Manufacturing 2020 is a play on two concepts. It is about what it will take for manufacturers to survive the remainder of this decade. To make it to 2020 as a profitable manufacturing company is not going to be easy. It will require using information in new and unusual ways to gain an order of magnitude improvement in productivity. The other view of 2020 is that this blog is designed to help manufacturers respond to the challenges they face with the clarity associated with 20/20 vision. Everything from how to use third party resources like analysts to emerging trends in manufacturing will be fair game. Whether it is a myth or a hidden truth, this blog will seek to open a dialogue that will enable manufacturers to craft a vision on how to reach 2020 profitably.
Dan Miklovic is a 40+ year veteran of manufacturing. He has worked for end-user companies in discrete and process manufacturing, consulting companies, software vendors and as an analyst. After retiring from Gartner at the end of 2010, where he founded and led the Manufacturing Industry Advisory Services practice, he formed his own advisory practice, Lean Manufacturing Research. With degrees in Nuclear Technology, Electrical Engineering and Management Science and certifications in Manufacturing Engineering and Lean, he is a recognized thought leader on the topic of manufacturing productivity. From MAP in the 1980's to Enterprise Architecture this decade, he has written about how to leverage information technology to empower staff at manufacturing facilities. The author of over 50 books, articles and technical papers he appeared on national TV as a cohost of World Business Review, has been a faculty member of Central Washington University, and a leader of in several technical societies.
It has been a busy summer. For the last couple of months I have had the pleasure of pretending to be a venture capitalist. Earlier this year I joined a local organization called the IT Entrepreneurs Network (ITEN) as a mentor.
Last week in the San Francisco Bay area two conferences were going on that had significant machine-to-machine content. Connected World, the magazine, sponsors its M2M conference every year and after a more than a decade in the Chicago area it moved to Santa Clara, CA.
According to Webster control is “to exercise restraining or directing influence over” whereas manage is “to exercise executive, administrative, and supervisory direction of”. Subtle but distinctly different. While process control may be necessary to ensure safety and proper operation it is process management that makes money for t
The conference wrapped up on Thursday with morning sessions. The first session covered Maturity assessment and was presented by Mary Ahner of The Sinclair Group. Some key points raised during the session were 1) You must perform your assessment across the business - piecemeal assessment leads to piecemeal optimization, 2)...
Day two of the MRO symposium, the first full day, kicked off with a presentation by the ex-head of Maintenance for Dow Chemicals, now the founder of the Sinclair Group. Hank Sinclair related how he took his 30+ years of experience at Dow and is using it to help other...
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is conducting research into how manufacturers use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to improve manufacturing productivity. The study is being conducted by Dr. Brian Weiss and a press release detailing the study follows:
This post was supposed to be about why the SMLC initiatives might deliver a step change in manufacturing productivity when past efforts have fallen short but that will have to wait until the next post.
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...