AW North Carolina Raises the Bar: Digital at the Point of Entry

Digitization in manufacturing is a very hot topic, but how many manufacturers are actually achieving it? Research shows that manufacturing lags other industries in digitization of work as well as digital asset management. Laggards are being negatively affected. But conversely, those companies, like AW North Carolina, that make the digital transformation now are seeing the

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Deploying Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES): 7 Ways to Fail

Clients often ask us to assess their Manufacturing Execution System (MES) deployment and identify any gaps that are limiting their ROI. In other words, “Why aren’t we getting the results we expected?” Since MES is normally a significant investment, often in the millions of dollars, corporate oversight is warranted and justified. Here is a short

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The Power of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) – What to Expect

My role allows me to work in various manufacturing facilities across America.  One of the programs most of these plants can benefit from is Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) management. If you are considering embarking on an OEE program or looking to re-vitalize an existing program, I’d like to share an element of what to expect.

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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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