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Optimizing Your Operations: Do More with Your Existing Resources

Posted on Sep 28, 2022 3:15:00 PM

It is no secret that visibility is essential to optimizing your manufacturing operations. With incoming materials and outgoing orders all tracked and managed from a spreadsheet or paper forms, it is near impossible to understand what is truly happening on your plant floor, let alone where you should focus your improvement efforts. 

In our recent webinar, You Can’t Fix What You Can’t See: Three Ways to Shine the Light on Optimizing Operations, participants were asked if they could express how their operation is performing without leaving their chairs. Not surprisingly, 35% said no, and that’s not uncommon. In the competitive world of manufacturing, process manufacturers are faced with the challenge to gain true visibility into their plant operations and optimize with the resources available — this is not an easy task. However, with the right approach and tools, it is possible.

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Topics: Productivity, Technology, Digitization

Demystifying Industry 4.0

Posted on Sep 26, 2022 2:00:00 PM

The majority of the attendees at our Demystifying Industry 4.0 webinar agreed the world isn’t slowing down and won’t stop changing. A major factor in that change is the speed at which technology evolves. Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are major parts of the ongoing shifts happening in manufacturing and production.

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Topics: Productivity, Technology, Digitization

5 Ways to Improve Availability and Reliability with Proactive Maintenance

Posted on Jun 1, 2022 11:08:12 AM

How do we balance time and money when it comes to plant maintenance? It’s common for many organizations to rely upon reactive maintenance, and fixing problems as they occur. While this method can seem cost-effective initially, the costs will increase over time with extended downtime and greater unpredictability. Proactive maintenance, however, while generating a higher upfront cost, can lower overall maintenance costs, reduce equipment and employee downtime, and significantly increase asset availability.

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Topics: Profitability, Productivity, Maintenance

The Labor Shortage in Manufacturing: How to Make Your Plant More Attractive to Workers

Posted on May 5, 2022 1:33:30 PM

When the COVID-19 pandemic first reached the U.S. in the spring of 2020, it disrupted businesses, forcing many people out of employment. While some employees could work remotely, many roles didn’t accommodate work-from-home arrangements. To cushion its citizens from the hardships of being out of work, the U.S. government established the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES) Act. This move played a role in shaping the future of work—for many people, the financial benefits extended well into 2021. Stimulus checks and additional unemployment assistance helped many families and individuals in need during shutdowns, but many employers faced labor shortages even after businesses were back up and running.

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Topics: Automation, Productivity, Technology, Culture

The OEE is in the Details: Three Hidden Gems of OEE Potential

Posted on Jan 19, 2022 1:24:49 PM

Since the 1970s, an increasing number of manufacturers have used the three components of availability, performance, and quality to calculate the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) for determining how well a process is running. OEE is also used to identify areas of improvement. Understandably, most manufacturers target the more prominent areas of concern, which will generate a more dramatic or marked improvement. 

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Topics: Profitability, Productivity, Technology, OEE

Redefining OEE: Taking OEE from Abstract to Practical

Posted on Jan 12, 2022 3:08:28 PM

Although many manufacturers have implemented overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) over the last few decades, not every facility has embraced it effectively. Often facilities either knowingly or unknowingly neglect or overemphasize one of the three essential components of OEE. Manufacturers apply OEE inconsistently, include too much, or exclude unpleasant data. When used correctly, OEE is an excellent resource for driving continuous improvement in manufacturing facilities. Facilities that are struggling to meet goals or seeking to move up a few extra percentage points can gain the edge they need by returning to basics and evaluating processes honestly.

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Topics: Profitability, Productivity, Technology, OEE

Food Safety KPIs—Are They Driving the Right Behaviors?

Posted on Jan 11, 2022 8:55:10 AM

In the food industry, what you measure tells a story about what you value. You can’t improve what you don’t measure. This sends a strong message from the top that food safety is a priority for the organization. Establishing and communicating objectives and KPIs related to food safety can influence a facility’s food safety culture. But how do you know if your KPIs are driving the right behaviors? And are there better KPIs you could be setting?

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Topics: Quality, Productivity, food safety

Dollars and Sense: Why You Should Translate OEE into a Financial KPI

Posted on Jan 7, 2022 2:32:19 PM

Translating Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) into financial terms allows everyone from the plant floor operators to executives, measure continuous improvement and understand the business value of OEE. The challenge is making this a reality. This blog will dive into what it means to measure OEE, why you should translate that into financial terms, why OEE is important, and finally what role software plays.

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Topics: Profitability, Productivity, Technology, OEE

A Primer on Preventive Maintenance - How It Benefits Your Plant

Posted on Dec 20, 2021 9:44:21 AM

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” —Benjamin Franklin.

 

What Is Preventive Maintenance? 

Even the best-built equipment will break down over time and need maintenance. Much like taking a car in for regularly scheduled oil changes, preventive maintenance is planned maintenance that a facility performs on its equipment to reduce the risk of failure. Also sometimes referred to as preventative maintenance, the goal is always to incur a lower cost in the present to prevent a higher cost from equipment breakdown in the future.

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Topics: Automation, Profitability, Productivity, Technology, lean manufacturing, Maintenance

The Basics of OEE: What It Is, and Why You Need It

Posted on Dec 1, 2021 9:06:27 AM

Many plants are looking for ways to create more efficient processes and develop strategies to better compete with others in the industry. For many, this desire to improve means moving away from traditional manufacturing. It can be a little uncomfortable to look for ways to change when things seem to be working just fine already. However, sticking with processes because “that’s the way we’ve always done them” can work against driving continuous improvement. That’s where implementing OEE comes in.

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Topics: Profitability, Productivity, OEE

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