Strategic Materials Deploys InfinityQS Enact for Real-time Visibility into Quality and Processes
The largest glass recycler in North America uses insights from Enact to improve customer confidence and expand into new markets
Strategic Materials supplies recycled glass to manufacturers of numerous glass products. Previously, the company used non-standardized data collection methods. Plant personnel manually entered quality data into separate spreadsheets for each process. This method prevented consistent, regular quality checks and timely issue discovery.
It was also challenging for Brad Bell, Director of Quality & Continuous Improvement at Strategic Materials, to look at each plant's performance and uncover actionable insights. Bell needed a system that could unite Strategic Materials' disparate quality data and selected Enact.
Built to collect quality data and conduct deep-dive analyses, Enact provides a richer way for manufacturers to understand their processes and make rapid improvements. This enables companies to respond quickly and make required process tweaks in the moment—preventing out-of-specification product from leaving a plant.
Bell was able to quickly roll out the solution—starting with 12 plants and expanding to 31 in only three months. Today, Strategic Materials benefits from having centralized data that gets entered in a standardized manner. Quality technicians have the power to tell, in real time, how any process is performing and can make immediate adjustments as needed. Bell can easily assemble quality data from all 31 plants into a single report, exposing once-hidden process improvement opportunities.
Bell commented, "How quickly we built standardized data collections—
Eric Weisbrod, Vice President of Product Management, InfinityQS, said, "Manufacturers can attain a clear competitive advantage by way of a focused commitment to quality. Using Enact, Strategic Materials has set themselves apart from the competition, leading to increased business, additional revenue streams, and overall greater profitability."
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