6 Top Questions from Yesterday's Supplier Quality Management Webcast

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

On Wednesday, January 11, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Supercharge Supplier Quality Management (SQM) for Competitive Advantage.” The presentation explained what today’s quality leaders must do to realize the full value of quality efforts, particularly in light of rapidly changing market and regulatory conditions.

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Tags: Risk Management, Quality Management, Supplier Quality Management

De-Regulation Under Trump Will Not Create a Windfall for Manufacturers [MondayMusings]

Posted by Peter Bussey on Mon, Jan 09, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

The #MondayMusings, Digital Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.


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Tags: Risk Management, Operational Risk Management, Asset Performance Management, EHS

Health and Safety, Asset Performance, Quality, and Reliability Top This Week’s News [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Jan 08, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

In this monthly in Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as business goals hurting workers; AspenTech talking Asset Performance Management (APM); FDA on contract drug manufacturing; product engineering to reduce costs and boost reliability; and workers blind to health and safety rules.

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Tags: Risk Management, Quality Management, Asset Performance Management, EHS

5 Maneuvers to Drive a Culture of Quality [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Many companies that want to differentiate with quality need a clear picture of Supplier Quality Management (SQM) practices across industry. Use this insightful infographic to understand and communicate the total value of quality. Learn how your company can gauge SQM maturity, who can help you along the way, and strategies to transform Quality from a department and bake it into your company’s culture. 

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Tags: Risk Management, Quality Management, Quality Culture, Quality Risk Management

5 Ways to Improve New Product Development (NPD) Through Engaged Quality

Posted by Dan Jacob on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

Perhaps surprisingly, there is a strong connection between archery hunting and quality’s role in New Product Development (NPD). In both cases, we’re hunting – for customers and market share or quarry – and on a given day of archery and in NPD, there is a number of difficult-to-quantify unknowns that influence our success. Quality management can and should play a role in reducing these NPD risks, therefore increasing successful New Product Introductions (NPI).

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Tags: Risk Management, Quality Management

Xtivity and its Cloud-Based xIO Inventory Optimizer

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

The only thing worse than having a piece of equipment fail is to have it fail and not have the parts to readily repair it at hand. Because of this, many companies stock a plethora of spare parts which drives their carrying cost for that inventory sky-high. Although balancing the risk of not having the spare parts when needed versus the costs of carrying inventory is not a trivial problem; many companies have not yet addressed the issue. That’s why we are highlighting Xtivity and its Cloud-based solution, xIO Inventory Optimizer.

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Tags: Risk Management, Cloud-Computing, Asset Performance Management

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

[Infographic] Operationalize Your EHS Management System in 6 Steps

Posted by Peter Bussey on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

EHS and operations business leaders face tough new challenges in ensuring processes are safe, reliable, and sustainable. Compliance obligations are becoming more complicated. Increasingly complex business networks and dynamic operating environments expose organizations to new risks. Stakeholder expectations for transparency and accuracy in disclosing risks and performance are more intense than ever. The need to have strong EHS management systems has never been greater.

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Tags: Risk Management, Big Data, Mobility, EHS, IIoT, cloud, 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

NEW Rules Enable Best Practices in APM for Rail Industry

Posted by Jason Kasper on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Recently the Department of Transportation (DOT) in the United States proposed rules that have put public transit organizations on center stage on approaching maintenance in a best practice way. One particular announcement creates a standard for a National Transit Asset Management system. This would be uses to monitor and manage public transportation assets. Based on the current performance of some transit authorities, it’s a positive step forward to improving safety and increasing reliability and performance of the nation’s transportation infrastructure that serves millions every day.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Risk Management, Asset Performance Management, cloud