Regardless of your position or utilization of edge computing, one thing remains certain. The need for improving resilience with greater flexibility in technology platforms will continue to be important.
If you are an emerging manufacturer in an industry such as micro/LEO satellites, industrial drones, or are building other hi-tech products that support other high growth industries, it just makes a lot of sense to consider what Cloud options exist for all of your business software needs.
For many manufacturers, investments made in enterprise applications to run their business have been significant and ongoing. Yet often these companies struggle to fully complete the original vision, failing to capture all the expected benefits.
The proliferation of IIoT devices has changed the manufacturing landscape and is now challenging the manufacturing operations model. Will your manufacturing applications be able to support this new model or are they built assuming that the CIM pyramid will stand as long as the real ones have?
The last several months have resulted in several major industrial cybersecurity (ICS) incidents, primarily ransomware attacks. Manufacturers putting a robust cybersecurity program in place will limit potential exposure to a ransomware attack.
Your MES architecture must be Cloud capable, support devices such as AR/VR headsets, handheld displays, and be able to operate in the Cloud, on the plant floor in dedicated services, and offload some of its computational load to edge devices.
These are just a few of the important trends in a rapidly transforming industry. Aerospace & Defense is being thrust into disruption and innovation, but the good news is that digital technology has matured and is ready to respond to the new environment.
In the digital age for manufacturers, there's a greater reliance on APIs, the Industrial Internet of Things, and open-source applications which has created new opportunities for manufacturers to invest (or reinvest) in technology to improve access to data.
iBASEt has been awarded a Level 3 certification for CMMI Development, a significant milestone that recognizes the company’s serious commitment to continuous improvement as an integrated component of the product development process.
To know if you’re having a good day, you need up-to-the-minute information on how the factory is performing at any given moment. With an integrated MES, real-time visibility, and a well-designed data warehouse, it’s possible to see exactly what’s happening on the plant floor at any moment.
Modern MES solutions, such as those built on a microservice architecture, can provide the real-time data to support predictive capabilities and are more than a simple manufacturing execution system, but instead becoming more of a manufacturing optimization system.
Some manufacturing companies are considering the LC/NC model to extend the life of an existing MES or shop floor control applications instead of investing in a new commercial application. While the initial appeal to extend the life of an existing MES application might seem attractive, there are several reasons why this may not be your best option.
What makes APQP so important is that it provides a framework for focusing on product quality early in the design process and includes the perspective of how production processes affect final component quality.
Recently, I wrote about several ways that a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) can improve New Product Introduction (NPI). In that article, I explained how an MES can play a critical role in improving and streamlining the new product introduction process.
With so many manufacturers focusing on operational excellence and global competition a given, it is not surprising that quality has become a critical control point. Manufacturers have variously deployed quality control (QC), quality management (QM) and/or quality assurance (QA), or product assurance (PA) in complex discrete manufacturing to drive quality throughout their operations.
The theme of our latest educational webinar, Pick the Right Metrics for MES Success, can be seen as an extension of the need to reevaluate the selection process for a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
Roughly ten years ago Quality Management System (QMS) software was still primarily paper-based, focused strictly on plant floor manufacturing operations. The market began to transform, and along came the term “eQMS” to designate it was “electronic” or did not require the use of paper.
As I pointed out in a previous article, “Manufacturing Intelligence is More Than Just Charts and Gauges,” I provided a brief history of enterprise manufacturing intelligence. I explained how it has evolved, what new market entrants now exist, and what the following generation product has become.
With new technologies from robotics to IoT devices, the manufacturing industry has experienced a drastic transformation. Most of these advanced technologies rely on data to help manufacturers make smarter decisions and optimize their operations.
Industry 4.0 is changing the way companies design and manufacture products. As with any major corporate initiative, you must consider reviewing emerging Industry 4.0 metrics to measure and guide success. Doing so will help you better measure the success of not only your implementation of technology but also the impact of driving your digital transformation.
While many benefits can easily document a successful MES install, the challenge is achieving the forecasted benefits quickly (or even at all) based on how the project is planned, the pilot site is identified, or what decisions are made early in the design process.
Becoming a digital master with New Product Introduction will set you apart and become a critical part of staying competitive. And with MES, you can do so with far better performance that can accelerate your new product launches to top speed.
