Ideas for Connected Industry

Discussions about innovative, high-performance technology solutions for industryDD

Keep Your Goals Simple and Over-Communicated

Pat Durante of GE Intelligent Platforms’ Food Safety group shares his insights on how to be successful across the four pillars of manufacturing. By keeping KPIs simple and over-communicating them, you can get your teams focused and working toward your goals.

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Improving Customer Responsiveness Through Silo Demolition

Customer responsiveness is becoming much more than delivering the right product at the right time to the right customer. In today’s connected world, it is about transforming how manufacturers interact with customers, transforming how customers interact with products, and knowing what the customer wants even before they do. Unfortunately, companies’ technology and business process architectures often do more to inhibit than enable these changes...

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Don’t Jam the BB Gun— Make Higher Quality a New Year’s Resolution

What present did every boy want for the holidays? A BB gun – and that dream came true for my two sons. Now, these two boys, ages 8 and 10, are having fun shooting at targets, stacking up cans and seeing who could shoot a hole through a can or knock down the stack. Being the mom, of course I have to tell them to “be careful” about a million times and require a grown up with them. So far, so good! Everyone is being safe with the BB gun. I only had...

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Backflushing to Inaccurate Records and False Inventory

Backflushing… What’s up with that? Many manufacturing companies track material consumption according to “backflushing”, basically multiplying the recipe or bill of materials by the number of units produced. This is inherently inaccurate, because both natural and manmade materials vary in quality, size, color, concentration, etc. necessitating deviations from standard recipe/BOM. ERP systems tend to do this because they don’t have a natural...

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Optical Software Control, a Real Eyeful

When I was speaking at the Business Expo in December, I was telling the audience about my experiences with the new smart TV I had bought during the Black Friday sales in the U.S. This TV has both voice and facial recognition capability, and I was joking about how it could be a challenge to swipe pages with your eyes as you do with iPads® and iPhones® (along with some facial expressions of me trying to do it …. you had to be there didn’t you...

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Why Good Strategies Fail—It’s Not a Game, but Somebody Better be Keeping Score!

In my last blog I tackled one of the key topics in a recent report from The Economist Intelligence Unit, Why good strategies fail, lessons for the C-suite[1] , that really resonated with me; Executive Level Sponsorship. Now that we have discussed how to get sponsorship early on in the project, I want to talk about how you keep the right level of engagement throughout the lifecycle of a project and ensure the right people stay focused on the...

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Google Glass in Manufacturing

I recently attended a workflow summit and had the pleasure of meeting Jim Lyons ( @jflyons ) who is one of the registered Google Glass Explorers (evaluators). He gave me the chance to have my first play with this product and even though it’s a prototype design I could see the benefit it could bring in manufacturing. For those who don’t know, the prototype has a small black and white display for your right eye that syncs with Android devices. It...

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Run Your Corporation From Your Cell Phone — Jeff Immelt Does

What did I hear you say? Really a $150BN business run from a smart phone? Well, that’s the quote from Marc Benioff, the chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com . A number of our team (including Jeff Immelt, GE CEO) recently attended Dreamforce '13 in San Francisco, as Salesforce.com has become core to our business in the past few years . As you will read in the article , Marc was referring to Jeff’s use of Salesforce1—their new technology bringing...

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Every Company’s Operational Excellence Journey Is Similar—But Different

Competition has reached unprecedented levels for manufacturing organizations. Spurred on by global competition, the complexity of global supply chains, international regulatory issues, the speed of new product introduction cycles, and increasing customer demands, leading companies today are being forced to accelerate their journeys toward their visions of optimized operations so they can begin realizing them today. While individual strategic...

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Mining for Profit

From listening and participating at our Mining & Metals Summit in South Africa, I certainly understand the pressure in the mining industry more deeply. Our potential customers--many just like you--told us that life is tough….and that the gloomy research reports are describing, unfortunately, exactly what you’re living. Commodity prices are down. Revenue is down. Profit margins are down. Stock prices are down. Costs are up. Unrest is up. And...

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Break Down the Silo Between Design and Manufacturing

What we hear as we go out and talk to our customers and prospects is a lot more use of the word “connected,” as technology has continued to evolve. What we're seeing is, companies are recognizing the inefficiency of silos. If you think about design and manufacturing, those are two places where you absolutely would never want to have silos. So, that’s all the more reason to have a seamless, unified, agile approach to both design and manufacturing...

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GE Customers: Expect to be Delighted

As consumers, we’ve all had a range of customer experiences. Some that weren’t good at all, where we vowed we’d never go back. And some that fell in the “okay but could’ve been better” category. And then, few and far in between, there are some experiences that just stood out as exceptional—where we would not only do business there again, we’d even recommend it to others. So what makes a customer experience exceptional? Is it the company’s...

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Why Good Strategies Fail When Your CxO Goes M.I.A.

One the best parts of my job is traveling around the country and spending time with our large customers. I get to chat with them about the technology initiatives they are working on, the challenges they face, and how we can help. Being an engineer, I am a problem solver at heart and love jumping in to try and understand where projects have stalled and what we can do to jump start them. One of the perks of this level of travel is that I get to...

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Enable Your Workforce Through Teamwork

This month, my family participated in the Komen Race for the Cure. We were amazed by more than 10,000 people participating in just this one race in the South Carolina Lowcountry and the spirit of making a difference together as a team. We saw this spirit everywhere, embodied in the racers’ enthusiasm and in the sea of pink. On the shuttle ride over to the race, a man commented about the many boys wearing pink, including long pink socks,...

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Connectivity is NOT the End Game

In this world of the “Internet of Things,” we are seeing connectivity adoption rates that increase exponentially every day. Machines of all sizes and capabilities are being connected to networks; however, manufacturers and machine OEMs are looking to extract real value from this capability, not just connectivity. At PACK EXPO, we covered this topic on the Innovation Stage and discussed the importance of understanding how the Industrial Internet...

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