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Software helps prevent product recalls

Posted: 30 Oct 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:product development  process flow 

SigmaQuest Inc. has launched its Process Flow Visualisation (PFV) software that enables users to easily track all phases of product development via intuitive graphical views of data. Because the software is interactive, users can quickly identify process violations and in turn get to the root cause of any potential product quality issues, product recalls or other issues that may cause customer problems.

PFV presents information in the form of intuitive graphical charts that have drill down analytic capabilities. This means users no longer need to read through reams of spreadsheet data and other static databases. With this approach, military & aerospace, computing, consumer electronics, medical devices, and other product manufacturers can quickly tell if the documented process flow is followed and when and where their supply chain process isn't working, said SigmaQuest.

In addition, customers can determine if their products have been built to spec, gone through all appropriate tests, if tests were skipped, if products failed in the test process (and if so where), and how many times tests were repeated, and they get yield indicators at each stage of product development. The software is able to interpret data that comes directly from the manufacturers' and/or suppliers' test floor and points out the flows in the manufacturing process that warrant further inspection or refinement.

The software also identifies faulty test stations and unusual operator actions, which can identity potentially defective or aberrant end products.

Chris Rodriguez, global test engineering strategic planning manager at Power-One, a user of SigmaQuest's real-time data collection of manufacturing data since 2006, said the new PFV module has allowed the company to quickly see any abnormalities that are otherwise undetectable with static data representation by visually tracking each product as it moves through the entire factory floor.

The PFV module will be available as a bundle with other SigmaQuest SigmaSure offerings in 2009. It is available today On-Demand via the SigmaQuest web site and has a monthly U.S. list price starting at Rs.2.47 lakh ($5,750).

-Gina Roos
EETimes Supply Network

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