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: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Risk 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, Asset Performance Management (APM)

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, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

[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, Cloud, Big Data, Mobile / Mobility, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

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, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Risk Management

The 3 Essential Capabilities Needed for Operational Risk Management

Posted by Peter Bussey on Tue, Sep 06, 2016 @ 11:14 AM

Operational Risk Management (ORM) centers on Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) risks that can cause accidents or incidents anywhere work takes place, whether it's a manufacturing plant, an off-shore drilling platform, a mine, a marine terminal, and so forth. This post will discuss why and how operational risks need to be managed effectively, the three essential ORM process capabilities, and considerations for implementation.

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Tags: Risk Management, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

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, Cloud, Asset Performance Management (APM)

Cisco Makes Cloud Acquisition & Intelex Adds EHS Value [Roundup]

Posted by Justine Holt on Sun, Jul 03, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Intelex acquires Ecocion; Cisco is to acquire CloudLock; Volkswagen settles on emissions scandal; and ABB announces a new location in Silicon Valley. Read More

Tags: Risk Management, Cloud, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Performance Management (APM), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

Virtual, Augmented, & Real Reality: Digital Technology Driving IT-OT Convergence

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 10:12 AM

For virtually every category of technology supplier serving the industrial market today, from automation companies to infrastructure providers to enterprise software providers, the topic of IT-OT (Information Technology - Operational Technology) convergence or IT vs OT is a dominant theme of their solutions marketing.

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Tags: Risk Management, Big Data, Information Technology, Digital Transformation

Why EHS Management Systems Fail, and What to Do About It

Posted by Peter Bussey on Wed, Jun 08, 2016 @ 11:54 AM

On April 17, 2013 when 30 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded at the West Fertilizer Company (WFC) killing 15 people, the last thing anybody was thinking about was “what went wrong with the company’s Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) management system?” Yet, its failure was the fundamental cause of a preventable catastrophe.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Risk Management, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)