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Technology, people, process, strategy.

Mar 29, 2021

222 Build In Resiliency

How would you like to be the chief automation engineer when an automated assembly line goes down and it gets daily reports in The New York Times and the CEO camps out on the production floor until you get it fixed and that CEO is the world's smartest man--Elon Musk?

Too often we build projects,...


Mar 22, 2021

People hit me up continually about ability of predictive analytics for predictive maintenance as the nirvana of digital manufacturing. My reply is that digital data leads to analysis/user interface/decision support. In other words, data helps people make better decisions in order to solve manufacturing problems and...


Feb 13, 2021

"We tend to overestimate risk and under estimate value when we're evaluating digital technology implementation," stated a keynoter during the 25th annual ARC Advisory Group Forum. Another keynoter told us that if we are evaluating digital transformation initiatives using a spreadsheet, we are off base. Some things...


Jan 29, 2021

219 Quality Without Wires

Are you teaching quality today? That question started a young English teacher into a journey that led to the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. But really, I wanted to talk about quality and wiring. I visited a prospect who was interested in a press control automation system. When...


Jan 15, 2021

I worked with data ever since it was handwritten or typed. We can just generate much more of it these days. We can contextualize, analyze, visualize. The question is--are we using it adequately to make better decisions?