December 3, 2013
How to Attain Manufacturing Enlightenment: Part 3
Think about the process that a new piano player undergoes while learning to play the instrument. The musician will start out slow, learning notes and figuring out how the process works. Then, there is a “eureka” moment when all of the information clicks and individual notes can be strung together to form melodies and progressions.
During the manufacturing process, this same situation can occur. It happens when data that is aggregated from processes comes together to form a complete picture of the processes' overall performance. Up until this point, data are simply points in a database but with the right scope of analysis those bits and bytes transform into manufacturing intelligence that drives operational efficiency. As InfinityQS describes in the ebook, an example of the connectivity stage can be seen in the food industry when knives move from the process of collecting data to actually re-directing knives to remove blemishes, thus creating a perfect French fry.
In “The Zen Guide to Manufacturing Intelligence,” the manufacturing process starts with initial data collection and progress with the end result being complete process automation and real-time visibility—i.e. manufacturing nirvana.
As the third stage in this five step process to manufacturing enlightenment, the connection is right in the middle. It is an important concept for manufacturers because in the shift toward big data where every machine producing measurable output, it is vital to build in systems that make the data actionable.
To continue on the Zen path towards manufacturing enlightenment, access your free copy of the ebook here.