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Semiconductor: Escape the Trap or Die

The semiconductor industry is caught in a trap made of its own success. It’s called the whole-economy disruptor of Internet of Things (IoT). It’s alluring – huge growth potential, new applications an use cases… And yet, semiconductor makers can easily die in the trap of IoT’s need for higher mix and lower costs, faster ramp […]

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Fast, Mobile and Adaptive for Instant Gratification

We live increasingly in an age of instant gratification. New technologies such as 3D printing, see-now, buy now and on-line product upgrades all mean we can get the very latest without waiting. The question is, how do you design and plan for products made on-demand, on-site, in real-time? What does the new manufacturing company and […]

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Software Change-out and April Fools

Why did the company change out their legacy software applications? To get to the other side. This might sound like a pretty lame April Fool’s joke, but actually it’s companies who don’t change out applications who often end up being the fools. Or who don’t execute great program management and change management through a software […]

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Proactive plant change – from myth to imperative

Can production companies truly be proactive about change? I hope so, but my experience makes me think it is pretty rare. Especially when it comes to investing in new processes and systems in the plant and operations. Maybe not entirely mythical, but close. So often change happens only after a major disaster. Breakdowns typically lead […]

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Gaining Visibility – Different Paths can Work

Should a company replace, or simply add a visibility layer onto an existing system? While I’ve often advocated for investing in modern MES / MOM to gain all of the additional functionality as well as visibility and usability, there are companies that take a less drastic step and still gain visibility. Such is the case […]

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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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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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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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