How to Interpret and Use a Control Chart

How to Interpret and Use a Control Chart

As a manufacturer, you need to know if your processes are stable and in control or unstable and out of control. This is imperative in measuring, tracking, and maintaining quality. New Feature Alert: We recognize this importance; control charts are now a feature within...
Digitalization and the “Low Hanging Fruit”

Digitalization and the “Low Hanging Fruit”

I talk often about automation, Industry 4.0, IIoT as a silver bullet, and you know, all of those buzzword terms that are popular in manufacturing right now. But, there is some truth in what can happen when manufacturers embrace these ideas. Digitalization in...
Don’t Make These 8 Common Manufacturing Mistakes

Don’t Make These 8 Common Manufacturing Mistakes

Too often, we see manufacturers make the same mistakes, time and time again. These mistakes, are not limited to one type of industry, size, or revenue – they’re largely universal. When these mistakes are made over and over, productivity and culture suffer....
The Role of a Kanban System in Scheduling

The Role of a Kanban System in Scheduling

Kanban: A visual system for managing work as it moves through a process Essentially, a Kanban is a pull system. It’s a signaling system where one process signals another when it needs something, and it can be done in 2 distinct ways. #1. Let’s say there is...
IoT is Just an Enabling Technology….. Not a Silver Bullet

IoT is Just an Enabling Technology….. Not a Silver Bullet

Something we’ve known for a long time, and people are finally starting to realize is that IoT is really just an enabling technology that fits within larger systems. It helps you automatically do what you used to have to do manually or what was not even possible...
What is a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)?

What is a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)?

MES Explained: What is MES – Manufacturing Execution System? “A manufacturing execution system (MES) is a control system for managing work in process on the factory floor.” MES come in many sizes, complexities, and features from the most basic shop...