It’s the “R” word that makes manufacturers cringe – recall. The cost is only part of the expense –...

Using data to contain the damage of a recall

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August 15, 2017
Contributed by: 
Richard Brine - CTO and Dave Mannila - Product Manager

It’s the “R” word that makes manufacturers cringe – recall. The cost is only part of the expense – there is the impact on brand reputation and, consequently, future sales, too.

A quality issue in the field will trigger an internal investigation to determine its scope and severity. Forensic experiments may have to be conducted to reproduce the manufacturing issue, which consumes resources, product and production time.

Getting your leak test right starts with data: Check out our e-book

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June 27, 2017
Contributed by: 
Scigenuity Staff

Leak testing is often an art as much as it is a science. Manufacturing quality engineers and machine operators must contend with many external factors that can undermine accuracy and repeatability.

The Repair Bay, Part 3: A day in the life

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May 26, 2017
Contributed by: 
Patrick Chabot - Senior Software Specialist, QualityWorX

In the first post of this series, we highlighted the benefits of turning the repair bay into a defect data management station that drives continuous improvement. In the second post, we emphasized that it takes more than tools and processes – buy-in, from the corner office to the plant floor, is crucial.

Now let’s take a look at the different ways in which individuals from the plant floor to the office engage with and benefit from a repair bay data analytics system.

The Repair Bay, Part 2: Why enhanced defect data management should be seen as a positive on the plant floor

Posted: 
May 12, 2017
Contributed by: 
Patrick Chabot - Senior Software Specialist, QualityWorX

In our previous post, we talked about the benefits of adopting the data collection, management and analytics tools that allow a production line to turn its repair bay into a defect data management station that drives continuous improvement.

5 ways a digital process signature can save time and money in manufacturing

Posted: 
January 30, 2017
Contributed by: 
Scigenuity Staff

Reduced production costs and improved quality isn’t an oxymoron … really.

It’s only to be expected that engineering and process staff might have a rocky relationship with the big promise of Industry 4.0. Achieving the goal of the connected factory where every piece of equipment digitally connects with another and every unit in production is traceable can seem daunting.

Which it is, if you still rely on the wrong tools to do the job.

Blog: Overall Yield vs. First Time Yield: Which Offers the Greatest Return?

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January 26, 2017
Contributed by: 
Scigenuity Staff

Should the focus of a discrete manufacturer be on overall yield/output, or on first time yield?

Before we address the question, let’s define the difference.

Overall yield is the total final output of a manufacturing line. It includes any units that had to be reworked in a repair bay due to defects or errors but did end up earning the stamp of approval.

First time yield (FTY), on the other hand, looks only at those units that made it all the way down the line and out the door without any defects or errors that required rework.

The Repair Bay, Part 1: What is defect data management and why should I use it?

Posted: 
January 12, 2017
Contributed by: 
Patrick Chabot - Senior Software Specialist, QualityWorX

Most people in the manufacturing industry are acquainted with the idea of an inline repair process. Parts with problems get pulled from the assembly line, are diagnosed and repaired by technicians and then put back into the assembly process. This work is typically done in repair bays.

Quality assurance is falling short? Consider a retrofit before a rip-and-replace

Posted: 
August 30, 2016
Contributed by: 
Joe Ventimiglio - Director of Sales; Powertrain; Automotive Industrial

There is defect on your line you just can’t catch.

Maybe it’s showing up in a first-time yield rate that refuses to improve, or in the number of warranty repairs that are coming in.

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SPC can catch a problem, but only signature analysis can fix it fast

Posted: 
August 12, 2016
Contributed by: 
Joe Ventimiglio - Director of Sales; Powertrain; Automotive Industrial

Products are failing on your production line. Productivity is suffering as yields drop and the cost of scrap and rework climbs.

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Seeing the unseeable – winning the war against bubbles

Posted: 
July 08, 2016
Contributed by: 
Aaron Alberts - Account Manager at Sciemetric

From auto parts to running shoes, manufacturers constantly battle one chronic quality issue when it comes to adhesive and sealant dispensing on a production line.