performance optimization

Why Your Manufacturing Execution System Is Making Your Job Harder

So, you've spent a ton of money and who knows how much time implementing and getting people to use your Manufacturing Execution System (MES). Performance got a little better in the beginning but now it seems that things have gone right back to the old ways just with more data (a lot of which is incomplete and unreliable) and more meetings. The only change that really happened is that people got better at explaining why they're doing so poorly but still no real tangible results.

How to Do a Stress-Free Lean Implementation

Lean is said to be the "Machine that Changed the World," which a fantastic book written by Jim Womack, Dan Jones and Daniel Roos. According to Wikipedia, "Lean manufacturing or lean production, often simply "lean", is a systematic method for the elimination of waste ("Muda") within a manufacturing system." We are now learning that Lean has applicability across far more industries than just manufacturing such as healthcare, finance, education, and many others.

Manufacturing Execution Strategy: Technique vs Speed

In manufacturing, there is an optimal point where you have achieved the ideal balance between technique and speed for a process. The trick is knowing when you have struck that balance; and the answer may not be what you think.