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?

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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

The cobot controversy – Part 1

“The cobot controversy” is the title of a short article published by and on the Hannover Messe (“Hannover Fair”, the industry exhibition) website. http://www.hannovermesse.de/en/news/the-cobot-controversy.xhtml The article can be read in English as well as in German (assumed original version). This article proposes a “balanced” view about the impact of the collaborative robots (cobots) on the … Continue reading The cobot controversy – Part 1

What is Industry 4.0 – Juergen Kanz

"Industry 4.0" was coined in Germany and is becoming the European name of what is also known as Smart Factory, Smart Manufacturing, Industrial Internet among others. Note: German and French write "industrie" instead of "industry" In this slightly more than one hour video, Juergen Kanz, Systemic Thinker and Theory of Constraints expert, introduces to the … Continue reading What is Industry 4.0 – Juergen Kanz

Is 3D printing the ultimate postponement? Part two

In the previous post of this series, I used somewhat extreme examples to illustrate the benefits of postponement with additive manufacturing i.e. 3D printing (space exploration, ships amidst oceans and warfare). In this post I use more common examples about how the promises of these new techniques will disrupt existing businesses and bring new benefits … Continue reading Is 3D printing the ultimate postponement? Part two

Is 3D printing the ultimate postponement? – Part one

Imagine the first habitable base on mars. Your challenge is to pack the first cargo spaceship with all the necessary for the staff to face all maintenance issues, until the next cargo spaceship can lift up, say three months later. Chances are you’ll include a 3D printer and enough of printer’s raw material, simply because … Continue reading Is 3D printing the ultimate postponement? – Part one

Future of Lean and additive manufacturing

In a previous post titled “How much non-added value additive manufacturing can take out of actual processes?” my prospective thinking was all about technological disruptions and the impact on companies. The same question is valid for the future of Lean. If as I assume much of the non-added value can be taken out of actual … Continue reading Future of Lean and additive manufacturing

Lean in digital age: sensors and data

In near future, technology and especially connected objects - smart things stuffed with sensors and so-called wearable devices - will supercharge Lean improvements. One example of such already used device is given in a Mark Graban podcast about Hand Hygiene & Patient Safety. In this podcast (Episode #205), Mark’s guest Joe Schnur, VP Business Development … Continue reading Lean in digital age: sensors and data

How much non-added value additive manufacturing can take out of actual processes?

It is a well-known fact: the sequence of all activities required to bring a product to a customer is called a value stream and despite the name, value does not flow smoothly nor swiftly along streamlined processes. Value streams are cluttered with non-added value processes, tasks and steps, so-called wastes. Traditional manufacturing processes aren’t very … Continue reading How much non-added value additive manufacturing can take out of actual processes?

3D Printing and Porter’s five forces – opportunities

In a previous post on this topic I highlighted the threats of 3D printing – as symbol of any additive manufacturing technology – disrupting traditional businesses, wondering if threatened business owners and professionals are aware of it. In this post I’ll take the opposite point of view, as a challenger to established businesses, breaking the … Continue reading 3D Printing and Porter’s five forces – opportunities