By Patrick Weber, MESA International Technical and Education Committee member and MESA-Recognized Practitioner
How can you determine if your manufacturing operations are no longer competetive? There are telltale signs if you know how to look for them. The following excerpt from "Seven Warning signs that your Manufacturing Operations Are Becoming Obsolete" give one example.
Your operations cannot run without spreadsheets
It’s easy to dismiss correcting this problem; common arguments usually center around definable payback and “soft” savings versus “hard” savings. Without a thorough analysis, an organization cannot know the price it is paying for the inefficiencies of its work processes. In addition to downtime, idle time, waste and scrap, the work involved in ineffective information management has become part of what quality guru Armand Feigenbaum termed “the hidden plant”. Unfortunately, this is also an inefficiency that is almost never tracked, and it impacts an organization’s highest-paid workers.
Further reading: “How Many Spreadsheets Does It Take To Run A Fortune 500 Company?”
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