Those managing manufacturing operations may think its better to delay upgrading their MES, but by understanding the opportunity cost or risk of deferring an MES upgrade, however, might lead to a different conclusion.
Each industry may have additional environmental factors as will companies that may have corporate technology standards. Therefore, it's important to pick a set of suppliers that can exist in a compatible ecosystem while minimizing the technical debt associated with a multi-vendor IT/OT architecture.
The theme of our fourth educational webinar, The Importance of End User Acceptance, was a reminder of how important it is to engage with those who will be using an MES or any other IT system as part of the implementation. Here's a summary of what was discussed.
There are numerous examples of next-generation metrics that need to emerge to better gauge business performance in an Industry 4.0 future. Basing your MES implementation on some of these emerging metrics might prove your MES investment is more valuable than you originally thought.
Here are three key factors you should seriously consider, which will heavily influence how well a software system can deal with change – and incorporate these concepts when selecting your next manufacturing software purchase.
While legacy Manufacturing Intelligence applications were often nothing more than tools to build simple dashboards to display manufacturing data collected from the shop floor, new solutions are now focused on collecting all the valuable data that can now be collected in near real-time from across a much wider scope of processes, equipment, and applications.
When it comes to an MES, staunch Lean originalists see MES as antithetical to Lean principles. Consequently, some have called into question the value of an MES. Just as with any technology, results can vary. Is an MES a friend or foe to a Lean strategy?
Manufacturing Execution System (MES) vendors are beginning to offer ready-to-go integration for Smart Glasses. All of this makes it practical, for the first time, to consider including Smart Glasses in your next digital transformation project.
COVID-19 has accelerated manufacturers' investments in Digital Transformation, and while it may seem like technology is part of the problem, the reality is that in today’s business world technology can accelerate cultural change.
In the years ahead, the businesses that can successfully scale and change rapidly will reap the most success. Those that provide a wide variety of features, structure, and deployment options can give you the best scalability performance – not to mention will be better able to adapt to new business opportunities.
After Jan completed his presentation, several questions were raised that are shared. We hope this information is helpful with your decision process to pick the right MES that is based your unique business requirements.
As the end of this pandemic starts to become more of a reality, I suspect many of the changes that have been implemented will likely last to post-pandemic times. Based on this expectation, in a bold move, here is a list of my predictions on how the manufacturing industry will look like in 2021!
At Excelerate Innovation 2020, iBASEt launched Solumina iSeries, a Cloud-native platform furthering our commitment to Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one of the platforms iBASEt is supporting that is very popular among manufacturers.
Every member of the enterprise can benefit from the iSeries, from line workers to top-level decision-makers. Today, technology innovation is accelerating like never before, and when it’s properly harnessed, as in the iSeries, we’re just starting to see the amazing things it lets us do.
For two days, some 400 customers and guests joined our online conference to learn about the new Solumina iSeries, and how it can accelerate and simplify the move to digitally transform complex, highly engineered manufacturing operations.
We had the opportunity to hear from Jan Snoeij on the topic of IT/OT convergence. If you are a bit unclear on what this concept really means and its importance as part of a digital transformation strategy, it might be worth 30 minutes of your time to hear this presentation.
Between COVID-19, the very visible impact of climate change, and the global geopolitical environment, just automating business processes will not deliver the benefits many companies seek from their Digital Transformation initiatives.
Since COVID-19 has impacted all our customers across their entire value chain, most have already adapted systems to support their internal teams, as well as how they now work with suppliers, including iBASEt. Here are a few insights we have learned that can help with your transition to providing and receiving remote consultation services.
In my last blog post, I examined the evaluation choice of what OT architecture is best between a Best-of-Breed or single-vendor suite approach. In this post, I will continue this discussion and focus more on how this decision can play out for those implementing a new Manufacturing Execution System (MES).
There are three ways manufacturers are adapting to the “new normal” of today’s coronavirus conditions – each involving the adoption of digital strategies to overcome the business conditions that COVID-19 now requires.
As we mark the halfway point through 2020, it certainly has been a year of disruption, extreme challenge, and rapid change. Technology has played a central role in solving issues, creating new opportunities, and accelerating the rate of change that is now possible.
