Improve your quality management program with timely feedback and pre-emptive responses with the Epicor Advanced MES Statistical Process Control and Statistical Quality Control module.

What is Statistical Process Control (SPC)?

Statistical Process Control will allow you to analyze the processes from your machines using various statistical techniques. Using the data that is being automatically collected, you will be able to make adjustments to the process to help ensure the process is statistically in control and to improve the machine process capability. Without SPC your technicians can only respond to nonvisual issues when they are measured by your quality team. By the time the issue is discovered the process is already producing defective parts. Using SPC, technicians can be alerted to a process that is violating spec limits thus minimizing the production of defective parts.

What is Statistical Quality Control (SQC)?

Statistical Quality Control will allow you to analyze the variable data as well as the attribute data of the part. Using an advanced manufacturing execution system, your operators and quality technicians can use a Human Machine Interface to enter or pull in quality measurements. Using the data, you will be able to determine if the measured part dimensions are statistically in control.

Advanced MES Statistical Process Control and Statistical Quality Control

Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Statistical Quality Control (SQC) with Epicor Advanced MES use real-time, automatic data to help you respond to production conditions before making bad parts. SPC and SQC with factual data enable consistent results without constant oversight. They compare cycle time and process data to control the limits you set—providing rich, instant information to machine operators, quality and reliability engineers, and maintenance professionals.

Advanced MES SPC and SQC Features

Improve Your Quality Management Program with Advanced MES and respond to conditions before producing bad parts, thanks to:

  • Advanced MES operator interface embedded in the system
  • Easy operator interface for setup, alarming, and correction
  • Sophisticated modeling tools

Additional benefits include the ability to:

  • Conform to Quality Standards
  • Avoid charge-backs and defect penalties
  • Automatically scrap parts
  • Drive continuous improvement into your quality programs

Any machine that feeds production and process data into your Advanced MES system can benefit from the Advanced MES SPC and SQC capabilities. It’s capable of receiving any kind of data from machines—cycle time, temperature, pressure, weight, dimensions, or any other kind of measurement. Set and record process parameter control limits for each attribute, and specify sampling criteria. The system automatically administers data samples and alerts for out-of-spec conditions. It applies statistical analysis to process conditions, so operators get an alert—even before things run out-of-spec—that something is trending negatively.

Process Sheets

Within Epicor Advanced MES you have the capability to set up process sheets for the machine/part/tool combination that you wish to monitor. Within the process sheet, you can set up control limits for the process parameters being monitored. The process sheet allows you to configure the frequency and subgroup size for your sampling and you can set up alarms for how you wish to handle process violations.

Edge Computing and Automatic Part Qualification

Automatic part qualification can be set up based on your process sheet parameters to help determine what to do when a part violates your rules. Using our edge device – the Connect Factory Machine Interface Unit (CF-MIU) you can control what you want to have happen when a process rule is violated.

The Mattec Machine Interface Unit (MIU) is an industrial strength data collection device conceived, developed, and manufactured by Epicor, and was designed along the lines of a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system. The term SCADA generally refers to a system that monitors machines, groups of machines, or large cells of manufacturing equipment. Much of the control is performed automatically by the MIU, however, there are host control functions that permit overriding this autonomous control through supervisory actions or intervention. For example, the MIU can control the output reject chute based upon various conditions and processes. The MIU is basically ensuring that every part is manufactured according to engineering specs provided at the host. Its main purpose is to collect production and process information from the manufacturing machine, store, and transmit that data in real-time to the server computer.

The MIU has the ability to interface with non OPC PLC’s on the factory floor as well as read its own internal set of analog and digital inputs. The data acquisition begins here through meter readings, level indicators, pressure and temperature status readings, etc., which are then forwarded to the SCADA engine on the MIU. Data is then compiled, formatted, various reduction analysis equations are executed, and outputs are engaged if needed. In real time, the operator can make supervisory decisions to adjust or override normal process and procedural functions.

