Improving Manufacturing Production Using Analytics

Recently, we finished a comprehensive case study with Versatech – a full service engineering, manufacturing, and consulting company – who recently launched a company-wide initiative to leverage data more effectively to reduce overtime and improve manufacturing production and efficiency. In this article, we’ll highlight their manufacturing engineering efforts, approaches, and results inside of the overall initiative. Manufacturing[…]

Improving Complex Manufacturing Line Layouts

One of the biggest issues that manufacturers face is inefficiencies in their manufacturing lines. This looks like manufacturing cells with bottlenecks, unscheduled downtime, and inconsistent throughput. This is one of the first places that experiences lean manufacturing leaders look to cut costs and increase important metrics like OEE. The secret to reducing costs and improving[…]

Manufacturing Data Is Too Complicated & Tech Is Often Misleading

The world of big data, AI, machine learning, and the Industrial IoT has become extremely convoluted. These innovative new technologies are now marketing buzzwords. What’s more, manufacturers are often being misled, confused, or intentionally tricked about what these technologies can and can’t do for them… now and in the future. GE and IBM do a[…]

Top 3 Ways OEE Quality Can Be Improved

I talk about OEE more than just about any other subject. Manufacturers that understand the benefits of lean concepts and continuous improvement philosophies, know how impactful properly calculating and measuring OEE can be. Today, I’m going to highlight the top 3 ways that manufacturers can improve OEE quality. As you may remember, there are essentially 3 pillars[…]

7 Ways To Use Data To Improve Manufacturing Performance

Continuous improvement projects have never been more important to manufacturers. Companies are getting pressure from their customers to reduce margins and produce more. Doing this well requires the collection and review of production data to increase the effectiveness of operational equipment and production lines. Unfortunately, these projects fail at a very high rate. Below are[…]

top manufacturing twitter accounts you have to follow

Manufacturing Twitter Accounts You Have To Follow

It might be surprising to some, but the manufacturing community has a pretty strong presence on Twitter. Over the years, I’ve been surprised by the quality of content and conversation that has taken place on the choppy social platform, and wanted to do my part by sharing manufacturing Twitter accounts that are must follow’s for any manufacturing professional.

Regardless of department, there are high-quality Twitter accounts that are constantly providing great information and insight. Sometimes you can uncover this information by keeping tabs on industry hashtags, but the best way to stay on top of industry rumblings is by following the manufacturing twitter accounts I’ve listed below.


manufacturing downtime and under production analytics

Top Cause of Under Production & Downtime For Manufacturers

How much money am I losing by not running these machines? Am I producing to capacity? And, what is under production and downtime really costing my manufacturing business?

These are questions that even the best manufacturers should constantly be asking themselves. In the name of continuous improvement, these questions should permeate the walls of your shop floor like a metronome. Why? Because improving upon these answers can save you a lot of money!

What’s the difference between a dollar spent and a dollar saved? In this case, the opportunity to impact the bottom line through savings is much greater… let me explain.