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Many manufacturers are talking about Industrie 4.0. We can define the previous three from the original industrial resolution, to the coming of mass production, and the arrival of electronics and IT in manufacturing. This got me to thinking about the history of manufacturing operations management (MOM), and its close cousin manufacturing execution systems (MES).Read More
On this blog and through other other research, we've worked a lot to educate the marketplace around Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)/Manufacturing Execution System (MES) frameworks and solutions. In essence they're made up of applications that glue together the plant and business. There are standard definitions of what these applications are from--for example--the ISA-95 model and every case is different in terms of what applications are needed to meet business requirements. In this post, rather than diving deeper into the MOM/MES framework, I want to talk a little bit about the choices you need to make in functionality of an MES system in order to ensure success and avoid scope creep.Read More
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Whatever the specific functionality, some form of enterprise software is probably on every manufacturing/production company’s wish list. The potential improvements in analytics, integration, communications, performance measurement, and visibility afforded across the business can greatly streamline decision-making processes, create new insights, and save a huge amount of time and money on a number of business functions.
The majority of us have experience with mobile functionality in our personal lives these days, and for many, several times over. Smartphones are now ubiquitous and the price range of tablets is such that many have adopted them as a phone and laptop ‘in-between,’ a center of the Venn diagram of mobile and functional.
We research and write a lot about the growing importance of adopting next-generation technology and software applications for manufacturers to remain competitive. Indeed, a quick look at the tech mega-trends of Big Data, Mobile applications, and the Internet of Things shows the leaps that are being made in technology capabilities, and the potential for some associated transformational things in manufacturing.
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.
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.
As global competition and the drive to improve production efficiency and safety have intensified, inceased pressure has been placed on manufacturing processes and systems. Many organizations are now realizing the value and necessity to simplify and upgrade production operations. One of the ways companies are doing this is by standardizing on their manufacturing operations management (MOM) software applications.
Today’s manufacturing organizations face a variety of technological, geographical, and strategic complexities, the likes of which have never been seen before. And if you've ever spoken to any moden manufacturing executives, you know that they face a correspondingly complex breadth of challenges. With these hurdles standing in the way of their operational excellence journeys, it's important to know which areas business leaders are giving focus. Specifically, what are the top strategic manufacturing objectives for executives in 2013?