Entries by Kevin Jones

Two Ways to Improve Production Schedules

We talk with a lot of manufacturers, especially high mix/low volume shops, which have challenges with their production schedules. Typically, ERP systems don’t have great scheduling modules. Too often those production schedules are pipe dreams because they expect the world to be perfect…like an automotive manufacturer that has near complete control over supply chain, machine […]

5 Steps to Solve Manufacturing Challenges with IIoT

How do we ensure we’re focusing on the true essence of the challenge at hand when looking at challenges on the factory floor? The answer is to “get back to the basics”. Whether it’s little league baseball or the major leagues, or any other sport for that matter, you constantly hear the coaches talking about […]

Monitor More than the Machine to Get the Gold

I read a good article in Modern Machine Shop today on committing to a data-driven approach to improving their production capacity and throughput, and doing that by monitoring not only the machines but also the flow of products through the plant. This reminded me of two ideas. The first was the in the blog post […]

Equipment alarms and IIoT systems are really valuable, when used well

Did anyone every tell you it’s better to “work smart” than it is to “work hard”? That idea applies in many contexts including running manufacturing equipment and the alarms on that equipment. My good friend Jay Kriner, CMRP, wrote this article on when to act based on alarms from the equipment, and the value of it. […]

Connect IIoT platform to CMMS?

Should we connect our CMMS to our IIoT platform? Would that effort provide us with valuable results? Yes…only if you keep a few points in mind. These points are honestly a reminder to stick to the basics. Note: Computerized Maintenance Management System are software systems used by Maintenance & Reliability teams to, among other things, […]

4 Best Sources of Data for IIoT solutions

Does your IIoT / Data Driven Manufacturing (DDM) solution have good sources of data? Or are you considering these sources if you’re looking at IIoT? Too often we see very small, cheap IIoT solutions put in place that have nothing more than a CT sensor to pull data. They can usually get production counts and […]

Ectobox Announces Partnership with SensrTrx

Ectobox Announces Partnership with SensrTrx  Ectobox announces that they have become a certified partner of the SensrTrx manufacturing analytics platform. In the manufacturing world, visibility into the factory floor is vital. Without it, there is no way of knowing if a quality product is being produced or if it will be delivered to  customers on […]