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Production Intelligence and Management Blog

Leveraging Smart Manufacturing Technology for Business Success

Today's blog post is courtesy of a valued Paper-Less partner - Joseph L. Brown, Vice President of Sales for Business Computer Technologies, Inc.

Over the past 30 years and continuing through today, manufacturing businesses have always followed the three rules of operating: better, faster and cheaper. By following these three rules, I believe businesses can always find ways to improve their bottom lines. As smart manufacturing technologies advance, manufacturing businesses need to find ways to differentiate themselves for competitive advantage. The days of manufacturing businesses saying to themselves, “We are making money now so things must be OK,” are gone. I find many manufacturing businesses making money on some product lines while wrapping five dollar bills around others.

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Strategies for Achieving Continuous Process Improvement

Joe Gill is a senior manufacturing technology consultant for Paper-Less and Information Systems Engineering (ISE).  Joe will be speaking about smart manufacturing and continuous improvement at the upcoming FABTECH 2017 event taking place in Chicago at McCormick Place, November 6-9.  Information about Joe's educational presentation and other FABTECH educational sessions being led by Paper-Less experts is available at http://www.paperlessllc.com/company/events

If you've worked in manufacturing for a while, you may know how important continuous process improvement is in maintaining quality and efficiency. Then again, perhaps you're still new to how continuous improvement works. Maybe you need to find ways to make it work to improve functionality and stay more competitive

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Shop Floor Software Features

Manufacturing has gone from the age of manual labor to the age of robots, smart manufacturing and less individual labor for each product. Using software to increase productivity helps to build more products with the same labor and increase profits. Additionally, there are so many new tools and features, it is simply required for any competitive manufacturing firm to stay in business. These companies are continually investing in technology, streamlining processes, improving efficiency and reducing waste. There are a few important features to be considered.

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Kanban and Lean Manufacturing – Part One

In today’s highly competitive and challenging markets, companies need every available advantage to lower costs, lead-time and customer complaints. Manufacturers are adopting Kanban tools and lean manufacturing concepts because they improve quality, efficacy and performance.

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Manufacturing Profitability Made Possible By Paper-Less MES/MOM Solutions

Are You Ready to Monitor the Pulse of Production Operations and Improve Your Manufacturing Company’s Financial Health?

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Manufacturing Leadership Award Recognizes Manufacturing Technology Leaders

What does it take to be a manufacturing leader?

The Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Awards are like the Academy Awards of Manufacturing.   The distinguished panel of ML Awards judges select movers and shakers who are not simply accepting the status quo, but leading the charge for critical change and adoption of newer technologies that positively impact business results.    These are the individuals and companies to watch because they are embracing and achieving game-changing implementations in areas including smart manufacturing, sustainability and operational excellence.

Paper-Less and our customer, Rauland-Borg, a division of AMETEK accepted awards at the Manufacturing Leadership AwardsGala that took place on June 14 at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, California.

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Inventory Tracking Software Reduces Waste and Costs

Where o where art thou?

The relentless search for cost reductions seeks to uncover any area of manufacturing where waste, and ultimately cost, may reside and get rid of it.  This quest often takes engineers and process improvement specialists deep into the manufacturing itself, carefully detailing each step of the process with flow diagrams, time studies focused on each step of the build and consolidating those as they are able.  But what about the material and getting it to the right place at the right time?  Is there not cost reduction and process improvement implied when the manufacturing process receives WIP material at the right step in the process on time?  Yes there is, and that only comes about with the implementation of an inventory tracking system embedded within the manufacturing process. 

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MES Solutions: Picking Up Where ERP Leaves Off

ERP systems are great contributors to running businesses and helping with front and back office support, but they can leave you stranded for solutions on the shop floor.  Most ERP systems offer little support for the production process or material tracking through work in process to finished goods inventory. Kanban software  is typically non-existent in most ERP solutions and a quality management system seems to only be an afterthought.

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Human Error Prevention in Manufacturing: 3 Key Technology Safeguards

To Err is Human, to Preempt Using Technology is Divine

I have to say that I am glad not to be in the shoes of the accountant who made the mistake of handing the wrong card for Best Picture to Warren Beatty at the recent Oscars.  I am thankful also that I wasn’t the guy or gal at Amazon who pushed the wrong button and brought down all those companies depending on Amazon’s cloud services.

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Gaining Executive Sponsorship for New MES Applications

Gaining Executive Sponsorship for New MES Applications 

Introduction

When we think of launching a new initiative for MES applications, it is easy to get swept up by the enthusiasm of a better way, and particularly when the project will save hundreds of thousands of dollars over time for your company.  The thought and vision for a new Manufacturing Execution System/Manufacturing Operations Management System (MES/MOM) smart manufacturing solution fits that profile since these systems hold the potential for significant efficiencies across manufacturing operations and offer tremendous cost reductions while removing lean management waste.  So it is understandable why one might get swept up in the enthusiasm.  Why wouldn’t you?

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