Can you count on your Supply Chain Quality? FREE Webinar 11.12.13

What parts are the biggest sources of failures in your manufacturing process?


How many times are your CMs and suppliers retesting their parts to get them to pass?


What supplier changed their process parameters last month – and how did that affect your yield and customer returns?

Do you know the answers to these questions? Most electronic device and system manufacturing organizations don’t. Global manufacturing and supplier networks require a global data management system.

Join us for a free webinar on Global Manufacturing Quality Management

Click here to Register

WHEN: Tuesday, November 12th

TIME: 9a.m. PST

At this free IntraStage Webinar you’ll learn:

1.  Seven areas where manufacturing and supply chain data can be used to improve your manufacturing yield and reduce customer escapes,


2.  How to access test process information about all your CMs, suppliers, and sub-tiers on-line in real time,

3.  How to make your suppliers feel that your success is their success,

4.  The best way to identify issues with new product introductions – and how to minimize the time to high-yield production

5.  How to analyze the tremendous volume of data available to extract the critical information you need to take action,


6.  Why companies like Honeywell, Intel, Motorola, and Tandem are using IntraStage to collect and manage test data from their supply chain sites around the world.

Register now, and in a few months you may be saying the same thing as one of the test managers at Goodrich:  “IntraStage contributed to a significant improvement in our overall product quality”.

The new big thing…BIG Data

BIG data is a collection of sets of data too large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools. Get this… it is estimated that in 2012 most mid-size companies in the USA generate the equivalent data of the US Library of Congress in 1 year. As a company, Walmart creates the equivalent of 50 million filing cabinets worth of data every hour. While these numbers seem incredible, the trend for most companies is an increasing volume of data generation and storage.

Product Quality Test Data generated by Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) in R&D, Manufacturing and Repair environments is no exception. The challenges of this enormous amount of Test Data is how to provide people with effective way to make product quality decisions from it. Quality today means augmenting the power of traditional SPC (Statistical Process Control) techniques with activities such as ensuring complete visibility into yields, being able to link failures with repair information and having a collaborative platform upon which all functions of an organization (R&D, Manufacturing, Supply Chain etc.) can access this Test Data to quickly root cause issues.

If you would like to know more about these trends and how some Fortune 1000 companies are improving their Product Quality our VP Sales & Marketing will be holding a seminar on…”Using BIG Data to Improve Product Quality for Electronic Manufacturers” at the FREE Del Mar Electronics & Design Show.

Test Data Management Made Simple with IntraStage SPC Software

In 15 years, memory density will be 1000 times greater than today which is a peta-byte for 100 dollars. This can store about 85 years of video. A person will die before he finishes watching.”

– Eric Schmidt, Google CEO

Data is the lifeblood of any organization. With it, companies can understand current issues, analyze trends, and determine actionable results to provide superior products to their customers. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) systems have done this for the business intelligence world for many years. In the test and production arena, R&D departments are realizing that proper test data management can be a competitive differentiator in getting high-quality products to market faster. There is an increased need for a data management strategy, and if handled incorrectly, they can make test data a big problem.

Today, companies have a “build vs. buy” decision when seeking software solutions to manage product quality data in R&D, Manufacturing, Supplier or other areas of the product’s life cycle. As product quality becomes more and more important to retain customers, reduce operational cost and ensure customer satisfaction, it is no longer a decision on “if we need test data management”, but instead on “how should we implement quality test data management”.

As with everything, there is no single “correct answer” to this “build vs. buy” question. In this Blog, we will explore the needs of test data management and how to handle it effectively with the help of IntraStage SPC Software.

Studies show that in most of the companies up to 60 percent of application development and testing time is devoted to data-related tasks. Reducing time spent on test data management is critical in controlling IT costs and keeping developers focused on the task at hand – developing new applications and managing existing ones. To design and build reliable applications today, however, entails a complex process involving a range of different and unfamiliar databases and file types. Often, developers and testing teams spend more time dealing with data-related issues than developing the actual application itself.