Advantage of SPC and SQC together

By bringing the SPC and SQC data together, you can analyze the association of the different processes to the dimensions of the part. This gives your process techs additional insight into troubleshooting process issues, and will also assist you in determining which processes are critical and give you guidance on setting the specifications and control limits.

Do More for Quality Management Than Gather Data

With Advanced MES, statistical analysis is easy and accessible because it’s automated and visual. Epicor eliminates the need for a statistician—or even advanced mathematics training—to put SPC and SQC to work for your company. SPC and SQC do all of the work in the background and serve up visually intuitive graphs and charts that are designed for fast, easy understanding by operators and engineers alike. Complete, accurate, and automated data collection—combined with powerful analysis in a meaningful format – empowers people at every level to use statistical analysis to plan, respond, or react to help ensure quality. The Advanced MES SPC/SQC module supports:

  • Automatic process samples
  • Intermittent or batch checkpoints
  • Continuous background analysis and computations
  • Process exception alarms
  • Real-time quality displays for operators and managers
  • Linear regression analysis
  • Exception logs and reports
  • Control of limit calculation
  • Statistical analysis historian
  • Any kind of MRO activity like cleaning, changing parts, taking measurements, making adjustments, performing inspections, and others
  • Adjustment of production schedule automatically for PM/MRO
  • Machines, tools, auxiliary equipment, and another types of assets
  • Tasks, schedules, and requirements from ERP, MRP, and maintenance systems

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


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The pace of order fulfillment is growing every day, and sales are happening faster than ever. That’s why Epicor Quick Ship is becoming the preferred way to streamline shipping processes to better compete in today’s digital marketplace.

Epicor Quick Ship incorporates the Epicor Kinetic Design and Framework in a new web application. This delivers access to critical data for shipping and order fulfillment activities from anywhere. Quick Ship integrates seamlessly with your ERP to help you process shipping transactions quickly and efficiently.

When an order is pulled in to the Customer Shipment Entry screen, Quick Ship contacts the selected carrier—via web API and retrieves the appropriate freight charges and tracking information based on the size, weight, dimensions, number of packages, and destination zip code.

That information then automatically appears in your ERP system. This lets you process any shipment using any licensed carrier from the same screen—ensuring you never have to leave your ERP solution to initiate a shipment. By auto-populating all the necessary information, you can also eliminate manual errors associated with copying the data from the carrier to the ERP system. Quick Ship then prints the carrier label and any additional paperwork required for the shipment.

Quick Ship offers rate shopping at time of quote, order or shipment to keep shipping costs low for your customers and to drive new loyalty for your business. Closing the loop, the calculated freight automatically flows back to Epicor for automated invoicing of freight charges.

Epicor Quick Ship Requirements

As a product built for Epicor ERP and Prophet 21, Epicor Quick Ship comes with a few pre-requisites. For example, all environments implementing Epicor Quick Ship will need:

  • Epicor ERP release 10.1.500 or later
  • Packout Management

Epicor Quick Ship system requirements:

  • Windows 7 SPI (x86 and x64) and later
  • Windows Server 2012 and later
  • 300 MB of installed resources
  • 1 GHz or faster processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • EPL or ZPL label printer
  • Laser Printer for forms

Epicor Quick Ship Benefits

The benefits that come with Epicor Quick Ship go beyond expedited processes and fewer errors associated with manual data entry. Epicor Quick Ship improves your bottom line performance, too. with spend reduction and better customer experiences, your business benefits greatly from this powerful tool. Epicor Quick Ship benefits include:

  • Reduce overall freight spend
  • Eliminate surcharges and fines
  • Streamline multiple tasks
  • Improved customer service
  • Easier on-boarding and training

Epicor Quick Ship Key Features

Epicor quick ship provides a bounty of functionality that drive value and improve operations. from automating manual tasks to easy rate shopping and import tools, Epicor Quick Ship comes equipped with everything a manufacturer or distributor needs to run a modern shipping department.

