April 2002

Vol. 4, No. 4

SQCpack 2000 release offers e-mail alarms, real-time charting

A new version of the popular SPC software program, SQCpack 2000, provides not only real-time charting capability, but e-mail alarms for out-of-control conditions.

Real-time charting, according to PQ Systems development manager Steve Daum, "moves SPC closer to the manufacturing process and simultaneously makes information readily available beyond the plant floor." Increasing attention to the use of data about processes in all environments renders the need for real-time charting critical to decision making. SQCpack not only provides this capability, but supports registration to international standards such as ISO 9000 with audit trails and the ability to produce a variety of chart formats from the same data.

New alarming functionality notifies all appropriate personnel of out-of-control conditions, giving wider access to information about a process and eliminating time-consuming and repetitive checking. "We have technology that reduces human effort by channeling information immediately to appropriate sources," Daum points out. Delivery of critical SPC information illustrates this capability in everyday manufacturing situations.

PQ Systems' aggressive schedule of regular upgrades makes new features of the software immediately available to those who have purchased maintenance agreements with earlier versions, Daum said. "When we see that a feature will be important to our customers, we are able to deliver it in a timely way, rather than waiting for an entirely new product launch."

SQCpack, originally developed in 1984, is among the world's most popular SPC software programs. It is known for its ease-of-use, as well as its flexibility in customizing formats, identifiers, notes, fonts, etc. Customers can design multiple custom chart styles as well as more detailed chart titles, and can display causes and notes on charts.

Related variables, attributes, and Pareto characteristics can be included in the same group in SQCpack 2000, allowing a customer to track measurements, defects, and types of defects associated with one part—together in a group. Multiple databases can be accessed simultaneously, and calculated (or computed) characteristics can be used within groups. The program easily "fits" into other applications, with no training required.

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