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- Matching External Data Source Readings with Collection Plan Steps
Readings from an external data source must, in the end, be matched with the appropriate step in a collection plan. When the data source feeds only one step, this is assured. When the data source feeds multiple steps, however, ambiguity is introduced. The most common methods for resolving this a ...
- How do I setup a Microsoft Excel file device?
Data stored in simple Excel files (.xls or .xlsx files) can be used to automatically populate variables and tags in WinSPC using an ‘Excel file’ device. As the Excel file gets updated with new data, WinSPC can pull the new data into variables and tags. Setting up a Microsoft Excel f ...
- How do I use the Equation Builder and Table function?
The Equation Builder is WinSPC's tool for creating equations. Equations are sometimes used to calculate values, limits and targets for a variable, and even can be used in user-defined tests and triggers. Displaying the Equation Builder You can use the Equation Builder to develop an equation for ...
- What are Reasonable Limits and how are they used in WinSPC?
Introduction In addition to standard SPC limits such as Specifications Limits/Engineering Limits and Control Limits, WinSPC includes a set of limits that serves a different purpose. Reasonable Limits offer remedies to a variety of scenarios that are occasionally problematic -- in particular, tw ...
- How do I activate my WinSPC licenses?
To activate your WinSPC licenses, you will need to do the following: Run WinSPC on any computer and login as the admin user. Select "Tools" > "License Manager" from the drop down menu at the top of the screen. This will cause the "License Manager" dialog box to appear. You will need to kee ...
- What is the relationship between Parts/Processes, Variables, Attributes, Tags, Short Runs and Collection Plans?
Variables and Attributes (as well as Parts/Processes are the containers for Variables and Attributes (as well as some other things like Blueprints and Tags).
- How can I create a control test to count the number of samples in a subgroup that are out of spec?
In WinSPC 8.3.4, a new subgroup level control test type has been added that allows a user to setup a custom control test that counts the number of readings in a subgroup that meet a certain criteria (such as the number of readings outside the spec limits). Using this new subgroup level control ...
- How can I quickly search or find an item in WinSPC?
Introduced in WinSPC 8.3.3, you can use the WinSPC "Search" functionality to easily find a WinSPC object that you are looking for based on its name. The search functionality can be accessed from within the WinSPC Administrator window, the WinSPC Navigator window, or the WinSPC Data Collection w ...
- How do I move the remote directory?
The WinSPC remote directory is a network share that stores common files used by all of the WinSPC stations. If you need to move the location of the WinSPC remote directory, there are specific steps you must follow: Locate the WinSPC remote directory. If you do not know the current location of ...
- What is the WinSPC Application Server?
The WinSPC application server, introduced in WinSPC 8.3.0, is a server-side component to the WinSPC system. It is a service that will speed up the rate at which WinSPC's analysis and reporting tools process data. Specifically, the application server will increase the performance of the followi ...
- What are the hardware requirements for WinSPC?
WinSPC Database Server WinSPC requires a back-end database to store configuration information and production data collected by WinSPC. Please refer to any hardware recommendations and minimums provided by the maker of the database server you will employ in your WinSPC deployment. For best perfo ...
- What is the difference between specification limits and control limits?
This is a crucial distinction that is frequently confused. Basically, specification limits have to do with the voice of the customer while control limits have to do with the voice of the process. First off, what are specifications? Specifications define the allowable deviation from target or no ...
- What is the difference between a Data Set List Filter and a Data Set Data Filter?
What is the difference between List Filters and Data Filters in a Data Set? Beginning with the introduction of Data Sets in WinSPC Version 8 and continuing thru to the current version of WinSPC, some of our customers have been asking the question, “What is the difference between a ...
- How are Variable Analyzer's visualizations related to Data Collection's visualizations and Variable Setup?
Variable Analyzer is an analysis tool. It is independent of your Data Collection view and your Varialbe's configuration settings. However, the Variable Analyzer will initially take the settings that you configure within your Variable as the defaults to set the Calculated Control Limits that are ...
- Why can't I see my annotation list (Notes, Assignable Causes, Corrective Actions)?
So, you have an annotation list, such as one or more from Notes, Assignable Causes and/or Corrective Actions. Either you are in Data Collection Mode and have a 'Prompt For Notes' trigger enabled, or you manually go to click on a data point to bring up the data browser in either a Data Collectio ...
- I've forgotten the WinSPC 'admin' password, what do I do?
The WinSPC 'admin' user is the pre-configured administrator account whose password is set when WinSPC is first installed. The password can be changed by logging into WinSPC as the 'admin' user, and then selecting "Tools" > "Change Password" from the drop down menu at the top of the screen. I ...
- Can I use a batch file to generate WinSPC reports?
You can use batch files in conjunction with Command Line Switches to generate a single report, or even multiple reports, one after the other. Please see the following knowledgebase article for information on Command Line Switches: http://knowledgebase.winspc.com/questions/48/
- What is the difference between the various Attribute Collection Methods?
Introduction There are 4 different Collection Methods within an Attribute's Advanced Setup under the 'Settings' tab. The method selected determines the manner in which the Standard data entry pane in the Data Collection module functions. The options are: Totals Add Tally Up Tally Down Totals Th ...
- Can WinSPC automatically prompt a device for data on a timed basis?
Introduction Is it possible to automate data collection by having WinSPC be set to prompt a device. Procedure Set up the Device as you normally would. Set up a Collection Plan step to use the device. With that Collection Plan step selected, click the "Timed Data Collections" tab. On this t ...
- How can I export data in WinSPC to Excel, CSV or HTML format?
Introduction WinSPC supports exporting Variable data from within WinSPC into XLS (Microsoft Excel), CSV (Text) and HTML (Web) formats. This can be done from either the Variable Analyzer or The Data Set Builder. Procedure 1a. Right-click aon any of the following object(s) (or their related fol ...
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