OEE: Where Quality Meets Asset Performance & Operations

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Aug 04, 2015 @ 09:55 AM

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) has been discussed a lot in the LNS Research blog from both an Asset Performance Management (APM) and a Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) perspective. This time I thought I’d explore OEE as a quality metric since nearly a third of our Quality survey respondents ranked it as a key metric (third only behind customer complaints and on-time delivery).

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Tags: Operational Excellence, MOM, Asset Performance Management, OEE

Why Automotive Is Leading the Way in IIoT Business Opportunities

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 @ 10:43 AM

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) goes far beyond the enterprise. Today, it's vital that manufacturers prepare to benefit from the extended IIoT because others will take the rich rewards available if manufacturers do not take the lead.

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OSHA Regulation Updates and Security in the IoT and [Roundup]

Posted by Justine Holt on Sun, Aug 02, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

OSHA to Make Changes in Record Keeping

Environmental, health, and safety (EHS) is an area that many organizations strive to maintain best practices. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has dedicated their entire practice to this area whether it’s in an industrial manufacturing company, or a hospital, regulations and precautions are expected of organizations.

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Tags: Quality Management, Big Data, Internet of Things, Mobility

Providing APM Value: How Do Automation Vendors Stack Up? [Data]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 09:54 AM

At LNS Research, we hold the position that Asset Performance Management (APM) encompasses a broad range of solutions, all of which contribute to the process of keeping the production assets used to produce a businesses products or services operating at optimal levels.

But what do our survey respondents have to say about which solutions contribute most to their success?

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Asset Performance Management

MOM's Dedication: Why Pharmaceuticals Has Grabbed and Kept It

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 10:15 AM

A few weeks ago we asked, “Is your vendor committed to your industry?” Today, I would like to address an industry, and the MOM vendors within, where the answer is almost always yes and look at the reasons why. That industry is pharmaceuticals.

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Tags: MOM, Internet of Things

As EQMS Implementations Rise Importance of Selection Due Diligence Follows Suit

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Regardless of where you look across manufacturing industries, you’re likely to see that the knob on operational speed has been steadily turned up over the past decade. Increased automation, mobility, Cloud solutions, the Internet of Things (IoT), enterprise manufacturing solutions, etc.—as these trends and technologies take hold, manufacturers are able to collaborate more effectively, forecast and respond to demand more accurately, gain better visibility into internal and external processes, and measure their performance more precisely.

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Tags: EQMS

Pharmaceutical Traceability and IIoT Utilization [Roundup]

Posted by Justine Holt on Sun, Jul 26, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

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Tags: MOM, Internet of Things, OEE, MES, Traceability

Lots of MOM? Think Cloud to Solve Smaller Problems

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 @ 09:54 AM

Last week we looked at the ISA-95 standard and how it can be used to imagine a MOM solution made up of independent smart objects that are unplugged. This week we will look at some of the questions you need to ask when considering what to split up and where you should run each component as you move towards an IIoT architecture and platform.

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How to Initiate the Manufacturing Enterprise Architecture Process

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 10:43 AM

In my last blog post I talked about the “What & Why of Manufacturing Enterprise Architecture.” I explained why an Enterprise Architecture (EA) effort was appropriate for manufacturing and asset intensive enterprises, and what the benefits a business could expect to reap from pursuing the process. In this post I’ll explain some of the work that is required to actually conduct the effort, as well as produce the Manufacturing EA document. 

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Tags: MOM, Asset Performance Management, Architecture

How to Maximize Initial Mobile Technology Investments

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 10:42 AM

As a technology capability that has advanced significantly over the past several years, mobility has been key in driving Operational Excellence in a diverse and growing number of use cases in manufacturing.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Mobility