Factories of the future may be black boxes, because they need no lighting.

This post is inspired by an article titles “Future Factory: How Technology Is Transforming Manufacturing“, published April 8, 2018 on https://www.cbinsights.com https://www.cbinsights.com/research/future-factory-manufacturing-tech-trends/ Until recently, when factories were called black boxes, it meant that flows, processes or operations were so difficult to understand that they appeared like “black boxes” in which the magic simply happened. Or … Continue reading Factories of the future may be black boxes, because they need no lighting.

Advertisements

Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick

In the hype of digital transformation, the appeal of new technologies and the hope to buy turnkey solutions to lasting problems may eclipse the good old Lean, even so all the potentials of the latter haven't been fully exploited. Now here are 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick: Digitizing wasteful activities is … Continue reading Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick

Industry 4.0: Beware of the vendor wonderland

I recently came across a post explaining why it is urgent to start going Industry 4.0 with collecting big data. The rationale is built on the example of social media companies who base their business model on big data and paved the way to industry at large. The pitch Just as the social media companies … Continue reading Industry 4.0: Beware of the vendor wonderland

Lean and the digital factory: is the digital twin the new gemba?

The digital twin is the virtual and digital copy of a factory allowing monitoring, post-mortem analyses, simulations, stress tests, machine learning and much more. As a Lean practitioner having started his Lean experience in the 1980s, I faced the difficulty to get engineers, techs and sometimes foremen to the shopfloor to assess and understand the … Continue reading Lean and the digital factory: is the digital twin the new gemba?

Smart Factories: Converting workers into problem solvers?

Smart factories, industry 4.0, IIoT and everything else covered by the digital transformation umbrella raises fear about the future of human jobs, or to be more specific, the income source of employees. To my surprise some promoters of these factories of the future have a ridiculously simple solution: convert the actual workers into process supervisors … Continue reading Smart Factories: Converting workers into problem solvers?

30 elements of value, entrepreneur’s food for thoughts

What is value? What is a customer willing to pay? Since Lean Thinking and Lean principles are around, many organizations strive to bring more value to the customer. But apart from reducing costs what levers do they have to bring more value to theirs customers? The article titled “The Elements of Value” published in the … Continue reading 30 elements of value, entrepreneur’s food for thoughts

Factory of the future is a misnomer

There is a real hype around the “of the future” nowadays (we write November 2017) in France. Everything seems to be “of the future” and it started with the factories supposed to soon buzz with the sound of toiling robots and frantic printing 3D printers. “of the future” sounds great, full of promises of extraordinary … Continue reading Factory of the future is a misnomer

Can Industry 4.0 rejuvenate Total Productive Maintenance?

In this post: TPM in a nutshell Linking Industry 4.0 (smart factories) to TPM TPM autonomous maintenance in 4.0 environment Can Industry 4.0 rejuvenate Total Productive Maintenance? The youngest among my blog readers may not understand what I mean with Total Productive Maintenance, this pre-Lean management approach to maximize machines and equipment effectiveness and aiming … Continue reading Can Industry 4.0 rejuvenate Total Productive Maintenance?

The cobot controversy part 2

The new robots arrive, the humans remain This post is a personal reflection about a statement of German Labor Union “IG Metall” posted on the union’s Website https://www.igmetall.de/robotik-tagung-2015-17975.htm titled “The new robots arrive, the humans remain” (Published November 26th, 2015 and still online June 2017). About IG Metall: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IG_Metall The IG Metall article is in German … Continue reading The cobot controversy part 2

Reading between the lines: Safran puts Cobots at the Forefront of the Factory of the Future

Collaborative robots (cobots) are trendy and a must have for any organization claiming to go for the factory of the future. An article on Safran’s corporate website (May 2017) explains how the high-tech group is putting Cobots at the Forefront of the Factory of the Future. Of course, it caught my attention. Safran is a … Continue reading Reading between the lines: Safran puts Cobots at the Forefront of the Factory of the Future