The Broken Promise of Smart Manufacturing

The Broken Promise of Smart Manufacturing

What is Smart Manufacturing? Smart manufacturing is one of those nebulous terms with many different meanings. At the end of the day, what people seem to talk about is the ability to automate everything. Eliminate human interaction, use a system that knows and can...
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...
Lean vs. Six Sigma – What’s the Difference?

Lean vs. Six Sigma – What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between Lean vs. Six Sigma? Six Sigma eliminates defects and waste while improving quality and efficiency inevitably improving business processes. Lean streamlines manufacturing and production processes by cutting out unnecessary and...