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How to Collect Data for Successful Manufacturing Intelligence

Manufacturing needs timely information to support and drive operational decisions. Manufacturing Intelligence (MI) turns plant data into that usable knowledge and real-time decision support.

NWA supplies the analytics that drive much of the MI system, but the question remains, what is the system infrastructure required to support an effective MI system? During 2012 we will focus our webinars on what needs to be considered to support an effective MI program.

The first webinar, “Best Practices in Data Collection for Successful Manufacturing Intelligence”, begins by looking at...

Analyze Your Audits for Better Compliance

John Surak presented his webinar, “Applying Process-based Analytics to Audit Results for Process Management and Improvement” yesterday. The recorded presentation is now available for you   and the slide deck is available at SlideShare

John has been investigating how to get the maximum value from all the...

Can You Help With Audit Analytics Case Studies?

ISO 22000 requires the analysis of results of verification activities, and SQF and BRC require annual validation of the Food Safety Management System. The analysis of the data for either of these two activities can be easily done using SPC.

John Surak and I presented a poster on this topic at the IAFP annual meeting this summer and John will present a webinar on the topic,...

The Right Data at the Right Place…

It’s the too common plant management problem: too much data too poorly defined and improperly collected to be usable for process management and continuous improvement. 

Automation and manufacturing system expert Charlie Gifford took on these issues in our recent webinar, “Designing Data Collection for Consistency that Improves Process Management”. One conclusion: since no quality system can be better than the data entering the system, management needs to step back, look at the process and determine:

  • What is the data we really need to monitor and improve...

Order Out of Chaos

World class manufacturing requires a complete understanding of what is happening in all parts of the enterprise. This means well organized accessible data that can feed analytics to provide effective manufacturing and management decision support., However, most companies maintain their process and business data in a collection of different databases that were built at different times for different purposes that were never designed to work together.

Process and management professionals have worked to define data models and standardize data accessibility and interchange. The...

Applying Process-based Analytics to Audit Results for Process Management and Improvement

Operational audits and inspections play a critical role in assuring the effectiveness of the Food Safety Management System (FSMS).  To realize the maximum value and effectiveness for process management and improvement, key process indicators should be identified and plotted on control charts.  The control charts can then be assessed for trends, so actions can be taken before a food safety incident occurs. 

The proper linkage and operation of the FSMS components enables successful certification audits and gives confidence to Senior Management and other stakeholders that the plant has...

Defending the Value of Operations and Quality Systems Investments

Process and quality management departments need to develop strong ROI arguments to successfully compete for corporate funds.  While these groups work in some of the most data intensive areas of the enterprise, they frequently make the weakest cases for the value of their activities and the gains that will be realized from further investment in their capabilities.

The irony is that the quality department collects large amounts of data as part of their daily operations. Their view of the process is usually the most quantitative in the entire company. The problem is that these...

Finding the ROI in Your Quality System

Process and Quality Management departments possess the competence to manage and improve their manufacturing processes, reduce costs and increase yields. However, they are often unprepared when it comes to demonstrating Return on Investment (ROI) to management whether selling a new project or funding ongoing quality management operations.

The irony is that the quality department collects large amounts of data as part of their daily operations. Their view of the process is usually one of the most quantitative in the entire company. How can the department make the leap from this...

Audit Analytics

The data gathered from food safety operational audits and inspections frequently goes no further than the summary report. The process information contained in this data can and should be used in continuous improvement programs.

On August 1, Dr. John Surak, Surak Associates, and Jeffery Cawley, NWA, will present “Applying Process-based Analytics to Audit Results for Process Management and Improvement” at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection in Milwaukie, WI. The authors will be available for discussion at poster session P1-138 from 2:00 PM to 3...

Key indicators to improve traceability compliance

The editors of Packaging Digest attended the NWA Webinar “The Impact of New Regulations and Standards on Packaging Traceability” and asked our presenter, Dave Miller of Mobia Solutions to write an article based on the presentation. The article discusses how food packaging operations can cope with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

NWA contributed a section Key indicators to improve traceability compliance” ...

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Mike Puhl, Corporate Senior Process Engineer, Saint-Gobain Containers

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