July 27, 2009
Company Launches SPC Software to Reduce Scrap, Improve Productivity, and Implement Preventative Quality Control
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 27, 2009—DataNet Quality Systems (DataNet), developers of WinSPC® and QualTrend® quality control software, announced today that a leading powersports equipment manufacturer purchased WinSPC SPC software to:
- Reduce scrap
- Reduce time spent capturing inspection data
- Improve process capability
- Optimize tool life
- Identify and integrate preventative quality control methods
The company began its WinSPC implementation this July at its 700,000 square-foot site in the central United States, where it produces engine components such as crankcases, crankshafts, flywheels, and clutch plates. The facility houses a high-volume operation consisting of dozens of lines, each of which is capable of producing a mix of components that could have between 5 and 30 different inspection parameters.
The facility, designed for just-in-time and flexible manufacturing processes, required versatile SPC software that was capable of adapting to complex and constantly-changing data collection requirements. The company will deploy WinSPC throughout the facility to perform real-time quality control. The plan consists of launching WinSPC in the Quality Control lab and two crankcase lines, then across the entire facility. The company then plans to expand its real-time SPC program to another of its North American manufacturing facilities.
Before implementing WinSPC, quality personnel performed Statistical Process Control manually, which consumed massive amounts of paper and personnel hours. They cost justified WinSPC based solely on the productivity savings they would realize from automation. But, after conducting a pilot program, the quality personnel documented even more benefits to add to their project cost justification, such as reduced scrap and faster issue resolution times.
One of the critical decision-making factors in choosing WinSPC—and expanding the solution in the future—is the ability to gain broad user acceptance of the software. The company reported that in order to get shop-floor operators to use the software it must be simple to use and manage within the existing process.
Company management reports that it chose WinSPC for its easy-to-use data collection interface and WinSPC’s ability to quickly capture data from a variety of processes and devices. WinSPC’s blueprint interface and timed data collection capabilities made it ideal for their flexible, just-in-time manufacturing environment.
DataNet’s Solution Delivery team worked with company personnel to develop a real-time SPC implementation strategy and traveled on-site to perform product installation and configuration. DataNet application engineers wrote two custom interfaces to capture data from a CMM and an optical measuring device to WinSPC. Finally, DataNet experts trained personnel on SPC concepts and principles, then performed basic WinSPC Adminstrator training for designated product administrators.