Monthly Archives: September 2015

How Do You Detect Excursions In Your Production 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 HVM 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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The Role Of IT In Process Improvement And Preventive Maintenance

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Have you ever wondered what is missing in your manufacturing plant? Why are operational costs still high? What is causing redundant expenses in the production line? Why is it that TPM efforts are not succeeding in your facility? These questions haunt Operations Managers on a daily basis. The abovementioned problems exist in all facets of the manufacturing industry and some implications remain the same irrespective of industry, but vary as per the level of industrialization. Even in factories that have completely automated equipment, there might be similar problems to the factory that has a completely manual process. No matter how … Continue reading

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IT & Its Role In Implementation Of Management Theories & Strategies

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TQM, Lean, Lean-Six-Sigma and Six Sigma are various theories of Operations Management or management on the whole that are helping organizations become more efficient and profitable around the world. I believe that these theories or management philosophies have a lot in common and should be pursued in spirit. We should try and understand the end goal of these theories rather than trying to implement them blindly without proper consideration. These theories should be treated more like guidelines rather than a set of rules or do’s and don’ts. What all these theories tend to stress on is the reduction of operational … Continue reading

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The Parameters Of Productivity In Manufacturing- An IT Perspective

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Quality, Speed, Dependability, Flexibility and Cost, these are the vital competitive priorities that are considered most crucial for Organizations today. All these parameters are dependent on the availability of relevant and potent information. It is the acquisition and manipulation of the right information that has helped market leaders get the no. 1 spot in their respective industries. To acquire correct information, data collection, database management and data processing is mandatory. Organizations today lay a great emphasis on collection of data generated both inside the organization and outside. Let’s first consider the importance of Data, its management and why is it … Continue reading

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