Aligning Technology with Business Goals at Lockheed Martin

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Nov 03, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Digital Transformation is taking off in the fighter jet industry and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program is a valuable example of taking a disciplined approach to connecting strategic objectives and technology selection.

Over the past three years, the company — like many other industrial and manufacturing organizations — has faced pressure to cut costs and ramp production. In 2014, Lockheed Martin began planning a major upgrade of its plant-floor software to scale production. This involved an assessment of its 80+ homegrown software applications and highly-customized commercial complex assembly manufacturing solution (CAMS) and manufacturing execution system (MES). Needless to say, this software hodgepodge presented risks and limitations, as the company set about overhauling and updating its mission-critical manufacturing systems.

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Tags: Case Study, Digital Transformation, IT/OT, Operational Architecture

Why OEE and Plant Visualization Projects Keep Failing [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, May 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

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, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, IT/OT, #MondayMusings

Modern Plants, Fresh Tech, Big Money [ROUNDUP]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Mar 05, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

This month in Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as food producer builds an Industry 4.0 plant; EHS tech company buys quality software firm; tech giant boasts of fueling economy by $4B; a new compliance and risk software release; LED light company flips the switch on IIoT application; machine learning company banks $4M; and two companies collaborate for connected plant analytics.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Compliance, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), IT/OT, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)