Monthly Archives: October 2012

Get it Right The First Time – Setup Your Factory For Success!

Posted on by

Do you believe in prevention or inspection? Does Getting it right the first time matter to your? Is your Factory Operation as profitable and Productive as it can be? These questions are very important if you have a complex operation that has a huge capital investment and you desire optimal quality at minimal price. All great management philosophies advocate the concept of ‘Getting it Right the First Time’, so let us ask why? Getting it right first time means that you have a process that has been optimally designed and is working efficiently. This shows the level of process control … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

The Road to Reaching World Class Manufacturing Excellence

Posted on by

Have you ever wondered what sets apart a great company from a mediocre one? Why is it that some companies achieve a Six Sigma level of production and others fail, even though they have adapted the same theoretical practice? How can you achieve this new paradigm of Manufacturing Excellence? Let’s take a shot at each question one by one. A great company is driven to achieve excellence at any cost, customer satisfaction is their top priority closely followed by Quality. Great companies adopt and apply tailor made technology for integrating and improving their operations simultaneously. Achieving Six Sigma level production … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Real-Time Yields Real-Time Results Real Time Profits

Posted on by

Manufacturing Operations are expected to be both flexible and have a high level process complexity. Flexibility allows them to better adjust with the external environmental forces and process complexity allows them to remain at a competitive advantage. However as process complexity increases it becomes harder to control the process; this accentuates the need for a real time process control system. MES solutions have been a major breakthrough for Organizations with high process complexity and fast throughput requirements. An MES application allows seamless integration of all facets of the process and offers real time process implementation and control. MES applications have … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

A Proven Model To Control Your Information Technology Costs

Posted on by

What is the need for Outsourcing IT? Is outsourcing IT really cost efficient? What is the extent of outsourcing that is optimum for IT? Who is the right partner for our IT needs? The above mentioned questions represent a few strategic and tactical concerns every organization has with regard to IT. Let me ask you a simple question- Is IT your Core Competency? If the answer is- No, then you need to outsource IT for your Organization. The reason for this is multifaceted, so let us look at all aspects of IT outsourcing and why it is so beneficial. From … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Continuous Improvement – The Key to Survival In Today’s Market

Posted on by

Is there really a need to improve processes continuously or is continuous improvement overrated? This question has plagued the minds of many executives, specially the ones who have got extremely efficient and highly effective processes. So let me begin this blog by a statement that will accentuate the need for continuous improvement, “The only thing permanent in this world is- Change.” We live in a world that is dynamic and ever-changing; in industrial terms what used to be order winners yesterday have become mere order qualifiers today. There is an evident and ever-pressing need to improve and evolve, just to … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

A Powerful SPC Solution that Goes Beyond Trend Charts

Posted on by

How important is SPC in your Organization? Is your SPC application capable of delivering high class and potent decision making info? Do you need a better SPC application? These questions are extremely critical if you are a manufacturing Organization that has highly complex processes and high quality standards for your final products. SPC application today requires being highly efficient and delivering much more than just basic trend charts. If your SPC application is delivering just Trend Charts you are not fully utilizing the power an SPC application can truly provide. A truly potent and capable SPC should be capable of … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Best In Class Systems That Transform Your Innovation Efforts

Posted on by

Innovation is broadly categorized into two segments; one is radical innovation and the other results from continuous improvement of business process. Radical innovation results from the creation of a completely new product or service which achieves customer delight because of its novelty. However radical innovations are difficult to achieve and plan for. Innovations that stem from continuous improvement of processes are easier to sustain and plan for. As processes today have become extremely refined the scope of achieving radical innovations are far lesser than ones resulting from continuous improvement efforts. IT has been a major contributor towards these improvement efforts, … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Transform Your Organization with a SMART MES Solution

Posted on by

Over the years Manufacturing has evolved to become highly automated and complex endeavor, heavily dependent on technology and information. Process Complexity is now considered a differentiating factor, it is believed that the higher the process complexity the more difficult it is to imitate. Management has also become more of a science than art, Theories like TQM, Six Sigma and Lean Management all advocate management by facts and not management whims. Information that is easy to comprehend and allows accurate decision making has become pivotal to a company’s success and in some cases mere survival. For manufacturing Organizations the ability to … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Tap into the Power of Your PLC – Hidden Data You Thought You Never Had

Posted on by

PLC or Programmable Logic Control is one of the most advanced tools being used to provide automation solutions to Organizations. The functionality of the PLC has evolved over the years to include sequential relay control, motion control, process control, distributed control systems and networking. The data handling, storage, processing power and communication capabilities of some modern PLCs are approximately equivalent to desktop computers. It is due to the above mentioned features that PLC is highly desirable in Manufacturing Industry. But are all automation solution providers equipped with the required skill for development and application of PLC solutions, or do you … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Reduce Cost by Implementing a Safety and Quality Management System

