Statistical Process Control Turns Potential Problems into Valuable Opportunities

Imagine how nice it would be if you could predict the future, if you could make decisions with the confidence that you knew exactly what their consequences would be.

Unfortunately, we can’t predict the future. But we can get greater insight into the hidden patterns in processes and information that exist right now, and that can give us a much better idea of how to respond to potential problems before they become a reality. When we put what we learn from these insights to good use with an integrated EHSQ (environment, health, safety, and quality) management system, we can also unlock the potential for incredibly valuable financial opportunities.

Statistical process control (SPC) is a method traditionally associated with manufacturing. However, it can provide deep and valuable insight into any business or production process. SPC is a mathematical technique developed in the 1920s to monitor random processes and provide alerts when performance starts to diverge from expectations. It uses control charts to track measurements over time, including physical variables like length, weight, and temperature, or process attributes like the number of defects in each unit or the number of items that didn’t pass a quality inspection.

SPC provides alerts when processes begin to diverge from expectations. It serves as an early warning system for emerging problems that aren’t yet obvious to your normal process control. In a cloud-based EHSQ integrated management system, SPC can ensure you address quality improvements systematically and can provide early warnings about environmental variables, safety indicators, and health metrics that demand your immediate attention and might otherwise remain hidden for years.

EHSQ + Statistical Process Control (SPC): Unlock Unexpected Value in Every Industry is the latest Insight Report from Intelex. Nicole Radziwill (Vice President, Global Quality & Supply Chain Practice at Intelex Technologies and Fellow of the American Society for Quality) provides insights into the following topics:

  • The value of introducing SPC into an EHSQ integrated management system.
  • Methods and applications for using control charts.
  • How to implement SPC for your key business or production processes.
  • How SPC enhances readiness for Industry 4.0.
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