High-Tech Hubs Ignite Editor’s Ear

My ear catches fire when President Obama mentions "high-tech manufacturing hubs." Sounds like control and automation to me, but we may need to reach out from this side, too. 

Is Now the Time?

In my previous post I suggested that manufacturing might be at a point where we can make a step-change in productivity.  Unlike the past 20-25 years where it seems we have struggled with the integration of process control and business systems and deriving value from that integration recent advances in...

Deja Vu - All Over Again

As I have noted in the last several posts I have been traveling a lot lately and it has just been recently that I have finally caught up with reading all my email, blogs I follow and the forums/groups that I belong to.

Unintended Consequences

Having just returned from a SCUBA diving trip to the Honduran Bay Island of Roatan I saw first hand what happens when we mess with natural systems.  For those that don't know, the Lionfish, an Indo-Pacific native species, has somehow been introduced into the Caribbean, where as an invasive species...

The Value of Analysts

So if analysts are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to the proliferation of acronyms, in light of today’s ready access to information on the internet, do analysts still have value?

Digital Natives don’t need Acronyms

In my previous post I explained the birth of acronyms and why they still seem to try and make their way into the technology lexicon.  Now lets examine why acronyms do more harm than good.  The first time this became evident to me was when I spent 90 minutes on...

Enough with the TAFLAs!

What is a TAFLA - try Three And Four Letter Acronyms.  It is time to put an end to acronyms.  They have outlived their usefulness.  They do more harm than good.  First a little history.  Many acronyms, particularly three letter ones like ERP, MES and EAM, came about in the...

Why Manufacturing 2020?

I chose the title for this blog based on the dual meanings of 2020. First of all the year 2020 isn't all that far away yet there is doubt that many manufacturers, particularly in the developed world, will survive to see 2020.

@waltboyes Live Tweets from Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition Oct. Meeting

I've been part of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition since 2010. The SMLC is working to define an overarching operating system for manufacturing. I bet you are asking why we need to do that, and why can't we just use what we've got. Well, the answer ins't that simple.

While You Were Watching the Debates or Otherwise Living Your Life

Here are some news stories you might have missed from this week. First off, what keeps manufacturers up at night this week. A good news/bad news story based on a survey from, all in one infographic.