Provider expects solution to enable enterprise-wide and supply chain quality control
Chantilly, VA — March 21, 2006 — InfinityQS International, a provider of statistical process control (SPC) software, today announced the launch of eSPC. eSPC delivers hosted SPC applications using a shared, secure database to enable enterprise-wide and supply chain quality control.
InfinityQS said it developed eSPC in response to customer demand for an enterprise-wide quality control solution. Large manufacturers needed the ability to share and analyze data across facilities in real-time to recognize efficiencies and manage quality at the enterprise level. The company said eSPC provides analysis of real-time attribute data, allowing both on-site quality managers and C-level executives to make timely process improvement decisions.
"I can say with certainty that eSPC will foster a healthier supplier, producer, customer relationship," said Oscar Webb, statistical systems manager of O-I (formerly known as Owens Illinois). O-I is a manufacturer of healthcare packaging materials and a long-time InfinityQS customer who helped test the product prior to its release. "My colleagues and I agree — if there were a piece of software that could show our clients how their product was moving through the manufacturing process at the same time as they were browsing other Web sites, there would be a line trying to get into that software provider's door. eSPC does just that."
Traditionally, medium and large-sized companies with the IT budgets and resources to manage a fully automated quality control system have been the primary beneficiaries of SPC software solutions, said InfinityQS. eSPC allows smaller manufacturers to take advantage of real-time SPC as it is hosted and managed externally, saving the companies the time and expense of implementing an in-house solution.
Through its hosted delivery model, one eSPC implementation works for all manufacturing locations, regardless of geography, and can also extend into the supply chain. eSPC captures and analyzes supplier quality data, allowing supply chain managers to evaluate incoming materials prior to delivery.
"Companies can now collect and analyze data across the enterprise — not only at separate locations," said Ralph Rio, research director, ARC Advisory Group. "When supply chain elements are analyzed and the results shared in real-time, business performance increases with a positive impact on the balance sheet, P&L statement and shareholder value. Many companies' continuous improvement programs, like lean manufacturing and Six Sigma, are stalled. They need software solutions, like hosted SPC, to take their program to the next level."
Michael Lyle, president and CEO of InfinityQS, said, "The market increasingly demands a sharper focus on supply chain quality and its impact on the entire manufacturing process. Manufacturers need to continually tighten margins while meeting the escalating demands of international quality standards. We have responded to these demands by providing a Web-based centralized quality control solution that address total quality management across the entire enterprise."