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

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

Is Organizational Culture Holding Back Your EHS Performance?

Posted by Peter Bussey on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Improving Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) performance should be simple, right? Set some goals, define business processes to meet them, and implement enabling systems. As we know, it’s a bit more complicated than that. The missing link is often the people dimension. In this post, we’ll look at the how the top barriers to EHS performance improvement relate to people and organizational issues, and approaches you can take to overcome them by changing organizational culture.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, EHS

ISO Standards for APM Are Here to Stay: It’s Time to Plan, Do, Check, & Act

Posted by Jason Kasper on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

The ISO 55000 standards for asset management provide a descriptive process for organizations to institute best practices process to manage critical infrastructure. At this point, most know the history and evolution and how it became a standard. As an official ISO Standard since early 2014, we are now seeing momentum, across many industries in applying this standard.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Asset Performance Management, ISO Standards

5 Top Questions from Yesterday's Operationalizing EHS Management Webcast

Posted by Peter Bussey on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 12:21 PM

On Wednesday, October 26, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Operationalize EHS Management: Bridge the Gap from Strategy to Execution.” This presentation discussed what’s at stake with EHS performance, which EHS opportunities have the greatest impact, and ways to engage business leaders for long-term EHS excellence.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Risk Management, EHS, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Top 5 Insights from the LNS Research Roundtable: Quality in NPI

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

On September 29th, the LNS Global Executive Council met to discuss Quality in NPI (New Product Introduction), hosted at the World of Whirlpool in Chicago. The event had active participation from quality leaders from across industry and included presentations from leaders at Whirlpool, MacDermid Performance Solutions, The Oshkosh Corporation, and ThermoFisher Scientific; as well as yours truly.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Risk Management, Quality Management