IBM Bromont gains huge ROI through smarter quality management

Predictive analytics enables instant root-cause analysis and supports better investment decisions

Published on 6 May 2014

Scenario modeling has helped us assess the economic impact of managing humidity more actively. We expect to achieve a return on investment of 160 percent in the first year – an excellent example of how analytics helps us make better business decisions.

Matthieu Lirette-Gelinas, Business Analytics Junior Engineer, IBM Bromont

Customer
IBM Bromont

Industry
Computer Services

Deployment country
Canada

Overview

IBM’s facility in Bromont, Quebec, assembles CPU modules that power servers in banks, hospitals and other organizations around the globe. Each module can contain as many as 19,000 electrical connections, and a fault in just one of these connections could cause a client’s business-critical systems to fail. Every single one needs to be perfect.

Business need
When quality control systems on the production line detect problems, does it just mean that the specific items that failed the test are faulty, or could there be a problem with the whole batch?

Solution
Rather than commissioning time-consuming and expensive lab tests to answer this question, IBM Bromont is using analytics to identify fault patterns and predict outcomes – saving inspection costs and getting production back online again much more quickly.

Benefits
"What if?” analysis shows that controlling humidity at one point on the manufacturing line will improve product quality and deliver a 160 percent return on investment.

Components

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software
DB2 for Linux UNIX and Windows, Predictive Maintenance and Quality, SPSS Modeler, SPSS Statistics

Solution
SPSS Modeler, SPSS Statistics, Predictive Maintenance and Quality, IBM Analytics, BA - Business Analytics, BA - Predictive Analytics, BA - Predictive and Business Analytics - Predictive Maintenance, Business Analytics, Information Management Foundation, Predictive Analytics, Smarter Analytics, , Smarter Planet

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