Cloud is one of the technological advances that has been cited as pivotal to Digital Transformation. Yet, for many manufacturers, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Big Data/Predictive Analytics have dominated the conversation on just how manufacturing will transform.Read More
Much of the new technology that is the foundation of Digital Transformation, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Cloud, and Mobility have either their roots or widespread proliferation within the consumer sector which drives volume adoption. It is the consumer market size, which accelerates the evolution of the technology as well as the lowering of the price point. In most cases, the consumer-driven adoption of technology has been spurred on by the technologists within the IT department. For many manufacturers, the value of these new technologies is best realized on the shop floor.Read More
Between discussions on the Industrial/Internet of Things (IIoT/IoT), Big Data & Predictive Analytics, Mobility, Cloud, and other aspects of technology that are driving Digital Transformation, it would seem that CIO’s and Chief Digital Officers have their hands full. What more could be on the horizon to further add to the crush of technology already overwhelming businesses?Read More
Asset Performance Management (APM) has become one of the most talked about practice areas in the industrial sector. Every user group meeting in the automation sector that LNS Research analysts have attended recently has spoken of reliability, APM, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as the way to drive Operational Excellence.Read More
Manufacturing companies have the reputation of being very cost-sensitive when it comes to procuring application software. Almost every end user company LNS Research engages with that is conducting a vendor selection exercise has cost as a key element of its process. However, despite manufacturing’s reputation, the reality is companies put cost behind both functionality and ease of integration when it comes to purchasing decisions for Asset Performance Management (APM) application procurement.Read More
The only thing worse than having a piece of equipment fail is to have it fail and not have the parts to readily repair it at hand. Because of this, many companies stock a plethora of spare parts which drives their carrying cost for that inventory sky-high. Although balancing the risk of not having the spare parts when needed versus the costs of carrying inventory is not a trivial problem; many companies have not yet addressed the issue. That’s why we are highlighting Xtivity and its Cloud-based solution, xIO Inventory Optimizer.Read More
On October 3rd, LNS Research conducted its first Manufacturing Operations Roundtable on the subject of Smart Manufacturing. Besides our gracious host, Alcoa/Arconic, attendees included executives from Magna, Cargill, USG, Lexmark, Praxair, and Eaton. The day-long event started off with LNS Research setting the stage about Smart Manufacturing and what it is, and insight on where we saw the industry pursuing initiatives and success related to Smart Manufacturing today.Read More
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a metric that most manufacturers rely on to help them understand how well their manufacturing operations are performing. Almost every discussion LNS Research has with end user clients about manufacturing operations eventually comes to OEE. A key factor influencing OEE is asset reliability. The bottom line is that a poorly performing asset due to poor maintenance can kill your OEE performance. The challenge that many companies face is there are multiple ways to address reliability. That’s why LNS Research is highlighting the automation and Product Life Management (PLM) giant, Siemens, and its approach to equipment reliability.Read More
"Patience is a virtue."
"If it isn’t broke - don’t fix it."
"Slow and steady wins the race."
One thing I have come to recognize in my 45 plus years in the industry is manufacturers love platitudes. Unfortunately, the culture that evolves over time from this caution becomes so stagnant that ultimately a manufacturer can become uncompetitive.
The marketing hype on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Smart Connected Devices suggests that this technology will just spontaneously appear in the market and be available for immediate deployment. Data tells a different story though. The LNS “Metrics that Matter” and “IIoT” surveys show there is growing awareness and interest in Digital Transformation and how it will change the way companies operate. However, organizations have made little progress in this direction. In many respects, most manufacturers still need to take the first steps toward Digital Transformation.Read More