SPC (Statistical Process Control) software recommendations

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Casey Cochran - 2009

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Got the OK today to start gathering info on what we need for a new SPC program. Currently we are using QI Analyst. We don't like it because it does not communicate well with our measuring equipment, it is slow and very hard for associates to use. If there is a misread, they can't correct it (happens all the time) and an admin has to go in and search for the misread and change it. Makes it pointless. Anyway, I'm not going to list all our dislikes about our current system. We have about 20 cells that will need access with about one hundred processes using SPC. We use Mitutoyo, and a few other, measuring devices. Many product requires multiple measurements per part. (critical measurements) Our current software takes about 10 minutes to measure 5 parts @ 5 critical spots. Production. does not like this. Want real time tracking with out of control alerts sent to admin. Most importantly, we want it easy for the associates to understand what is going on with their process after inputting their data. We don't require our floor associates to have a degree in statistics and don't feel they need one to be able to see shifts in there process. We also want it to be as simple and as fast as possible because associates are more likely to do it more if it is not a pain. I have looked at some of the big names and sat in on some presentations, and they will all sell you on their software. What are the experts opinions / recommendations of a good, simple, effective SPC program?

Thanks for your help.
 
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I use MeasurLink by Mitutoyo. We have used it for about 10 years. No communication problem between hardware and software. It was the main reason for selecting it. It has served us well. The program is stable. I have never been impressed with their tech support. You will need an IT expert to properly configure everything.
 
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Casey Cochran - 2009

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That is one in consideration. Is it one that "Joe" could use to check his process with out an extensisive training. We have about 350 associates that will be using it. Extensisve training could take a while.
 
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Casey Cochran said:
Got the OK today to start gathering info on what we need for a new SPC program. Currently we are using QI Analyst. We don't like it because it does not communicate well with our measuring equipment, it is slow and very hard for associates to use. If there is a misread, they can't correct it (happens all the time) and an admin has to go in and search for the misread and change it. Makes it pointless. Anyway, I'm not going to list all our dislikes about our current system. We have about 20 cells that will need access with about one hundred processes using SPC. We use Mitutoyo, and a few other, measuring devices. Many product requires multiple measurements per part. (critical measurements) Our current software takes about 10 minutes to measure 5 parts @ 5 critical spots. Production. does not like this. Want real time tracking with out of control alerts sent to admin. Most importantly, we want it easy for the associates to understand what is going on with their process after inputting their data. We don't require our floor associates to have a degree in statistics and don't feel they need one to be able to see shifts in there process. We also want it to be as simple and as fast as possible because associates are more likely to do it more if it is not a pain. I have looked at some of the big names and sat in on some presentations, and they will all sell you on their software. What are the experts opinions / recommendations of a good, simple, effective SPC program?

Thanks for your help.
Casey, You might also want to check out Kurt Manufacturing's SPC Software. It has been a few years since I worked with it, but it was Easy to set-up the part files, Easy to interface with the hand tools we used for measurement, Easy to train the operators in using it, and most of all it was EASY for them to use it. As a cautionary note - It was not a data presentation program (ala Minitab), but a very solid performing, functional, easy to use SPC / Data collection software program for the Manufacturing shop floor.
 
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Check Infinity QS, they have a sort of control pannel with the variable's status (if you are going to check too many variables).

Also I found this file on the net ( in a Quality Magazine), but don't remember where.
 

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Casey Cochran - 2009

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Thanks a lot for all your help. I am so new at this (not really my job) but I was wondering if anybody had a Q&A form or list of questions I need to ask when deciding what we need in an SPC program so I can be more prepared in the meetings and provide a well suited software. We are looking at Hertzler, Win SPC, Mitutoyo, Powerway, and Synergy 2000 so far. Any dirt on these?

Also, what are some of the neat bells and whistles that I need to look for? Anything to make it easy and visual to floor associates.

Thanks
Casey
 
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We use Applied Stats, in that one we get around 20 pcs, one of those has attached a Optical Comparator and a box (multiplexer from Mitutoyo) together, on the other pcs is a box ea, you can get different levels of users(groups) like admin, set-up, operators, inspectors; if you need it you can imprt or export data to different software like Excel or to a text file. It is kind of difficult to start with it because it has multiple choices to set up the network and the files but you can create master files and after that it is kind of ease, people with no experience in computers can deal with it.
 
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