Control chart

Control charts play a very important role in Statistical Process Control. The control chart is a graph used to study how a process changes over time. Data in the control chart are plotted in time order.

In AlisQI, control charts are available for any numeric field. This includes fields that are inputted manually, automatically, or result from a calculation.

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Let's start with a two minutes introduction of the AlisQI quality control capabilities.

Open a control chart

Control charts contain data for one particular field in an analysis set. You open a control chart from the column header tools in the Results overview (1).

Any filter applied to your results overview will be included in the control chart.
This enables you to zoom into specific subsets of data.

Display options

The control chart window has quite a few tricks up its sleeve. By means of the Display settings, you can:

  • Choose between a line or dots chart type
  • Show specification limits
    This defaults to Yes for fields that have a specification
  • Show control limits
    The control limits are calculated as 1,2,3 times the standard deviation (σ) above and below the average.
  • Show a trend line
    Choose between none, linear, average, and developing average
  • Define the x-axis value
  • Set a range for the y-axis

Out of control detection

When you have an SPC rule set activated, you can use those rules to search for undesired patterns in your data.

When you click on the SPC patterns button in the toolbar, the system will start to analyze the dataset and report all patterns it finds. By clicking on a panel you will see the pattern highlighted in the chart.

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Zooming and context

You can zoom in to your chart by selecting a range of interest.

By clicking on a value in the chart, a popup with the full context of that value appears.


Just as with any other chart, control charts can be added to dashboards. Do so by clicking Save and then selecting the Dashboard you want to add this control chart to. This way, you can surface pressing issues and improve access to quality information.
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