Monthly Archives: December 2012

“Manufacturing Excellence a true path to better operations management “

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Operations Management is often the most neglected area in all Organizations, it is considered to be a firefighting tool only to be called upon in the event of any problem or mishap. I believe Operations Management should be considered a vital part of management and should be used to attain competitive advantage for the Organization. Operations Management affects all five competitive priorities, namely, Quality, Speed, Dependability, Flexibility and Cost. Rather than trying to manipulate the external environment to gain a competitive edge, organizations can gain a lot by concentrating on setting their house in order by laying stress on Operations … Continue reading

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Is just any Off The Shelf MES application OK for my Organization?

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Information Technology is one of the most important areas of strategic planning and decision making for modern day organizations. IT decisions become even more critical because the top management of most organizations have limited knowledge of IT applications and relevant costs. All organizations feel the need to implement better IT infrastructure, but how to go about it, remains a crucial question. In most organizations IT services are outsourced, this makes sense considering the need to concentrate on core competencies. But while outsourcing IT services and applications it is important to understand the implications involved and take a decision after weighing … Continue reading

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The Benefits of a Document Management System Integrated in MES

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Today all major organizations in the world are laying stress on becoming eco-friendly and developing technologies that allow sustainable development. There are two advantages of developing a paperless operation, one that is quite obvious, is the protection of environment and valuable resources; the other is integration of operations and ease of access to documents. Laying stress on paperless operations also helps create a better image of the organization in the eyes of its clients and end customers. It increases brand value and shows that the organization is truly committed to environmental conservation and operational integration. Even for Organizations that produce … Continue reading

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Are you seeking better performance from your factory?

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Optimizing your factory performance, is it needed? If yes, how can this level of performance be achieved? Let us ponder on the first question, the Goal of every organization is to achieve profit maximization and accomplish its fiduciary responsibilities towards its stakeholders. Optimizing performance no longer means achieving highest possible level of production, rather it means reaching highest possible profitability. If your factory is able to achieve highest possible profitability, it is implied that your operations are functioning optimally. Factory Operations today need to be able to achieve high quality production faster than ever before. So an operation that is … Continue reading

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Defect Management – A Key To Factory Uptime and Waste Reduction

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Mura, Muri and Muda are the three types of wastes we see in Japanese management theories. Mura corresponds to unevenness in production, Muri is overburdening the workers and production process and Muda is non value adding work which attributes to waste. We often forget the importance of detecting the defects that cause these wastes. Finding the root cause of a particular waste type may prove helpful in eliminating the waste from the process, or at least lead to a considerable reduction in the waste being produced. All three wastes mentioned above can be witnessed in any typical manufacturing operation; these … Continue reading

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Are You Enabled To Quickly Detect An Excursion in Your Line?

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All Operations professional know and would agree that no matter how fool proof a process might be there is always a possibility of an excursion. The later an excursion is detected the more loss it causes. Detecting an excursion becomes even more important in discreet manufacturing as every product is different and tailor made. Even in an HMV production line an excursion can cause a massive loss if it remains undetected, thereby causing both financial and non financial loss. The financial loss caused by an excursion can be calculated, but the non financial loss, such as loss of customer goodwill, … Continue reading

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Operational Efficiency – Setup Your Factory Floor Operations for Success

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Are you unable to meet the growing demand for your products? Do you think you are operating much below your plant capacity? You want to improve the efficiency of your operations but don’t know how? All these questions will be answered as we proceed forward in this blog. Organizations lay great stress on increasing the demand for their products and often fail to consider the implications exaggerated demand might have on their production line. It is often seen that promotions and intense marketing causes the Bullwhip Effect and forward buying. In such cases the efficiency of the plant becomes indeterminate, … Continue reading

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I2DS Increases Its Head Count by 36% & Continues Their World Wide Hiring Campaign.

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I2DS, a provider of Manufacturing and R&D Factory Automation, Data Management, Factory MES, and Manufacturing Excellence software and IT, Factory Operations, Supply Chain, & Engineering Services serves various organizations and industries such as solar, semiconductor, automotive, and biotech is being touted as the next big thing in MES and Automation industry. Highlights: • Due to a 70% growth in the third quarter and continual addition of new clients I2DS has increased its Head Count by 36 % world wide. • The company has recruited a team of professionals for supporting the ever increasing customer base. Major hiring has been in … Continue reading

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Capturing Daily Activities on Your Production Floor Is not an Easy Task

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If you are an Operation’s professional, you would agree with me when I say that a major loss is caused due to improper communication and inefficient issue tracking. I personally remember a few instances when the quality of the product suffered due to negligence in tracking the right issue or neglecting the repair of equipment, how an urgent shipment got delayed due to verbal notification and lack of official communication. Over the years operation’s professionals deal with such issues almost on a daily basis, but these issues are easily avoidable. Organizations that are successful today have the capability of controlling … Continue reading

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