Surgery Equipment Manufacturer Uses WinSPC to Deliver Safe Precision Surgical Instruments



Statistical Process Control (SPC)


Medical & Pharmaceuticals

A sizeable manufacturer of surgery equipment is using a manufacturing intelligence application by DataNet Quality Systems to help consistently deliver safe precision surgical instruments.

The surgery equipment company is using DataNet Quality System’s QualTrend browser-based application to deliver the most relevant quality statistics to key organizational personnel on easy-to-read summary reports.

Internally, the company emphasizes reducing costs and reducing lead time for its customers. One of its ways of accomplishing this is lean manufacturing methods. Over 90 percent of its machines are covered by statistical process control. Quality control at the point of production is one of its key methods for delivering safe precision surgical equipment.

The company uses QualTrend to collate and display production Cpk and Ppk statistics contained in the connected WinSPC real-time shop floor monitoring system. Managers use charts and reports to get a summary of performance including a pareto chart used to determine a Statemtent of Capability report and the weakest production process.

QualTrend allows the company to easily produce critical production metrics and share them at many levels across the organization. This allows for more ubiquitous understanding of production issues and can help Quality personnel sell needed improvement initiatives.

The company is also learning how line workers perform and how changing to a new job number affects process performance. QualTrend’s search feature allows process data to be filtered by the name of the worker on the line at the time, and other criteria.

About DataNet Quality Systems

DataNet Quality Systems empowers manufacturers to improve products, processes, and profitability through real-time statistical software solutions. The company’s vision is to deliver trusted and capable technology solutions that allow manufacturers to create the highest quality product for the lowest possible cost. DataNet’s flagship product, WinSPC, provides statistical decision-making at the point of production and delivers real-time, actionable information to where it is needed most. With over 2500 customers worldwide and distributors across the globe, DataNet is dedicated to delivering a high level of customer service and support, shop-floor expertise, and training in the areas of Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing services.