The secret to MES success: Learn from experience
JULY 26, 2016
Why do some MES initiatives succeed more than others? What can we learn from the most successful companies? Just as importantly, what can we learn from those companies that have not achieved all their goals? To find answers to these questions, Gartner, a global technology firm, partnered with the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) to survey more than 100 MES-user companies.
5 Ways the Cloud Can Impact Manufacturing
MAY 14, 2015
According to a survey by NSK Inc., 82 percent of companies surveyed saved money by moving various parts of their business to the cloud. Interestingly, however, according to another survey by a renown analyst firm, only 3 percent of manufacturers have a cloud-based Manufacturing Execution System installed. Clearly, we have a world where cloud adoption is not ubiquitous! Better Forecasting.
Is the Automotive “Factory of the Future” Closer Than We Think?
MARCH 8, 2016
In the automotive business, we’ve been hearing about the Factory of the Future for years now. It’s easy to dismiss the whole idea as just one more round of hype and promises. But not too long ago people were saying the same thing about the Internet, and we know how that worked out! think we’re in a similar situation with the automotive Factory of the Future. They’re not the only ones, either.
5 Lean Best Practices for the Warehouse
OCTOBER 13, 2015
While most of today’s warehouses have some plan to operate as efficiently as possible, it is likely new opportunities still exist to squeeze out inefficiencies. There is a reason why Lean methodologies are considered a “continuous” process improvement. Things change; suppliers get added; new employees are hired; and new facilities are added to the mix. Data Governance. Cross-Docking.
Understanding Yard Management Systems
This white paper’s objective is to help industry professionals understand the basics of yard management solutions. It helps understand: Who is investing in yard management and why? What kind of operations benefit from yard management software? What are the economic benefits realized? What should be taken into account when buying a yard management solution?
Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution succeed without 100% reliable technical data?
SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
Recently I wrote about the question of the human role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In this article, I want to address another common question: How important is data accuracy in a highly digitalized manufacturing enterprise? Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution work if data is not 100% accurate? Obviously, low data quality is a serious problem in a highly automated environment.
Why Manufacturers Can’t Afford to Ignore Digital Transformation
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
Manufacturing organizations are becoming increasingly global and their ecosystems more and more complex. As a result, manufacturing executives are required to redefine their marketplace, service models and create new symbiotic business relationships. Additionally, the introduction of new technology is threatening business operations and the sustenance of market leadership.
How Smart is Your Factory?
DECEMBER 17, 2015
Much has been discussed about Smart Manufacturing, or the use of the Industrial Internet of Things in manufacturing environments. But it seems everyone has a different opinion of what that actually means. In this post, I want to make an attempt at defining what a Smart Factory is. If you want to rate how smart your factory is, give yourself a score of 0 to 5 for each of these categories.
What Global Manufacturers Can Learn From the Insurance Business
FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Can manufacturers learn something from the insurance industry? Perhaps so, at least according to this article published here. The author suggests that “risk pooling” is the single most important concept in supply chain management. While this concept is not new, there are reasons why it is becoming more important than ever before. Risk Pooling for Manufacturing. So far, so good.
The Next Big Thing In Supply Chain Decision Making
What if you could make supply chain decisions based not only on what has occurred or is likely to occur in the future, but through recommendations based on why and how things happen? Prescriptive analytics help you find the best course of action for your specific business objectives and situation. They suggest the optimal way to handle what is likely to happen in the future by factoring in specific scenarios, resources and other inputs. Download the report to learn more
3 Practices Sure to Deliver Big Time Transformation in the Warehouse
MARCH 24, 2016
The surge of modern technology has shifted our outlook on warehouse operations. The market is heading towards new business frontiers, facing managers and owners with challenges in the areas of shipping, storing, inventories and human resources. It has become increasingly important to take advantage of cutting-edge tech solutions. Watch this video to see it in action. 2. Chain Reaction.
How Packaging and Shipping Requirements are Evolving with Today’s Global Supply Chain
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
Long gone are the days of simply packaging goods and shipping them to distributors. As the world has changed, so too has the world of packaging and shipping requirements. The list of “must have’s” and “must do” has grown exponentially. One example is the transportation of hazardous materials. The Origins of Hazardous Materials Regulations. Since that time, these regulations have evolved. Cosmetics.
Is Data the New King of Manufacturing Technology?
