The Case for Common Management Systems, Despite the Barriers

By Matthew Littlefield, LNS Research

There are similarities between management standards, such as the corrective and preventive action (CAPA) process for environmental, health, and safety and that for quality. So why aren't more companies using common management standards? [Read More...]

Are Part Numbers Too Smart for Their Own Good?

By Al Bredenberg

Intelligent part numbers, containing identifiable descriptors, have helped manufacturers speed up their work. Ironically, they now could be an archaic drag on productivity in today's environment of fast design and product changes and computerized PLM. [Read More...]

EQMS Destroys the Silos of Traditional Quality Management

By Al Bredenberg

Enterprise quality management systems connect the usually isolated four major functional areas of an organization -- R&D, manufacturing, suppliers, and service -- to provide visibility for managing complex value chains. [Read More...]

Manufacturers Use Product Traceability to Ward Off Quality Issues

By Al Bredenberg

Technology-enabled product tracking and tracing capabilities are becoming must-haves as supply chains have grown more and more complex. They help protect manufacturers and minimize risk impact. [Read More...]

Next-Gen Financial Analytics Drive Manufacturing Into Profitability

By Al Bredenberg

Data-driven manufacturing is generally being linked with equipment effectiveness, but it can also show a company whether what it is making is making money. It comes down to profit per hour. [Read More...]

Collaboration Network Solves Problems in Shop-Floor Integration

By Al Bredenberg

Okuma, a CNC machinery maker, established Partners in THINC to include competing suppliers of shop-floor productivity solutions. This seemingly unconventional move spurs open-platform development while reinforcing Okuma as a problem-solver for its customers. [Read More...]

Manufacturing Innovation Institute Will Build "Digital Commons"

By Al Bredenberg

The first project of the recently unveiled Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute is the creation of the Digital Manufacturing Commons. It is an open-source collaboration tool that will bring design and manufacturing partners together more easily. [Read More...]

Technology Is Providing Real-Time Supply Chain Visibility, but What's Next?

By Al Bredenberg

Businesses are starting to take advantage of real-time logistics visibility, such as traffic avoidance and delivery resequencing. But that's the tip of the iceberg of possibilities being dreamed by the convergence of Big Data, predictive analytics, wearable computing, and the Internet of Things. [Read More...]

Model-Based Systems Engineering: Beyond Spreadsheets

By Shawn Wasserman

The growing complexity of subsystems within products will spur evolution from document-based systems engineering to the model-based approach. MBSE software will ease integrated, concurrent development of mechanical function, embedded electronics, etc, in the product design cycle. [Read More...]

Love Your MOM: Before Your Software and System Integration, Harness the People

By Al Bredenberg

It is obviously incumbent to have good software and system integration for good manufacturing operations management. But the best manufacturers at MOM are driven by staff who execute continuous improvement practices. [Read More...]

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