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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More