We’ve been busy delivering against our 2016 research agendas here at LNS. The Quality practice is working on a number of topics, but arguably the most important is the “Business Case for Quality.” Industry needs the tools to build solid business cases for quality management enhancements, and with nearly 1,000 respondents to its quality management survey, LNS Research has the data to help identify the tools companies need to make their Business Case. The tools we are developing are frameworks, metrics, typical performance guidelines, and Operational Excellence levers (People, Process, and Technology).Read More
Sparta Systems Inc., one of the most well established and largest pure-play vendors in the Enterprise Quality Management Systems (EQMS) space, purchased 123Compliance, an EQMS vendor for the life sciences small and medium business (SMB) space developed on the Salesforce cloud platform on January 20th, 2016. What does this acquisition mean to Sparta and 123Compliance customers and to quality management as a whole?Read More
GM Harnesses the IIoT
GM’s Lake Orion manufacturing plant is known for its advanced robotics and production capabilities. While the plant works hard with its 800 robots running on the floor, there is always the concern that downtime from even one robot can stop production. That’s when FANUC, a Japanese robotics manufacturer, Cisco and Rockwell Automation stepped in.Read More
There’s been increasing talk about incoming conflict mineral reporting requirements among manufacturers across the U.S.–not to mention suppliers around the globe–and the impacts these rules are going to create. And that’s understandable. After all, the new requirements are going to have a seismic effect on how manufacturers do business and achieve visibility and traceability across their entire supply chains.
This week's industrial round up includes articles focusing on various aspects of manufacturing software such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), manufacturing operations management (MOM), and improving product traceability with certain IT enablers.
Below are articles from the past week that discuss a range of industrial topics including the future connection between MES and PLM due to GE's most recent venture, how America's energy consumption effects the economy, and product compliance through data analysis.
It recently occurred to me while moderating panels on operational excellence during an SAP Manufacturing Forum that many organizations and manufacturing executives are tangentially, if accidentally, engaged in risk management without their knowledge.