Manufacturing 2020

Have global manufacturing made volunteer-based standards groups obsolute?


Selling MOM Solutions to Risk Adverse Businesses

Selling MOM Solutions to Risk Adverse Businesses By Utilizing Performance-based ROI Guarantee and Contracts

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The Big 3 and UAW must discover the flexible knowledge worker

For the Big 3 and UAW to compete globally, they must change their monolithic manufacturing methods to adaptive manufacturing like Nissan who was the only auto manufacturer to make their 08 sales projection.   Why?  Nissan’s newest plants are able to adapt to market change by making 2-5 models across lines...

NIST & end users must bring STEP & OPEN O&M together

Hello All. Sorry for long gap. Today I want to discuss ISO 10303, the standard for the exchange of product (STEP) model data, and how ISO and the OPEN Operations and Maintenance (Open O&M) are not working together, but must do so.

An important announcement from WBF and OMAC

This is Walt Boyes, hijacking the good ship "Hitchhiking..." for a moment to pass on an important announcement from WBF and OMAC: The WBF Working Group Committee would like your help to advance automation across industries, yourcareer, and your company! The Committee sponsors work groups that will develop a deliverable...

Short Term ROI Killing America

Hello All, From Lean Blog from November, I found this great posting how short term ROI is killing America. The example provide great perspective. At 6:59 AM, November 15, 2007, Norman Bodek said... Inventory to Mr. Ohno was the biggest waste and he started a lot of his initial efforts...

Why Are Some Manufacturers Not Getting Interoperability?

As some of you may know, I am one of the consultants and standards leaders who is forming the Industrial Interoperability Compliance Institute. I have talked to over 100 companies of all kinds: end users, vendors and system integrators. Many of these companies are among the top 100 global manufacturers.

Did you see the Market Intelligence Report: Process Control Software?

Hello All, Well I have been lost in space again. It has been an interesting month with my clients and vacation. I am now back with my feet on the ground and blogging will be picking up.

Is ROI for Mfg Operations Systems required.

Sometimes. Many and most manufacturers require some kind of Capital Expenditure (CapEx) justification where somekind of ROI has to be constructed for any IT project over a given amount, say $100K. Some process are better than others but only 15% actually measure results according to MESA International.