The Definitive Guide to Manufacturing Acronyms

Posted by Diane Murray on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Acronym Quick Reference

Research produced by LNS often includes acronyms used by the industries we serve. Some refer to highly technical concepts specific to manufacturing and industrial companies, while others are broadly used business terms used across most industries. Use this quick reference to enhance understanding as you read the research content. If you’d like to learn more about any term or acronym, explore Wikipedia, Google, or one of the many manufacturing and industrial associations that serve your industry or profession.

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3P production, preparation, process
six sigma
AGV automated guided vehicle
AI artificial intelligence
ALM asset lifecycle management
APC advanced process control
API application programmable interface
APM asset performance management
APQP advanced product quality plan
APS advanced planning and scheduling
AQE advanced quality engineer
BI business intelligence
BOM bill of materials
BPI business process improvement
CAPA corrective and preventive actions
CBM condition-based maintenance
CEO chief executive officer
CFO chief financial officer
CFR code of federal regulations
CI continuous improvement
CIL critical items list
CIO chief information officer -or- chief informatics officer
CMM capability maturity model
CMMS computerized maintenance management system
CMO chief marketing officer
CNC computer numerical control
CoGQ cost of good quality
COGS cost of goods sold
COO chief operating officer -or- chief operations officer
CoPQ cost of poor quality
Ĉpk process capability index
CRM client relationship management
CSR corporate social responsibility
CT cycle time
DCS distributed control system
DFA design for assembly
DFM design for maintenance
DFM design for manufacturability
DFMEA design failure mode effects analysis
DFQ design for quality
DFR design for reliability
DFSS design for six sigma
DMAIC define ® measure ® analyze ® improve ® control
(acronym pronounced duh-MAY-ick)
DPMO defects per million opportunities
DPPM defective parts per million
DX digital transformation
EA enterprise architecture
EAM enterprise asset management
EBITDA earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization
EBOM engineering bill of materials
EH&S environment, health and safety
EHS environment, health and safety
EHSQ environment, health, safety and quality
EMI enterprise manufacturing intelligence
EPEx every product every interval
EQMS enterprise quality management software
ERM enterprise risk management
ERP enterprise resource planning
ESM enterprise sustainability management
ETO engineer to order
FEA finite element analysis
FFMEA functional failure mode effects analysis
FMEA failure mode effects analysis
FMECA failure mode effect and criticality analysis
FMES failure mode effect summary
FPY first pass yield
FRACAS failure reporting analysis and corrective action system
GAAP generally accepted accounting principles
GRC governance, risk and compliance
HACCP hazard analysis and critical control points
HMI human-machine interface
IATF International Automotive Task Force
IEC International Electrotechnical Commission
IEM industrial energy management
IIoT industrial internet of things
IoT internet of things
ISA International Society of Automation
ISO International Standards Organization
IT information technology
JIT just in time
KPI key performance indicator
LIMS laboratory information management system
LIS laboratory information system
M2M machine-to-machine
MBOM manufacturing bill of materials
MDM master data management
MES manufacturing execution system
MI manufacturing intelligence, see EMI
MIU machine interface unit
MMI man machine interface
MOM manufacturing operations management
MRO maintenance, repair and overhaul -or- maintenance, repair and operations
MRP material requirements planning
MTBF mean time between failures
MTO make-to-order
MTS make-to-stock
MTTF mean time to failure
MTTR mean time to repair
NC/CAPA non-conformances/corrective and preventive actions
NPI new product introduction
OA operational architecture
OBC operator balance chart
OEE overall equipment effectiveness
OEM original equipment manufacturer
OHS occupational health and safety
OI operations intelligence
OLE object linking and embedding
OPC PLC OPC compliant PLC
OPC openness, productivity, and connectivity
OPC_UA OPC unified architecture
OpEx operations excellence, operational excellence
ORM operational risk management
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OT operational technology
OTD on-time delivery
PAC process automation controller
PAT process analytic technology
PDCA plan, do, check, act
PdM predictive maintenance
PDM product data management
PFEP plan for every part
PFMEA process failure mode effects analysis
PLC programmable logic controller
PLM product lifecycle management
PLT production lead time
PM preventative maintenance -or- preventive maintenance
PPAP production part approval process
PPK process performance
PSM process safety management
QFD quality function deployment
QMS quality management system
R&D research and development
REST representational state transfer
ROI return on investment
RONA return on net assets
RTU remote terminal unit
RxM prescriptive maintenance
SCAR supplier corrective action report
SCM supply chain management
SCSC smart connected supply chain
SFC shop floor control
SDR supplier defect rate
SE systems engineering
SIL safety integrity level
SMED single minute exchange of die
SOP standard operating procedure
SPC statistical process control
SQC statistical quality control
SQE supplier quality engineer
SQM supplier quality management
TCoQ total cost of quality
TOC theory of constraints
TPM total productive maintenance
TPM trusted platform module
TPS Toyota production system
TQC total quality control
TQM total quality management
TTM time to market
VCT value creating time
VSM value stream mapping
WI work instruction
WIP work in progress



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