MAY 12, 2016
There’s an old saying, “The tail wags the dog.” It refers to any situation where a secondary offshoot of the main operation ends up taking control. Broadly, it can mean a shifting of the power base: the servant becomes the master. think we may be looking at exactly this scenario in the world of manufacturing technology. major disruption is underway, and it’s all about the data.
Open Source in Manufacturing: Why Pay for Software?
AUGUST 4, 2015
Open source solutions are everywhere in today’s world. Linux continues to grow as an OS alternative to Windows and other platforms, with millions of users. Hadoop developed as an open source solution for storage, and is now contending as a new operating system for the Web. We can think of open source software as a specific type of crowd sourcing. The obvious is initial cost. Made for Big Data.
Boost your Supply Chain Agility- Make your Data Actionable with Prescriptive Analytics
According to a recent Supply Chain Insights Report, while business is changing quickly, supply chain processes are evolving slowly. The average supply chain organization is 15-years old, and one out of three companies state that there is room for improvement in their supply chain.
The Advantages of Procrastinating in a Fast-paced Manufacturing World
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Never put off till tomorrow, what you can do the day after tomorrow. –Mark Twain (also attributed to Oscar Wilde). We live in such a “faster is better” world that sometimes we overlook the value of putting things off. But as an article on supply chain management points out, in some manufacturing supply chain scenarios, postponement actually makes good business sense. Voila!
The 4th Industrial Revolution is Coming – We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat!
MARCH 31, 2015
There’s a famous line from the 1975 movie “Jaws,” when the characters finally see the killer shark they’ve been chasing in their boat for days—a huge, 25-foot monster. The sheriff takes one look at the shark and says, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Connected World. According to an article on techradar.com , AT&T already has more than 18.5
The Rise of Manufacturing Enterprise Systems
JANUARY 8, 2015
When it comes to prioritizing IT projects, there’s a quick and simple formula: Stakeholder Benefit /Cost + ROI = Business Value. The project with the best business value wins. But the real benefit of technology can’t be explained in a math equation. Or, can it? There are hundreds of unnoticed nuances that impact a deployment. It’s hard to measure; at least that is what business folks think ….
Social Networking in Manufacturing: Like or Unlike?
AUGUST 7, 2014
Do you take social networking seriously in your manufacturing enterprise, or is it just another fad? Social networking used to be considered about as far from manufacturing concerns as one could get. The session uncovered a lot of interesting facts, trends and ideas, so I thought I’d share some of them here. These future workers use these tools in their daily lives. They’ve grown up with them.
Transforming Supply Chain and Logistics into Demand Networks
Companies need to move to a network approach, evolving linear supply chains into demand networks, where the customer is at the center.
How Green Technology Is Transforming Traditional Manufacturing Methods
JUNE 1, 2016
Manufacturing, along with other industrial processes, is one of the primary industry sectors being targeted for green technology use. Traditional manufacturing methods are transforming into lean, green conserving machines that benefit the planet and the bottom line. The costs of conservation and green technology are more easily justified in this financial climate. What Exactly Is Green Technology?
What’s Making Your Processing Plant Less Productive than it Could Be?
JANUARY 12, 2016
A processing plant faces daily challenges to maintain productive results. The processing plant manager is responsible to tie up all loose ends between employees’ performance and their productivity, and set higher and higher goals and standards to make the plant more productive. Another factor is lack of well-designed industrial engineering planning. What Makes Your Processing Plant Less Productive?
Five Technologies to Make Difficult Distribution a Cinch
NOVEMBER 6, 2015
Your company’s ability to satisfy clients is one of the key factors that will determine its overall success. Customer and client service makes your organization stand out from competitors, and helps to improve public image. One part of your customer service that should be analyzed and refined is your delivery of services and goods. Cooling Devices. GPS (Global Positioning System) Tracking.
The Invaluable Nature of Invisible Data
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
Interestingly, data has become one of the more valuable resources available to manufacturers today. Yet, at first blush, its value doesn’t seem to correlate with the laws of economics – supply and demand. In today’s world of “big data,” most manufacturers have reams of data available to assist with decision support – so how can it be both plentiful and valuable? Time to Simplify. Just like H.G.
Turning Your Consumer Goods Supply Chain Into a Competitive Advantage
Are you leveraging your extended supply chain?
How Advancements in Manufacturing Have (Positively) Impacted Safety
FEBRUARY 20, 2015
Advances in manufacturing technology and processes are having a profound impact on every phase of traditional manufacturing, including design, execution, process control, and safety measures used around the globe. These are positive advances that can produce better products while creating less waste, align the supply chain more closely with demand, and keep employees safer than they have ever been.
