2000 SPC Software
by Jesse Jones and Laurel Thoennes
Welcome to Quality Digest's 2000 Statistical Process Control (SPC) Software Buyers Guide. Included is a wide range of software dealing with SPC, problem
solving, statistical analysis, design of experiments, gage repeatability and reproducibility (R&R), and related operations.
The matrix, which you can download by clicking here, contains an alphabetical listing of more than 100 software companies and distributors and more
than 200 software products. Product attributes are listed across from the products under broad categories for statistical quality control, statistical analysis, design of experiments and
statistical process control, with each of these categories subdivided into specific product functions.
The gage R&R heading includes gage management and control products.
An "x" under this heading signifies that a particular product performs one or more of those functions.
Many different types of SPC software applications are available and can
be applied in many ways. Some use the Internet; the software is used to create graphics files of SPC charts, which are then posted to a Web site. There, users can view them with a browser. More
sophisticated Web applications allow a user with Netscape Navigator or Microsoft's Internet Explorer to click on data points and drill down into the data on a chart. This ability turns an
individual work station into an almost real-time SPC information source accessible to anyone at any time.
Other software packages establish accessibility on a corporatewide
level via Oracle, Sybase, Lotus Notes or similar database applications. When this is done, raw data, charts and tables are instantly available to users. With critical files available through a
corporate intranet, process shareholders are able to obtain information instantaneously, quickly processing any possible problems.
Another recent introduction in SPC software
use has affected the form in which the data is obtained. Hand-held computers (such as Palm, Handspring and Windows CE) are used to collect data either manually or through special gage interfaces.
This data is then uploaded to a desktop computer for SPC analysis.
To maintain the quality of the SPC buyers guide, only those companies that fit within the scope of this guide
are cataloged. Some products are listed more than once, under both their producers' and their distributors' names.
As with all Quality Digest buyers guides, the 2000 SPC
Software Buyers Guide is intended to provide an impartial listing of software titles. The software listed in this directory has been neither evaluated nor endorsed by Quality Digest.
Comments or questions about the buyers guide can be e-mailed to email@example.com .