InfinityQS has been working with the bottling industry, in one form or another, for decades. For the past 10 years, with our software in hundreds of plants worldwide, we’ve been helping the industry’s biggest beverage companies transform their quality performance across the enterprise.
Now we’re helping those same bottling companies with our newest statistical process control (SPC) product, our quality intelligence platform, Enact®. In short, Enact® is what I would call “SPC quality intelligence in the cloud.” But Enact® is also about more than SPC. It’s about visibility across your enterprise, gaining operational insights into your processes, and using that actionable information to truly transform your bottling operations.
This powerful tool delivers benefit across your entire enterprise. In this, the first article in our bottling blog series, we’ll focus on real-time data collection. Enact® was built for the fully automatic collection of real-time data from anywhere on your plant floor and laboratories. And Enact® does so in a visually intuitive way. That means your operators and quality experts don’t need to be advanced statisticians to do their jobs. They can focus on what they do best—making the highest quality products possible—and stop worrying about watching control charts and doing calculations.
Enact® Has it All
Enact® has everything you need to collect real-time quality data. As mentioned, it is visually intuitive, making it easy to use; your data is easily standardized across production lines and plants; we can integrate any device you already own and already use into your data collection strategy; calculations are done for you and your operators in the background so you can focus on your operations and not on control charts; and the interface is multi-lingual, so no matter where your employees are or what language they speak, they all speak the same quality language: Enact®.
A Clear Vision of Data
The first thing you notice when you’re using Enact® is that it is uncluttered, free of the jumble of charts and graphs one might traditionally consider manufacturing quality.
It seems to me that a wall of control charts only makes the operator’s job more difficult. So, what do I mean “more difficult?” I mean simply that the operator would need to spend a lot of time—time they arguably do not have to spare—interpreting control charts, when they should be improving the quality of your products. Let’s face it, looking at and interpreting control charts can be challenging and is prone to error. Instead, letting software accurately identify events is a better use of operator time.
Enact® delivers the information—the actionable intelligence—on which the operator needs to focus without the need to peruse and analyze countless charts and graphs. Enact® provides a clear vision of the data on this work dashboard.
The Enact® Dashboard
In the image above, you can see that the screen is broken into three distinct parts. The left-most portion of the screen is recent notifications (we’ll discuss notifications in detail in part two of our series). Note that the two red portions indicate, respectively, an out-of-specification limit violation and a missed data collection requirement. The green portions indicate to the operator that they have data collections due pretty soon…a “heads-up” if you will.
The middle portion of this image depicts the data collection section. Specifically, this section is indicating to the operator that they need to perform Net Volume and Torque checks. The numbers located beneath the accompanying images are countdown timers, and the bottom portion of this center section is where the most recent historical data can be accessed.
The right side of the image is reserved for the user’s production line status—in this case, “Filling Line 01.”
It’s astounding the amount of tailored information that Enact® can display for an operator, in a single click, with zero configuration. That’s right. This dashboard comes right out of the box with Enact®, requiring no setup or configuration. But let’s look a bit closer at how this operator’s information is different from what another might see, even though they both see the same dashboard.
Information Tailored for Specific Roles
When you talk about getting your team up to speed fast, there’s no better aspect of Enact® than the common “work” dashboard. It cuts training in half. Every user sees the same dashboard, but each user sees only what they need to see—based on their role and responsibilities.
When a user logs into Enact®, their profile determines what they see. During configuration, administrators simply tell Enact® each user’s responsibilities—be they production line 3, or fill line 2, or the quality assurance lab – no matter what their responsibilities, when they login Enact® knows what they need to see.
In the example below, we can see that Maria Silva is a filling operator on line 1. There may be four fill lines (or 40!) in this plant, but she’s only seeing the data that pertains to her specific role and responsibilities for filling line number 1. Therefore, the data collections, notifications, and quality information are displayed only for her production line and reveal only the information for which she’s responsible.