Getting Off of Paper In Manufacturing

Illinois manufacturer, Versatech, recently underwent a project to reduce their reliance on overtime work. A major component of the excess overtime labor that they identified was related  — directly and indirectly — to a reliance on paper tracking and manual processes. Getting off tracking and paper, and a reliance on spreadsheets would allow them to[…]

Performance by Shift

Looking at Data That Reduces Downtime

Recently Versatech underwent a project in order refine their ability to impact and improve manufacturing quality, efficiency, and performance. Versatech was able to use SensrTrx to look at downtime time and quickly solve issues as well as recognize negative trends inside the project. Versatech hoped that this new project would help them capture the data[…]

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Why This Continuous Improvement Department Touts New Data

Versatech recently implemented a company-wide initiative aimed at using data to improve manufacturing performance and reduce reliance on overtime work. Their continuous improvement department was a part of this initiative and was able to successfully leverage their new centralized data to get off of paper and streamline processes. One of the biggest benefits for us[…]

Executive Evaluates Machine Data Project

Versatech recently sought to improve their ability to impact and enhance manufacturing quality, efficiency, and performance. Versatech CEO, Chad Hill, knew that further centralizing their manufacturing and machine data would allow the organization to improve operations and reduce their reliance on overtime work.  Verstech understood that their paper tracking system and reliance on manual tracking left[…]

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[…]