Manufacturing Matters – Governments Get it! Will you benefit?

Clearly, many countries understand that manufacturing matters. All around the world, national and regional governments are creating initiatives to bolster the competitiveness of their own manufacturing industry. These often also create new technology or provide testbeds and proof points for new technology. Yesterday, President Obama rolled out additional initiatives for the US in relationship to fabrics […]

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Selecting MES

How does a company define their needs and select a manufacturing execution system (MES) to meet them? In existing plants, the way things have always been done can get in the way of clarity about requirements. With a new product or a greenfield plant that is still under construction, the needs may not be completely […]

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True Predictive Maintenance to Smooth Operations

It seems like a plant manager’s dream: knowing weeks ahead of time when a production machine is going to fail, and what the failure mode will be. Maintenance and operations can both plan for needed downtime. This has been the objective for many years, but none of the previous types of maintenance approaches could do […]

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The next wave of MES in semiconductor

Sometimes pioneers find that 20 years later, the territory that they discover becomes very heavily populated, and changes drastically. The buildings that they erected are now dilapidated. The new settlers come with fresh newfangled approaches and things. In some cases, a wave simply comes and washes the village away, leaving only rubble. This is the […]

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Scheduling Embedded in MES

One of the most rewarding jobs I had was marketing plant floor scheduling software. We were able to optimize the operations of many manufacturers back in the day with that technology.  Think about how important it is to know WHEN to do things and WHICH resources are available to do them at that time! Especially […]

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The Next Wave of MES in Semiconductor

There is a natural ebb and flow in every industry. Semiconductor companies really got the manufacturing execution systems (MES) market off the ground, and after a long quiet period, a wave of new MES activity is happening in the semiconductor industry. Why? Because legacy MES – especially those systems installed over 10 years ago – […]

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Who Is On the Other Side of the Table?

When you buy or sell a product (or service or concept), you need to fully understand who you are communicating and negotiating with to gain the most from the transaction. This goes beyond understanding their industry, company or site. Who is the PERSON on the other side of the table? What motivates them? This very […]

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Closing Loops with MES

How many loops can you close with one set of solutions? Many, if it is manufacturing execution systems or operations management (MES/MOM). MES/MOM manages production operations, and those sit at the middle of many things for companies that make products of any sort. Plant operations information can close the loop in the concept-to-delivery, order-to-cash, plan-to-reality, […]

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Have MES Come of Age?

Have we learned enough to succeed consistently? It’s the age-old question for manufacturing execution systems and operations management systems (MES/MOM). The technology is mature enough, but the practices for selecting, implementing, adopting and sustaining them… well that’s still an outstanding question. Tomorrow I have the good fortune to moderate a MESA International webcast where Rick […]

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What can you imagine?

What can you imagine? Does it show in what you do? Every company stands for something, and Bill Taylor, the founder of Fast Company, encourages business people to think of strategy as advocacy. Do you and your company stand for something compelling? Some companies truly do have a big and exciting vision and others can’t […]

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