Dan Jacob

Dan Jacob is a Principal Analyst with LNS Research; he primarily focuses on Enterprise Quality Management Systems with collaborative coverage across Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, High Tech & Electronics and Medical Devices.
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Risk, Quality, and the Road to Preferred Supplier Status

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

Just how critical are risk and quality to today’s supply chain? Recent LNS research reveals risk and quality improvements are among a supplier’s most important investments. For many, this will not be a surprise, because quality is often leveraged to determine preferred supplier status, and preferred supplier status impacts contract awards. Quality and risk are indeed strategic investments given that suppliers are even more focused on growing revenue than the rest of the market.

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Tags: Risk Management, Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Quality 4.0

Quality 4.0 and New Product Introductions

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 11:06 AM

Developing profitable, timely, high-quality products is more important today than ever before. Visibility to product performance has never been higher, while competition continues to squeeze margins and time to market. These market dynamics, among others, are increasing the pressure on product teams.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Quality 4.0, New Product Introduction (NPI)

Quality 4.0: 5 Considerations to Accelerate Your Zero Defects Initiatives

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

LNS Research has been tracking and influencing the market’s use of Industry 4.0 technologies to improve quality for several years. These technologies have proven to be transformative, and include advances in connectivity and sensors, data management, analytics, app development, and collaboration. LNS calls this Quality 4.0 and recommends all quality teams include Quality 4.0 in their strategies. To better understand it, read the blog post and eBook.

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Tags: Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Quality 4.0

6 Most Asked Questions from Industry Standards as Building Blocks to Quality Maturity and Operational Excellence Webcast

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

On Tuesday, March 20, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Industry Standards as Building Blocks to Quality Maturity and Operational Excellence.” The presentation examined how to use industry standards to capture the attention and cooperation of senior corporate executives, the capabilities required to achieve competitive advantage through quality, and the results companies should expect.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Metrics, Compliance, Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Quality 4.0

A New Definition of Quality

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

Over the past few months, we’ve been helping many LNS program members with strategic planning for 2018, and underlying this planning is a common theme - “What is the perceived value of quality?”

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Metrics, Cost of Quality (CoQ), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Culture, Quality 4.0, New Product Introduction (NPI)

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)

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

NPI: What's the Impact of Data and Cross-Functional Collaboration on Outcomes?

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 @ 09:10 AM

It's no secret that companies that benchmark performance against actual practices in operations, quality, environmental, safety, risk management, energy, and many others are able to drive and sustain higher performance levels, and contribute meaningful value to enterprise objectives.  Even companies that are long-time pros at benchmarking performance in these areas often struggle to pinpoint best practices that have a beneficial impact on new product introductions (NPI).  When so much is at stake, what's holding them back?

The fact is, the pressure is on and growing for manufacturers:

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Tags: Metrics, New Product Introduction (NPI)

Plex Systems: Can Cloud Manufacturing ERP Break Through? [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Dec 04, 2017 @ 02:00 PM

Plex Systems is a cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS), multitenant enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) vendor with a historical focus on discrete manufacturers that are small and mid-size businesses (SMB) headquartered in North America, largely across the automotive supply chain. The company does have a growing number of customers in food and beverage and high tech. LNS Research recently participated in Plex’s Future of Manufacturing Roundtable, a joint customer advisory board / analyst event. The conference featured a combined review of Plex System’s 2017 progress, customer engagement, and forward-looking plans.

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Tags: Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), #MondayMusings

Design for Reliability: State of the Market and Transformation

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 09:29 AM

What do vehicles, transmissions, HVAC, and appliances have in common?  Among other things, they are all historically primarily mechanical products that now contain increasing electronic and software content, which is broadly true of many product categories.  While these new devices deliver unprecedented performance or convenience, the shift in product content means product complexity like never before.  And, as complexity increases, so too does the probability of failure of at least some components.  Unfortunately for manufacturers, reliability and warranty expectations have, if anything, become more stringent.

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Tags: Cost of Quality (CoQ), Digital Transformation