Maybe you’ve been measuring your Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) for a while now, and you now know that your operations are running between, say, 60% on a good day and 42% on a bad day. There’s lots of room for improvement – there’s almost a whole second factory hidden inside your factory! But how do […]
We used to call running out of manufacturing capacity a “good problem to have,” but it’s still a problem. If your customers want more product than you can build at the moment, you need to work out a way to increase production levels. In the short term, you can get your current staff to work […]
Let’s indulge in a little fantasy: you’ve just been hired for your dream job — Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for a major manufacturing company. How do you quickly identify the strengths of your new organization as well as the opportunities for improvement? The questions below are designed to help you quickly understand what opportunities exist in […]
In the first part of my blog I took a closer look at the vertical integration aspects of the Industrie 4.0 1 (still the German spelling) vision compared to 300mm semiconductor manufacturing today. In this second part I will focus on horizontal integration and the mass customization or lot size 1 aspects.
Talking to Chinese manufacturers I see a common denominator in their individual movement from product oriented manufacturing to services oriented manufacturing. In essence this is about making the shift from the manufacturing of products and focus on top line margin towards making a product that boosts a services, that generates new revenue streams, reduce operational […]
In response to: 3D Printing – Transforming The Supply Chain: Part 1 Hi Leonard, great post - what's the time line defined in your benefits analysis?
There is a great deal of buzz around 3D printing (also known as 3D manufacturing or additive manufacturing in its broader terms) in today ’ s tech press. 3D manufacturing's increasing prominence is underscored by President Obama ’ s inaugural...