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The Data Heads Blog by Hertzler Systems Inc.

Best deployment practices for project management

Recently we deployed a pilot project for collecting quality check data for a new customer. The pilot is on one line only, but because it involves multiple people, training, custom configurations, and so forth, the detailed deployment plan required a number of steps. The customer’s Project Manager for the deployment embodies great project management. He put together a superb plan, and drove it all from a simple spreadsheet. Our project manager, Craig Glick Miller, liked his spreadsheet so much that he made a generic version of it and, with our customer’s permission, we offer it here for your review and use.

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Present data in PowerPoint: 14-second video shows how

In only seconds, GainSeeker Suite’s powerful integration with Microsoft PowerPoint lets you create a PowerPoint presentation featuring your GainSeeker charts, dashboards, and desktops. Check out this 14-second video that shows you how in only 3 steps.

If you’re using GainSeeker version 8.2 or later, you already have this feature, so why not give it a try? (Just think how handy this will be the next time you’re asked to give a presentation on data.)

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Automated data wrangling for easy analytics

He needed a Data Wrangler, or Data Janitor, to help him build the bridge between all the data he was collecting in his MES system and the insights he hoped to gain from that data. “I had one of my engineers build some macros in Excel that go into our MES system and extract the data to an Excel workbook. Once it is there, he has to spend hours scrubbing the data before he can do any useful analysis.”

He went on to say, “It might be ok for an occasional study, but we need to be looking at this data throughout the day, every day. This manual process is just not sustainable.”

My customer was pointing out the obvious: wrangling data is not a value added activity. Not only that, it isn’t sustainable for daily operations.

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First encounters with the IoT…

The age of the IoT (Internet of Things) is upon us. New devices and equipment are coming on line all the time, and it can be a little overwhelming. It all contributes to the feeling that there are too many disparate data sources out there. But the IoT has been coming for a while. This post shares our first experience of it.

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When “data” becomes a four-letter word…

There is a lot of evidence that real-time closed loop quality data systems help manufacturers perform at higher levels. But many manufacturers are struggling. They’re struggling because they have too much or too little data, or it takes way to much effort to get to their data, or they only get to the data too late to make any difference , or…

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3 steps to driving performance with Big Data

Once you’ve eliminated redundant and irrelevant testing, you can concentrate on breaking down the data silos so you can make better use of the data that matters. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen these data silos in action. Data silos hide critical information and make it very difficult to make meaningful performance improvements.

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Actionable quality analytics – Right intelligence … right people … right time

The key to maximizing data is not about availability or capture but rather having capable solutions for delivering the right intelligence to the right people at the right time.

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5 Ways Big Data will Impact Quality Management

What is lost in a lot of the buzz surrounding the shake up concerning Big Data is the practical advice we need to know to understand how it will directly impact the way we manage quality. This LNS Research paper identifies 5 critical impacts, and how point-solution SPC software such as GainSeeker Suite can help us wade through it.

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Closed-Loop Quality Management Infographic

This infographic “Closed-Loop Quality Management” from LNS Research, outlines some of the findings drawn from the research data of hundreds of quality executives.  

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