Manufacturing Intelligence

March 16, 2011

What are the best Tools to Manage Manufacturing Operations?

This was a question that I posed in a Linkedin group recently. Within a few days there were 31 replies with some excellent comments and suggestions. I found several things significant in the replies. They described many tools people are using to manage manufacturing facilities. They showed there is great …Read the Rest

Snow, Driving and Operations Management
January 12, 2011

Snow, Driving and Operations Management

It is Wednesday, January 12, 2011 and the snow is starting to melt across the southeast. More people are out …Read the Rest

Justifying Operational Excellence Tools
October 14, 2010

Justifying Operational Excellence Tools

Summary:

Justification of Operational Excellence tools is not difficult. However, it is different than justifying other assets because many people that will approve the project do not understand how it will be used to achieve business goals. The justification should layout the whole story – to guide those that will approve the expenditure to show them the capital will provide identifiable, auditable results and meet their financial justification thresholds.

A recommended 7 step method for justification of OPEX tools is as follows:

Step 1: State your program goals that the equipment will help you achieve.
Step 2: State specifically how you will integrate the tools into standard work.
Step 3: State how the tools will help you track and ensure success based on KPIs.
Step 4: State why investing in the project is the preferred way to achieve the goals.
Step 5: Identify benefits for the new equipment and meeting the target goals.
Step 6: Discuss benefits with owners and champions.
Step 7: Write justification emphasizing benefits supported by owners and champions.

I will cover some specific benefits for OPEX Tools next month.

My Top 10 Operational Excellence Tools
October 14, 2010

My Top 10 Operational Excellence Tools

There are a variety of tools that support operational excellence initiatives in manufacturing and the process industries. Many of these tools are industry specific and many have overlapping functionality. Most are underutilized and a fair number are misapplied based on their strengths but using them will help meet business goals.

The purpose of this article is to list a number of a great tools that will help every manufacturing and process company better support operational excellence initiatives that include LEAN, Six Sigma, 5S, and more.

In no particular order here are my Top 10 Tools that Support Operational Excellence Initiatives.

Sustainability
July 7, 2010

Sustainability

The word Sustainability has come to mean the capacity to endure with a low affect on the environment and being …Read the Rest

A Historical Look at the Process Historian
June 20, 2010

A Historical Look at the Process Historian

Today, computer savvy professionals in manufacturing management may not understand the basic functionality of a process historian. I invite you to read through this article to learn the background of the process historian and to remove some of the mystery and sales jargon that keep many professionals today from even understanding what they are buying.

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