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Guidance on the implementation of a successful Q-DAS CAMERA Concept

15 June 2016: Christoph Dietrich

The first step towards the implementation of the Q-DAS CAMERA Concept is thoughtful planning. The software has to cover the available structure of manufacturing sequences and map it correctly. Manufacturing sequences include workflows, machines, processes and lines but even more detailed information such as product, batch and order. Only when the software is able to represent the production as accurately as possible, you can make flexible and well-structured evaluations of quality data. Moreover, the software has to reflect organisational aspects such as shifts and teams but also roles and responsibilities of privileged
users. You also have to embed the software smoothly in your existing IT landscape since all kinds of data sources, such as measuring equipment, and even third-party software solutions, e.g. ERP, SAP, CAQ and MES, shall become part of the information flow. Finally, you have to defne the technical aspects of the implementation and the time required to complete the project.

Experienced Q-DAS project engineers apply different tools to gather and structure these individual requirements. They advise you on a possible approach and develop comprehensive solutions in project workshop. Later, they support you in implementing the project.

First step - defining the current situation

A Q-DAS employee visits you on site to collect information and get an overview of the current situation, even before the workshop starts. In most cases, this is also the time when the Q-DAS sales team passes the project to the system integration team. You document detailed information about the production process and collect data about workflows, lines and machines. The system integration team compiles information about measuring equipment relevant to the project and associated test plans, in case the sales team has not done it before. The project engineer explains to you which connections are possible. He collects data about the location and connection of measuring equipment, serial interfaces and the output formats of in-line and coordinate measuring machines. This helps to fnd out whether the equipment is able to provide data in the Q-DAS format or whether you need a Q-DAS converter to convert the respective measurement protocol to the Q-DAS data format [...].

Second step - defining targets

After having an overview of the current situation, the project engineer collects detailed information about respective targets and associated requirements. When defining targets, all parties concerned should ideally be present, e.g. quality management, production and IT. The following topics are at least discussed:

  • Evaluation [...]
  • Reports [...]
  • Visualisation [...]
  • Data management [...]
  • Hardware and software specification [...]
  • Training [...]


Third step - completing the project definition

After all targets have been defned, you start a successful rollout of the Q-DAS CAMERA Concept. The planning in terms of time and content is completed and can be communicated to all employees concerned. A reasonable and typical course of action starts with the implementation of the database. Afterwards, you focus on all data recording channels to ensure that all incoming data have a maximum of authenticity, integrity and completeness in the end. The next steps focus on the classical products performing specifc studies. When you reach a high degree of perfection and maturity for the recording and evaluation of data, the reporting system takes major priority. Based on this system, you may create and use various dashboards or web functionalities [...].

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