GainSeeker Suite real-time SPC software can have a profound impact on a business, and even on a whole supply chain. What makes that possible? It seemed to me that we could boil it down to a few really big differences between GainSeeker and most of the rest of the software that is out there for collecting, managing, and analyzing manufacturing quality data. Here is my short list of the top features.
In the next few weeks we’ll release GainSeeker Version 8.8. The most important new feature? Real-time dashboards that connect to any data source. Manufacturing leaders are often hobbled by antiquated and disparate data systems. These folks are working under tremendous pressure to get results, but they struggle to meet their goals. It isn’t because they’re not working hard; they are. And it isn’t because they don’t know what they’re doing. They’re bright, hard-working and competent. And it isn’t that they lack data. They have lots of data. In fact, they’re drowning in data. But that data is not visible, it’s not timely, it lacks context, or it’s in a form that is pretty much useless. Connecting real-time dashboards to any data source breaks down barriers to data so that information is timely, visible, and actionable. If you have data hidden in your order entry, scheduling system, or factory information system, you can bring it to the light of day on a GainSeeker Dashboard.
If you’re struggling to make sense of manufacturing big data, you’re not alone. According to research published last year by The Economist, only 42% of manufacturers have what they consider to be a well-defined data-management strategy. Even more striking, 86% report problems in managing the data they are now generating. According to David Line, Managing Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit, “Manufacturing has been at the forefront of data collection and its importance to quality and cost control is well recognised. But collecting too much data, or failing to analyse what you collect, can be counterproductive.”
Further, in the quality management arena, people are talking about Big Data—especially with more focus on finding correlations in real-time performance data. Many of today’s quality analytics solutions are designed to support the use of Big Data analytics, so manufacturers can cultivate and analyze massive amounts real-time data generated by SPC and other quality process data sources.
Crown is a long-time user of the GainSeeker Suite. They have an outstanding team, a fantastic product, and they are a great customer. GainSeeker helps them ensure the quality of their products, and GainSeeker's real-time dashboards are a critical component in their visual factory information system.
I'm hearing this complaint a lot recently: “We have all this data stuck out there in all of these systems, and we can't get to it in a timely manner. Sometimes days or weeks go by before we see it. It is so cumbersome to extract, and we're operating so lean that we just can’t sustain this effort. We need to free these people up to do more value-added work. It's killing us.”
You should have multiple people in a variety of roles using data from your SPC software trial deployment. Each person may have very different needs, and in keeping with Covey, you should “Begin with the end in mind.” A good place to start is to identify all of your teammates - that is the stakeholders for your deployment.
Any of more than a dozen new Dashboard controls with multiple options for displaying key process data, can now coexist on a single, powerful Control Center dashboard that can be read at a glance.
GainSeeker Suite SPC Software is powerful and flexible. If you're not able to get it to do something you need, call us for help.
This Packaging Digest story reinforces how important real-time visibility into plant operations is to the success of the organization. It also features an example of a GainSeeker OEE dashboard.