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My dad loves to give me articles to read – all kinds of information that he thinks will be useful or interesting to me. I’ve gotten articles from him about health, cars, bug sprays, parenting, GE, home security, 401K investments, blueberries, you name it. He always has a stack of articles to give me, sometimes even articles for other people that I’ll be seeing, with their name written at the top. He’s the original RSS.

Last weekend, Dad gave me several articles. One article stated that there would be a recall on my car. Another article discussed some prescription drugs and problems such as variation in the amount of medicine from tablet to tablet, bacteria and other issues. He’s my dad, so he felt better after finding out I wasn’t taking any of the named prescription medicines and that my car’s year wasn’t included in the recall. Then, we talked about the manufacturing issues.

Dad thought most of the issues were avoidable. And, he’s right. Today’s industrial leaders can fix or avoid many problems, and consumers should be able to expect good quality medications, cars as well as other products. The combination of expertise, commitment, proven software, and reliable hardware—spanning supply chains—makes just about every manufacturing issue generally surmountable. Maybe that sounds like a long recipe for success, but it is possible and no more a goal than customers deserve.

Take sanitation issues as an example, which can result in numerous problems including bacteria. Operators, no matter where they are, can electronically receive graphical, interactive Standard Operating Procedures that guide them through the proper steps for good sanitation. This is imperative whether using sterilization equipment in a pharmaceutical plant or performing Clean In Place (CIP) in a large dairy. After losing multi-million-dollar batches to mishandled CIP procedures, one major food and beverage manufacturer, as a case in point, now guides its operators through the right steps—with ROI at a fraction of the cost of a single lost batch.

This is just one simple example, but it can be extrapolated across many complex areas of manufacturing and many industries. With Real-time Operational Intelligence and the industrial internet, we can do much more than enable our operators when it comes to sanitation. We’re seeing gains when it comes to quality management, batch processing, energy management, scheduling, traceability and more.

The good news is that manufacturers have made great strides and continue to do so. We still see articles about problems such as recalls, and that will continue as product complexity increases and regulations tighten. But, if you think about the average car and its 15,000 components1, today’s manufacturing is far more a story of success. Most companies and leaders are committed to good manufacturing – and despite what we usually hear about in the media, there could be far more stories about achievements in manufacturing than problems.

So, how are some of your peers making big gains and protecting their brand? Take a look at our new infographic. It shows how today’s industrial leaders are making smart moves with Real-time Operational Intelligence.

Or, if you’d prefer to read a few articles on the topic, I know my dad can find some good ones for you. I’d be happy to pass him your name.

*Source: Automotive News

Alicia Bowers

Alicia Bowers believes that automation software can help industrial organizations overcome many challenges, including retiring workforces, global competition, and tightening regulations. She has published in industry magazines, ranging from Food Manufacturing to Hydrocarbon Engineering, and is the recipient of a MESA Outstanding Contribution Award. Connect with Alicia on LinkedIn.

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