Since airing this presentation, we received many questions on what was involved and how challenges were overcome, so we thought it would be helpful to share these insights for others that are either starting or in the middle of their digital MRO transformation.
For companies that accept they need to weave all their loose threads together into a digital cloth, here is a blueprint on how to begin that process as part of their journey towards an Industry 4.0 future.
Both OT and IT are being transformed to create a digital infrastructure that is greater than the sum of its parts. As a far-reaching, critical component of how manufacturers operate, this synergy is heralding in a new era of manufacturing execution systems operating as an enterprise application.
A Digital Thread provides the data framework, and the reality is that multiple threads are coexisting, which sometimes resemble a tangled ball of virtual string. The solution to untangling these multiple threads and providing true cross-silo and multi-enterprise data flows is to weave the digital threads into a Digital Cloth.
Given the complexity of manufacturing operations, different solutions will work better depending upon your needs. However, and out of the box solution offers a compelling option that can get your problem solved much faster and offer a far lower Total Cost of Ownership than any toolkit can promise.
An Agile MES application has an architecture that allows an implementation team (or those tasked with performing updates or future maintenance) to dynamically perform updates to capabilities quickly to the actual software itself – in addition to how it is deployed.
The deeper that a company falls into a Technical Debt “hole,” the harder it is to climb out. The way to break free of this cycle is to start now. As you evaluate the next enterprise operations system, you have to make a choice. Will you own your enterprise solution, or will it own you?
On Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, iBASEt hosted a webcast that presented a compelling case to evaluate if you are still running a legacy Manufacturing Execution System (MES). We thought it would be helpful to share feedback from questions raised by those in attendance.
With the world facing a massive public health crisis, new drugs and medical devices are required in large quantities. With big pressure to get product out, people are taking shortcuts. Fortunately, many new enterprise software tools have emerged to better manage regulatory compliance reporting
As you consider your digital transformation journey, here are three cultural factors to consider that will help improve employee adoption and accelerate the timeframe for implementing change at your organization.
During times of dynamic change – we know what we want, but sometimes the existing infrastructure can’t keep up with expectations. This is happening with all the Industrial Transformation initiatives now in deployment. It is also the case with what KPIs are being measured and how that measurement is being achieved.
Now might not be a good time to consider venturing into a brand-new product line. By doubling down on what you already have, the learning curve is minimal, the relationship already exists, and your precious time can be focused on identifying new opportunities.
LNS Research recently conducted an in-depth study of the factors that separated aerospace and defense (A&D) companies that have been successful with their industrial transformation from the rest. From reading their findings, several conclusions can be drawn from the data.
Implementing a digitalization strategy in the industrial sector compared to the consumer marketplace is far more difficult. This article will take a closer look at how manufacturing is changing as a result of this transformation.
As the world fights the coronavirus, it is quickly becoming evident that “business as usual” no longer applies. New business models will be evaluated, and massive “pivots” may be needed to meet the evolving needs of our society. The Digital Enterprise is best poised to be part of the new “non-normal” environment we now operate in.
Today, we face an extreme market disruption, and in times of economic uncertainty or decline, the investment made in new or existing IT systems can have a really big impact on how companies are able to weather the storm.
McKinsey has been giving heavy emphasis to the need to forming a digital B2B ecosystem in MRO and manufacturing. One of the points stressed was the importance and value of creating a digital ecosystem that spans the entire supply chain.
In the context of Industry 4.0, rapid access to and sharing of data — regardless of source, format, or location — is essential. Continue reading to learn how MES data generates faster and better decision making for companies.
Many businesses are implementing a digitalization strategy to transform their business processes. Continue reading to learn the difference between business transformation and industrial transformation and the challenges companies face that don’t operate in the industrial world.
As new digital marketplaces continue to evolve and expand, there is a risk of being left behind if investments are not made today to be part of this ecosystem. Fortunately, an industry ecosystem can be readily established that is valuable to customers and end users. Continue reading to learn about first steps.
Continue reading to see how existing digital platforms provided by the tech giants could be a potential threat to the spare parts business that many Aerospace & Defense manufacturers have come to rely upon as part of their business model. This post will explore the merit of this prediction and what steps can be taken to minimize this threat as part of a digital transformation strategy.
