Quality eLine Newsletter
July 2005
Vol. 7, No. 07

Ten ways to know which software is right for you:

Both SQCpack and CHARTrunner--released in new versions this month--offer solutions to your data analysis requirements. Each has features that will enhance your quality improvement efforts. Some customers find that one or the other meets their needs, while some use a combination of both. So which is it for you? The following chart may help you decide.

 
CHARTrunner
SQCpack
1) Do you already have SPC data in a software program? CHARTrunner can create process charts from most software programs. SQCpack is the place to start if you do not have a program in place.
2) Is your data stored in manual form (on paper)? You will need to enter data into a database (e.g, Excel, Access, etc.) before using CHARTrunner. Enter data directly into SQCpack and begin charting it immediately.
3) Do you need immediate (“real-time”) feedback on a process? CHARTrunner will refresh charts automatically at a user-defined interval. SQCpack provides real-time charting with alarms for data entry.
4) Has your data been entered into a database? CHARTrunner requires no data re-entry and provides immediate charting from your database. Data is easily imported into SQCpack.
5) Do you need statistical and summary reports? CHARTrunner can be programmed to provide statistical summary reports. SQCpack provides a statistical summary report for all critical characteristics and an easy report designer.
6) Are you confused about which chart to use? CHARTrunner provides advice about chart selection options. SQCpack provides advice about chart selection options.
7) Do you require calculation of control limits? CHARTrunner offers all chart options, with notation preferences. SQCpack offers all chart options, with notation preferences.
8) Do you need security and password protection for data entry? CHARTrunner does not offer data security since it links to existing data sources. SQCpack offers full security to meet ISO 9000 and other quality standards.
9) Do you need software on the shop floor? CHARTrunner is easy to use, even for those with no statistical background. SQCpack provides a database for manual or electronic data entry and gives immediate (real-time) chart information.
10) Do you want software with customized features? CHARTrunner offers a wide array of features that are customizable, from appearance to statistical options. SQCpack offers a wide array of features that are customizable, from appearance to statistical options.

 

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