All New Analytics That Matter Survey from LNS Research and MESA International

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

LNS Research is thrilled to launch the first Analytics That Matter survey in partnership with MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International. For the last six years we partnered with MESA on the Metrics That Matter survey, which has been one important foundational element of LNS Research’s primary data-driven research. As the use of plant-centric data has expanded dramatically since the last survey in early 2016, we decided to change the focus from overall metrics to the use of analytics in manufacturing operations and beyond.

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Tags: Metrics, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Big Data, Benchmarking, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Mobile / Mobility, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability, Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Asset Performance Management (APM), Manufacturing Operations

5 Most Asked Questions from the Making MOM Choices in a Changing World Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 01:46 PM

On Wednesday, February 14, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Making Manufacturing Operations Management Choices in a Changing World.” The presentation examined the complex considerations involved in MOM system choices, why the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) will partially merge, and what to expect in terms of data organization and protocols.  The discussion also included an examination of how manufacturing information architectures will change as companies move to smart manufacturing.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation

What does 2018 hold for Quality Management?

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

2017 was a challenging year for quality. Many manufacturers had to evolve their quality management system due to changes in standards and compliance requirements, providing an opportunity to rethink processes, organizations, and leadership support.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Quality 4.0, New Product Introduction (NPI)

Change of Guard at Enablon: Implications for the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Software Industry

Posted by Peter Bussey on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” — Ralph Lauren

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Tags: Culture, #MondayMusings, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

Quality Leaders: 8 Considerations to Improve Your Approach to Compliance Updates

Posted by Dan Jacob on Fri, Feb 09, 2018 @ 10:09 AM

“Sustainable change, after all, depends not upon compliance with external mandates or blind adherence to regulation, but rather upon the pursuit of the greater good.” – Douglas B Reeves, American educator.

Quality leaders would agree with this sentiment. While compliance will always be a significant factor in quality management, leaders are now focusing on building a culture of quality, encouraging defect prevention in addition to correction, designing in quality, and driving customer satisfaction.

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Tags: Culture, Compliance, Quality 4.0

2018 Asset Performance Management Predictions

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 10:16 AM

Every year LNS analysts offer up our predictions on what the year will bring in each of our coverage areas. In 2018 the most significant shift in APM will be the move away from the maintenance-centric approach that APM was born from 15-20 years ago including enterprise asset management (EAM), computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) and a focus on reliability and downtime reduction to APM 4.0. APM 4.0 with the emphasis on Digital Twins and prescriptive analytics is more about asset optimization than just reliability and availability.

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Tags: Predictive Maintenance (PM), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Asset Reliability, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Asset Performance Management (APM)

Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference Focuses on Cloud, Digital Thread, and Digital Twin

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Feb 05, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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This past week Oracle held the company’s annual Modern Supply Chain Experience conference in San Jose, CA, representing its largest iteration to date with over 3,000 attendees. For this year’s event, Cloud is still core to the message, but it's not stressed to the same degree as previous years. My suspicion and it reflects in our research is that the move to the Cloud, as with mobile, is now just assumed to be part of the architecture, rather than a challenge to overcome.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Risk Management, IT/OT, #MondayMusings

Digitalization Getting Bigger [ROUNDUP]

Posted by Diane Murray on Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

In this monthly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Siemens AG announces new global user group; what’s driving UK’s tech job market; LiveTiles’ new artificial intelligence partnership; and Kroger’s newest “Zero Waste” investment.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

3 Strategies to Get Business Executives to Walk Their Safety Talk

Posted by Peter Bussey on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 09:59 AM

When it comes to safety, one thing most people agree on is that it starts at the top. If safety is not a top priority for senior management, including the C-level, an organization is sure to fall short of achieving their stated objectives. Even in companies that tout a strong commitment to safety, there is often a disconnect between what the leaders say and their actions.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Culture, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

3 Advanced Industrial Cyber Security Vendors to Watch

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 @ 11:43 AM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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LNS Research is deep in the throes of completing the draft of our 2018 Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform solution selection guide. As part of that guide development, we revisit and update our 2014 IIoT platform model.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Risk Management, IT/OT, #MondayMusings