Analytics

A Tale of Two Cultures – How MI and BI Come Together

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July 23, 2013
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Remember the last great manufacturing systems war? The giant ERP project dominated all IT activity and many of its advocates claimed the ERP system could run all corporate functions. Manufacturing and Operations management were told they didn’t need a MOM system because ERP modules could handle those tasks also.

The counter argument was that they were very different systems and served different – but complementary – roles.

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The Evolution from Clipboard to Manufacturing Intelligence

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December 3, 2012
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Today’s marketplace competitive? Only in the most Darwinian sense of red in tooth and claw. Customer demands continue to escalate and competitors become more aggressive. How does operational management adapt to meet competition while laying the foundations for continued performance improvement?

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Getting people and EMI systems on the same page

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April 19, 2012
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Our common industrial temptation is to focus on the “easy” engineering part of management systems while deferring the more difficult people part of incorporating the system into the daily work life. However, we need to give organization and workforce issues the same attention if we are to develop successful and sustainable manufacturing management systems.

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How to Collect Data for Successful Manufacturing Intelligence

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January 12, 2012
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Manufacturing needs timely information to support and drive operational decisions. Manufacturing Intelligence (MI) turns plant data into that usable knowledge and real-time decision support.

NWA supplies the analytics that drive much of the MI system, but the question remains, what is the system infrastructure required to support an effective MI system? During 2012 we will focus our webinars on what needs to be considered to support an effective MI program.

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Order Out of Chaos

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September 23, 2011
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World class manufacturing requires a complete understanding of what is happening in all parts of the enterprise. This means well organized accessible data that can feed analytics to provide effective manufacturing and management decision support., However, most companies maintain their process and business data in a collection of different databases that were built at different times for different purposes that were never designed to work together.

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Applying Process-based Analytics to Audit Results for Process Management and Improvement

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August 22, 2011
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Operational audits and inspections play a critical role in assuring the effectiveness of the Food Safety Management System (FSMS).  To realize the maximum value and effectiveness for process management and improvement, key process indicators should be identified and plotted on control charts.  The control charts can then be assessed for trends, so actions can be taken before a food safety incident occurs. 

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Process Historians Moving Rapidly Toward CPAS Vision

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June 6, 2011
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ARC Advisory Group has released a new report, "Process Historians Moving Rapidly Toward CPAS Vision".  The report examines the industry need and desire to move toward a Collaborative Process Automation System as the core of their manufacturing systems: "They want to be able to harvest any relevant information assets without boundaries in real time and work collaboratively with business counterparts and colleagues at their sites and in other plants us

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