InfinityQS® International, Inc., a global authority on data-driven enterprise quality, announces the launch of Enact™, a native-cloud Quality Intelligence platform that revolutionises the role of quality, cutting through the clutter of data to deliver tailored, strategic operational insights necessary to improve competitive position and financial viability. It gives manufacturers the power to enact a global transformation of their processes and product quality, and creates a gateway for them to embrace Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
“Today, access to information is the expectation in every role in manufacturing,” said Michael Lyle, President and CEO, InfinityQS. “But the sheer volume of data can be overwhelming. By creating a new way of collecting, analysing, and summarising data, and delivering actionable intelligence, Enact propels businesses to a level of quality knowledge that produces real business results, fast.”
Enact helps users intuitively process critical quality data that today’s modern manufacturing operations require. Advances in mobile and cloud computing, automation, and the IIoT enable Enact to aggregate data from disparate sources and input methods, uncover strategic information, and prioritise enterprise-wide quality activities. Manufacturers finally have the ability to see the “big picture” view of quality across all of their plants, production lines, products, and shifts.
Lyle continued, “There are three fundamental drivers of the factory of the future: upstream and downstream system integration, centralised data from across the enterprise, and powerful analytics that can be used to transform operations. This is exactly what Enact provides. Enact rewrites expectations of quality intelligence for manufacturers and helps them see the entire enterprise—information that has never before been available. This insight instigates change and can be used to drive global business transformations, readying the organisation to embrace Industry 4.0, generate sustainable cost savings, and ensure long-term business success.”
The Enact Quality Intelligence platform is a native-cloud product that helps managers and quality professionals easily view critical quality information across all regions and plants while using any computing device – even a mobile phone. This visibility helps highlight how processes are running, where problems exist, and where quality resources should be engaged to generate the greatest economic benefit for the organisation. In addition to providing visibility across all plants, Enact triggers real-time alarms on the shop floor and identifies opportunities for improvement that reduce costs, increase profitability, improve quality, enhance competitive position, and protect brand equity.
The Enact Quality Intelligence Platform:
• Provides access anywhere, on any device, at any time. Enact delivers data access and quality visibility to any device, anywhere, and at any time, eliminating the traditional constraints of on-premises solutions.
• Delivers targeted, strategic intelligence based on roles and responsibilities. On any device, Enact users automatically receive quality data and alerts customised for their specific jobs, significantly improving user efficiency. Data is delivered via a highly visual, modern, customisable dashboard that focuses on the information that each user needs.
• Works like manufacturers do. In conjunction with part recipes, the Enact Process Model provides a simple and easily understood visual layout of a company’s manufacturing processes. It is an intuitive means of picturing where quality data is collected and where critical information is generated. Process Models are developed once and re-used across machines, lines and facilities, making deployments simple, fast, and inexpensive.
• Integrates easily with manufacturing systems or devices, eliminating the need to upgrade hardware. Enact supports a variety of data-collection methods, whether manual, semi-automated, or fully automated, including database queries, OPC servers, Flat file (.txt, .csv, etc.), Serial/RS-232, TCP/IP, XML files, GE iHistorian, Wonderware Live, and more.
• Runs on the highly secure Microsoft Azure cloud. Enact is a modern software-as-a-service (SaaS) web application that runs on Microsoft Azure. As a cloud-based platform, Enact speeds implementation and eliminates costly, time-consuming upgrades, while enhancing data security and minimising an organisation’s total cost of ownership (TCO).
• Scales with the enterprise. The SaaS model provides fast, simple scalability. Manufacturers can increase or decrease the size of their implementation as needed, supporting organisations with one facility or hundreds.
Whatever the industry, Enact provides focused, system-wide visibility, in-depth intelligence, and strategic insight to support consistent process and quality improvements. With Enact, manufacturers are poised to adapt to a rapidly changing technological landscape, with a roadmap that promotes future capabilities.