Tag: tools

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

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

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.

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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