Posted on by

Traditional belief was that trying to improve Safety and Quality of any facility would lead to an increase in total costs and overheads. However many successful Organizations have proved that reality is contrary to the traditional belief. High standards for Quality and Safety when implemented properly with the aid of modern technology have been proven to reduce operational cost successfully there by increasing the profitability of the Organization. We can never over emphasize the importance of Safety and Quality, a safe working environment is the basic need of any worker and supreme quality is the endeavor of all organizations globally. … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Moving Data from The “Shop Floor” to the “Top Floor”

Posted on by

Moving Data from Shop Floor to Top floor, is it important for you? Any Value chain is incomplete without proper flow of information; no strategic, tactical or operations planning are possible in the absence of information. Top management is responsible for Strategy Formulation/Updating and disseminating it in the entire Organization; to achieve this they require information form external and internal sources. While it may seem easier to access internal information it is hardly ever the case. Due to the vast size and hierarchical tall structures of Organizations, internal information is very hard to obtain and analyze. Organizations often forget the … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Optimize Your Workforce and Boost Your Productivity

Posted on by

Any process is as good as its weakest link. A process has many components which include various equipment, tools and most importantly workers. Human Resources are considered a vital resource in every Organization. Training the workforce and retaining a trained and knowledgeable workforce is as important as having state of the art technology and automated equipment. So is your workforce your bottleneck? How do you monitor their performance and what steps have you taken to optimize this performance? These questions need careful consideration because any process is only as good as its weakest link. Today jobs especially in the manufacturing … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Every Manufacturing & R&D Engineers Dream Tool

Posted on by

Process control and continuous improvement go hand in hand. Every engineer in manufacturing and R&D needs to have complete process information to better maneuver and control the process. The information needed by these engineers is in the form of Trend Charts, Process Performance Graphs, Data Reports, Control Charts, Tool Shut down and other such reports and graphs. To manually perform such evaluations and calculations is time consuming and hinders real-time control of the process. The need of the hour is an SPC tool embedded in your MES application for better and faster control and improvement. An SPC tool can deliver … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Effective Communication is Crucial

Posted on by

Communication is pivotal for the success of any Organization, both internal and external communications are equally important. External communication is how an Organization deals with its suppliers and customers, how it develops better information systems to harness vital market information and customer feedback. Internal communication on the other hand is how various functions and departments in the organization pass information to each other. No matter how good external communication is, if the internal communication is not up to the mark it can cost dearly to the firm. All the creative/innovative product/service developments for an Organization are generally done in-house to … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Show Me The Data

Posted on by

Show me the Data. This phrase is used by countless management professionals everyday around the world. Management has progressed from being an art to being a science. Management decisions are no longer made by gut feeling, managing issues by analysis of facts has become more important. To be able to analyze facts, they should be presented in a meaningful form and as per the required metrics. Data generated by the process and equipment has become a key input for management of Quality, Process Improvement and the Cost function. Now having established the importance of data, let us focus on the … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Quality Management Improve Quality and Reduce Cost

Posted on by

The importance of Quality can never be over emphasized. Quality is the most important competitive priority for every Organization, achieving better quality is imperative to stay in the race today. Cost and Quality were considered to be at two different ends of the same continuum i.e. to improve quality meant increasing cost, but over time this view has changed drastically. Improved Quality, achieved through continuous improvement of process has been able to reduce the total Cost function in the long run. Doing things right the first time, managing operations by facts and applying statistical process controls has led to better … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

FIS in the Forefront of Technology Development

Posted on by

For Organizations that manufacture any kind of product, the Factory is the heart of that Organization. Factories are places where a product or a product sub-assembly is manufactured or assembled. It is in these factories that raw materials become value added products that provide the desired utility to the end user. Information that flows to and from the factories is crucial and plays a massive role in the operational efficiency and effectiveness. Traditionally solutions have been developed to help functions like Finance, Purchase, HR and Marketing. Factories and Operations, have had limited solutions aimed specifically to improve the information processing … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

The Path for Turning Information To Knowledge

Posted on by

Information is considered the biggest asset of an Organization, all management theories stress on improving Information processing and knowledge management to be more successful. Information which becomes a part of our cognition over a period of time through experience and education becomes Knowledge. In our daily work routine we come across a lot of Data, but this data needs to be presented in a meaningful form to become information and make sense, then analyzing this information will result in learning and eventually in knowledge. Information Technology has changed the way Organizations manage their Data, process their information and manage their … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Data Management – A Critical Piece To The Puzzle.

