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Q-DAS is excited to announce that Version 11 will be released soon! You will notice many new enhancements and a redesigned user interface. When you first start the Q-DAS programs in V11 with the new Launcher, you may be surprised by what you see. The menus and toolbars have been replaced with the Ribbon, which is part of the new Q-DAS user interface.
The new user interface leads users quickly to the desired function. The screen is less cluttered with icons and menus and has a more transparent design. The layout is similar to MS Office products in the way it categorizes different application areas. We wanted new customers to be able to handle the software quickly and we focused on software that can be operated intuitively. For existing users, we have preserved previous terms and concepts, integrating an intelligent search function into the applications.
New Graphical User Interface
Being able to use many functions and being flexible to adapt the program are advantages of the Q-DAS software. However, too many settings and options lead quickly to a confusing graphical user. In order to avoid this problem, we changed the layout of the software completely.
For a better illustration of the differences, this article is divided into two columns. We only use a few examples to show the differences. The left-hand column shows the current version 10 and the right-hand column displays the differences of version 11.
Start of Program
After starting the program, the program surface opens by default. You choose the “File” menu in order to select whether you want to open files or data from the database.
Start screen version 10
Start of Program
After starting the program, the submenus “Open” and “Read from database” are displayed immediately. In addition, the program shows a list of the last opened data sets.
Start screen version 11
Big icons indicate further basic functions or functional groups, such as “Database…“.
Open Data Set
Default graphics open, value chart by default.
Loaded data version 10
Open Data Set
The new structured and well-arranged workspace opens.
Loaded data version 11
There are various changes compared to version 10 so that we first describe some of them in detail.
In the header of the software you switch the application area. There are different menus available, such as “File“, “Start“, “Graphics“ etc. Depending on the menu you selected, the program displays the corresponding functions in the form of buttons or icons. We selected the “Graphics” menu in the following example.
Ribbon version 11
The Ribbon is designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task. Commands are organized in logical groups, which are collected together under tabs. Each tab relates to a type of activity, such as all graphic settings. To reduce clutter, some tabs are shown only when needed.
Since the functionalities are categorized, users find and open them quickly. The example below shows the histogram of averages.
Graphic selection version 11
All the graphics are categorized, i.e. there are different graphics available under “Graphics“ and “Results“ but each graphic has an own button including all its related options.
New graphics such as the pie chart provide a new kind of display. The following example shows the respective percentages of characteristics referring to the four defined classes of capability indices.
Pie chart – classified capability indices
You may include buttons in any graphic dialog box. These buttons help you to open further graphics easily. The example below shows the summary of C-values. Users click the buttons in order to open the value chart, QCC or histogram without selecting the respective menu item. Any number of buttons and any graphic can be included and users may adjust the buttons for each single graphic dialog box individually. This option helps users to open related graphics quickly and directly.
Buttons opening other related graphics
You edit graphics by selecting “Graphical settings“ from the context menu. There are different options available including several subitems. Changes take effect only after closing the dialog box.
Graphical settings version 10
You may change graphical settings directly by using the icons available under “Graphical settings”. Changes take effect immediately. All options available for the respective graphic are displayed automatically.
Graphical settings version 11
As the examples show, the entire layout of Version 11 has been structured for improved ease of use. In addition, the program provides the “search for function” feature which displays the position of the needed feature live within the program. 32bit or 64bit?
64bit systems are gaining ground and will be established as the standard in the long run. In version 11, you may choose whether you want to install the 32bit or the 64bit version of the Q-DAS software.
Since the software has always been provided with an MS Access database, it is important to differentiate both versions. There are not any technical changes for the 32bit version, however the 64bit version installs and applies a MS SQL Express database instead of a MS Access database. When starting the Q-DAS setup, the software installs this database automatically when you select the 64bit version.
The database connection to Oracle or MS SQL databases is still available as an option for each version, of course.
As before, you may switch the language displayed in the user interface and reports with a simple click. But now you can also save the input of operators, e.g. characteristics descriptions or notes, in Unicode to Q-DAS software. This option leads to the correct display of any character in the program and in reports – worldwide.
There is a clear trend away from thick client applications toward web solutions that provide numerous advantages. Accessing applications through a browser means less technical effort for the IT staff. And standard web navigation means intuitive handling for users.
We have therefore extended the web functionalities of version 11. The new M-QIS Dashboard helps to process statistics as well as graphics and displays significant information.
Planning of the Dashboard
If you want to display information, e.g. statistics, on browser pages, you have to plan them at first. This is another new advantage of Version 11. First, the software will illustrate the corporate structure, or the manufacturing-process structure, displayed in a folder hierarchy. You may add further folders (nodes) to the hierarchy individually.
Planning of the structure
Based on this structure, the software creates the websites automatically.
Web display – dashboard
This example shows several graphics. In this case, you select the tab of the process being of interest to you. The tabs refer to the respective operations displayed in the tree structure.
Operations displayed in tabs
We select “Line 1“ in this example.
You select the period for the results you want to observe in the upper right-hand corner. Days, weeks and months can be chosen. We adjusted 4 days in our example.
Selection of period
The graphics on the web page therefore refer to 4 days. The software creates 4 bars automatically, one for each day. These bars show compressed information. In this case, the bars display frequencies of classified process capability indices of all characteristics. You may select your classes individually, e.g. red corresponds to a capability index < 1 etc.
Classified capability indices of all characteristics referring to 4 days
The planning of the structure shows that the parts produced in line 1 may pass 4 operations that you may also display in the benchmark graphic. You will quickly notice that there are hardly any problems in operations AG1 and AG5. However, AG2 and AG2.1 include a high proportion of characteristics whose process capability index does not meet the requirements.
Benchmark by operation
Benchmark graphics are interactive. A click on the “AG2” bar in the benchmark graphic opens a new page. It shows the production machines corresponding to “AG2.” There are two machines (102 and 104) having their own benchmarks. You may continue to drill down to detailed information until reaching individual-characteristic level graphics.
Benchmark by machine
You may display summary graphics or individual characteristic graphics here. Of course, you select the desired graphic interactively. In this case, the software already offers a small selection of graphics.
Selection of alternative graphics
Display of characteristic
The web page creates links to previous levels automatically in order to trace back the hierarchy. In case you add a new node when planning the structure, the respective pages are added automatically. You do not have to adjust the pages manually. The M-QIS Dashboard combines an easy and intuitive planning of the web pages with the navigation and the simple handling of results on web pages. It is easy to adapt structure and content to your requirements
Tom Stewart, president of our North American subsidiary, Q-DAS Incorporated, has received Ford Motor Company's Global Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering TMM (Technical Maturity Model) Excellence Award for an Operator Control Boards (OCB) Quality Feedback system installed at Ford's engine plant in Cologne, Germany.
Tom was part of a team that developed the solution using Q-DBM and M-QIS to consolidate and present critical quality information to machine operators in the plant's cylinder head production area.
The award is one of only 46 conferred worldwide in 2012. In the nominating documents, Ford's Cologne plant management said that the Q-DAS solution has improved quality performance, reduced scrap, and increased operator morale at the plant. The solution consolidates data from eight different 20-page CMM reports and presents it to the operator on a single, prioritized OCB screen.
Prior to installation of the Q-DAS solution, the system included a significant time lag between the machining operation and the CMM lab tests, plus additional time to generate paper reports and deliver them to the operator, and still more time for the operator to read and interpret them. Using the Q-DAS solution, the operator gets virtually instant feedback from the CMM laboratory and is never more than 3 mouse clicks away from resolving any quality issues identified there.
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