10 Common Biases Companies Need to Eliminate From Their Vendor Selection Processes

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, May 31, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Many manufacturers are now beginning to invest in technology more so than they have since before the economic downturn of 2009. Whether it is automation, technology supporting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), or other solutions they believe will drive Operational Excellence, an increasing number of respondents to LNS’s APM and IIoT surveys are indicating they plan on increasing spending in the next 12 to 18 months.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, EQMS, Solution Selection Guide, IIoT, Digital Transformation

The Smart Connected Asset Requires a Robust Digital Twin

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Asset performance management (APM), like manufacturing itself, is evolving to leverage the digital technology associated with Cloud, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Mobility, and Big Data and the associated Analytics. This overall industrial shift has been referred to as both Industry (or Industrie) 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing. Accordingly, LNS has set forth a vision of how APM must evolve in support of these highly digital, capable manufacturing assets which we call APM 4.0.

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

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, OEE, IIoT, Digital Transformation, IT/OT Convergence, #MondayMusings

Shape Organizational Culture to Drive Operational Excellence

Posted by Peter Bussey on Thu, May 11, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Organizational culture is one of those ubiquitous but nebulous terms thrown around in the business world. “We have a strong culture of continuous improvement” … “Our safety culture is lacking” … “We need to change the culture around here.” These and similar expressions might be heard in the executive suite, the plant manager’s office, or on the shop floor.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Environment Health and Safety, EHS

EHS Management is a Team Sport, So Why Are We Still Playing in Silos?

Posted by Peter Bussey on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the EHSQ Leadership Summit in Toronto. The event was a gathering of Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) and Quality business leaders hosted by Intelex. A highlight of the event for me was moderating a panel discussion on the opportunity to integrate EHS and Quality Management systems in the pursuit of Operational Excellence.


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Tags: Operational Excellence, Quality Management, EHS, Digital Transformation

IIoT Threatens EHS Professionals: Will You Be a File Clerk?

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

During a recent conversation with LNS Research Analyst, Pete Bussey, it dawned on me that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) threatens EHS leaders in the same way that maintenance professionals risk becoming 21st-century blacksmiths.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, EHS, Digital Transformation

[Infographic] Automotive CEO: What's Your IATF 16949:2016 Survival Plan?

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Mar 09, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Automotive CEOs: There’s an untapped source of operating income and competitive advantage right in your own company. When senior execs take an active role in Quality Management, your organization can transform new industry standards into a source of Operational Excellence. Use this infographic to understand what you must do to capture the value for your business.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Quality Management

[Infographic] Digitize EHS Management | Get it Approved: 5 Strategies for the EHS Technology Business Case

Posted by Peter Bussey on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Environment, health, and safety (EHS) business leaders face tough challenges in driving performance improvement. Fragmented systems and siloed organizational structures are foremost among them. Modern information technology is key to overcoming these obstacles, yet EHS lags other business functions in adopting it.

Approval of the necessary technology investment requires a compelling business case. Our research shows this step is a big stumbling block, with 31% of organizations citing lack of business case justification as a top challenge to EHS performance improvement. The infographic below provides five practical strategies to elevate the business value of EHS management, and help ensure a winning business case for technology investment.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, EHS, Digital Transformation

Operational Architecture Needs to Be a 2017 New Year’s Resolution

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

While many of my colleagues have recently written blog posts to assess their 2016 predictions and forecast what key trends will emerge in 2017, I made no 2016 predictions to review. I spent most of 2016 looking at everything from ERP to the moving Cloud to impact-technologies, such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Big Data. So, instead of making predictions about what could or will happen, I’ll use this opportunity to say what I believe manufacturers and other end users should do in 2017.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Architecture

5 EHS Management Trends and Impacts to Watch in 2017

Posted by Peter Bussey on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

There’s a good argument to be made that the Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) business function has been relatively slow to change over the years. In some respects, it might be considered a laggard; for example in the adoption of enabling technology. Developments in recent years are changing that and bringing EHS management more to the forefront, mostly driven by the need for more rigorous management of operational and supply chain risks to ensure safe, sustainable, operations and products.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Big Data, EHS, IIoT