Statit e-QC FAQs
What data formats can be imported?
Statit e-QC takes an open approach to accessing
data and can read data from almost any data
source including any ODBC compliant data source,
Excel spreadsheets, comma separated, ASCII,
Binary, Industry files, etc.
Access for more detailed information
Does Statit e-QC use a proprietary data
base for maintaining quality data?
No. Statit e-QC takes an open approach to accessing
data. Statit e-QC can access data from any popular
database as well as data files. And Statit e-QC
users can get data delivered to their desktops
in a variety of formats for additional in-depth
analysis or collaboration.
Can conditions in a query be "live"
instead of static?
Yes. This is a fundamental database query feature
that the user selects from a form in e-QC. SQL
commands can be dynamically constructed in Statit
e-QC reports to reference selected values and
values that are computed or retrieved at run
time, such as the current date, time facility,
Can I access data from UNIX systems?
Yes. Statit e-QC can import data from an ODBC
compliant data source. The proper ODBC drivers
must be installed on the web server which is
hosting Statit e-QC. The web server must also
have a supported connection to the UNIX machine.
Can Statit e-QC be used for Data Entry?
Yes. Statit e-QC can present simple data entry
forms. For more complex data entry forms, an
HTML editor such as Microsoft FrontPage can
be used to create the forms.
Example e-QC data entry form
Can Statit e-QC write to a database?
Yes. This feature is used for data entry, setting
specification limits, adding annotation and
assignable causes to graphs, etc. The built-in
database security also applies to Statit e-QC
access, so if the database is password protected,
the appropriate password is required to write
data back to the database.
Can the Statit e-QC home page be customized?
Yes. The home page URL is one of the Statit
e-QC properties and can be setup to show the
customer's home page as an example. Also, each
category and dynamic report can have their own
home page may include user help, documentation
Can the Statit e-QC navigation menu support
more than one level of categories?
No. Statit e-QC currently only supports one
category level. However, when a user logs in,
the only categories displayed are the ones that
the user has permission to access.
Can Statit e-QC perform a drill-down on
textual reports, such as tabular output from
a database query?
Yes. Cells or columns in a table can contain
links that when clicked-on, allows users to
drill-down to more in-depth reports, additional
analysis or graphs or the raw data.
Example: user can click on cell in tabular
report and drill-down for additional analysis
Can users access other web pages from Statit
Yes. Statit e-QC supports links to several
other web pages:
page displayed when Statit e-QC is first run
The page displayed when a user logs into Statit
The page displayed when the user opens a folder
in the navigation menu
The page displayed when the user selects a dynamic
report from the report menu
The pages displayed by links added to bars,
data points or texts on a graph
The pages displayed by links added to the output
from Statit e-QC reports
Can Statit e-QC display process diagrams
and internal documentation?
Yes. Statit e-QC supports several ways of accessing
and displaying outside information. Statit e-QC
can display a variety of information, such as
CAD diagrams, assembly instructions or process
diagrams. You can make these diagrams an active
part of Statit e-QC by adding hotspots to the
images. When the user clicks on a hotspot, dynamic
Statit e-QC reports can be run. For example:
Display a part diagram. When the user clicks
on a measurement, a current SPC chart for that
measurement is displayed.
of part diagram
Can I run other Web Applications from Statit
Yes. Statit e-QC can link to simple web pages
or to other URLs which can process parameters,
such as Active Server Pages and CGI scripts.
Can Statit e-QC run in the frame for another
No. Statit e-QC must run in the top frame.
Supported SPC Charts
Process Capability Chart
Process Capability Analysis
u-Type Cumulative Sum
See also SPC
Capabilities for more details.
How does Statit e-QC handle specification
Statit e-QC can retrieve specification limits
from any supported data source and display them
on the chart. As an example, many customers
retrieve data from their manufacturing database,
but keep specification limits in a spreadsheet
on their desktop. Statit can retrieve data from
both locations for reporting purposes.
