Enable All SPC Software Users to Be Proactive

In his eBook for ASQ, Enabling Excellence, Timothy A Pine reminds us that “Prevention is proactive.” How does the Synergy SPC software enable you to be proactive?

1. Stoplight Color Coding

Picture of Synergy SPC software giving users various ways to proactively monitor the production process.

Synergy SPC software allows users various ways to proactively monitor the production process.

Synergy software incorporates stoplight color coded status indicators and charts to allow users to immediately determine the state of a process. Control status indicators and variable charts identify if the process is in control (green), trending towards being out-of-control (yellow), or out-of-control (red). Specification status indicators and run charts identify if measurements are good (green), trending towards out-of-specification (yellow), or out-of-specification (red).

“We are daily able to monitor critical characteristics in an effective, real-time, proactive, manner and predict if the processes or the tools are trending towards going out-of-control,” said Aditya Deshpande, Quality Assurance Manager for Cumberland Plastics Solutions.

“Now that we have the analysis in a user friendly format, we are using Synergy as our communication tool. By viewing a capability chart, everyone can immediately tell how things are going,“ remarked April Lusk, Director of Quality for Trident Precision Manufacturing.

“We can take preventative action versus being reactive. With the data from Synergy, everyone; from the operator, to the manager, to the engineer, can monitor an issue and resolve the issue before it adversely affects our customers,” commented Heidi Beaver, Quality Technician for Portage Plastics Corporation.

2. Notifications of Trend Test Violations

Synergy software allows users to select which trend tests they want applied to each characteristic. When a trend test is violated, the user receives immediate notification including the specific trend test that was violated. If the automatic email notification is enabled for out-of-control (OOC), defined recipients will also receive an email as soon as the data is entered.

“We also estimate we are saving approximately 30% of an operator’s day due to data entry. Using Synergy 2000 we have eliminated data entry errors. We are able to measure a part completely and save 30% of our time doing it,” noted Ted Black, QA Manager for the A.P. Plasman-Windsor Plant.

3. Automatic Emails for Out-of-Control and/or Out-of-Specification

Synergy software enables you to setup notifications to the appropriate personnel if a process or processes are out-of-control, out-of-specification or both.

“With Synergy we could capture more data about our business. Email alerts for out-of-specification products were part of the deciding factor for selecting Synergy,” said Kim Marquis, Operations Manager for Polymerics.

“Using Synergy is a lot more user friendly, because you can run SPC in real-time. Now if anything goes out-of-specification, I get an email notification at my desk instead of having to physically be on the shop floor. In the past, we wouldn’t know if we were trending or not. Implementing Synergy saves us about 2 man-hours a day.” Brian Brooks, VP of Operations for Domestic Fastener & Forge, Inc. (DFFI).

In order to reduce scrap, rework and downtime, you need SPC software that allows all levels of users to be proactive and take corrective action at their position of the production process.