The Financial Case for an Enterprise Platform for Manufacturing Operations Management
OCTOBER 21, 2015
The strategy to implement a Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) solution is usually presented and justified as a route to operational excellence across an enterprise (and beyond to supply chain partners). As an enterprise solution, a MOM solution will typically have an IT architecture that comprises a common platform across the enterprise. There is nothing wrong in this thinking.
In Medical Device Manufacturing, Smaller Companies Have Big Advantages
DECEMBER 8, 2015
Photo credit: Paolo Bona via Shutterstock. The medical device industry is driven by innovation to find new cures or approaches to help people live better lives. This drive for innovation, however, extends beyond what products to make – it also applies in the context of safety and compliance. In fact, this is not always the case. Adopting new technologies.
6 Factors to Consider when Selecting a Manufacturing Intelligence Vendor
JUNE 18, 2015
Every manufacturing organization must have a resilient operations strategy. After all, manufacturers are in the business of making products. You can’t make products if systems, equipment or processes are down. If this core competency can’t be consistently executed, significant risk exists at continued viability and survival. Production processes are not simply put in place and forgotten.
3D Printing Takes Off
OCTOBER 8, 2015
Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, has evolved beyond its plastic beginnings. The medical industry uses the technique with living cells to create tissues and, perhaps one day, organs. In In aerospace, AM produces stronger and lighter components, while reducing waste of costly high-tech metal alloys. The The U.S. It’s rapid design validation.”. The supply chain also is shorter.
Manufacturing Transformation and the People Challenge
MAY 23, 2014
A recent article at manufacturing.net presents the seven biggest challenges faced by manufacturers today. The first challenge on the list? Finding good people.”. Some things never change. With all the technology transformation taking place in manufacturing—big data, global platforms, flexible supply chains—it still comes down to finding talented people. Or can it? Come work here,” they are saying.
Automotive NPIs Keep Accelerating – Can You Keep Up?
MARCH 15, 2016
We’ve been talking about accelerating New Product Introduction (NPI) in the automotive industry for years. But if you think the trend has reached its limit, you might want to think again. recent article in Automotive News says the speed of NPI is still accelerating, and will keep doing so for the foreseeable future. How Fast? It’s Complicated. What Will it Take? The Time to Act is Now. Hang on.
May the Force of Demand Planning be With You
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
We have all made that promise. The promise we make to ourselves that we will start our holiday shopping in July. Meticulously picking out items that our loved ones covet – and doing so with time to spare. Expectations would lead you to believe that all presents are bought, wrapped, and stored in the closet by November 27 th. This data was just released by a FusionOps research study.
Open Source and IoT: The Next Frontier in Manufacturing
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
It is highly likely the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform manufacturing – and that open source communities will play an important role as. part of the transformation. In my most recent blog post , I wrote about how open source software has a role to play in manufacturing enterprises, especially in areas like machine learning and data analysis. How big will it be? That is just one example.
Modern Mining is Transitioning to Support Manufacturing’s Need for New Materials
MAY 26, 2015
Technological strides have changed many lives the world over, from just making life more convenient, to radically changing industries and landscapes. Manufacturers are tasked with making new products that take advantage of these technological advances, which often require new materials or advanced production processes. Image #1: Mine Blasting and Explosives. Mine Blasting and Explosives.
The Post-Fourth Industrial Revolution World – Part 1
AUGUST 19, 2015
While on a business trip in California, Veerle met her colleague Linda, who was wearing a silver bracelet with a spiral design that got her attention. She took a picture and posted it to her Facebook account, commented that while it was a really nice piece of artwork, her skin may be allergic to silver and so she would not be able to wear it. Hype or Hope? Integration across supply chain.
Containment is now Critical in Today’s Global Economy
AUGUST 27, 2015
The nature of today’s global economy means that manufacturing processes need to be monitored more closely than ever. Supply chains are complex. Intense competition means that continuous improvement is a relentless endeavor. Manufacturers today are constantly pushing for any marginal gain that might provide an edge in the marketplace. No Shortages of Examples. First Step – See the Problem.
IoT and Energy Efficiency Spur Automation Investments – with MOM in the Middle
OCTOBER 30, 2014
Listen up manufacturing executives, time to loosen up the budget belts because your plant managers are getting ready for a spending spree. Two separate industry analyst reports indicate that operational investments are on the rise mainly due to global build out, the pressure to create energy-efficient sustainable businesses, and the proliferation of the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). Almost.