Some software vendor customer conferences are routine, incremental improvements of what transpired the year before. Others are step-change events representing a major milestone in the evolution of a company and its presence in the market. The Sphera Inspire 2017 conference held recently in Austin, Texas, (and the week following in Brussels, Belgium) marked such as milestone.Read More
LNS has had lots of interest in our research on jumpstarting Digital Transformation with MES. It has led to many conversations with manufacturers and, unsurprisingly, these conversations have differed hugely depending on the level of digital maturity and the industry in the company involved. What became clear during these discussions is that companies with little automation and less manufacturing operations integration were keenest to get going with a Digital Transformation initiative.Read More
Have you ever played the game “Twenty Questions?” It’s a great game for long car rides, as I was reminded recently while taking an old-school family road trip from Pittsburgh to Maine. Fifteen hours of non-stop driving with nothing but the car radio, snacks and each other’s company means you’ll eventually play every game you know (at least twice).
For those unfamiliar, Twenty Questions is a game where one player thinks of something, and the other players have 20 questions to guess what it is. I've found that process of elimination can be an effective strategy. To discover what the thing is, it’s helpful to first determine what it isn’t.Read More
On Thursday, November 9, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “EHS 4.0: Leveraging Technology to Reach New Levels of Safety and Environmental Performance.” The presentation explained a new approach to EHS management that helps EHS leaders overcome the complexity and risks typical in today’s business environment.Read More
Quality leaders often view customer complaints as a reactive metric and the last line of defense in their arsenal. Though the term may seem pessimistic on a first glance, when collected, analyzed, and promptly handled, customer complaints have the potential to be a net positive for manufacturers. Not only from a metrics and operations standpoint but also in enabling closed-loop processes and driving a culture of quality throughout the organization.Read More
GE held its sixth Minds + Machines event the week of October 23 in San Francisco, home to past events, but in a new venue. During the past several years GE transformed industrial-style locations into conference venues, demonstrating as it did so its ability to use its own technology to rapidly spin up what amounted to a small city. Attendance has grown from 150 at the first event to over 3800 today, with this year almost double from 2016 — making the larger Moscone Convention Center a necessity.Read More
Digital Transformation is taking off in the fighter jet industry and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program is a valuable example of taking a disciplined approach to connecting strategic objectives and technology selection.
Over the past three years, the company — like many other industrial and manufacturing organizations — has faced pressure to cut costs and ramp production. In 2014, Lockheed Martin began planning a major upgrade of its plant-floor software to scale production. This involved an assessment of its 80+ homegrown software applications and highly-customized commercial complex assembly manufacturing solution (CAMS) and manufacturing execution system (MES). Needless to say, this software hodgepodge presented risks and limitations, as the company set about overhauling and updating its mission-critical manufacturing systems.Read More
In our recent webinar and ebook on jumpstarting digital transformation with manufacturing operations management (MOM) systems, we introduced the idea of moving towards a Digital Twin in the digital journey. Although the term "Digital Twin" emerged some 15 years ago, it's only now that computing power and simulation technology is sufficient to allow us to deploy Digital Twin solutions.Read More
In this monthly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as automotive supplier digitalizing; new IIoT tech framework; Dell’s betting on IoT; a new ICS cybersecurity solution on the market; and a nutty safety story.Read More