There is a balance between automation, and feedback. If you totally remove the operators away from the feedback of periodic measurements, they may be less aware of the nuances of the process over time.
Many of our customers are content to have their operators collect data manually. Operators, sitting in front of a keyboard and a monitor enter data, measurement-by-measurement, widget-by-widget.
Over time, as customers’ needs mature, they find they prefer to replace manual data collection with more automated methods, such as using high-speed scales or optical measuring instruments.
There is certainly value in this gradual migration. Moving to automation limits operator errors, and frees operators to work through other manufacturing/quality related issues.
However, there is a balance between automation, and feedback. If you totally remove the operators away from the feedback of periodic measurements, they may be less aware of the nuances of the process over time.
I’ll follow up with this on my next post.
In the meantime: How do your operators currently collect data? Feel free to join the conversation within the “WinSPC Users” group on LinkedIn.
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