In her April 2012 article titled, “Deliver Higher Productivity with Smarter Workforce Practices”, Patricia Panchak, Editor-in-Chief of Industry Week states that,”With the effective cost of labor evening out between China and the U.S., manufacturers must find other ways to improve productivity and reduce costs. One way: leverage production personnel.”
In addition to reducing scrap, reducing rework, SPC software can also increase productivity.
Using SPC software can save operator time. “From first inspection to final inspection, the Synergy 2000™ has helped us because operators can easily enter the information and if there is a problem, they can see that on the chart. We have seen the part inspection time reduce by 50 percent using Synergy,” said Bob Batsche, Quality Manager for Carlisle & Finch Co.
Using SPC software also increases the productivity of quality personnel as well.” As Quality Manager, what used to take a day’s worth of work to determine our Cpk’s and our Ppk’s is now just a click of a mouse. Now I have a tool that enables me to analyze, report, and explain in an efficient manner the current state of our processes. I have the data to show where we can improve our processes,” said Quality Assurance Manager for Cumberland Plastics Solutions.