Managing Operations Across Multiple Sites – All at the Same Time?

About 80 years ago, scientists discovered that it is possible to be in two locations at the same time—at least for an atom or a subatomic particle, such as an electron.  For such tiny objects, the world is governed by a crazy set of physical laws known as quantum mechanics. Good news!  You don’t need

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Maple Leaf Foods – The Road to Sustainable MES Adoption

Maple Leaf Foods is Canada’s leading consumer packaged meats company with more than $4 Billion in sales. Recently, I had the privilege of working with three Maple Leaf Foods plants during an AVEVA/Wonderware Manufacturing Execution System (MES) deployment. Learn more about the Maple Leaf automated MES program goals here.  Our role at InSource was to

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Does Your F&B Plant Suffer from LPF Syndrome?

Paper forms (work order tracking, lab results, maintenance and safety rounds, etc.) are the oil that keeps your Food and Beverage plant’s engine running.  Somewhere in that ocean of paper is the insight you need to save money and run your plant more efficiently. A common barrier is overcoming LPF (Lost, Piled & Filed) Syndrome.  You recognize

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Why is My Packaging Line Down?

“Why don’t our packaging lines achieve their design capacity? Why are we down?”  Do those words sound familiar? As an IT Manufacturing Solutions Company, InSource ranked this as one of the top business issues voiced by our clients in Food, Beverage and Commercial Product Goods manufacturing in 2018. Finding the answer is important as companies face

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A Modern OEE Solution – Want a tour?

Digital Transformation is a hot topic for manufacturing today and we often receive questions on where to start. There is no one-size fits all approach as each company’s most pressing issues vary as well as their readiness to “digitize” their operations. However, we have found Downtime Tracking and OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) projects are often

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Frictionless Downtime Tracking Quickly Produces Results

The economy is steam-rolling, and your manufacturing business is in full tilt. So, the question is, with your current plant floor operating philosophy and capability, are your customer’s more satisfied than before the uptick? Your customer’s satisfaction is based to a large extent on your operational team’s capability to hit targets related to the Big

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OEE Deployment – Thoughts & Learnings

A client organization recently completed an OEE deployment. I asked the plant manager and production manager to share some of their thoughts on how it went and some of their learnings. The plant manager stated “We really didn’t understand OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) or the impacts of the program until we were down the road

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OEE – Driving Performance or Complacency?

In my role as Manufacturing Solutions Architect I have seen many industries and manufacturing processes up close. These range from consumer goods to mining to petrochemicals and beyond. These businesses couldn’t be more different except for the general acceptance of deploying OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) to drive improvements. If your organization uses OEE as a

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The Quest for Ideal Maintenance Worker

Maintenance teams are foundational members of the up-time cadence in industrial facilities. We depend on them to have the knowledge and skills to quickly assess an issue and resolve it in minimal time to minimize downtime.  While engineering a modern industrial automation system is critical, learning how to keep one going is a different skill

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5 Keys to Operational Excellence

Over the course of my career, I’ve met numerous continuous improvement and operations professionals. While they are passionate about improving their organization and adding value, often they feel their efforts are unsupported and viewed as being isolated from the other departments. Yet, in many of those same organizations, I have heard the executive team talk

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False Choices: A Manufacturing Perspective for 2017

We agree.  Don’t be fooled by false choices. InSource Solutions is lucky enough to live on the edge of technological & process advances in manufacturing and industrial environments.  There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on.  From advanced technologies and the ideas and innovations they are spawning to increased early STEM educational opportunities that will

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