Using SPC for Enterprise Asset Management

Using SPC for Enterprise Asset Management

Published on August 8, 2012
Statistical Process Control (SPC) is widely used these days by manufacturers across industries ...

The Increasing Role of IT in Lean Manufacturing

The Increasing Role of IT in Lean Manufacturing

Published on August 1, 2012
When compared to the experience of my colleagues, my knowledge of continuous improvement progra...

The Increasing Role of Quality as a Measure of MES Success

The Increasing Role of Quality as a Measure of MES Success

Published on July 26, 2012
How do manufacturing enterprises measure MES success? The answer may not be what you expect. ...

My Lessons Learned from 5 Years of Assessing Manufacturing Operations

My Lessons Learned from 5 Years of Assessing Manufacturing Operations

Published on July 20, 2012
Here is a sample of the potential business and financial benefits of implementing a platform-ba...

How Do You Measure MES Implementation Success?

How Do You Measure MES Implementation Success?

Published on July 18, 2012
When evaluating the success of an ERP, MES or other IT implementation, often it is best to focu...

Agile Manufacturing: The Smallest Parts Can Make the Biggest Difference

Agile Manufacturing: The Smallest Parts Can Make the Biggest Difference

Published on July 11, 2012
In the world of agile manufacturing, the smallest parts can make a big difference, including th...

Time to Move Beyond “Check-the-Box” Traceability (Part 1)

Time to Move Beyond “Check-the-Box” Traceability (Part 1)

Published on June 28, 2012
It is time to move beyond a “check-the-box” mentality when evaluating your global traceability ...

Do Quality Inspections Add Value?

Do Quality Inspections Add Value?

Published on June 26, 2012
If you work in a Lean manufacturing environment then I am sure you strive to remove waste. I re...

Improve Operational Agility with Strong Process Governance

Improve Operational Agility with Strong Process Governance

Published on June 14, 2012
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. ...

How do you Improve Production Throughput Capacity?

How do you Improve Production Throughput Capacity?

Published on February 15, 2012
Start by working smarter, not harder. Despite the physical constraints of equipment size and th...

Manufacturing as a Strategic Advantage

Manufacturing as a Strategic Advantage

Published on January 31, 2012
At first blush, this concept might or might not resonate with you. The age of manufacturing as ...

Lean Success, Part 2: It’s not Lean if You Can’t Measure It

Lean Success, Part 2: It’s not Lean if You Can’t Measure It

Published on January 18, 2012
I came across a startling statistic recently, from a survey of manufacturing executives. Fully ...

Lean Success, Part 1: If It’s not Complete, It’s not Lean Enough

Lean Success, Part 1: If It’s not Complete, It’s not Lean Enough

Published on December 13, 2011
Is the journey to Lean manufacturing really worth the cost of admission? That’s the provo...

How a Center of Excellence Can Become an Engine for Continuous Improvement

How a Center of Excellence Can Become an Engine for Continuous Improvement

Published on April 19, 2011
In my work with global manufacturing companies, I am increasingly hearing people talk about imp...

“Myth or Reality: Is Manufacturing Intelligence Just a Simplified Version of Business Intelligence?”

“Myth or Reality: Is Manufacturing Intelligence Just a Simplified Version of Business Intelligence?”

Published on April 18, 2011
This is quite a common question – what is the difference between Manufacturing and Business Int...