Companies are inundated with data, and most are starting to realize that gigabytes of test data exist on hard drives throughout their supply chain. This data exists in a hodge-podge of formats, making it extremely difficult to normalize into a single database.  However, if this data were normalized, a number of macro-quality metrics would be possible, which could:

  • Improve manufacturing yield
  • Enable information visibility between functional groups such as R&D Manufacturing, etc to improve defect resolution times
  • Optimize test times to move product through manufacturing faster
  • Decrease warranty returns and recall events

Once a company has realized the positive financial impact that comes from better managing quality data, they often begin moving toward creating a normalized database and quality data management system. A common set of goals are:

  1. Select a system that can scale throughout the enterprise and supply chain
  2. Incorporate industry best practices
  3. Finance with a “phase gate” approach, where a low-cost pilot project is proven successful as a step toward enterprise rollout
  4. Deliver high value relative to TCO (total cost of ownership)
  5. Leverage your company’s specific expertise and personnel

To select a system that can scale, the two core problems are:

1). How to build a robust data model that will work for all legacy test data as well as all future test data and

2). How to cost-effectively retrieve product quality test data from so many different locations, including those outside the firewall.

The good news is that several companies, including IntraStage, now offer COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) solutions for both of these core problems. For instance, rather than spending NRE (non-recurring engineering) dollars to create and debug your own data model and retrieval process, you can purchase this technology at a fraction of the cost of inventing it in-house.

Another benefit of using COTS technology is that the solution will already incorporate industry best practices, resolving goal #2. Rather than spending time learning all of the best practices and coding them internally, you can evaluate competitive COTS products and see how the best practices are coded into the product.

While most internal teams will agree that the above list of goals is a great “pie-in-the-sky” set of tasks, they will admit to being mired in issues of maintaining the existing systems. Some common issues that need to be managed include:

  • How to maintain the system if a key developer or IT person leaves?
  • How to add new feature requests from Users?
  • How can system uptime be guaranteed to 99.99%?
  • How to manage new applications to access the data?
  • How to efficiently scale the system to add new users, new products etc?

These are areas where IntraStage can help.

The IntraStage solution offers a core foundation technology, solving the issues of data model, data retrieval, and out-of-the-box reporting while allowing your company to plug-in custom software and solve your specific needs for reporting, visualizations, and process around the test data.

IntraStage is a Quality Test Data Management Software provider for companies who design and manufacture electronic products. We provide SPC, Yield, CP, CPK, and test data analytical tools by automating the retrieval, storage, mining and reporting of R&D, Manufacturing, Supplier and Field test data. Our clients choose us because we seamlessly integrate test data from different sources, lower their product design, manufacture and return costs by finding quality trends more quickly and accurately. IntraStage’s test data management software that saves time and reduces the level of complexity often associated with managing distributed data and preparing data for testing.

IntraStage test data management tool simplifies the complex task of managing test data. Equipped with an easy-to-use graphical interface, IntraStage allows developers and testing teams to perform all data-related tasks without writing programs or scripts, coding databases or using multiple utilities. IntraStage provides a standardized approach to managing data from multiple databases and file types, gives users the tools they need to effectively work with data and increases productivity, all without prerequisite training or expertise. IT organizations will immediately save time and reduce costs using IntraStage in their development and testing processes.

Fortune 1000 companies rely on IntraStage’s business intelligence to keep them competitive when product quality and customer satisfaction are key differentiators. IntraStage product offerings ranges from on-site audits all the way to enterprise-wide business intelligence solutions. We can work with your internal team to build a quality test data management system that solves today’s problems and scales into the future.

Contact IntraStage today to get a proposal for a pilot project in your test department.

We are nominated for Best in Test!

Test and Measurement World have selected the finalists for the Best in Test awards and the Test of Time award.  The editors have searched through many commendable products, nominated by vendors, that were introduced between November 1, 2011, and October 26, 2012. With your vote, IntraStage can win this annual awards program, which recognizes excellence in electronics test and measurement.


Place your vote for IntraStage’s Black Belt 5.0 HERE!

Test and Measurement World will announce the category winners at their Best in Test event, which will be held on January 31 in conjunction with DesignCon 2013; they will also announce them at in February. We hope to see you there!

NITS Events…We promise your grandma won’t be there

Join IntraStage for a one-of-a-kind event packed with new technology demonstrations, expert advice, hands-on learning opportunities, and a partner exhibition. Beginning in October, IntraStage will be attending NI Technical Symposiums in 9 cities throughout North America. The day-long event program features a morning keynote and more than a dozen technical sessions designed to help you enhance your productivity, reduce your costs, and optimize your system’s performance.  Follow us as we bounce around the US.  This month Patrick Kelly will be in Huntsville, AL on October 30th.  For further details please visit our events page.  We hope to see you there, without your needle and yarn.