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

What EHS Managers Need to Know About Digital Transformation

Posted by Peter Bussey on Wed, Oct 05, 2016 @ 10:31 AM

As an Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) manager or professional, you’re well-aware of the critical role EHS plays in Operational Excellence. There is no doubt that your company has one (or more) continuous improvement initiatives aimed towards operational efficiency and effectiveness; perhaps it’s based on a Lean approach or Six Sigma. A strong EHS component is necessary for such initiatives to produce desired results. After all, an unsafe plant that doesn’t meet compliance obligations or manage operational risks is not a smooth-running, profitable plant.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Big Data, EHS, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

Harmonization: Why It’s Important and 4 Steps to Help Achieve It

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 @ 11:15 AM

LNS Research meets with many quality executives throughout the week. Nearly all are from Medium or Enterprise-size businesses and responsible for at least a handful of sites, and they are usually responsible for quality across several business units which have arisen from a mix of organic growth and acquisition. These leaders are often looking to address challenges, like:

  • How consistently ensure quality standards across different business units
  • How to benchmark against peers
  • How to make changes and gain buy-in across the enterprise 

The answer? Harmonization. 

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Quality Management

Top 8 Questions from Last Week's IIoT & Big Data Webcast

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

On Wednesday, August 24, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Revolutionize Your Manufacturing System Architecture with IIoT and Big Data.” The presentation focused on a Digital Transformation Framework to evolve your manufacturing system architecture to connect people and things across the value chain. The presentation also provided a roadmap to capture the onslaught of Big Data, effectively manage it, and build a business case that specifically addresses your organization’s strategic objectives and Operational Excellence maturity.

Here are the most-asked questions we received during the presentation.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Big Data, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings