Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Digitization’s Impact on Collaboration across Manufacturing

By Gordon Benzie,  International Board Member of MESA and Keystone Sponsor Member

Ever since a young age, we have been told the importance of sharing. I’m sure most of you have heard of the phrase “All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” In this poem, the first line is to share. As a grown up, this philosophy is still true – in fact, the world might just be a better place if more people held to this standard. In manufacturing, Elon Musk recently made the news with his open letter dated June 12, 2014, where he proclaimed “All our Patents Belong to You.” Sharing best practices and working together to solve common problems are two other examples.

Friday, November 21, 2014

XML Schemas from MESA Technical Committee for KPI-ML

By Gary Mintchell, member of MESA and volunteer on MESA’s Technical Committee and Marketing Committee

The MESA Technical Committee plans to release in January a paper detailing XML schemas as an implementation of KPI-ML (key performance indicator markup language). 

These schemas are based on the standards ISO 22400-1 "Automation Systems and Integration - Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Manufacturing Operations Management - Part 1 Overview" concepts and terminology and ANSI/ISA-95.00.05-2006 Enterprise-Control System Integration Part 5: Business to Manufacturing Transactions.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Press Release: MESA International Introduces InfinityQS as Platinum Keystone Sponsor

Solution provider brings deep Manufacturing Intelligence expertise to MESA to help manufacturers realize the full potential in their quality data

CHANDLER, ARIZ., Nov. 18, 2014 - Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International announces InfinityQS International as a Platinum Keystone Sponsor. A global authority on Manufacturing Intelligence and enterprise quality, InfinityQS joins MESA to help manufacturers realize the full potential of data while supporting MESA’s mission to educate professionals about the role and value of IT in Manufacturing Enterprises.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Press Release: MESA International Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Open Applications Group, Inc.

Agreement promotes collaboration among industry thought leaders

CHANDLER, ARIZ., November 13, 2014 - Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Open Applications Group, Inc. (OAGi). This agreement will make it easier for both organizations to work together and bring value to their common set of stakeholders, and formalizes the ways in which each organization can contribute to the other's committees and working groups to bring specific expertise to key initiatives.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The future of manufacturing: agility, digital factory and knowledge workers

by Pierfrancesco Manenti, Vice President, Research and MESA Member

Over the past 20 years globalisation has dramatically changed the face of manufacturing. The rise of offshoring opportunities enabled developed world manufacturers to use low-cost labour countries – notably China – as a workshop. 

Press Release: MESA International Introduces iBASEt as Gold Keystone Sponsor

iBASEt joins MESA to help tackle the challenges in today's manufacturing enterprise and value chain.

CHANDLER, ARIZ., November 12, 2014 - Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International announces iBASEt as a Gold Keystone Sponsor. iBASEt offers software for manufacturers that replace a myriad of disparate shop floor and supply chain solutions - such as manual paper and email processes - with one integrated suite of software systems that synchronize data and foster collaboration between internal and external teams.

Monday, November 10, 2014

How to Improve Quality Management with Manufacturing Systems

By Conrad Leiva, International Board Member of MESA International and member of MESA’s Technical Committee

In today’s progressive organizations, quality assurance is no longer viewed as a silo department verifying product quality at the end of the manufacturing process. Best practices are to integrate and build quality management into the production process. The MESA association has published the Quality and Regulatory Compliance Strategic Guidebook to give examples of how an organization can leverage manufacturing information technology to improve efficiencies in quality management. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The emperor's clothes, not fully dressed yet, but not completely naked - Big Data in Manufacturing

By Gerhard Greeff, MES/MOM Proponent and Facilitator, MESA GEP Contributor and Trainer, Chairman - MESA Southern Africa.

This post is in response to a post from Patrick Weber, MBA PMP regarding Big Data. I suggest you read it here http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141028204312-11146365-big-data-in-manufacturing-is-the-emperor-wearing-clothes? Patrick attempts to look through the hype at the real issues and try to see if business benefit can in fact be derived from Big Data in Manufacturing.