When companies contact us for an SPC (Statistical Process Control) solution, we first start with a requirements document. This requirements phase interviews and takes into account the SPC needs of the different intended users of the system. These needs and the capabilities of the system can vary quite a bit. If you’re considering implementing an SPC solution, it’s a good idea to map out everyone’s needs and expectations first. Some examples of different test data management stakeholders and their SPC needs as we’ve seen them are below:
- Test Engineering: Typically, the TE group will need control charts characterized to verify the performance and accuracy of test equipment. Typically, these charts will be pre-configured and available on a weekly or on-demand basis.
- Operations: Control charts characterized by both users and meta data to verify the performance of operators, stations, and components across multiple stages. These stages include final assembly of a finished product, subassembly steps, repair steps, etc. Typically, they’ll want to see easy-to-digest high level reports that are available on a weekly basis.
- Quality: Real Time SPC using WECO rules to operators to identify and fix emergent issues before they cause line shutdown issues. This includes true real-time alerts integrated with Paperless Forms, and email alerts to management that are triggering off of data immediately. For accurate WECO rules, they’ll need a large enough sample size of data for each measurement to define what the standard deviations should be. A secondary need is having the same kind of control charts as the Operations group.
- Supplier Quality: Real-time SPC using histograms to alert Suppliers and OEM supplier managers to performance characteristics trending out of control. This includes true real-time alerts needed via email.