Familiarity is the key value provided by a robust SPC program. Familiarity not only with your own processes but also the capabilities of your suppliers. It brings Objectivity in place of subjective opinions and estimates. Having numbers to quantify results inspires Confidence and establishes a sound basis to Evaluate the most pressing needs, and the Analyze the cost to address those concerns.
At a more primary level SPC programs often lead to a much Deeper Understanding of the manufacturing process, its present Limitations and the Feasibility of the specification its targeting. Before you even gain any meaningful insights, the process of implementing an SPC program should serve as a deterrent to Reckless Spending in pursuits of solutions that won’t work, in order to solve a problem that may not exist.
When done right, targeting Single Projects at a time, it’s easy to integrate and the results-based approach makes the changes more palatable for management and production personnel. It serves as a Safety Net for everyone involved by ensuring that resources are being used optimally and the highest levels of quality are being achieved. Gradually you find that SPC has a positive impact on every aspect of production, with the decrease in defects, a better sense of the process and Sense of Ownership of the product there is marked boost to Employee Morale.