required
- An off-the-shelf product that can be quickly deployed
- Easy to configure on the fly for the shop floor
For Schiff, ease of use and configuration was key to the decision to install ProFicient. Results have been positive; Schiff’s operators love using ProFicient and the solution has been quickly adapted into Schiff’s manufacturing processes. Operators also appreciate that ProFicient gives them a real-time view into quality. They can see immediately if a process is in or out of control.
When Schiff initially deployed ProFicient, they expected a significant learning curve — as with any major software. But due to ProFicient’s user-friendly interface and functionality, the operators learned how to use the software quickly, enabling change management.
Schiff is also happy with InfinityQS’s support. InfinityQS technical support specialists perform remote sessions with Schiff to help troubleshoot and resolve any problems.
Schiff has connected ProFicient to some of its porting systems, where they are collecting data such as temperature and air flow. Schiff’s personnel can see the data in ProFicient on any workstation without buying additional software for each workstation or computer. Furthermore, ProFicient’s charts and data reporting options allow Schiff to dice the data and present it on the fly to management.
By improving visibility into Schiff’s processes, the company has reduced scrap generation and is better able to identify the best combinations of products and equipment for optimal quality. Nagar recommends InfinityQS ProFicient for similar manufacturing operations, including operations that encompass both manual and automatic data collection methods.