It is important to make your program a success by ensuring your team is educated about SPC concepts.  Another element to success is creating a culture of confidence and patience as the transition occurs within your organization. The next phase is identifying the production team’s role in implementing and making your SPC program successful long-term.

The Production Team's Role in SPC

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The Production Team’s Role.  

Your “eyes on the street”

The production team is vital to the success of the program, because they have the best view of the process. Only shop floor production workers know from personal experience the current practices and problems on the floor. Chances are they have a good sense of their equipment’s capabilities including how to tweak it to make it do what they want.

As improvements are adopted, the production team will also know they are further maximizing their time.  In actual case studies, we have found estimates that clients using the Synergy Suite are saving approximately 30% of an operator’s day due to data entry. Synergy virtually eliminates data entry errors giving your team the time to focus on other value-added activities that include refining processes that are in front of them daily.

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Courtesy: Flickr: jphilipg

Courtesy: Flickr: jphilipg

Keys to Kick-starting Your SPC Program.

The biggest challenges with transitioning to SPC can lie in culture change and gaining confidence. These only come with the passage of time.

Be Patient when Transitioning to SPC.

Don’t expect everyone to jump on the SPC bandwagon at once.Some people are intimidated by statistics. In the beginning, when people are learning process control, there will be additional tasks involved. Some people will undoubtedly complain about the extra work involved. As people learn and apply SPC methods, preventing problems will gradually replace fixing them.

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