As manufacturers are busy digitizing operations and processes, it can be beneficial to learn from those that have gone before down this road. By doing so, traditional manufacturers and supply chain providers can learn from history to better navigate this point of transition in their industry.
Successful Venture Capitalists have one thing in common – they know how to effectively manage risk. Given the challenges and risks associated with implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES), perhaps manufacturers can learn from this community and reduce the risk of failure in an MES deployment?
We have a generational conflict going on in MRO and sustainment operations. Veteran personnel, many of whom are nearing retirement age, have learned invaluable, hands-on skills. The new crop of arrivals have quite a different orientation, growing up in a digital world.
The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has released new standards for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) designed to provide a connectivity framework that can be held in common by IT companies, manufactures and providers of operational technology (OT).
Industry 4.0, then, is changing the face of manufacturing. But technologies such as AI, analytics, machine learning and IIoT fall largely into the IT camp. This requires a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) designed and built for the complex discrete manufacturing while also providing a pathway towards digital transformation.
The most advanced know that a powerful ecosystem of alliance partners, including market leader Accenture working with software technology innovators like iBASEt, can team together to provide an operational architecture capable of supporting the most demanding complex manufacturing enterprise.
LNS Research analyst Matthew Littlefield recently wrote a blog on the digital transformation at Lockheed Martin. Its F-35 fighter jet program is a good example of how to use digitization to align technology adoption with strategic objectives.
In this blog, AR becomes the topic of discussion. AR is no longer a distant, sci-fi dream. This technology is already flooding onto the shop floor and into field service. It overlays virtual objects on top of the real world to aid the user in terms of understanding, perception or action.
Human-centered engineering models are labor intensive and require constant verification, rework and re-keying. By adding digitization and AI into the mix, it is possible to transform the old model into an automated system that facilitates continuous operational learning and productivity gains that exceed existing approaches.
The closure of the U.S. Space Shuttle program in 2011 seemed like the end of an era. Yet since then, the sector has experienced a renaissance. A major stepping stone to the achievement of this goal is the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway. The Lunar Gateway will function as a lunar-orbit space station, a solar-powered communications hub, science laboratory, short-term habitation module, and holding area for rovers and other craft.
New technology and new business models are needed to raise the profitability of domestic manufacturing production. Digital manufacturing is the obvious answer. With more and more firms forced into digitization and greater levels of automation, the far reaches of the entire supply chain will become easier to digitize.
Digitally advanced companies are not just those focused on the consumer. As it turns out, there are digitization champions in just about every vertical. This includes the aerospace and defense industries where the goal is comprehensive digitization of manufacturing to encompass all shop floor, administrative, management and supply chain interactions.
Compliance can be a dry subject. It is often considered something that must be done rather than something that is fueled by desire. Learn more about viewing compliance as a way to drive digital manufacturing success.
Factories are implementing automation, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technology to change the way they operate. Continue reading to see how the future of digital manufacturing is on the forefront.
IT spending hasn’t been particularly strong since the 2008 recession. But there is good news. It is expected to rise this year according to a report by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). An in-depth ESG survey of enterprise users found that 58% of organizations anticipate a jump in IT spending in 2019.
AR and VR are buzz words that have been trending around many industries including manufacturing for a while now. With so many companies claiming to provide AR/VR solutions for all types of different needs, this blog addresses how these technologies impact manufacturing and what you need to consider when adopting them.
5G is upon us as every major telecom company is in a mad dash to bring 5G near you. The real question is, are enterprises ready to take advantage of the new 5G enhancements? And, just as important, are their enterprise applications ready for 5G?
Continue reading about how many new technologies are being introduced into manufacturing operations, yet MES—which has been around for decades—is viewed as a foundational enabler of digital transformation.
Gartner analyst Rick Franzosa recently released a report entitled, Critical Capabilities for Manufacturing Execution Systems. iBASEt stood out in the report in two categories – Complex Discrete Engineer-to-Order, and Complex Discrete Make-to-Order.
Keeping up with new digital initiatives in the complex discrete manufacturing space today can be overwhelming. Yet Digital Manufacturing and establishing the Digital Thread in the enterprise are vital programs for long-term success.
