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5 Answers to Questions from Last Week's Closed-Loop Quality Webinar

Posted by Mehul Shah on Mon, Jun 23, 2014

On June 17, 2014, LNS Research and Quality Digest hosted a webcast entitled, "Turning Today's Quality Challenges Into a Source of Competitive Advantage with Closed-Loop Quality Management." Toward the end of the event, we received many questions, several of which we weren't able to address due to time constraints. In this post, I'll speak to the top 5 questions we were asked.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

PowerPlex 2014: Are Cloud-Based Manufacturing Solutions a Reality?

Posted by Mehul Shah on Tue, Jun 17, 2014

In comparison to other areas like sales, marketing, and service, in the past manufacturing executives have not been particularly savvy when it comes to implementing emerging software on the plant floor. But over the years we've been watching companies like Plex Systems’ change that, moving forward the capabilities and adoption of cloud-based manufacturing solutions. The hundreds of manufacturers at the PowerPlex user conference last week were a testament to that forward progress.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

The New Infor: What should Manufacturers Expect?

Posted by Mehul Shah on Thu, May 01, 2014

Earlier this month I attended the Infor Innovation Summit 2014, an event focused on highlighting the company's improved enterprise solutions portfolio. In this article we will review Infor’s technology stack and its strategy of developing micro-vertical-based applications, a new technology interface, and cloud-based solutions.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor

4 Critical Components Missing from Most Cost of Quality Programs

Posted by Mehul Shah on Tue, Apr 01, 2014

For executives competing in today’s socially connected world, there has never been less room for error. These pressures to perform coupled with the globalizing economy and others have urged many executives to look at quality in a new light. It’s not that quality wasn’t important before, but for cost, risk, compliance, and reputational reasons ensuring quality earlier in the value chain has become much more of a top-of-mind issue for leaders.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

What’s to Come: LNS Research in 2014

Posted by Mehul Shah on Fri, Jan 03, 2014

The New Year is a time for reflecting, but it’s also a time to look forward and think about the future. At LNS Research, we’re doing just that. We’ve developed an aggressive 2014 plan to provide you with the research needed to make real progress toward your Operational Excellence goals.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, About LNS Research

10 Reasons Your Local Quality Management Initiatives are Failing

Posted by Mehul Shah on Fri, Dec 06, 2013

Implementing and executing on a global quality management initiative is a challenge faced by many of today's leaders, and the same can be said for quality management at the local level. This article discusses the main reasons why local quality initiatives fail to take hold.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Culture

10 Tips for Building a Metrics-Minded Company

Posted by Mehul Shah on Thu, Nov 14, 2013

If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes an entire organization to raise an operational metric. As a leader, there’s no doubt you spend a lot of time thinking about goals and how to achieve them. Though, whether your focus is on profitability, energy or manufacturing efficiency, product quality, or customer service, the reality is that those high-level objectives are only attainable when everyone in the company is doing their part.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Metrics

6 Surefire Ways to Botch Your Next Enterprise Solution Selection

Posted by Mehul Shah on Tue, Oct 01, 2013

Developing and implementing point solutions can drive operational improvements, but the reality is that it’s a shortsighted strategy. Ten or 15 years ago, that might not have been as true, but today’s comprehensive solutions across manufacturing operations management (MOM), industrial energy management (IEM), and enterprise quality management software (EQMS) are making a pretty strong case for enterprise-wide implementations that interoperate with other business systems. Companies adopting this strategy are realizing unforeseen cross-functional synergies and reaping massive benefits because of them.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)

Demystifying Enterprise Quality Management Software

Posted by Mehul Shah on Wed, Jun 05, 2013

Today, it’s common to have a fragmented quality process model across the value chain, making it difficult to effectively and globally communicate and collaborate on quality issues. In contrast to this traditional model, however, many companies are now exploring the emerging solutions category of Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS), which is why we felt it important to address EQMS as the focal point of our second Global Quality Advisory Council (GQAC) meeting.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

Companies With EQMS Outperform Others in OEE Performance [DATA]

Posted by Mehul Shah on Mon, May 20, 2013

Most people think quality's all about compliance, but it delivers operational benefits as well. From our research, it’s apparent that companies that have taken an integrated, holistic approach to quality with technology such as enterprise quality management software (EQMS) considerably outperform others in key quality performance indicators.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Metrics, Supplier Quality Management (SQM)