Monthly Archives: April 2013

Do I Really Need Process Excellence, Does It Justify The Costs Incurred?

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It is often a matter of debate whether or not the pursuit of excellence is feasible economically? Organizations around the world have a divided opinion about the pursuit of excellence in operations and production process, this is because of the fact that the technology is changing at a very brisk pace in most of the prominent industries. The top management of such organizations is always in a dilemma that the pursuit of excellence would prove to be very costly and become redundant if there is a dramatic change in the technology of the industry. Also another impediment in the pursuit … Continue reading

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What Are You Waiting For- Be The Best In Quality, Apply QMS Today

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Quality has become the back-bone of successful business operations today. Every OEM/manufacturer stresses that their product quality is far superior to their competitors. The nature of international business is such that quality has become an order qualifier and is considered the primary consideration by the customers. To have a superior hold on their quality issues, operations managers around the world look at Statistical Tools and information systems. Without the help of modern information systems, getting a grasp of quality issues and dealing with them in real-time becomes very complex and time consuming. A quality management system can help manufacturers get … Continue reading

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Yes, Factories Can Be Made Safer With Information Systems!

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Thirty years back, if someone was to walk up to my dad, and say “You know what, computers can make your factory a safer place”, my father would have probably laughed and gave him this anecdote- that safety is not achieved through some computer thing, its achieved through careful assessment of risks, constant monitoring of the workplace, training of workers and using proper PPE and guards. I guess, he would have been right to say it then, but, times change and old ways surely become obsolete. Today, IT systems can not only make factories much safer, it is these IT … Continue reading

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You Can Be The Leader, Think Excellence And Achieve It Now!

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What makes an Organization a Leader, is it better management, better machines, better leadership, better resources, better technology? What exactly does a company do better than others to become a leader? Well, all the above mentioned factors play a vital role in any organization’s success, especially its leadership and employees, but that’s not all. Organizations that become leaders have one factor in common above all others; this is their unrelenting and uncompromising pursuit of Excellence, this pursuit of excellence keeps them alert, keeps the hungry for success and drives them to outperform themselves every single day. The pursuit of excellence … Continue reading

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Reach The Pinnacle Of Productivity and Profitability, Apply MES!

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What is profitability? Is it just making more and more money? Is it the blind pursuit of profit where no attention should be paid to the means of achieving it? The views on profitability might differ drastically depending on many socio-economic factors, what is important is that we realize why profitability is perceived differently around the world and what should be the true meaning of profitability in today’s economic environment. Profitability is perceived and pursued differently in different regions of the world and this difference arises due to the country’s economic maturity and the society’s general beliefs and its perception … Continue reading

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Is Handling The Work In Progress A Problem Area For You Too?

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My experience with production lines has taught me that managing the WIP or Work In Progress, is considered a difficult task, more so because of the inability to track it, than any thing else. Operations Managers often complaint of many issues, such as, being unable to track the material, the shifting of bottlenecks, higher machine downtime, higher cycle time, higher material consumption and the list can go on and on. The reason why some of these issues exist or are perceived to exist is because of the inability to properly track the material on the production line, the inability to … Continue reading

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Data Analytics, Brace Yourself For The Efficient Process Control Systems Ever!

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Data Analytics, is it just a fancy name? Is Data Analytics important for all businesses? Is Data Analytics just another business fad, or does it have commercial and strategic importance? These questions are bound to arise, because of the hype Data Analytics have been getting recently. So let’s take these questions down on-by-one and see if we can gain any clarity on this. Data Analytics Solutions are basically computer based, software applications that enable fast and accurate analysis of relevant process metrics. It is more than a fancy name in-fact; data analysis is one of the most important facets of … Continue reading

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Have You Realized Your True Potential In Manufacturing?

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You might have a very profitable plant, with great cycle times, accelerated product development, higher throughput, but is it working at its true potential? Have you really reached the pinnacle of your industry, in terms of technology and process excellence? Even if you are on top right now, can you afford to be complacent? These are a few questions that compel you to think about your process capabilities in the present and for the future. Let me explain why these questions become so relevant, the reason these questions are so important is because even if you have the technology leadership … Continue reading

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