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COMMANDqc Graniterock In 1900, Granite Rock Co. was formed to quarry the granite found in Watsonville, CA for use as railway ballast. Since that time, the company has dedicated itself to producing a quality product and at the same time being a good corporate citizen. Granite Rock Co., now Graniterock, is family owned and operated, with ready mix, aggregate and construction The Challenge Like many other concrete producers whose QC programs evolved while personal computers became commonplace, Graniterock's QC information was managed in multiple programs. Aggregate gradings were calculated in Excel, concrete mix designs and tests were stored in Access, and certification information was maintained using PDF files. Because of the disparity of systems, relatively simple proj-ect submittals took 30 minutes or more to produce. People were spending too much time trying to generate weekly and monthly management reports. Sales people, who depended on providing QC information as part of their sales presentations, didn't have access to the latest, most up-to-date data. Graniterock's QC personnel were being overwhelmed by their own success. A different way of managing quality information was needed. The Solution When Katha Redmon arrived at Graniterock in 2012 and became their Director of Concrete Products, she already had experience with ConAd, the predecessor of COMMANDqc. She had experienced the benefits of having a single software solution that could monitor "all things QC". Aggregate information, concrete mix designs and test results, and batch information were all assembled in one location. Her previous use of Batch Watcher, a COMMANDqc module, had established the benefits The fact that all of the submittal information is contained within the COMMANDqc program has allowed us to shorten our submittal generation time by 70% Katha Redmon Graniterock

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