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OEE and Continuous Improvement: Two Peas in a Pod – Part 1

Posted by John Clemons on November 1, 2012 @ 8:07 am

When I’m asked the question, “Where should I get started with improvements on the shop floor?” there is not necessarily an easy answer.  There are lots of places to start and it can be very complicated. All the vendors have their own solutions and will typically tell you to start with their products – all of their products.  (That’s obviously not a lot of help and can actually be a total disaster.) And, everybody else will have some kind of answer as well telling you that you need to start here or there in places that usually turn out to be their pet...

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MES – Seeing the Big Picture by Looking Small

Posted by John Clemons on May 23, 2012 @ 7:41 am

I’ve said this before- any system, be it MES or MOM or even ERP, if it’s going to be considered successful it has to meet the needs of the organization. It has to actually bring value to the company and do something that the company needs doing and is valuable to the company. Certainly, that’s a lot easier said than done. For MES, it’s even more difficult because there’s really no clear definition of MES and exactly what MES is supposed to do. Of course, that can be a good thing in that MES can actually do a lot of things and can address a lot of different problems. But, as you may suspect, that can be a problem as well. Lots of MES systems are pretty big and have been designed to do lots and lots of things. That’s all good and that means that MES can bring value to the company. And to make MES successful, it means you have to look at the big picture and see what’s...

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