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What is Poka Yoke? Life would be so much easier if we all had a blueprint to operate from. Fortunately, in the industrial realm, the blueprint for some aspects of our industrial operations is known as Poka yoke. In everyday life, we encounter poka yoke when we enter facilities and we have signs that indicate […] Read more

An industrial plant is a dynamic organism. When a plant is built, it is usually built at a baseline operational level, with the current technology of the time. With time, an organization might want to take the relevant actions to expand operations and enable an increase in throughput. Alternatively, they may be in a situation […] Read more

“If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” – Deming Industrial Organizations can utilize technology to optimize their systems. Those that do, are often ahead of the pack.  Organized as a central system, the Deming system provides the appropriate management teams with feedback on the system’s […] Read more

“A superior leader is a person who can bring ordinary people together to achieve extraordinary results.” – Unknown While Operational activities are the management of daily activities, every now and then, or running concurrently with these activities are project based activities. A project is an organizational activity that has a beginning, a middle and an […] Read more

“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” – Anthony Robbins The Deming cycle  is a process that involves creating a feedback loop that is centred on your industrial process. It is an operational activity. Knowing that there is no perfection, Operations managers ensure that the appropriate time allocation is […] Read more

“Process improvement programs are like teaching people how to fish. Strategy maps and scorecards teach people where to fish.” – Robert S. Kaplan Competitive advantage is a moving target in 2020 and beyond. The importance of quality in industry cannot be stressed enough. With the current conditions where competition is a global phenomenon, it is […] Read more

“Consistent alignment of capabilities and internal processes with the customer value proposition is the core of any strategy execution.”- Robert S. Kaplan Industrial operating processes are very complex systems that often require restructuring. For various reasons, a current operating mode might not work for an organization. It may be that the operational flow requirements have […] Read more

“The rate at which organizations learn may soon become the only sustainable source of competitive advantage.” – Peter Senge Additive manufacturing is a relative new technology that is facilitating the evolution of industrial process systems. In the past, during the prototype development process organizations would have to go through the process of working with a […] Read more

“It is not the strongest nor the most intelligent of species that survives, but the one that is most adaptable to change. “- Charles Darwin Operational Excellence is a set of tools that industrial organizations can utilize to improve their operations. Competitive advantage is a moving target that organizations need to ensure that they are […] Read more

“You can’t delegate digital transformation for your company… You and your executives have to own it! Executives need to engage, embrace and adopt new ways of working with the latest and emerging technologies.” – Barry Ross, Ross & Ross International For the past decade, digitization has become a ubiquitous force in our lives. Industrial experts predicted […] Read more

“Deep learning will revolutionize supply chain automation. Deep learning is what makes driverless vehicles possible.” – Dave Waters The future of logistics is here and waiting to be deployed. Automation is the key to the establishment of a “connected supply chain”. As the current pandemic has taught us, we must be prepared for an autonomous […] Read more

“It is impossible to improve any process until it is standardized. If the process is shifting from here to there, then any improvement will just be one more variation that is occasionally used and mostly ignored. One must standardize, and thus stabilize the process, before continuous improvement can be made.” – Masaaki Imai One of […] Read more