Data Heads Blog

Designing GainSeeker Platform Library Solutions

The GainSeeker Platform Library of solutions (GPL) is picking up momentum. While it is still in beta mode, we’re already hearing enthusiastic support from clients.

Recently we hosted some deep dive demos into the early draft of a new Audit and Compliance Kit with a handful of clients. These demos were a great learning experience for all of us. These experiences made me want to engage even more closely with you in developing the GainSeeker Platform Library solutions. Here is how you can participate.

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Tech Tip: Three degrees of Python scripts

Python scripts are here, and they are really, really cool.

If you have not noticed yet, our PC Collect module continues to replace (and improve on) our “oldie, but goodie” Data Entry Module. One reason PC Collect is replacing Date Entry: you can do so much more “out-of-the-box” using the drag and drop Inspection Editor. The Inspection Editor makes setting up data entry much easier because you don’t need to know template commands. And for those Template gurus who create innovative and complex data collection processes, no need to worry. We made it easy to customize Inspections using Python scripts. Before we added Python scripts to Inspections, the only Python I knew was the snake. With just a little experience, I’ve found Python scripts easy to learn, and they seem more logical than template coding.

So this month I decided to write about Python scripts because the more you know, the friendlier it becomes to you. Thus, my title: Three degrees of Python scripts. I thought it might be helpful to think about three degrees or levels of Python scripting skills.

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Overfill and Package Weight Kit for the GainSeeker Platform Library

One of the first kits we released in the GainSeeker Platform Library is the Overfill and Package Weight Control Kit. Developing the Overfill and Package Weight Control Kit was an easy decision because this is an application area where clients have seen an early and substantial return on their investment.

For example, an early Hertzler case study was about a client who used the forerunner of GainSeeker Suite – QA/S for DOS if you’re an old-timer – to reduce overfill. Using our innovative “Seven Way SPC Sort”, he was able to pin down and remove variation in the performance of filler heads in a bottle fill line. The company was filling bottles of a popular household window cleaner. The client reported that they had reduced overfill by a couple of grams per line. I remember he said: “A couple grams are nothing to the consumer. But when you add that up across all the product we sell per year, it’s a lot of money to our company.”

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Tech Tip: Inside the SPC Standard

A GainSeeker SPC Standard defines one characteristic of the part number, item, or process that you are studying. The SPC Standard must be created for each characteristic of a part before you can enter data and generate charts for that characteristic. Without a Standard you cannot store or retrieve data. You also cannot setup real-time alarms for your operators. The SPC Standard is a core foundation of SPC data and it is worth brushing up on.

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Introducing the GainSeeker Platform Library

We began thinking about GainSeeker as a platform for quality and manufacturing data a few years ago. Clients achieve business outcomes by building solutions (Use Cases) to specific business problems on top of the GainSeeker Platform.

We starting using that platform language because it reflected how our clients were actually using GainSeeker. Even though we saw GainSeeker as an SPC (Statistical Process Control) software solution, our customers were using it for much more. They were solving all kinds of interesting and difficult data problems.

But they all boiled down to creative work by our clients and our team to solve real world problems and provide real bottom-line value to our clients.

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Tech Tip: DPU Charts Now Have Second Level Grouping!

Most people, when I talk with them concerning defects, are familiar with Pareto Charts. They pretty much go hand and hand. I get it, especially with GainSeeker’s Pareto Charts you can easily drill-down into them. Not as many people utilize the DPU Charts and I thought it was time to showcase this feature, especially since we added second level grouping in GainSeeker Version 8.8!

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From Data to Wisdom – How Real-time SPC Software Makes a Difference

GainSeeker Suite real-time SPC software can have a profound impact on a business, and even on a whole supply chain.

What makes that possible?

It seemed to me that we could boil it down to a few really big differences between GainSeeker and most of the rest of the software that is out there for collecting, managing, and analyzing manufacturing quality data. Here is my short list of the top features.

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Tech Tip: Create your own Custom Statistic !!!

When I am fortunate enough to go train our customers, one of the important “side notes” I mention is the fact that we rely on enhancement requests from YOU to help continue to growth of our software product. Throughout the years, customers asked about the ability to create their own custom statistic. If you are on a supported version of GainSeeker® (click here to find out) then you possess the ability to create your very own custom statistic!!!! The Custom Statistics Editor gives you the ability to create, edit, and use SPC or DMS statistics inside GainSeeker. These are created using Python scripts.

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Saving time with SPC Software

Recently I had a conversation with a client about his experience using another SPC software system.

“It was so frustrating,” he said. “To really get to the data I needed, I had to extract it from several files into a big spreadsheet. It literally took two days to find the data, export it, and then combine it into a format that I could use. It was a huge drain of my time.”

Anytime my client needed to drill into a problem, he was staring into a one or two-day data extraction and scrubbing project. With all the other pressures bearing down on him, he didn’t have two-day blocks he could readily give up. It wasn’t that he was lazy, afraid of hard work, or incapable or incompetent. He is highly competent and very bright. And that was the root of his frustration. He knew what to do, but he just had too much on his plate to be able to execute effectively.

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Tech Tip: A Performance Chart grouped by a Traceability – Yes you can!

A Performance Chart helps define process capability by grouping data by a traceability value in a Box and Whisker format. This allows for quick visual comparison of data groups by mean and variation. Why don’t you follow along with me and lets produce this chart together. In fact, I will show you two ways to produce this chart grouped by Traceability.

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