Infor Innovation Summit Lives Up to Its Name, Validates Digital Transformation is a Necessity [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 @ 12:50 PM

Infor, an enterprise software company, brought together the analyst community at its New York headquarters for another Innovation Summit to share updates on progress and plans for its product set. The Infor senior leadership team, backed by several customers, walked analysts through the entire product portfolio. Often perceived as “the other ERP company,” in the shadow of SAP and Oracle, Infor deserves more credit for innovation and adoption of future trends and technology. Infor was the first of the major enterprise application players to embrace Cloud and user experience, and was a very early proponent of analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). Much of the progress Infor made has been in industries outside of manufacturing like healthcare, transportation, retail, and in standard business functions such as human capital management (HCM). Manufacturing and asset-intensive industries should take note as they will benefit from the advances the software vendor is bringing to the market, in addition to all the Cloud capabilities directly associated with manufacturing in relevant CloudSuites. The Innovation Summit featured several end-users who made it clear they see Digital Transformation as their only option.

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Tags: Cloud, Mobile / Mobility, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), #MondayMusings, Asset Performance Management (APM)

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

EHS Leaders Face a Digital Inflection Point [MondayMusings]

Posted by Peter Bussey on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 @ 11:49 AM

Earlier this month, I participated in the NAEM EHS and Sustainability Software conference in St. Petersburg, FL. I’ve come to rely on this annual event as the place with highest concentration of people, companies, and content focused on EHS information technology (IT). This year’s event did not disappoint.

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Tags: Cloud, Big Data, Information Technology, Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, #MondayMusings, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

Standards in the IIoT: ISA-95 and Beyond

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 11:36 AM

 

In our recent work on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and manufacturing operations management (MOM), LNS Research has highlighted the inexorable journey MOM systems are taking as they become an integral part of IIoT-based systems and solutions. Much of this journey, when looked at from the outside, is somewhat haphazard to date as each vendor is doing its own thing. Hopefully, that will change as we move towards MOM 4.0, the seventh life of MOM.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Information Technology, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation

Open Process Automation Forum 2018 - A Year to Make or Break

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Mar 09, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

LNS joined the Open Process Automation (OPA) Forum in early 2017. A year after, here is our assessment on how far the forum has come and what the remainder of 2018 means. The OPA forum made some considerable progress in 2017, but 2018 will be the real indicator of OPA’s success or failure. The most prominent challenge facing OPA is breaking the mindset that the future must evolve from the past in small steps. OPA needs a mutation to change the way the industry needs. There will be winners and losers in any technology evolution, and the next generation of process control automation systems will be no exception.

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Tags: Industrial Automation, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability, Operational Architecture, Asset Performance Management (APM)

People and Data in MOM and PLM in the IIoT Age

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Mar 06, 2018 @ 01:12 PM

In my long career in manufacturing operations, I have had many discussions with product design teams for discrete manufacturing. These discussions have ranged from pure delight to taxing because while the product designers were smart and creative they were also somewhat self-centred. Sharing of data has been a natural extension of sharing ideas, goals, and success for those of us who have worked together in design and operations, and data sharing usually resulted  in new products.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Information Technology, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), IT/OT

ABB Launches ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations for Power Generation & Water [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 03:43 PM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, IT/OT, #MondayMusings, Asset Performance Management (APM)

Is it Time to Stop Focusing on Safety Culture?

Posted by Peter Bussey on Fri, Mar 02, 2018 @ 12:27 PM

Safety culture has been a long-standing topic in environment, health, and safety (EHS) and operational risk management (ORM) for industrial organizations. It’s receiving more attention in recent years with increased recognition of the essential role of human capital management and organizational dynamics in running a successful business.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Risk Management, Continuous Improvement, Culture, Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

Alexa, What’s in Store for EHS Management in 2018?

Posted by Peter Bussey on Thu, Mar 01, 2018 @ 10:03 AM

Last year was big for the environment, health, and safety (EHS) business function, regarding the technology available to manage it, and industry developments that impacted EHS. For the most part, the trends we projected in our 2017 trend and impacts to watch blog were realized, or at least advanced substantially.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Big Data, Industrial Automation, Culture, ISO Standards, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

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)