Can users interactively add comments and
assignable causes for subgroups?
Yes. Statit e-QC can display annotation, identify
assignable causes and display phases or stratifications
on charts. This information can be retrieved
from a database and automatically displayed
on the graph when it is requested. Statit e-QC
reports allow users to click on data points
and enter comments or identify an assignable
cause for that data point. Once entered, the
information can be written back to a database
for archive and automatically displayed on the
Example: user is allowed to interactively add
comments, assignable cause and phases to the
Can I customize my own SPC rule sets?
Yes. Statit e-QC allows modification of existing
rule sets such as Western Electric and AT&T,
and creation of new rule sets.
See also Alarms.
Can Statit e-QC send email or update a dashboard
when an alarm is detected?
Yes, Statit e-QC provides flexible methods
for defining and responding to alarms. Statit
e-QC allows alarms to be classified into four
Statit e-QC Alarm Levels
Exceeded alarm value or
last point out-of-control
SPC rule violation or
between alarm and target value
No rule violations or
met target value
No rule violations or
no target/alarm value set
Statit e-QC provides users with the freedom
to define the Alarm State using SPC or Business
Rules Testing or as the result of a specified
expression or statistical calculation.
Using SPC Rules Testing
Statit e-QC comes standard with the AT&T/Western
Electric, Ford, Nelson and JCAHO rule sets for
SPC charts. Statit e-QC also allows modification
of existing rules sets and creation of new rule
Alarm conditions can be raised in a variety of
- Last point out of control
- Any point out of control
- Specific rules violated
- Rules violated in last n samples
When Statit e-QC reports are scheduled, users
can be automatically notified
by e-mail when certain alarm conditions
are met or exceeded.
Example: email message received with link providing
direct access to the report.
What types of statistical procedures can
Statit e-QC perform?
Statit e-QC supports a wide variety of statistical
analysis capabilities including:
- Descriptive statistics, including univariate,
multi-way univariate, frequency distributions
and frequency tables
- One and two-sample inference
- Analysis of variance
- Correlation analysis
- Regression analysis
- Multivariate analysis
- Reliability and survival analysis
Can I display a logo on all of my output?
Yes. The template page used for all output
generated by Statit e-QC can be modified to
reference a logo, image or include a file to
customize all output. Images, links and other
HTML formatting can also be added directly to
Statit e-QC output.
Can colors and backgrounds be specified
for Statit e-QC output?
Yes. Colors and styles for the output generated
by Statit e-QC can be controlled in several
- Default background colors can be defined and
applied to all graphs created by Statit e-QC.
- Colors can be explicitly specified for any
graph created by Statit e-QC.
- All output generated by Statit e-QC references
a Cascading Style Sheet which can control features
like background styles, text attributes and
Can I print output from Statit e-QC?
Yes, by using the printing capabilities built
into the Web Browser. The browser can print
the current output page, or all of the pages
that make up a published report. To print all
of the pages in a report without having to explicitly
visit and print each page, print the frame that
contains the Report Table of Contents and specify
Can Statit e-QC display more than one graph on a page?
Yes. Statit e-QC can display any combination of graphs and text information on a page. A variety of graph layouts are available, including
top to bottom and side by side.
Example: X-bar - R - Process Capability - multiple graphs on one page.
What is the graph's output format?
All graphs generated by Statit e-QC are in Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format. This format is viewable by the supported browsers
and can be imported into most desk top applications, including MS Office, Adobe and Lotus.
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What do those who receive Statit e-QC e-mail
need to view the mail?
For mail sent using the E-Mail button on the
toolbar, the receiver must view the output using
an HTML capable e-mail program such as Outlook
or Netscape. There are no special requirements
for e-mail that is sent when reports are published.
Will users receiving e-mail be able to view
the data tips on the graph?
Yes, as long as they have an HTML capable e-mail
viewer such as Outlook or Netscape.
Example: message containing emailed report.
Can I e-mail graphs to a supplier or customer?
