OPEX

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

Electronic Signage in Manufacturing
February 4, 2011

Electronic Signage in Manufacturing

Many manufacturing companies are sold on the benefits of using real-time electronic signage on the plant-floor, in shops, cafeterias, and conference rooms to display manufacturing key performance indicators. Intelligent visualization of actionable information and key performance indicators keeps people informed and everyone working on the right priorities and goals – doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time.

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

The Biggest Loser
December 15, 2010

The Biggest Loser

In the summer of 2010, I lost 40 pounds in three months and one day. I even came close to …Read the Rest

Electronic Signage on the Shop Floor
November 10, 2010

Electronic Signage on the Shop Floor

This month our regular newsletter had two articles on Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory in Dresden Germany. In one of the articles …Read the Rest

Real-time Performance Management Solutions that Can Grow
October 15, 2010

Real-time Performance Management Solutions that Can Grow

Real-time Performance Management (RPM) promises to deliver greater information to high-level executives that are in charge of running the business, but manufacturers now have a great opportunity to build an advanced performance management platform by starting simply on the plant floor.

LITETrak™ is a new and important development in tools to support operational excellence and lean initiatives. This new tool provides a low cost solution that can grow by paying for its expansion with the increased earnings it creates. Parsec Automation Corporation is far in front of other solutions with a single software platform installed fast and inexpensively for best in class line performance – that can be upgraded to a plant-wide MES with just a license file install without ever loading software again!

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.

OEE and Process Intelligence Workshops
September 8, 2010

OEE and Process Intelligence Workshops

What is the difference between a meeting and a workshop? What is the difference between studying a book and a …Read the Rest

Manufacturing in Crisis
September 8, 2010

Manufacturing in Crisis

Almost every segment of manufacturing is being affected by the downturn in the economy. Some are in a full crisis fighting for survival. I was at the site of a prospect two weeks ago. Their demand is low and their warehouse inventories are high.

The Process Historian – A Great Tool for Process Improvement
August 31, 2010

The Process Historian – A Great Tool for Process Improvement

The purpose of this article is to explain what a process historian is and how it helps manufacturing companies increase productivity and eliminate waste.

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