The Data Heads Blog by Hertzler Systems Inc.

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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Using Real-Time Data to Reduce Overpack

A new case study highlights how a national, multiplant foods company used real-time data to reduce overpack. The effort resulted in a multimillion dollar savings. One striking aspect of this story is the level of frustration our client felt with the way things worked before implementing GainSeeker. Because he was working with old, outdated information, he was stuck with a rear-view mirror perspective. This is something many of our clients have in common: having to make decisions with inadequate knowledge.

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Tech Tip: Defect Tracking – Data Entry vs. PC Collect

Tech Tip explores defect tracking options for GainSeeker Suite. Compare legacy versus new PC Collect technology to see improvements and benefits of new approach.

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Using real-time manufacturing intelligence to increase sales and flexibility

How does real-time manufacturing intelligence help? A new case study describes how PLZ Aeroscience implemented GainSeeker Suite, resulting in reduced material costs, higher production numbers, reduced inventory and raw material costs, increased revenue, and several other benefits.

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Tech Tip: Why is my CPK not the same as “The Other” software?

If you are in the manufacturing world, measuring process capability ( Cpk ) is extremely important. That’s because you’re always striving to improve your numbers. It is no wonder people are very curious as to how their Cpk gets calculated in GainSeeker. If GainSeeker’s Cpk does not match someone else’s calculation of Cpk… we (the technicians) get a call. Believe it or not the technicians at Hertzler Systems receive this question quite a bit. So, why does this happen?

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“Systems of Insight” replacing “Big Data?”

While I’m naturally inclined to skepticism about the latest buzzword trend, “Systems of Insight” resonates with me. It matches what I see our customers doing with GainSeeker Suite, and the value they’re striving to get from working with us. Clearly GainSeeker Suite, as a Manufacturing Intelligence Platform, is aligned with this vision of a System of Insight. Whether we’re talking about turning field failures into supply chain leadership, or reducing product giveaway, or knowing where stuff is, or improving manufacturing performance, or any other application of real-time actionable intelligence, the ability to gain insight from data and make better, faster decisions is critical. GainSeeker delivers.

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Beyond the hype and the critique – making OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) more effective

The OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) metric has fallen in and out of favor in manufacturing circles over recent years. Beyond the poles of hype and critique, is it possible to navigate a third, thoughtful path that uses the OEE metric to drive business transformation?

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New AIAG report highlights importance of analytics to identify root causes…

A new report by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) has flagged analytics to identify root causes as one of the critical recommendations in their Quality2020 Survey. The new report is available free from the AIAG website. It looks at data from across the automotive supply chain.

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Actionable intelligence is key to dealing with NKWSI

In many assembly and fabrication businesses, one of the biggest challenges I’ve encountered is folks simply Not Knowing Where Stuff Is (NKWSI). They lack timely actionable intelligence about their business operations. This is especially problematic when the product is complex, takes multiple shifts to complete, and involves a lot of people.

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Reducing product giveaway – The Packer’s Dilemma

“We were able to reduce the variation in the amount of product put into bottles across a 16-head machine. By bringing all the heads in alignment, we reduced average overpack by two grams. Two grams of our product means absolutely nothing to the consumer. But because of the volumes we run through here, we saved an enormous amount of money, and it all fell directly to the bottom line.”

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