Supplier Quality Management: The Rich Get Richer

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Last September, LNS hosted the Quality Executive Roundtable. During a break at the event, I had a discussion with a quality executive who put today’s disparity between the Supplier Quality Management (SQM) rich and poor in stark contrast. This quality executive relayed how his company digitally transformed SQM. The company expanded upon a robust SQM platform by including it in a Big Data initiative that connected IT systems, Operational Technology (OT) systems, and supplier systems to Machine Learning.

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Tags: Quality Management, Supplier Quality Management, Digital Transformation

Maintenance Professionals: 21st Century Blacksmiths

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Are maintenance professionals, including reliability engineers, about to go the way of blacksmiths? Digital Transformation makes it possible for IT staff to deliver Predictive Maintenance (PdM) results, but there is still tremendous value and need for maintenance pros.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Maintenance, Predictive Maintenance, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Siemens, Bentley, SAP Talk New Offerings; while Fiat Chrysler, Phillips 66 Buying What’s Offered [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Feb 05, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

In this monthly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Industrial power companies to get a jolt of offerings from Siemens and Bentley; SAP talking about its new quick-start program for IoT platform; Fiat Chrysler buys EHS software; and Phillips 66 replacing its EHS software.

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Tags: Internet of Things, EHS, Digital Transformation

2017 Asset Performance Management Predictions

Posted by Jason Kasper on Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

At LNS Research we are excited as to what 2017 will hold! We recently published a blog post to revisit our 2016 predictions, review how we did, and what it means going forward for Asset Performance Management (APM). Now as 2017 is upon us, we would like to discuss our predictions about what we expect to take hold for the year to come.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Predictive Maintenance, IIoT, Digital Transformation

2016: The Beginning of Quality Management’s Digital Transformation

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

This time last year, we identified what we felt were the three most important developing trends in Quality Management. We identified that these were Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) pilots focused on quality improvements, increased adoption of risk management automation, and substantial growth in Cloud-based EQMS adoption.

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Tags: Quality Management, Supplier Quality Management, IIoT, Digital Transformation

5 Key Elements in Building an Effective Quality Strategy

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 12:30 PM

In the Supplier Quality Management (SQM) research, LNS has characterized the current quality maturity of the market, identified the journey to maturity, and quantified the operational and financial value of both maturity and specific best practices. Quality leaders have leveraged this research to gain executive sponsorship, which develops a culture of quality and drives cross-functional engagement.

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Tags: Quality Management, Supplier Quality Management, Digital Transformation

5 Predictions About Cloud’s Impact on Industrial Operations in 2017

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

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.

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Tags: ERP, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

3 Simple Strategies to Achieve EHS Business Process Excellence

Posted by Peter Bussey on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Efficient and effective business processes are a pre-requisite to Operational Excellence (OpEx), but are only part of the story. We at LNS Research have written extensively about the need for a holistic approach to OpEx that encompasses alignment of the right combination of People, Process, and Technology capabilities. This is a well-accepted paradigm and reminds us to keep the big picture in mind in continuous improvement efforts.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Environment Health and Safety, EHS, Digital Transformation

Addressing Roadblocks with a 5 Step Journey Towards Smart Connected Assets

Posted by Jason Kasper on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 @ 10:27 AM

When pursuing Digital Transformation efforts, it is important to understand the roadblocks one may face when moving forward. There is a direct correlation between education on new technologies such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), an integral component of both Smart Connected Assets and Digital Transformation, and the ability to build a business case and therefore get the funding you require to execute on a project.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, Digital Transformation

IT vs. OT: Who Does Guerrilla Tech Better?

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 11:49 AM

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.

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Tags: Big Data, Asset Performance Management, Information Technology, Mobility, Predictive Maintenance, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation