Can you explain the difference between six sigma and lean manufacturing?
One more suggestion for an encompassing and easy to use package - QI Analyst from Wonderware.
I have used an older version of this package and was very pleased with it's capabilities.
Here is another option available. Proficy SPC Shop Floor Data Collection Software. For those of you that have never heard of this, this is the newest Version of VisualSPC software from what used to be GageTalker and is now being produced by GE Fanuc. Re-naming this program brings it in-line with the rest of the Proficy software modules that are available from GE Fanuc.
If you want more info, e-mail me and I'll see to it that you get some information. firstname.lastname@example.org
SPC Express so VERY easy to use. Good at gage interfacing, too. Charts can analyze individual cavities. If running on a network (like we are), the AutoScope option shows the entire SPC activity on one screen. Really cool! You can get a free download from their website, I think.
We have tried numerous SPC Softwares and finally we selected SPC Express. It is very user friendly software and I would request you to give it a try. Also, they have 30 days money back guarantee so you can't go wrong. Their website is www.majormicro.com.
There are a number of SPC packages available that will do the job for you.
The real issue, as I see it (and have seen, many, many times) is "what is the committment from managment to do this right?"
The "limited funds" comment leads me to believe that you are under the gun to get something done, perhaps to appease someone. If that's the case, a well executed paper & pencil implementation will serve you just as well!!
However, if you goal is to implement SPC for the right reasons (and it's well documented that a properly implemented system will MORE than pay for itself) then I would suggest the following points:
* Pick an Integrator who has experience in your product area
* Pick a software product that is based on a (truly) relational database
* Pick a product that has a highly configurable data collection routine - the more configurable it is, the more intuitive and thus easier it can be made for the operator. (This does come at a price because either you and/or the integrator will need to do the configuration work).
It seems Scott is a step ahead of me in that he, at least, has minimal funding for a SPC program. I cannot get any funding without being able to show a ROI. You commented; "...(and it's well documented that a properly implemented system will MORE than pay for itself)" Where might I find this documentation?
Director - Q.A.
Here's another product to throw on your growing list SPC software programs to look at. WinSPC. They compete with InfinityQS and are very robust when it comes to SPC. We picked them over Infinity because they were the easiest to administer and setup. Otherwise, all of the products pretty much looked identical. ...and one comment about an earlier post saying all the big companies use Infinity... Not true. Go to any of the websites of the companies you have here and you'll see a long list of large companies using their products. WinSPC's site is www.winspc.com
Check out Dimensional Control Systems GDM-3D software. It is very easy to use yet has tremendous capabilities. There was also a press release a little while back from DaimlerChrysler stating that they selected the GDM software as their solution for North America implementation. You can find additonal information at http://www.3dcs.com/softGDM3D.html.
We looked into several different ones, and are currently in the process of purchasing InfinityQS - it has the best capabilities for analyzing real time data across several plants.
And I do NOT work for InfinityQS (I work in the food industry, a high volume operation).
I found that most of the big corporations are using InfinityQS by the way.
Scott - there certainly many options available. I encourage you to review several. It sounds as though you require detailed cavity analysis to analyze data by cavity as well as by mold? I work for Lighthouse Systems. We specialize in this type of data collection.
Scott: Please look at the products of Statit Software (www.statit.com). 4 products:
Statit e-QC - Web-based reporting
Statit Custom QC - Desktop Application
Statit e-Server - SDK for developing apps
Statit Express QC - Simple and easy to use
Statit products are also embedded in major MES system.
Disclaimer: I work for Statit Software, a eleven year association.
Look at SPC Express it's a step above basic but provides good analyltical capabilities. The best part the software works with any Windows PC.
Check out Northwest Analyticals "Quality Analyst" software @ northwestanalytical.com.
Another option is to work with Lighthouse Systems (http://www.lighthousesystems.com). Copeland Corporation (my employer) is using it successfully. I know Nissan also uses the software on the shop floor.
Another tool to consider is InfinityQS (www.infinityqs.com). Disclaimer: I work for InfinityQS.
Scott: Check out the Factory Server SPC program from Mass Group.This can be hooked up to all PC'S on your factory floor. Website -- Massgroup.com
Check out Zontec-spc.com
Check out www.spmt-systems.com - a high-performance real-time product generates essential drill-down SPC charts based on the information acquired and stored in an embedded Oracle.
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