We live in the Big Data era. It is said that data is like the oil or “black gold” of the 21st century. However, capitalizing on data seems overly complicated and unachievable, only reachable for leading teams of experts. Many people believe that their company is not ready to enter this domain but, is it true?
Do you remember when Google, after analyzing 50 million search terms, was able to quickly predict the outbreak of a new virus in 2009? Or when a company from the automotive sector such as Mercedes solved, through a contest in Kaggle, the prediction of testing time in highly personalized cars?
The truth is that these examples may seem remote and inaccessible, achieved by large and specialized IT teams looking for innovative solutions. However, related to a Big Data study, we can also find a cafeteria in Edinburgh that, through an easy analysis of cash data, was able to detect off-peak hours and purchasing patterns. They repositioned products and changed opening hours, resulting on large savings and increased benefits.
So, how can we take advantage of Big Data analysis in quality departments? Can we do like the cafeteria and get small large improvements? The answer is certainly YES, and without doing anything very different from what we are already doing. It is about starting with a good use case.
First, we need to start by asking some questions and defining what we want to know, and then start looking for the answers to make the right decisions. After a short analysis, we can see that several processes and actions already collect quality-related data, even before manufacturing begins, and in different departments.
Once we know data availability and how to collect it, applying a digital solution like Kapture.io will allow digitizing all those processes that are key to evaluate the ROI. Some of the applications that will show quick results are:
- Implementing cosmetic control in an EOL (end of line) will showcase the value of answering in real time questions such as: which areas produce more defects, which defects occur more often, which defects are more severe, etc.
- Setting up patterns of digital control in a process with an already available computer and/ or measuring with Bluetooth instruments and upload the data automatically to Kapture.io will ensure operators to be more informed, more accurate and traceable data, and enable quick and multidimensional analysis by date, attributes, sample status, daily activity…
In summary, these are only some of the advantages that are achievable with a solution like Kaputre.io. Let’s review in other blog entries some other aspects such as, for instance, the benefits of digitalizing processes like audits, control instruments or incident management.