Manufacturing processes typically are in place for quite some period of time, often months if not years. During this time changes in process can occur and the use of IoT collected data can be highly valuable to determining the impact of the change. Let’s consider our stamping operation again. We have been producing a specific part on the line for months and have collected significant data. We can use analytics and trend charting and reporting to see if. . .Read More
Just knowing an alert has occurred and sending it to a human user may not be the ideal outcome. Again, just like in the previous sections, depending on humans to handle tasks introduces variability and more important, excess cost. Let’s look at an example of a machine that is experiencing abnormally high hydraulic temperature. We have determined this is abnormal based on the specific machine, the in context item / part specific parameters and perhaps external sensors such as ambient temperature. An alert gets raised . . .Read More
Currently, you cannot avoid the deluge of hype and pitches around the ‘Internet of Things’ – IoT and how this is going to revolutionize the world in which we live. As a manufacturer you may be asking yourself how IoT can benefit your organization by making you more profitable, reduce risk and grow your business. Indeed IoT can play a major role in doing this and helping you achieve your goals, but you need to take a careful look - and not get caught up in the hype that providers of IoT with no manufacturing experience are pitching.
For IoT to work properly in manufacturing, the supplier of the tools and systems needs to have a deep understanding of how manufacturing works. Let’s face it, we can have appliances in our homes connected and talking but this is not the same as manufacturing production equipment providing real time production operation data and as well since IoT is bi-directional in nature, having costly and potentially dangerous machines being controlled via IoT. Let’s take a few minutes to put IoT into the context of manufacturing and see how it can be deployed properly for companies in the manufacturing and assembly environments.Read More
Recently I was having a discussion with a client who uses CPQ (Configure Price Quote) for the creation of custom products. The conversation was around the requirements for maintaining engineering controls – ECNs (engineering change notice) and revision management and how to maintain control with rule sets.
Engineering controls such as maintain BOM details and routing processes is straight forward when it comes to standard products. Most contemporary ERP solutions such as Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) allow for the locking down of any BOM and routing changes unless ECNs are enacted, routed and approved. This is usually enforced as well with Quality Procedures that may be specified in an ISO QC method. When it comes to configured products however, the engineering controls...Read More
The FAA estimates that nearly 100,000 aircraft will need to equip with ADS-B Out between now and 2020, but does the U.S. aviation industry have the time and resources to get them done in time? (As reported in Avionics Today)
Companies that supply advanced navigation and electronics systems for private, commercial and military are facing ever increasing challenges to meeting regulatory requirements such as the new requirements for ADS-B. Requirements such as this not only affect the ability for companies to ramp up to the production demand but also the engineering, ERP and business systems that are used to design and build these products. Extending from . . .Read More
Companies that supply components and complete systems for military and defense electronics are facing ever increasing challenges with meeting regulatory requirements such as the ones referenced above from May 12. Regulations such as this not only affect the design and packaging of components and systems but the engineering, ERP, and business systems that are used to design and build these products.
Companies that do not have in place proper. . .Read More
Most people typically take a little bit of time during the Summer months and go to the beach. It goes along with the phrase, "As American, as apple pie". Going to the beach is just something that many of us look forward to during our vacations.
On one of these trips, it became clear that going to the beach is a lot of work. There are chairs, umbrellas, towels, boogie boards, snacks, and drinks that all need to be carried onto the beach for a day of sun, sand, and fun. So, you get everything set up. Before you know it, the tide has changed, and there is all your stuff getting knocked around by the waves that have been steadily rising until they reach your little settlement.
It is the same on a manufacturing floor. There is a natural ebb and flow, like a tide, that occurs . . .Read More
Challenges: Almost all manufacturing companies have a Quality Control (QC) Department. The QC team is typically responsible for quality control and assurance including inspection and disposition of purchased material, finished goods or assemblies during production, and often some form of QC inspection, Certificates of Conformance, and sign-off prior to shipping. However, it’s not unusual that the Quality Control Department operates autonomously from the rest of the Manufacturing Systems. They may piece together related applications, use spreadsheets to record / track defects, or use other manual, paper based procedures to maintain inspection test records and other information for audit purposes. This can become a laborious operation. The QC team may find themselves spending the majority of their days creating and maintaining the related “paperwork” instead of being able to tackle the efforts to evaluate and strengthen the quality of their core manufacturing operations.Read More