New SigmaQuest Process Flow Visualization (PFV) software helps you track all phases of product development via intuitive, simple-to-read, graphical views of data. Because the software is interactive, you can quickly determine if process flows are performing as intended, and find causes of any product-quality issues, product recalls or other issues that could result in dissatisfied customers.
PFV presents information in the form of intuitive graphical charts that have drill-down analytic capabilities. This means you no longer need to read through reams of spreadsheet data and other static databases. In addition, with this approach, military & aerospace, computing, consumer electronics, medical devices, and other product manufacturers can quickly tell if the documented process flow is followed and when and where their supply-chain process isn’t working. Also, they can determine if products have been built to spec, gone through all appropriate tests, if tests were skipped, if products failed in the test process (and if so where), and how many times tests were repeated, and they get yield indicators at each stage of product development. The software is able to interpret data that comes directly from the manufacturers‚ and/or suppliers test floor and points out the flaws in the manufacturing process that warrant further inspection or refinement. The software also identifies faulty test stations and unusual operator actions to identity potentially defective products.
With PFV, companies can more readily conform to varying compliance and quality initiatives. For example, medical device manufacturers can begin showing compliance with the upcoming Sentinel Initiative, whereby the FDA is seeking to monitor the performance of medical device products throughout entire lifecycles. Alternatively, by law, any military/aerospace or FDA manufactured product that has failed in the test process more than three times must be scrapped. PFV tracks these failure cycles. On top of this, the software tracks the digital signatures used for signoff at the completion of a test, providing contract manufacturers with accessible proof that a product has passed testing in accordance with the OEM‚â€™s specific directions.
Customer Chris Rodriguez, global test engineering manager at Power-One commented, “PFV is a visual tracking tool for each product we build as it moves through the factory floor, from subassembly to finished goods. Very quickly we can see abnormalities that are otherwise undetectable with static data representation. Without a doubt, PFV is essential to assuring process flow integrity.”
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