Epicor Quick Ship key features include:

  • Seamless Integration with Epicor ERP
  • Support for multiple carriers/account numbers in one system
  • Rate Shopping (ability to compare real time rates from carriers in one screen)
  • Data Mapping Tool
  • Bill of Lading Generation
  • Automated blind shipping
  • Automated email notification
  • Automated hazmat paperwork
  • Best way and routing guide
  • Configurable handling fees by customer or facility
  • Consolidated Shipments
  • EEI/ACE integration
  • HazMat paperwork
  • International shipments and documentation
  • Miscellaneous shipments
  • Postal shipping with Endicia
  • Print or email return labels
  • Rate Import Tool for Custom Carriers
  • Rate shopping
  • Support for non-U.S. origins in a single server deployment
  • Transfer orders

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Whether you’re adding additional capabilities to your existing structure or have outgrown your former methodology, you are ready to explore a more robust approach to tackling the challenges of growth. ERP software, such as NetSuite ERP, can support your enterprise across all channels and scale your business.

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Food And Beverage Manufacturers Utilize ERP Consultants to Implement ERP Solutions Successfully

Designed with multi-level functionality, these powerful tools can address the needs of multi-company, multi-division, multi-currency, multi-warehouse, and multi-factory operations. Everything from shipping and receiving to accounting and lot control can be optimized using an ERP solution focused on process manufacturing.

You can be operating at one site or with locations scattered across the globe, ERP solutions are designed to address the essential needs of business structures big and small. Let’s touch on a few key points unique to the food and beverage industry and how ERP brings relief from their burdens.

Recipe-Based Formulation

While your employees on the shop floor and executives in the boardroom may know the difference between formulation and bill of materials, your ERP solution should know the finer points just as well. Your products can’t be disassembled like discrete manufacturers’ can, and so you’ve got to get it right with every batch. Not only this, but you’ve got to have the raw materials on hand to deliver each order’s specifications.

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ERP Consultants Assist Process Manufacturing Operations Maintain Recipe-Based Formulation Best Practices With Effective ERP Solutions

The easiest way to keep everything running smoothly is to keep your stock at the ready with an ERP solution designed with you and your industry in mind. ERP formulation management capabilities include essential tools, like tracking recipe revisions, processing notes that allow for commenting, and attention sections at every step in the production process with each instance unique to its batch ticket or work order. Not only this, but everyone is on the same page when it comes to historical information, revisions, and amendments to your recipes.

Quality Control

One of the biggest issues facing food and beverage manufacturers is consistency. Delivering your product according to consumer expectations is essential in maintaining your signature taste, experience, and brand. An exceptional ERP solution that addresses quality control for your industry is the only one that will do.

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Quality Control Is Made Easy With ERP Solutions Specifically Tailored To Address The Needs Of Food And Beverage Manufacturing Operations.

Keeping a reliable supply of your in-brand ingredients ensures that the quality and stores of bulk products and finished products will be addressed with a quality ERP solution, as well. Beyond the QC of product characteristics, maintaining reliable expiration on every batch you produce is essential and nothing makes it easier to deliver a consistent lifespan of your products than an ERP dedicated to consistent quality control.

Lot Traceability

When it comes to where your products are going once they’ve left processing facilities, there’s really no room for error. This is where ERP solutions can be instrumental in catching poor packaging or disreputable shippers early in the supply chain along as well as assist in circumventing many of the common problems in the industry.

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ERP Solutions Improve The Effectiveness Of Lot Traceability And Distribution Management When It Comes To Food And Beverage Manufacturing Operations.

ERP solutions ensure that you know every stop in the journey of your shipments and are equipped to handle issues before they become problems. Using the data gleaned from ERP solutions will ensure the root of the problem is identified and shut down before it can affect your bottom line.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.