Posted on by

Technology has been the driving force in process improvisation ever since the advent of Industrial Era. It is through harnessing and better using technology that companies have been able to achieve Economies of Scale and develop more flexible, quality oriented production lines. Today the perception of technology has had a paradigm shift from process improvement to process integration and continuous improvement. Data Management has become a critical issue in the strategic planning of Organizations, Information processing and knowledge management are now the prime concerns. Effective Data-Management forms the back bone of the Technological Development efforts in any modern Organization. Each … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Factory Automation with APC

Posted on by

How much do you spend on R&D? I bet that if you are a competitive firm in today’s market, your R&D spending would be huge, it’s because you have to spend on Product Development continuously, and you have shorter Time-To-Market, Shorter Product Life Cycles and deal with many other Environmental factors. APC systems are being employed to better automate factories around the world and provide seamless integration and control of R&D lines. APC or Advanced Process Control is a necessity for today’s Organizations for their R&D segment. APC is composed of different kinds of process control tools, often used for … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Shop Floor Errors.

Posted on by

Shop Floor Errors, do you encounter them regularly? Do these errors lead to an increase in the Operational Cost function? Is there any way to get a better handle on them? How can we reduce or completely eliminate these Day-to-Day errors? Well, Shop Floor Errors are a part of life when it comes to manufacturing organizations, but these errors are major cost centers, maybe not individually but when considered in a cumulative way, the results can shock you. Small errors that occur due to a human error or faulty paper work can become a major problem if you fail to … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Are You Searching For a One Stop Shop for MES, Data Management, Automation, and IT Services?

Posted on by

The IT needs for every Organization are unique and the functionality required by them is diverse and multifaceted. Due to competitive forces prevalent in the market today, Organizations are being forced to automate their manufacturing process, reduce product development time and are having lesser Time to Market than ever. For the diverse needs that Organizations have today a generalized IT solution is just not enough. Time has come to look beyond the standard packages available today and focus on individual needs. Tailor made products for Data Management, Factory Management; Factory MES etc. are changing the way Organizations are doing business … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

IT Solutions for Small, Medium, and Large Companies.

Posted on by

Information is considered the most important resource for decision making in any Organization. To be able to achieve an efficient and effective Operation the right information needs to be available at the right time for the right person. Every company no matter whether it is small, medium or large in terms of turnover, requires better Information Management. IT has transformed the way organizations do business around the world. But a major concern that remains is whether we need to develop an IT department in-house or outsource the IT function. Every Organization in the world, irrespective of industry has a ‘Core … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Unlock the Hidden Capacity of Your Manufacturing Plant.

Posted on by

Do you think your Factory has realized its optimum capacity and is capable of working at this optimum capacity on a regular basis? Have you got a handle on how small, day-to-day and seemingly simple issues can hamper your cumulative productivity? Is there a way you can increase your capacity or better harness the present capacity? Is there some hidden capacity in your Factory that you are unaware of? These are vital questions for any production or factory manager. We will reflect on these questions one-by-one and try to get a better grip on these issues. If TQM is to … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

How Quickly can you Detect an Excursion in Your Production Line?

Posted on by

In a typical production environment a lot of things can go wrong unless properly monitored and controlled. There can be thousands of mistakes that can be committed on a daily basis before, during and after production. Each Lot that is produced is of some value to the factory and any excursion during production process is a definite financial loss. It is imperative to be proactive in checking all production requirements are appropriately filled even before the material leaves the Ware-house. Being reactive will only lead to analysis of the loss that has already occurred rather than preventing it. Today most … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Plant Floor Operations – Do You Have A Grip on What’s Happening?

Posted on by

Factories are places with a complex work structure, a myriad of operations take place simultaneously in such an environment. Due to the large number of simultaneous activities, there is a great opportunity for loss of information due to lack of proper communication, leading to mismanagement. As all operations professionals would agree communication on and off the production floor is vital, not just for optimum performance but also for accurate and timely decision making. Generally, the tools that are available in a typical production environment have limited functionality, this becomes a major pain point when the production process is complex and … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

Gaining Competitive Advantage By Leveraging MES Data.

Posted on by

Markets have always been defined by certain forces, such as, Competitive, Political, Environmental and Technological Forces. Organizations around the world try to gain a better handle on these forces and use them to their advantage. Strategic positioning is extremely vital in the adverse market conditions that prevail today. Every company seeks competitive advantage to remain at a better position than its competitors. Competitive advantage basically means, being better than one’s competitor in one or more aspects of the entire value chain, i.e. being able to deliver a unique value to the customer. There are a number of ways in which … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs | Leave a comment

The Collaborative Factory of Tomorrow.

Posted on by

Synergize Operations to Optimize Profitability, this is the modern mantra for a successful and truly global Organizations. The future is now and collaboration between every process within and outside the Organization’s realm of control, in its supply network, is vital for surviving in today’s highly competitive and unforgiving market scenario. The flow of Products, Services and Information downstream and upstream are crucial and need to be managed and controlled properly. Factories are the heart of any manufacturing operation and a collaborative and synergized environment is mandatory here to achieve the desired level of throughput and profitability. Seamless integration of process … Continue reading

Posted in Press Release | Leave a comment