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Why Factory Floor Project Fail… Misunderstanding MRP and MES (Part 3)

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Factory Floor Projects which are targeted to improve the production process on the manufacturing floor come in all shapes and sizes. Part 1 of this series published late last year, [...]

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Real-Time Factory Floor Information Projects…Play it safe! – Part 1

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Wiring-up your machine to a central server to collect data for evaluation of OEE metrics or using bar code readers to facilitate a factory floor Data Collection project might sound [...]

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Play it Safe with Factory Floor Information Projects – Part 2

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As mentioned in Part 1 of the article, trying to collect data at “grouped” operations like laser cutting, roll cutting or furnace operations where many different parts are processed at [...]

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Assessing the Effectiveness of Your Factory Floor – What Are You Missing? The Value of OEE Metrics on the Factory Shop Floor

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A recent article by a QAD consultant discussed factory floor effectiveness and OEE Metrics. It is a good article, but as a long time MES partner of QAD, I would [...]

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Better On-Time-Delivery…Using Metrics to Improve the Production Process: Part 1

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Metrics, a measurement methodology, are being used frequently in today’s manufacturing environment as the pathway to best practices and world class manufacturing. The use of information, specifically data collected during [...]

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Better On-Time-Delivery…Using Metrics to Improve the Production Process: Part 2

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As mentioned in Part 1 of this Article, there are a few steps needed in order to successfully use any or all of these reporting (Metrics) tools in a useful [...]

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What You Might be Missing in Your Shop Floor OEE Metrics

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BETTER INFORMATION LEADS TO BETTER SHOP FLOOR CONTROL Knowing the “who, what, why” is more important than just the “where and when” OEE, or Overall Equipment Effectiveness, has become an [...]

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What you need to know about APS

Advanced Planning Scheduling|

Taking the plunge into the APS pool What you need to know so you don’t get in over your head This is the second in a series of three [...]

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Evaluating an APS

Advanced Planning Scheduling|

Is an APS System Right for You? This is the third in a series of three articles on scheduling systems. See the first article here.  As discussed in part [...]

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Trump, Carrier, Analytics, Government and You

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Nelson Schwartz of the New York Times in his article about President Elect Trump's personal injection into the Carrier’s move to Mexico wrote: “On Thursday, Mr. Trump and Mike Pence, [...]

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