Combatting the Forgetting Curve: Use the Performance Walk

During a recent technical solution client deployment, I overheard the conversation around pre “go-live” classroom training for operators. There wasn’t much confidence that the classroom material would be retained enough to be useful on the production floor. To make matters worse, it would take two weeks to train all the required individuals, since the training

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We Miss You Reliability. Please Call Home.

Your organization has invested heavily in asset performance technology to support and enable a reliability culture, but something seems to be missing. The new CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) is functional with an updated asset hierarchy and integration to the parts warehouse and purchasing. It’s working better than expected. The massive activity of analyzing and

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Start the New Year with Trained Workers

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about the educational needs for a new year. New projects, new employees, and new technologies create the need to be on our toes constantly. Manufacturing technology represents constant change and all employees need to be equipped and then refreshed with the necessary skills to

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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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Waste Less Corn Syrup! How to Offset the Rising Costs of Raw Materials.

Bud Light’s now viral corn syrup commercial created a lot of post-Super Bowl buzz and shed a humorous light on what actually goes into the products we drink. While it tickled the public’s funny bone, for food and beverage manufacturers, the rising costs of raw materials are no laughing matter. In fact, talking with our

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Give Your Workforce a “New” Reality. Watch How One Company Did Just That.

According to Forbes, “Digital Transformation isn’t a buzzword anymore. It’s the way.” In today’s increasingly competitive marketplaces, every business is looking for an opportunity to exploit a new competitive advantage that helps combat their industry and market pressures. Numerous cutting-edge technologies promise to help overcome these pressures. What’s more, digital technologies like digital twin, mobility,

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Training Drives Adoption and Facilitates Independent Workers

Wonderware Version 2017 It’s not likely in today’s world that many will argue that training has no value. After all, each of us is where we are, in part, due to years of learning; some formal training and some on-the-job training (OJT). The exact benefits may be harder to pin down. The chart below comes

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We’re So Busy. We MUST Stop and Train Our Team

Sound counter-intuitive? I agree. Typically, when organizations are really busy, product and application training falls to a lower priority because our belief is that we just don’t have time; everyone is booked. I think this connects with all of us at some level. After all, if our teams are booked on projects and pressed to

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Digitize Your Operator Rounds Easily

Do you know the number one application in manufacturing for maintenance and safety inspection rounds? Do your thoughts go immediately to a technology provider? It’s a common first thought but it’s incorrect. The number one solution used manufacturing today is…good old fashioned pen & paper, often used in conjunction with the second most used solution, Excel® spreadsheets! Surprised? You

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Using Industrial Forms for Reducing Paper

This blog will discuss how utilizing electronic Industrial Forms reduces paperwork and improves access to actionable intelligence within any manufacturing or industrial facility. Those who work in industry are likely aware of the paperwork that is generated daily from those working in the plant.  Paperwork comes in many forms and from many departments: Material handling

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