How often do we accept the status quo? Probably more than any of us would like to admit, yet it happens in our personal and professional lives. We get to a place where we’re comfortable and we coast. The same thing can happen when using software. If you don’t take advantage of all the functionality, you may settle for “okay” rather than aim for “top notch”.
Sometimes we set low implementation goals to be safe with the initial implementation project or because management is looking for quick results. After that initial implementation, it is easy to coast and forget to go back and revisit what more we can do with the product to get more value out of the investment.
I have discovered that it takes a special person to be the MES (Manufacturing Execution System) leader at the deployed sites. This person is passionate and has a big drive to learn the new functions and actually put them to good use. It’s usually somebody who is on the pulse of the manufacturing world. And, can be found in countless production meetings, discussing process changes, reviewing corrective actions, and acts as the liaison with IT regarding new projects and requests.
If that isn’t you, consider this – are you getting your “top notch” money’s worth? Can you remember when the software sales team demonstrated all the ‘cool’ features? How much of them do you actually use now? How often do you read the release notes when a new version comes out? Do you upgrade to the latest version of the product only to use it the same way as you did before the upgrade? If not, now’s the time to put it to good use!
For example, are you using calculated data collections? Do you use decision nodes in your operation sequence? Have you looked at standardizing typical rework and repairs? Are you using Standard Text and Standard Operations? Are you using tool usage count instead of dates for some of your tool calibration expirations? Have you assigned Skills and Process-Types to Operations? Are you leveraging a good Defect classification scheme to improve root-cause analysis? Have you integrated your time clock or timecard system? These are some examples of opportunities that are sometimes neglected in first implementations.
Today I challenge each one of you to become the Solumina leader! Be the instigator for incorporating new functionality and use your MES and EQMS solutions to its very fullest.
You’ll be happy you did!
- The product’s integration – we built this product from the ground up. This means all the functionality was built originally to work together. We didn’t purchase software pieces and then try to make it work together – think like we built an Apple computer…. we didn’t take the hard drive out of a Dell, the exterior from an IBM, and put the iOS on it and hope that there are no issues.
- With that integration comes ease of use; from only having to input data once and it’s used everywhere (think of a buying a car, you know how you have to sign your name a million times – it would be awesome to only put in your signature once and it’s populated on all the purchase forms – that’s what Solumina does for its customers), to having that information reportable (how many times was my signature applied to the paperwork).
- The quality control we offer. The moment an issue is identified, we stop work and start tracking down the issue. There is no opportunity for error when working with Solumina. It’s a true mistake-proof system.
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- What to Have in Place – Before Starting your MES Journey - October 4, 2016
- Why Defect Containment Should Be Standard in Any MES - September 26, 2016
- 7 Useful Guidelines for Documentation - April 18, 2016
- 3 Tips for Writing Clear Work Instructions - March 8, 2016
- Not a Fix It and Forget It – Continuous Improvement - December 7, 2015
- Don’t Let the Marketing Fool You, Real Value Gets Created on the Shop Floor First - July 27, 2015
- Manufacturing Operations Management Made the World Flat - July 10, 2015
- 5 Killers of Cycle Time - May 13, 2015