Data Heads Blog

“We Gotta Get Off Paper…”

“We gotta get off paper.” That theme ran through our early conversations with Dave Frey, Quality Assurance Manager at boat manufacturer Smoker Craft.

A surprising number of conversations with prospective clients start with, “We gotta get off paper.”

In many cases, they’ve invested heavily in information infrastructure. But in spite of that investment they still lack timely, accurate, actionable information.

The good news is that they may not be as far behind as they think they are. These problems can be solved. What it takes is a little bit of technology, and the will to say, “Business as usual isn’t going to be acceptable anymore.”

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Tech Tip: GainSeeker 8.6 is a BIG deal

We released GainSeeker 8.6 at the end of September. A lot of our customers have already requested and installed the update. If you haven’t yet, this post is for you.

We like to see all our customers on the newest version. How else can you take advantage of all the new features?? Let’s take this time to discuss two of the new features in GainSeeker 8.6 because they are definitely worth mentioning!

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Overcoming “The Cringe” with a Standardized Defect System

Our latest GainSeeker Suite Case Study tells about a client who dealt with a cringe-worthy situation with a standardized defect system.

For our customer, the cringe-worthy situation was chronic customer complaints about products. His company was on a mission to harmonize production capacity. This would help them improve customer responsiveness and operating efficiencies. Their goal was to deliver any product to any customer from any plant in the supply chain. It is a classic supply chain optimization story.

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Tech Tip: Database Maintenance and GainSeeker Suite

Yes, I said it: "Database maintenance." Are you the IT person who cringes when your database starts slowing down and someone says, “This is dog-slow! Why is this taking so long?” Maintenance on your database server is a dirty job, but someone has to do it.  The good...

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Free Buyer’s Guide Brings Discipline to Real-Time SPC Software Selection

Clients often ask what they should look for in real-time SPC software. For many of our clients, automating their current manual processes, or replacing an existing, inadequate system is something they’ll do once or twice in their entire career.

On the other hand, we live, sleep, eat, and breathe real-time data collection and analytics software. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we have a lot of experience in a lot of industries. So we’re happy to share our expertise. One way we thought we could help is to develop our Real-Time SPC Software Buyer’s Guide.

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Tech Tip: RS232 and Device profiles in Inspection Editor!!!

One of GainSeeker’s best features is reading data from RS232 devices. I hope our current customers utilize this feature. If you have RS232 gauges, but not connected to GainSeeker, you are missing out on being more productive!!! Why make the operators type in the same data the gauges are displaying when we can program to read the data right from the device?!

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Connecting Manufacturing Big Data to Business Strategy

Big Data is already here. Gages, devices, and innumerable sensors produce mountains of data. This equipment is connected by USB ports and various communication protocols in vast networks of operational data. Chances are you are buried under manufacturing big data.

OAK is a free tool from Hertzler Systems. It asks the right questions to help you and your team uncover the critical connections between business drivers, strategic outcomes, actions, decisions, and data. One customer said, “The OAK worksheet prompts all the right questions. Fits very well connecting top to bottom. This was a good exercise.”

Download a free copy of OAK today.

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Tech Tip: Desktop Slideshow now with version 8.5!

Now, with a Desktop opened, you can click on Desktop->Slideshow at the top of the Charts Module and start a slideshow of all the charts in your Desktop! There are options for transition effects between the charts. The options let you control how long to keep each chart up before going to the next one in the list, etc.

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Tech Tip: It’s in the Audit Trail…

The Audit Trail has been a part of GainSeeker since the early versions of GainSeeker. This useful module hardly gets noticed. When I train on the System Administration module / Utility module I make sure to focus on this little hidden gem! The Audit Trail makes it easy to see who changed the Specification Limits of a Standard, or who edited or deleted data.

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