Will 5S resist 4.0 tech?

April 2019, in the corridors of our offices I picked a statement made by a young consultant about one of his clients: "It's a real mess in their warehouse, they do not manage storage and have no defined storage locations. They lose an incredible amount of time searching for goods. Introducing RFID tags would allow … Continue reading Will 5S resist 4.0 tech?

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Industry 4.0 on the edge of the chasm

March 2019, eight years after its official launch and many experiments, Industry 4.0 is on the brink, looking at the chasm. For the concept Industry 4.0 to become reality, it has to move from a random collection of scattered Proofs of Concept to full-scale projects. It must convince a critical mass of decision makers, users … Continue reading Industry 4.0 on the edge of the chasm

The Right Way to Solve Complex Business Problems

The Right Way to Solve Complex Business Problems is the title of a december 04, 2018* episode of IdeaCast, the podcast from Harvard Business Review. In this episode, Curt Nickisch (HBR) interviews Corey Phelps, a strategy professor at McGill University and author. *I’ve listened the podcast in early April 2019 The interview on podcast and … Continue reading The Right Way to Solve Complex Business Problems

Industry 4.0 @home: riding a Cyber-Physical System

For many people, a Cyber-Physical System sounds like something from a science-fiction movie. For those familiar with Industry 4.0 and the smart factories, it should make sense as an integrated system combining sensors, embedded software and actuators. How about an everyday example to understand it the easy way? >Lisez cet article en français You may … Continue reading Industry 4.0 @home: riding a Cyber-Physical System

Lean 4.0: nothing but rebranding good old Lean Manufacturing?

Skeptics and critical thinkers (I count myself to the latter) may argue that Lean 4.0 is nothing more than a rebranding of good old Lean Manufacturing, and new opportunity to sell refurbished Lean Manufacturing training and consulting, boosted by the Industry 4.0 hype. You have no clue what Lean 4.0 is? Read my post: What … Continue reading Lean 4.0: nothing but rebranding good old Lean Manufacturing?

Lean 4.0: does Lean need a version numbering system?

In the hype of Industrie 4.0, many things have been rebranded 4.0 with the hope to appear modern, trendy, fashionable and up-to-date. At least in Western Europe. Note: in French and German, Industry is written industrie. Phonetically they are the same as in English. >Lisez cet article en français Probe your search engine and you’ll … Continue reading Lean 4.0: does Lean need a version numbering system?

What is Lean 4.0?

Lean 4.0 is the conjunction of Lean Manufacturing / Lean Management with Industry 4.0 assuming that both complement and reinforce each other mutually. Lean and Industry 4.0 are both production paradigms with a common objective: manufacture efficiently in small batches highly customized products. Paramount being producing totally customized unique products at mass-production costs thanks to … Continue reading What is Lean 4.0?

Ready to gain from smart factory real time capability?

I hear and read it periodically: executives giving feedback about their smart factory implementation highlight “the real-time capability given to teams to react to any drift or early warning about machine condition”. To many listeners or readers, this resonates. In paper-and-pen days, data collection and analysis was painstakingly slow, often inaccurate and most often led … Continue reading Ready to gain from smart factory real time capability?

Project execution performance and the forgotten tasks

Despite a relatively long history and plenty of literature on the subject, project management keeps failing to consistently deliver on time and within costs. The usual suspects for these failures are called uncertainties, that ever growing safety margins are unable to absorb. >Lisez moi en français : Performance en mode projet et oubli de tâches Surprisingly, a … Continue reading Project execution performance and the forgotten tasks

Lean: Waste in office work – part 2

In the first post of this series the focus was much about waste of human potential, that comes in many forms. In this second part reviews the 7 others wastes, first uncovered in manufacturing and later translated into office work. Office work isn’t as much prescribed in work instructions and standards as the work in … Continue reading Lean: Waste in office work – part 2