Do these common complaints sound familiar?Read More
When mistakes occur on the shop floor – a part doesn’t meet specifications or a piece is out of tolerance – manufacturers pay in lost profit and slowed production. The longer it takes to identify the error and implement a solution, the more damage is done to your business by excessive waste and angry customers.Read More
Last week I read a press release announcing a merger between two manufacturing software companies. The goal of the new product – a combination of the offerings from both companies – was to deliver functionality neither company had previously been capable of offering.
Dangers of Software Mergers
Joint offerings like this rarely deliver the expected benefits. With no real focus on customer needs, these business mergers lead to expensive, inefficient and ineffective product offerings propped up by the promise of innovation. Too often, the real goals are either opening another revenue stream or fixing existing flaws in each developer’s software. Purchasing a competitor’s technology and marketing it under a unified brand isn’t innovation. For companies looking at a patchwork software solution, here are a few thoughts to consider:Read More
If you’re struggling with manufacturing problems – failed audits, late shipments, scrap, waste and worse, a sustainable solution is closer than you may think.Read More
Data-driven manufacturing – using facts and data rather than conjecture and guesswork to manage manufacturing processes – should be the goal of any forward-thinking manufacturer. Many companies struggle to realize the benefits of data-driven initiatives, even as the decline in cost of technology, software and hardware make it available to companies of any size or industry.
The problem isn’t the technology – it’s how it is being implemented.Read More
When problems crop up in production, savvy manufacturers immediately search for a solution.Read More
The internet can be a confusing place for anyone doing research – especially for manufacturers researching Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).Read More
Recently, we’ve heard reports of manufacturers waiting to begin technology and manufacturing software projects across nearly all industries.
These organizations soldier on with no real-time production visibility, error-prone quality control and production reports on departmental spreadsheets. These are common problems with the potential for creating critical stoppages. However, these companies believe their processes work well enough to hold off on an upgrade.
Unfortunately, these organizations are accumulating manufacturing tech debt that will have to be paid soon. In the meantime, waiting is increasing production risk and cost to unsustainable levels.Read More
Every year, wire and cable harness manufacturers and suppliers descend on the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee for the Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo. I’d heard from both customers and industry experts this was the show to be at.
With so much to see and do in Milwaukee, it’s taken me a few days to process it all. What can a new attendee learn? As an industry, where do we go from here?
Here are my key takeaways from the 2017 EWPTE show:Read More
Every manufacturer struggles to improve quality during production. Any level of defect is unacceptable, causing scrap, rework, missed ship dates, and lost profit. Quality defects can cause a host of other problems more difficult to measure; including customer’s losing confidence in your product and frustration on the operations team.
While you may have a team working hard to improve quality assurance and quality control, manufacturers must be judicious in pursuing increased quality. With any quality program, there are diminishing returns for the initiatives. Adding more people to Quality Control, or creating additional checklists for production, will not always bring an acceptable return.Read More
At first glance, 2016 was a year of promise linking production priorities with emergent technologies. Speculation was rampant with industry buzzwords flying fast and furious – Smart Manufacturing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the Digital Thread, Data Mining, Cloud technology.
What is lost in the speculation of 2016 is the technical and industry hurdles we need to overcome before the speculation becomes a practical reality for our industry. Consider this:Read More
There are manufacturers out there struggling with outdated and inefficient legacy software systems supporting production.
Shop floor managers call us for help with these outdated systems – an Access database created long ago by a retired employee, or a piece of manufacturing software so old, it’s impossible to update and sits on a dilapidated server held together by rubber bands and prayers.Read More