Manufacturing 2020

Yes, There is an EXPENSIVE Large Skills Gap in Industrial IT in the U.S., Europe and the World

Hello All, Just got back from teaching in S. Korea the MESA Global Education Program's MES/MOM Methodology Program. This class had 22 YOUNG engineers in the class. Most were between 28 and 32. Most were end users and system integrators.

Business Process Management is not Operations Process Management

Many (most)corporate IT folks are talking about the cloud and business process management (BPM) as the next savior for manufacturing companies. But most enterprise vendors, system integrators (SIs) and IT end users have not recognized the critical requirement that BPM must have a semantic manufacturing information model to aggregate plant-side...

ARC Forum in February Was Highly Optimistic

Hello, all, I am still getting going on this blog, so I'm a month late with this one. But I wanted to mention this.  From February 6-9, I attended the ARC Forum in Orlando. It was the best conference of any kind in eight years. Over 600 people, more end users than others.

Learn MES/MOM Methodology in Certificate Course

Good Day All, I am teaching the MES/MOM Methodology Certificate of Competency (CoC) Program as part of the MESA Global Education Program (GEP):

Business Process Management vs. Operations Process Management

To date, many corporate IT and business people have never recognized the critical requirement that business process management (BPM) and especially operations process management (OPM) for real-time work process sequencing must have a semantic manufacturing data model to aggregate master data and instance data from level 2 to 3 to...

Charlie Gifford Is Back

Hello All, I am back to actively driving the discussion in this blog.  I have been riding the waves of the global economic crisis by working and teaching all over the world over the last 3 years.  The net of this time was a lot of hard work.  As the...

Manufacturing Operations Management training now available! #mfg #manufacturing #pauto #automation @MESA

From our sometime Hitchhiker blogger, Charlie Gifford:


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Participate in the ISA-95/MESA Best Practices Work Group

Hello All,I am finally moving forward with ISA-95 Best Practices Book 2.0 after a 2 year break.  Book 1.0 was great success.  Many companies and industry analysts have made it required educational reading.  To build on this in Book 2.0, we, as the ISA-95/MESA Best Practices Working Group, will chose...

Discount for WBF members--

All WBF members are entitled to the discount for Automation Federation membership: