Expanding horizons from plant to supply chain

Many software companies expand out from their initial functions to support a broader process. The question is, how easy will the expansion be to make the new capabilities as successful as the original ones have been? Two prominent providers of manufacturing plant floor focused software have recently expanded their scope to include supply chain capabilities.  [...]

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Benefits beyond the “have to”

Nearly everyone has “have to” or “should in their vocabulary, and feels there are things that fall into those mandatory categories. For individuals that might be spending time with difficult family members, getting regular exercise, and paying taxes. For manufacturing companies, much of that is regulatory or customer compliance. We often feel these as major [...]

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When to shed the old: is your system holding you back?

I have had a week of parting ways with a place that was my home away from home every week.  I had to leave, and right away. I made this decision when I began to see how I was allowing this  situation to hold me back from being my best. I’d been choosing to ignore [...]

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The Age of Experiences

Everywhere I go, people are talking about creating experiences. I just stayed in a hotel in the Hilton chain, and their internet log-in talks about creating experiences. I was at this hotel thanks to Dassault Systemes, “The 3DExperience Company.” Dassault is clearly visionary, reflecting its President and CEO, Bernard Charlès. The mission is to “Provide [...]

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MESA 2014 ROI unConference

Face-to-Face Energizing Info Flows

Business travel can be a grind. Yet I am always energized by being face-to-face with others who care about information flows in manufacturing. There is something beyond the pure facts that we convey in being present with each other. Human beings need and feed off of each others’ energy. I often remember things I learned [...]

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Doing Projects and Programs Right… Rare but Possible

Vision without action to achieve it can be frustrating. If you manage programs or projects in your business, you probably realize that managing them effectively is the key to your operational and financial success. However, it’s also likely that you have not been able to improve your on-time and on-budget performance very dramatically. Its even [...]

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Sustain Operational Excellence with Software

Every manufacturer wants to maximize profits. This means you need to have low costs and capacity and available capability to generate revenue. To do that, managers and their teams need to know what they can do in theory and what they are doing in practice, to see where there might be a gap. This foundation [...]

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Accelerating Innovation and Change: Camstar Global Conference

How fast can you change? And how reliably can you execute in this constantly changing environment? These are becoming the keys to successful business strategy. Manufacturers face higher and higher expectations from customers and pressure from competitors around the world. You need to respond not only from a sales standpoint, but through the entire operation [...]

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Streamline compliance using MES for quality

How much is your cost of compliance? Manufacturers of regulated products such as medical devices often struggle to understand how much they really spend to comply with government requirements. More to the point, they struggle to lower those costs. One way to make compliance both effective and efficient is to use the core manufacturing system [...]

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Can Track & Trace improve profits?

Everyone wants to have lower costs and improve their efficiency and effectiveness at the same time. Fortunately it’s increasingly possible to find approaches to do just that. As companies move from manual, compliance-oriented views of traceability and genealogy to more automated and improvement-oriented perspectives, they are finding what formerly seemed impossible: better ways to operate [...]

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