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A couple of weeks back, we attended a special analyst webcast announcing the intent of Siemens to acquire Camstar, a long-time Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) player, as part of the Siemens PLM software group. This transaction is on a fast track to culminate in November, 2014 with terms undisclosed, as Camstar is a privately held company.
More companies are in the planning phase of EQMS adoption than in previous years - significantly more. This is a journey that begins at disparate artifacts (binders, spreadsheets, repositories, etc.) with a planned destination of a comprehensive enterprise EQMS hub with appropriate integration across other core systems including ERP, PLM, MOM, EHS and CRM platforms.
In the first LNS Research blog article on this topic, we discussed the huge potential for billions of interconnected devices, along with summarizing some of the key investments, movers and shakers, and activities that are occurring surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) for the manufacturing industries. We also explored the first of three big hurdles that we see as slowing down adoption – the need for more interoperability standards between IoT and existing manufacturing and IT industry standards.
If you’re currently planning on implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or other applications in the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) space, you may think you have all the shop-floor areas and situations that still use manual, paper-based processes identified, but this may not necessarily be the case.
Chances are, an increased rate of production response to changes in supply and demand is high on your operational wish-list. And you’re not alone. When it comes to increased agility, it’s hard to argue there’s such a thing as too fast, and even small improvements in the ability to quickly ramp production up or down can translate to significant long-term bottom-line gains.
Generally, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software is thought of primarily as a collection of applications that manage production and related operations and activities. This is certainly true—the core intended purpose of MOM applications is to connect, aggregate, and federate shop-floor automation activities, along with all of the additional production workflows and supporting activities to the larger ERP and reporting software of the enterprise.
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Embarking and accelerating on a continuous improvement journey toward improved manufacturing performance is becoming increasingly important these days, as the shifts around global supply and demand, heightened customer expectations, and exciting newtechnological capabilities have created an atmosphere where manufacturing excellence is required to lead, or even maintain your spot within your industry, regardless of what that industry might be.
In manufacturing, where competition, customer demands, and business complexity continue in an upward trend, the ability to successfully manage all aspects of manufacturing business operations and to connect systems and people on the shop-floor to the upper-level business suite quarterbacking the enterprise is becoming more and more challenging.
As a manufacturer in an increasingly competitive marketplace, there’s a good chance you’re on an Operational Excellence journey of some kind. And while your specific objectives may vary depending on the industry in which you operate, your geographic footprint, or current strengths and weaknesses, chances are that achieving greater operational agility is one of your important Operational Excellence initiatives. Agility is critical in allowing you to come closer to being a more customer-driven organization—which should be an important goal for any manufacturing company.
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