Survey Snippets #6: The Why, What, and How of Industrial Transformation (IX)

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on June 01, 2022

One of the most common mistakes LNS Research sees manufacturers make in their Industrial Transformation (IX) programs is starting with technology selection. To help companies better structure their IX programs, we have designed the LNS Research Industrial Transformation Framework (shown below). Our framework recommends companies manage their IX programs across five key swim lanes:

  • identifying business objectives at the C-suite level
  • establishing strategic initiatives aligning to the C-suite objectives
  • building a robust operational architecture
  • focusing on technology selection
  • embracing change management
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Categories: Information Technology, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, IT/OT, Agile, IX Platform

Transformation Chasm & The Vision-Value Pivot: LNS Research Executive Roundtable

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on May 26, 2022

LNS Research regularly hosts quarterly executive roundtables to present some of our latest research, facilitate conversations among industrial leaders, and provide benchmarking opportunities for our member community. In our most recent executive roundtable, we discussed some of our latest research on the evolution of Industrial Transformation (IX) and the Vision-to-Value pivot.

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Categories: Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Business Process Management (BPM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing

Survey Snippets #5: Three Tips To Successfully Scale Your Transformation Business Case

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on May 05, 2022

Building business cases is often the first of many challenges today’s industrial companies have to face as part of their Industrial Transformation (IX) programs. The ideal business case should help companies identify and prioritize the correct problems and provide a clear roadmap for the solution.

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Categories: Business Process Management (BPM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, IX Platform

What is Quality 4.0? And What It Isn’t.

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on March 28, 2022

Quality 4.0 is a concept LNS Research first introduced in 2017, and it has been gaining momentum ever since. However, the concept has also picked up some misconceptions along the way. To clear up any confusion, we will redefine Quality 4.0 here and answer several key questions about its scope, value, and role in Industrial Transformation (IX).

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Quality 4.0, qualitymanagement

Failure at Industrial Transformation is Adversely Impacting the Financial Performance of CPG/F&B companies

Posted by Tom Comstock on March 16, 2022

Industrial Transformation (IX) is the proactive and coordinated approach to leveraging digital technologies to create step-change improvement across the value chain. IX is a key mechanism that Consumer Products and Goods/Food and Beverage (CPG/F&B) companies are using to address the changes rolling across their industry: pandemic driven demand fluctuations, worker shortages, increasing competition from local brands, new channels to the consumer, and ever-increasing use of contract manufacturers and copackers. Yet the industry is falling behind in IX and is paying the penalty in the form of sub-optimal financial performance compared to manufacturers more generally.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Continuous Improvement, Industrial Automation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, IT/OT, Industrial Transformation Analytics, Lighthouse Plants

Blast From the Past: Industrial Transformation Lessons From the 15th Century

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on March 14, 2022

Industrie 4.0 is often referred to as the Renaissance of manufacturing. But many of us don’t realize how many parallels there really are between today’s Industrial Transformation (IX) programs and the Italian Renaissance period – a time famous for transitioning from the Middle Ages to modernity. In this blog post, we will describe three such parallels and explore how today’s manufacturing leaders can apply them in their IX programs.  

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Categories: Industrial Automation, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, IT/OT, Data Analytics, ConnectedFrontlineWorkforce

Reconciling IX and Continuous Improvement Organizationally: Not for the Faint at Heart

Posted by Tom Comstock on March 10, 2022

LNS Research has defined Industrial Transformation (IX) as the proactive and coordinated approach in leveraging digital technologies to create step-change improvement across the value chain. By definition, we are contrasting IX from such Continuous Improvement (CI) programs as Lean or World Class Manufacturing (WCM) by its focus on step-change. Further, we consistently note that IX is particularly challenging as solutions must be deployed across a manufacturing network that is diversified by manufacturing models, culture, Operational Technology (OT), and digital maturity.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, IT/OT, IX Platform

The IX Journey: Four Stages of Industrial Transformation (IX)

Posted by Tom Comstock on March 08, 2022

Industrial Transformation (IX) is the proactive and coordinated approach in leveraging digital technologies to create step-change improvement in industrial operations. Industrial Transformation has become a very real phenomena across industrial operations. More than two thirds of companies surveyed have implemented, are currently implementing, or plan to implement an Industrial Transformation (IX) program. The worldwide COVID pandemic is not slowing IX down with 78% of companies maintaining or accelerating their programs in the face of the economic turmoil created by the pandemic. IX Leaders are three times more likely to be increasing their IX budget in face of the pandemic.

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Categories: Continuous Improvement, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, IT/OT, Operational Architecture, IX Platform

Survey Snippets #4: How Mature is Your Industrial Analytics Program, Really?

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on February 28, 2022

Recently, I noticed an interesting data point from our Analytics That Matter research survey: 58% of surveyed companies claimed to be implementing or piloting an analytics program, but only 11% are seeing dramatic business impacts. The reason? I believe that while these programs are often led by the right vision, most of them aren’t necessarily supported by the required execution.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industrial Analytics, Data Analytics, Industrial Transformation Analytics

Waking Sleeping Giants...Releasing the Kraken

Posted by Joe Perino on February 24, 2022

LNS Research has long followed the major automation vendors. All are either current LNS Research members or have been in the last few years. Recent developments have prompted us to take a closer look at their strategies, what’s happening, and why. We refer to mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and entering new markets or strengthening positions in certain industry verticals as recent developments. These "giants" are waking up to new challenges as they seek to grow their businesses.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Industrial Automation, Information Technology, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, IT/OT, Operational Architecture, Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity