Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Smart Manufacturing Journey: Walk? or Quantum Leap?

By Mike Yost, President, MESA International

Some say Smart Manufacturing is a walk - a methodical progression of manufacturing capabilities, beginning with a hodgepodge of disparate systems and processes that ends in a connected enterprise of smart devices and systems and plants.  Sounds logical…

But, that implies any manufacturer in a digital/connected/smart state today had to start long ago; and, doesn’t that contradict the argument that Smart Manufacturing is new?  That it’s only possible now because of Cloud Computing, Cyber-Physical Systems, Big Data, Analytics?

Proponents of the “Smart is new” argument say modern technologies make anything possible.  “Give us higher fidelity sensors, more powerful modeling capabilities and more and more advanced technologies on more powerful (and affordable and secure) clouds, and we can find any needle in any haystack to keep us safe and profitable and competitive.”  No need to walk when we can run!

At MESA, we say that Smart Manufacturing is “equal parts Smart People and Smart Technologies.”  Those smart people are still sorting through the ins-and-outs of Smart Manufacturing - what it is, what it means to them, why they should care and what they should do now.  Many are walking, continuing to instrument and automate their equipment and processes and layer in smarter devices and systems. Others are taking quantum leaps - jumping without apparent effort and seemingly without covering all the bases between the starting and ending points.  These “quantum leapers” see opportunity to think differently and create a data-driven advantage in their plants and across their businesses - and they’re doing it!

Many of those Smart People will be together in a few weeks, and I invite you to join them.  They’ll be at the MESA annual conference May 8 - 10 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, to work through questions like this, share ideas and learn from each other in a number of forums:

  • May 8: A 3-hour workshop to ‘Seek Common Ground in Smart Manufacturing’ - leveraging new survey findings and drilling into:
                   -Smart Connect Factory: IIoT, Smart Machines, Robotics, Augmented Reality
                   -Analytics: Predictive and Prescriptive, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine                                      Learning
                   -MES/MOM: It’s role in Smart Manufacturing
                   -Enabling New Business Models: Product-as-Service, Mass Customization, IoT Data                            Services, On-demand 3D printing

  • May 9: Four (4) peer presentations covering the entire spectrum of the Smart Manufacturing journey - from those just starting to someone living digital transformation - all in a single day!
  • May 10: The release of MESA’s 7th biennial edition of our ‘Analytics That Matter’ research with our partner, LNS Research.



I’ve had the good fortune of playing in these types of discussions regionally, nationally and globally for some time.  In fact, I could (gladly) argue that MESA’s been on this mission since it’s inception in 1992.  What’s different today, in addition to the technologies, is the commitment.  Governments around the world are looking to Smart Manufacturing to build a sustainable economic advantage for their countries.  They call it different names - Digital Transformation, Digitalization of Manufacturing, Industrie4.0, the Industrial Internet, Brilliant Manufacturing.  But, they want the same thing: modern technologies unlocking manufacturing’s economic engine.

Personally, I believe Smart Manufacturing is a catalyst - the biggest catalyst for change I’ve seen in my 30 years in manufacturing.  To seize on an opportunity like that, I’d suggest you run, not walk.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Take on Smart Manufacturing

By MESA International Staff



MESA International, the global, not-for-profit community of manufacturers, producers, industry leaders, and solution providers, invites you to join the conversation around Smart Manufacturing during their 2018 North American Conference which is co-located at IndustryWeek's Manufacturing & Technology Conference and Expo.  MESA will be at booth #349 to provide unprecedented access to information, forums, peers, and domain experts in Smart Manufacturing.

One ticket gets you access to both shows! Register today with MESA discount MESA218.


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Monday, March 26, 2018

MANUFACTURING IN THE CLOUD: PART XII: CLOUD SERVICE MODELS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This blog is a MESA Member Point of View.


By Goran Novkovic, MESA Member, CQA, CSQE, ITIL, APM, PMP, PEng

This blog is part of a series called Manufacturing in the Cloud. This series aims to assist manufacturing
organizations to evaluate how they can overcome challenges and maximize cloud computing benefits.
As cloud computing services mature both commercially and technologically, this is likely to become
relatively easier to achieve.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

MANUFACTURING IN THE CLOUD: PART XI: "SECURITY OF THE CLOUD" VS. "SECURITY IN THE CLOUD"

This blog is a MESA Member Point of View.


By Goran Novkovic, MESA Member, CQA, CSQE, ITIL, APM, PMP, PEng


This blog is part of a series called Manufacturing in the Cloud. This series aims to assist manufacturing organizations to evaluate how they can overcome challenges and maximize cloud computing benefits. As cloud computing services mature both commercially and technologically, this is likely to become relatively easier to achieve.

Friday, February 2, 2018

MANUFACTURING IN THE CLOUD: PART X: THE BIGGEST FEAR OF CLOUD

This blog is a MESA Member Point of View.

By Goran Novkovic, MESA Member, CQA, CSQE, ITIL, APM, PMP, PEng

This blog is part of a series called Manufacturing in the Cloud. This series aims to assist manufacturing organizations to evaluate how they can overcome challenges and maximize cloud computing benefits. As cloud computing services mature both commercially and technologically, this is likely to become relatively easier to achieve.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Using Quality Systems to Gain Efficiency – Is that even possible?

This blog is a MESA Member Point of View.
By Valérie Goulévitch – Head of Marketing and Communication at Siemens PLM Software, Gold Keystone Member of MESA International

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Key Requirements for Seamless Quality Processing – ERP to PLM to the Shop Floor

This blog is a MESA Member Point of View.

By Valérie Goulévitch – Head of Marketing and Communication at Siemens PLM Software,
Gold Keystone Member of MESA International.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

3 Ways Quality Drives Productivity

This blog is a MESA Member Point of View.

By Valérie Goulévitch – Head of Marketing and Communication at Siemens PLM Software, Gold Keystone Member of MESA International

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

8 Examples of How a Closed-loop Quality System Should Function

This blog is a MESA Member Point of View.

By Valérie Goulévitch – Head of Marketing and Communication at Siemens PLM Software,
Gold Keystone Member of MESA International.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Key Criteria for Getting Faster ROI From Your QMS Implementation

This blog is a MESA Member Point of View.
By Valérie Goulévitch – Head of Marketing and Communication at Siemens PLM Software, Gold Keystone Member of MESA International

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Smart Factory Shifts from Reactive to Predictive – An ASME and NIST Workshop

Michael Brundage, Ph.D. and Brian Weiss, Ph.D., NIST

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, hosted a “Workshop on Advanced Monitoring, Diagnostic, and Prognostic Technologies”, on June 8-9, 2017, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together key subject matter experts to identify manufacturing needs and wants with respect to advanced monitoring, diagnostic, and prognostic technologies (collectively known as Prognostics and Health Management (PHM)), along with ways of verifying and validating their performance to enhance maintenance and control strategies within manufacturing operations at the factoryfloor.

Monday, November 13, 2017

MANUFACTURING IN THE CLOUD: PART IX: A NEED FOR COMPANY-WIDE CLOUD EDUCATION

By Goran Novkovic, MESA Member, CQA, CSQE, ITIL, APM, PMP, PEng

This blog is part of a series called Manufacturing in the Cloud. This series aims to assist manufacturing organizations to evaluate how they can overcome challenges and maximize cloud computing benefits. As cloud computing services mature both commercially and technologically, this is likely to become relatively easier to achieve.

Friday, November 10, 2017

MANUFACTURING IN THE CLOUD: PART VIII: PaaS and SaaS Models

By Goran Novkovic, MESA Member, CQA, CSQE, ITIL, APM, PMP, PEng

This blog is part of a series called Manufacturing in the Cloud. This series aims to assist manufacturing organizations to evaluate how they can overcome challenges and maximize cloud computing benefits. As cloud computing services mature both commercially and technologically, this is likely to become relatively easier to achieve.

Friday, October 27, 2017

MANUFACTURING IN THE CLOUD: PART VII: Infrastructure as a Service

By Goran Novkovic, MESA Member, CQA, CSQE, ITIL, APM, PMP, PEng


This blog is part of a series called Manufacturing in the Cloud. This series aims to assist manufacturing organizations to evaluate how they can overcome challenges and maximize cloud computing benefits. As cloud computing services mature both commercially and technologically, this is likely to become relatively easier to achieve.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

6 Reasons Why Quality Management and LEAN Could Use Digital Upgrades

Valérie Goulévitch – Head of Marketing and Communication at Siemens PLM Software, Gold Keystone Member of MESA International
Often companies have separate teams driving LEAN initiatives and Quality initiatives. These teams are often at odds, debating what the higher priorities are among what can seem like competing goals – adding steps to ensure compliance, and reducing steps to gain efficiencies. The reality is that the intent of the two initiatives do not have to conflict.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Machine Learning: What, Why, Where, How and When

Analytics Working Group, MESA Point of View (PoV)

What does machine learning mean to you?  A popular notion today is that in the very near future we will be working side-by-side with autonomous, intelligent robots as collaborative colleagues.  Or perhaps when you think of intelligent machines, you dream up lawless replicants being chased around the galaxy by Harrison Ford.   If these are the things you conjure up when you hear the term machine intelligence, you are not alone.   There is confusion in industry as to what machine intelligence and machine learning are and how they will affect and benefit manufacturing industries.