Complex discrete MES is unlike any other. There is no substitute for the domain knowledge that is provided by the complexity of the products engineered for an MES of this type. This comparison becomes quickly apparent for many.
According to the 2017 Manufacturing Report from global professional services firm Sikich LLP, 80 percent of manufacturers said they are more optimistic about the U.S. economy compared to last year, and 66 […]
In the world of medical device manufacturing, mistakes on the plant floor can have dire consequences. That’s why meeting FDA requirements such as 21 CFR Part 820, 21 CFR Part 11 and ISO 13485 are so critical.
The Digital Thread integrates design, engineering, manufacturing and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) systems, establishing a seamless flow of information. This type of integration employs data and analytics across the complete product life cycle, optimizing efficiency, from design to manufacturing, operations and maintenance to service in a closed loop.
Operational challenges include disparate systems and data sources, ineffective measurement of quality metrics, and the departmentalization of quality (i.e., quality understood as a department, not an organizational responsibility).
Leveraging a framework for the Digital Thread allows you to streamline shop floor and supplier operations with existing machine communication technology. This Industry 4.0 Framework is the answer to controlling and optimizing your Complex Discrete Manufacturing Environment.
Over the past few years, customers across all industries have demanded higher quality from manufacturers. Couple that with the evolving quality standards and your company’s task to uphold quality products becomes an ongoing challenge.
A number of terms have emerged to describe the current manufacturing transformation: smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the Model-Based enterprise are most prominent among them.
Overall, the aerospace manufacturing industry is beginning to ramp up in 2016. In last year's Roundup of Aerospace Forecasts and Predictions, 2015, the experts were more optimistic about the aerospace growth, but in reality, the growth has been slow. It seems we are in the midst of a transition phase and will see significant growth starting late this year or next year.
Kicking off the first session in MESA’s Smart Manufacturing track at the Manufacturing & Technology Conference, iBASEt lead an interactive presentation explaining the current landscape of Smart Manufacturing, and the barriers businesses face to achieve this type of connected environment.
Much has been talked about regarding the concept of “Smart Manufacturing,” however this concept was in full display at Hannover as much of the integration was complete with data analysis and the digital thread.
The worst part of a software roll-out is documenting what you did. In this process-centric manufacturing world, documentation is something you have to do, your last resort, your anything-but-go-to source.
Your Bill of Materials (BOM) and process plans are fully developed, and now your team of experts are able to get to work, and bring your design to life. Unfortunately, as your project grows, so does the amount of paperwork necessary to get the job done and ensure quality and compliance.
CMMI Institute helps organizations discover the true value they can deliver their customers by providing a comprehensive framework to ensure best practices are captured, shared and adopted by companies like iBASEt.
In today’s highly competitive, fast-paced medical and diagnostic device industry, manufacturer’s often struggle to find the right time to shift away from their costly, inefficient and error-prone processes, such as assembling a DHR (Device History Record) from multiple paper and spreadsheet sources.
Selecting a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is an intimidating task, especially if it means your reputation is on the line. With impending project proposals and a need to compete in today’s competitive manufacturing industry, your company can’t afford to make the wrong decision.
Most of our process planning authors have never taken a course or have read information about writing work instructions. Technical writing is a very different type and style of writing. More specifically, it is an abbreviated type of writing.
Manufacturing Execution Systems automation software helps manufacturing industries to improve operational performance by automating, executing, and managing various processes. The rising demand for mass production in various industries in the EMEA region has led to the surge in adoption of Manufacturing Execution Systems software.
In order to stay competitive in today’s fast paced manufacturing industry, manufacturers must evolve beyond simply tracking defects, failures and corrections, and start integrating quality management practices that prevent errors.
Manufacturers have the unrelenting need to innovate and create products faster with higher levels of quality. A major problem that stands in the way of accomplishing these goals are the preexisting silos throughout the product lifecycle value chain.
Last week, we had the opportunity to exhibit at AeroDef 2016 Manufacturing Expo and Conference in Long Beach, California. Exhibitors and attendees arrived to AeroDef from across the country, some even traveling from overseas seeking aerospace and defense visions and innovations.
Recently, I was involved in a sales call with a major medical device manufacturer. While exchanging goodbyes, the EVP said, “This implementation has to work.” For prospective buyers those words seem to be all too common.
