As we study Industrial Transformation (IX) at the macro level, we seek leaders among industrial companies for further insights. We recently interviewed one of those leaders, ABB’s Chief Digital Officer, Guido Jouret, who reinforced our best practices findings from the recent IX survey.Read More
Digital Transformation is taking off in the fighter jet industry and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program is a valuable example of taking a disciplined approach to connecting strategic objectives and technology selection.
Over the past three years, the company — like many other industrial and manufacturing organizations — has faced pressure to cut costs and ramp production. In 2014, Lockheed Martin began planning a major upgrade of its plant-floor software to scale production. This involved an assessment of its 80+ homegrown software applications and highly-customized commercial complex assembly manufacturing solution (CAMS) and manufacturing execution system (MES). Needless to say, this software hodgepodge presented risks and limitations, as the company set about overhauling and updating its mission-critical manufacturing systems.Read More
To be a world class quality organization there are many things that an organization needs to do right. Companies need to have the right set of streamlined process supported with the systems and technology. However, the most critical attribute for a world class organization is always its people and the culture of the organization.Read More
Categories: Case Study
It’s no surprise that data-driven businesses make better decisions. So, with the amount of data surging through the manufacturing environment, professionals from the shop floor to the top floor should have everything needed to optimize production, right? Unfortunately, because of the fractured IT landscape found in many enterprises, more often than not this isn’t the case.
Among the hundreds and sometimes thousands of manufacturing metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) across plants that require attention, how do senior leaders responsible for quality prioritize what is most important for achieving upcoming performance targets and also for improving performance in the future?
While managing supplier quality may be equally as important as it was a decade or two ago, it’s becoming an increasingly challenging task as today’s economy continues to globalize. More often than not, behind every company producing a complex product there’s a complex supply chain. This growing number of factors to manage can be overwhelming and even detrimental to quality. Fortunately, many market leaders have figured it out.