Tag: OEE

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 losing 20 pounds in one month. I did this using a commonly used business process in combination with arguably the most important business tool of the 20th century. This article …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.

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.

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.

Workshops for OEE and Process Intelligence
June 20, 2010

Workshops for OEE and Process Intelligence

What is the difference between a meeting and a workshop? What is the difference between a presentation and a workshop? What is the difference between routing a functional specification for comments/approval and a functional specification workshop?

Lean When Orders are Down
June 20, 2010

Lean When Orders are Down

Almost every segment of manufacturing is being affected by the downturn in the economy. Some are in a full crisis. I was at the site of a prospect two weeks ago. Their demand is low and their warehouse inventories are high. The manufacturing facility is running at about 25% of the capacity that is was only a year ago. Is this the time to put your head down, nose to the grindstone, work and tough this thing out saving every penny?

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