Why is Manual Reporting Not Lean?

Why is Manual Reporting Not Lean?

Can you imagine a scenario where a manufacturer uses lean techniques to improve production but when collecting and contextualizing data, those lean techniques go out the window? We can. It happens pretty regularly actually.   Manufacturers put all of the time and...
Zen and the Art of Manufacturing Analytics

Zen and the Art of Manufacturing Analytics

Zen: (n) a state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort It may sound far-fetched to blend a Buddhist mindset with an IIoT technology but stick with us. The connection will make sense shortly. By...
Don’t Buy a New ERP, Do This Instead

Don’t Buy a New ERP, Do This Instead

I’m Frustrated with the Lack of Flexibility of an ERP. What Now? An ERP is designed to do two things – account for the past and to a certain extent, plan for the future. Based on the sales orders that come into an ERP, you figure out how much inventory is...
Why is World-Class OEE a Myth?

Why is World-Class OEE a Myth?

World-class OEE is a myth, 85% was a number pulled out of the sky. The overall OEE number will be different for every manufacturer and different machines will have different OEEs on the floor. We talked about OEE being a flawed metric, but let’s take an even...