Learn how Minitab’s Statistical Process Control (SPC) solutions helped my wife and I improve our garden this season, demonstrating that SPC can really help bad news travel faster. We could correct issues ASAP (despite our busy schedules) before the tomatoes died. This reminded me so much of our roles in the industries we have both worked in - automotive and home appliance engineering.
Specifications for this project:
- Most crops need a pH between 6 and 7
- Peppers are an exception; they prefer more acidic soil 4.8 to 6 pH
- Corn can go up to a slightly alkaline pH of 8 and be just fine
- All plants seem to like 40% to 80% moisture content… which in my meter’s language are from “normal” to “wet+” … “dry” or “dry+” would be bad
The Shortcomings of Using Classical SPC Techniques
Bad news travels slow if you only use classical control charting. For many it’s enough of a hassle in their busy day that sometimes they will delay, procrastinate, or not even make the control chart! Real life gets in the way. Even in the best circumstances, you must manually collect data, take it back to your desk, analyze it, and act on that. All those things take time and waste money.
- In my case, a bad pH or dryness reduces yield or kills plants.
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Diving Deeper into the Data
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What MakES Minitab Connect different than other BI tools?
Minitab Connect (and/or a related product: Minitab Real-Time SPC… ask us if you’d like to know the subtle differences) does a lot of the things other Business Intelligence (BI) tools can do but also so much more. As you’ve seen in this gardening story, automated statistical analysis can tell you where and how to work on problems. Deep dives to test theories or reveal new insights is also super easy with all the power of Minitab at your fingertips!
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