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Conrad
Interests: digital thread, model-based enterprise, smart manufacturing, industrial internet of things, assembly, inspection, fabrication, discrete manufacturing, aerospace and defense, manufacturing systems, industrial engineering, shop floor operations, integrating engineering and manufacturing systems
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A few decades back we might have asked “What is lean about Lean Manufacturing? But nowadays everyone knows what Lean Manufacturing means and what the guiding principles are. For Smart Manufacturing, we are just starting to educate on the principles... Continue reading
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Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software remains on the top of the list of prioritized manufacturing investments in surveys by both Gartner [4] and LNS Research [2]. Not only is it on the top of the list, LNS found that 68%... Continue reading
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A strong US economy and middle class needs a strong manufacturing sector so I would not expect any arguing about wanting manufacturing to be great. However, when we add “again” to the end of that phrase, we need to be... Continue reading
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Manufacturing is an important part of the government agenda in many countries because it creates high paying jobs, drives technological innovation, and generates more economic activity than any other sector. The competition for a strong manufacturing industry is a global... Continue reading
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I am sharing below some of my favorite highlights from the round table discussions on Smart Manufacturing at the 2017 Manufacturing & Technology Conference at Cleveland. MESA International organized this forum and there were many common discussion threads and questions... Continue reading
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Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) operations are facing a rapidly changing highly competitive environment. In the past, MRO shops could pass the cost of inefficiencies as a “cost of doing business” to the customer, but in the face of higher... Continue reading
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– Using Manufacturing Operations Management Software to Reduce Cost of Quality Tackling the price of quality goes beyond reducing the number of defects. It involves evaluating the entire quality management system. Following are some ideas to help manufacturing organizations reduce... Continue reading
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It is easy to come out of a presentation on “big data” these days thinking that the future of manufacturing operations management and manufacturing IT is a combination of three things: connected machines, data stored in a “data lake”, and... Continue reading
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The hype about data lakes, big data and all the great data generated by the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) keeps growing. There are valid use cases for data lakes in manufacturing operations management and the Smart Manufacturing IT framework... Continue reading
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To make the Smart Manufacturing vision a reality, manufacturers, equipment vendors and software vendors must all embrace standards-based messaging for connecting the resources, applications and partner ecosystem. This need was confirmed in the recent article “Smart Manufacturing Isn’t So Smart... Continue reading
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The concepts of the digital thread and digital twin have been spearheaded by the military aircraft industry and their desire to improve the performance of future programs by applying lessons learned through these digital technologies in current and upcoming programs.... Continue reading
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In a prior MESA blog post [1], Rik Geerts explained how MESA International came up with an abbreviated definition for Smart Manufacturing and how he tried it out with a colleague in the food processing industry. I want to share... Continue reading
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Thank you Supply Chain Digest [1] for this table with clear numbers. Depending on what case an article wants to make, they might use one column or the other. So it is great to see both the differences since 2009... Continue reading
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“For hundreds of years, humans and machines have worked together. But something peculiar has happened recently: the machines are now speaking to us—and to one another” -- Booz Allen, Vice President at Sedar LaBarre [1] That would be a great... Continue reading
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This presentation recording from MESA.org provides an overview of insights assembled by the MESA Smart Manufacturing Working Group. Smart Manufacturing is an initiative to bring about a revolution in manufacturing business strategy, turning traditional factories from cost centers into profitable... Continue reading
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In the 1970s and 80s we witnessed a revolutionary wave of productivity improvements in manufacturing. New technologies, including personal computers (PCs), numerically controlled (NC) machines, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and computer aided manufacturing (CAM), combined with new process improvement ideas... Continue reading
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I know of several good use cases for big data related technology in manufacturing operations management and I am sure there are a few more out there but sorry to break it to you…it is not a magic bullet for... Continue reading
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Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed on the topic of Smart Manufacturing and digitalization by Dr. Rebecca Silveston-Keith for a study being performed by the University of Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP). I am sharing in this post... Continue reading
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– 20/20 visual acuity into the supply chain by year 2020 Many manufacturing companies depend heavily on their supply chains to deliver a quality product on-time to the end customer. It is typical to have more than 50% of a... Continue reading
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The era of mass production is behind us. Ahead we are looking at a new era of manufacturing supporting mass customization and products sold as a service. Industry analysts and visionaries have identified this era as a new industrial revolution.... Continue reading
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Manufacturers are picking up the pace of new product introductions to satisfy the customer demand for products that incorporate the latest technology innovations. The need for faster innovation adoption into product lines fuels a need for more efficient change management... Continue reading
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- What I learned at the 2015 Gartner Supply Chain Conference There is no denial that the manufacturing industry is in a period of evolution to support a new digital business world. New companies are popping up with new business... Continue reading
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- Smart Manufacturing vs Industrie 4 vs Digital Manufacturing vs IIoT I had the pleasure of facilitating a workshop on Smart Manufacturing at the Industry Week conference with over 120 professionals involved in different aspects of manufacturing information technology (IT)... Continue reading
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What does transparency mean in the context of manufacturing operations? Literally it means we can see through the manufacturing organization into its internal workings. Practically it means full availability and access to information required for collaboration and collective management decision... Continue reading
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If you are responsible for manufacturing operations improvements, you can probably dream of a few solutions that would make some hard production problems go away or take your operations to a new level of efficiency. When you hear titles like... Continue reading