Yes, if the recipients are able to access the
Web Server where the images and reports are
saved. An administrator can configure the destination
directory for e-mail output and reports.
Can I e-mail output to someone on a UNIX
Yes, if they have an HTML capable e-mail program
to view the output.
Can I use my local address book to send
mail from Statit e-QC?
No. When sending mail using the Statit e-QC
e-Mail toolbar button, the e-mail is sent directly
from a centralized mail server, not from the
user's local machine. As a result, local address
books are not used.
Can e-mail be sent to mail groups?
Yes. Any mail group recognized by the company's
internal Mail Server can be used in the To:
or CC: fields of an Statit e-QC mail message.
Can e-mail be sent only when an alarm occurs?
Yes. A list of users can be sent e-mail when
a certain alarm level is reached or exceeded.
These requirements can be defined for every
Can an administrator automatically be notified
if there is a problem with a report?
Yes. For scheduled reports, e-mail can automatically
be sent to a list of recipients whenever an
error occurs. This is useful for situations
where there is some sort of problem with the
data: either there is invalid data, insufficient
data or the data could not be accessed.
Can error messages be customized?
Yes. Authors can specify an error message which
is reported to end users if an error condition
occurs. Low-level error information can also
be reported, or such reports can be disabled
for all normal users. For Statit e-QC Administrator
accounts, detailed error information is always
What must be installed on the end user's
machine to support Statit e-QC?
One of the following Web Browsers:
- Internet Explorer 5.x, 6.x
- Netscape 7.x
- Firefox 1.x
enable when accessing Statit e-QC and
the browser must be configured to check
for newer pages on every visit to a page.
- With Statit e-QC, Sun Java VM needs
to be installed to use the optional Java
Macro editor. Download from http://www.java.com.
Does every user need ODBC drivers installed
on their machine to use Statit e-QC?
No. Statit e-QC is running on a central server
which has the data connection. End-users only
need one of the supported Web Browsers.
Can Statit e-QC be accessed from UNIX Workstations
Yes. Statit e-QC only requires that one of
the supported Web Browsers be running on the
end-user's machine. See System Requirements
for more information.
Who needs a license to access Statit e-QC?
Any login classified as a Statit e-QC User,
Author or Administrator consumes one of the
Statit e-QC floating licenses. If there are
no Statit e-QC licenses available when the user
tries to login, a message is displayed notifying
the user that no licenses are currently available.
Statit e-QC licenses are immediately released
when a user explicitly exits Statit e-QC by
clicking on the Exit button in the toolbar.
If the user does not explicitly exit Statit
e-QC but, for example, browses somewhere else
and does not return, or simply closes the browser,
the license is not released until after a certain
number of minutes have passed. The default timeout
period is 20 minutes and can be configured.
Logins which are classified as Statit e-QC
Viewers do not require a Statit e-QC license.
Viewers are limited to viewing previously published
reports to which they have been given access.
Can user access be restricted to specific
Yes. When users log into Statit e-QC, only
the reports and analysis for the areas which
they are authorized to access are displayed.
User access is configured by the Statit e-QC
Does Statit e-QC use NT Security or Authentication?
No. Statit e-QC uses its own Login and Password
mechanism. Logins and passwords are assigned
by the Statit e-QC Administrator and are stored
in the application database on the Statit e-QC
Is Statit e-QC output encrypted?
No. Statit e-QC itself does not encrypt output.
This is configured separately on the Web Server
where Statit e-QC is installed.
the state of a Statit e-QC session. This is
actually done by IIS on the Web server. This
cookie expires when the user closes the browser.
Maintain the login information of the current
user. This information is used to automatically
recover from an Statit e-QC session which "times
This means that cookies must be enabled in
the browser when running Statit e-QC.
Does Statit e-QC use Java?
Yes. Statit e-QC uses a Java applet to support
Data Tips on graphs. Java applets must be enabled
when running e-QC if the Data Tips feature is
must be enabled in the browser when Statit e-QC
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