Why Calibration Needs to be Part of Your APM Strategy

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 @ 09:09 AM

Calibration of the tools and equipment used to perform certain measurements during manufacturing generally has been part of the lab, quality management or sometimes, maintenance departments. Ownership of the software to manage the calibration has typically been the domain of whatever department performed the calibration function. However, Operational Excellence demands a more holistic approach.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management

All About the Internet of Things (IoT) [Roundup]

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Sun, Mar 22, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

The Internet of Things (IoT) is being incorporated in an increasing number of industrial applications these days as IoT software application providers partner with larger platform providers, and the concerns that businesses have around things like security, implementation costs, and viability begin to slowly recede and be replaced with growing success stories that open industry's eyes to the vast potential for IoT technology within their respective organizations.

In this week's round up, we highlight some recent business activity from software and IT providers that's moving the IoT conversation forward, and take a look at some examples of how the IoT is already driving tremendous value in different industries through increased efficiency, improved safety, lower costs, and more informed decision making.

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Tags: Weekly Roundup

3 Reasons We Need to Bring Product Stewardship Back

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 @ 12:43 PM

Once upon a time, product stewardship entered the corporate lexicon as a term that essentially asked producers to take responsibility for the complete lifecycle of their products, particularly from an environment, health and safety (EHS) perspective. But somewhere in the process, "product stewardship" got lost as an all-encompassing term describing how we approach the cradle-to-grave impacts of the things we generate. No longer should this be the case.

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Tags: Sustainability, Environment Health and Safety

Why You Need to Bring Social to Quality Management

Posted by Rob Harrison on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

Some years ago the organization I was working for introduced a social tool/chat element to the customer relationship management (CRM) platform we had been using for some time. I have to admit I thought it a ridiculous "fad" idea and saw little value in it–pah! Facebook for CRM, what a waste of time. Nobody will use this and who wanted to "chat" when we had dedicated instant messaging (IM), email, and phones, not to mention "opportunity" and customer records we could add information to with multiple fields and notes? It was an ongoing battle to get core sales personnel—never mind more peripheral stakeholders—to use what they already had.

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Tags: Quality Management

APM: The Ultimate Reputation Management Tool in Oil & Gas

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 @ 10:51 AM

Recently, when gasoline was available in some places in the U.S. for under $2/gallon most people were enjoying the extra money in the economy and the petroleum industry didn't capture very many headlines. Now that gasoline is headed back to $5/gallon in some places, like California, the industry is once again in the news, and usually not in a favorable light.

Several things have led to the recent spate of news reports about the industry. First of all there is the strike that has affected production; then the California refinery accident that reduced refining capacity for the state, and is impacting the West; and finally, transportation issues and accidents that really don’t impact prices much but certainly don’t help the industry's image with the public. The petroleum industry needs to take a step back and focus on Asset Performance Management (APM) to address not only its operational issues, but also buoy its public image. Below, I'll discuss why APM is a critical tool.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Maintenance

How to Double Your Energy Intensity Improvements [Roundup]

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Sun, Mar 15, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

AspenTech Acquires BLOWDOWN Depressurization Modeling Software

Some news in the manufacturing software space this week as AspenTech acquired BLOWDOWN, a software technology developed by Professor Stephen Richardson of Imperial College London, and Dr. Graham Saville, formerly of Imperial College. BLOWDOWN uses depressurization modeling to improve safety and monitor critical activity in oil & gas processing plants.

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Tags: Weekly Roundup

5 Ways to Achieve Successful Safety Leadership

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 01:10 PM

As we have discussed to great lengths on this blog, effective safety performance is built on a foundation of involved safety leadership from the top down, and engaged safety activity from the ground up. It sounds great in principle--and perhaps simple, but in reality is a lot more challenging in execution.

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Tags: Environment Health and Safety

3 Things Quality Leaders Need to Know About Their EQMS RFP

Posted by Rob Harrison on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 @ 12:11 PM

Organizations face multiple challenges when embarking upon the journey of selecting and planning the implementation of Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS). The potential for failure, assuming all the functional and non-functional, usability, deployment model and support requirements are satisfied, lies squarely at the feet of implementation planning, execution and follow-through. In this post we will be discussing three considerations that could make or break an implementation and as a result develop an approach that that helps insure against selecting a partner that potentially promises much and yet delivers too little when the rubber hits the road.

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Tags: EQMS

Key Internet of Things Insights from the MIT Forum

Posted by Mehul Shah on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

I had the pleasure of attending the half-day MIT Enterprise forum on Connected Things at the MIT Media lab in Cambridge on February 27, 2015. The event brought together corporations, entrepreneurs, academics, and research organizations to have an in-depth discussion on the benefits and challenges of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

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Tags: Internet of Things

5 Critical Factors to Reduce the Energy Intensity of Operations

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 01:10 PM

With increasing energy prices, increasing pressure for operational cost reduction, and major demographic shifts impacting the political and policy sphere, the focus on effective energy management is only increasing. Industrial companies today are being forced to address this trend and focus on cutting energy consumption wherever possible.

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Tags: Sustainability, IEM, Energy Management