Peer-to-Peer or Hierarchical?

Should information flows be hierarchical up and down from “top floor to shop floor”? Or in today’s connected world are they more peer-to-peer? My answer: A bit of both. In an LNS Research blog post, “IIoT will Change Our View of CIM”, Dan Miklovic argues that the Purdue model is dated. I agree. It also […]

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3DS Analyst Meeting 2015

Building Toward Big Vision: The Dassault Experience

What is the most challenging part of pursuing a big vision? Often, it’s turning it into reality. The progress must be steady and realistic, which can be frustrating for a visionary. Yet the typical path to a bigger, better future is step-by-step, gathering steam and support from others as you go. Sometimes the path will […]

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Can you See the Silver Lining in Compliance?

The old adage is “every cloud has a silver lining.” Finding the positive in what is typically considered a negative can be powerful.  Can you do it with compliance? Most manufacturers rebel against compliance requirements.  Whether the demand for compliance is from a customer or a regulatory body, if the company views it only as […]

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Integrating Virtual to Real – 30-year Vision

Do you have any visions from 30 years ago that are still not quite reality? I do. A vision that product and process design data (virtual reality) will connect in a closed loop system with actual data from production, supply chain, and in-field use (physical reality). I think many in manufacturing have this one. Are […]

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Perspectives in and on Projects

Why do so many projects fail to meet expectations? Because everyone involved has a different perspective and understanding of the project plan and expectations, which leads a project to lack fidelity. When it is no longer be true to our original intention the project gets off course, stuck, fragmented, unable to live up to our […]

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Terminology danger zone

When I say ‘collaboration’ do you think of working as a team, conspiring with the enemy in WW II, or software applications designed for sharing information and ideas? These are perfectly legitimate definitions. We use the same words to mean so many different things… and that’s the terminology danger zone! Much of the time, we […]

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Merger and acquisition mania and myopia

Every day, some company is being acquired by another. This is the nature of business. Often, the rationale has to do generating constant growth without a hit to profits; other times, it’s a way to do something productive when cash accumulates. We usually think of this a in the graphic – big fish eats little […]

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Production: In the Supply Chain, but not Of it

While I’ve always thought of production as in the middle of the supply chain – and apparently others do to, with Make at the center of the SCOR model – that does not mean many people have experience in both domains. In fact few do. And that contributes to some disconnects. I was reminded of […]

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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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