Data and Information from the plant floor is proliferating as more sophisticated machinery, instrumentation, and computer based devices are introduced into the manufacturing process. The use of Statistic Process Control to utilize this data goes beyond just measuring and analyzing product specific information. Food processing and manufacturing operations need to integrate real-time data and SPC data analysis into their operation in order to be a world-class manufacturer.

To facilitate these goals, an organization must have a vision for an automation and information infrastructure as well as a data strategy. This discussion will touch on a number of key points in formulating that vision, as well as some specific functionalities using data and SPC that one would want to achieve.

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