On September 24, 2013, the FDA established a Unique Device Identification (UDI) system to identify all medical devices sold in the U.S. starting from the point of manufacture, through all distribution channels, and to the eventual sale to the consumer.
Taking the time to do proper risk management, identifying and mitigating risks, can protect the organization from unnecessary costs and heartache. In this post, you will find key risk factors that you must understand in both approaches to ensure a smooth path to implementation.
Nearly 80% of senior execs rate innovation as either the top-most priority or a top-three priority for their company. The following graphic compares where innovation and product development tank among respondent company’s top strategic priorities over the last ten years.
Enterprises surveyed are predicting they will invest an average of $2.87M in cloud computing technologies in 2016.
90% of enterprises are relying on APIs in their cloud integration plans for 2016.
25% of total IT budgets will be allocated to cloud computing in 2016.
Security continues to be the biggest challenge enterprises face in adopting cloud computing.
Bottom line: Manufacturers today are facing the global challenges of staying in step with increasingly complex customer requirements while accelerating product development and reducing costs. Excelling on these three dimensions is going to require an entirely new level of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Manufacturing Intelligence and analytics performance.
Gartner predicts that algorithms will have a galvanizing effect across and within enterprises and implies this will extend to value chains, defining the future of business from an interconnection and relationship standpoint.
Digital manufacturing strategies are gaining ground as manufacturers adopt big data and analytics to improve operational effectiveness, time-to-market, new product development and increase product quality and reliability.
To fully capitalize on these opportunities and perform at the speed customers expect, many of these aerospace manufacturers need to move forward with the current generation of MES applications and tools.
You can have all the fancy tools, all the simulation that shows how products could be assembled, but if your shop floor isn't working efficiently, if they don't have the right tool to build the product, those other fancy options bring you no value.
The greatest supply chain challenges A&D manufacturers face include ensuring sufficient supplier capacity meet demand (43%), supplier performance in terms of risk, reliability and quality (43%) and flexibility and responsiveness to changes in demand or product mix (40%).
Every two years in June, aviation and space enthusiasts turn their attention to the International Air Show and Space of Paris-Le Bourget (SIAE), more commonly known as the Paris Air Show. This is the largest international event representing the aviation, aerospace and defense industries on a global scale today.
New demands on manufacturing, such as shorter time to market, shorter lifecycles, increased number of product configurations, high performance, flexible dynamic processes, are driving the need for smarter and more automated machines and production processes.
Gartner's 2015 announcement of the top global supply chain leaders reveals a striking number of complex manufacturers included in its supply chain top 25, and notes the wide scope of their business models.
Sure, you have a lean shop and your personnel can quickly access their tools, but after that shop is lean and they are still spending time not working on product, then you are suffering from one of the top five killers of cycle time.
The highest-performing Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) reduce the chaotic clutter of paperwork by delivering greater accuracy, precision and quality of online work instructions, while scaling processes across all production centers anytime, anywhere.
Transparency is an essential condition for a free and open exchange and evaluation of priorities for process improvements. It is essential to creating a culture of trust and teamwork in the organization.
Manufacturers are chasing the best design, engineering and production talent globally while attempting to reduce costs and improve quality. Managing to these constraints is always challenging and also changing the structure of the aerospace and defense industry.
Quand il se agit de système d'exécution de fabrication et production aérospatiale, trois grandes catégories d’opérateurs constituent l’industrie aéronautique et spatiale en France, sur un marché de 35 Md€.
From the initial supplier quality qualifications, audits and sourcing requirements to production and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), all aspects of jet production are predicated on quality management.
Our ten most popular posts also reflect how important all facets of manufacturing execution systems (MES), supplier quality management, and manufacturing operations management (MOM) solutions are to complex manufacturers.
In the field of quality management, there are many different methodologies and best practices you can follow. Regardless of your school of thought, however, one thing nearly all professionals and experts have agreed upon since the dawn of production is the importance of early detection with regard to quality non-conformances.
Manufacturing strategies aimed at producing customizable, complex products deliver greater gross margins, yet often carry the costs of greater process and system integration and inordinate amounts of time coordinating suppliers, quality, and production.
Working in the Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) world, you already wear a lot of hats: Managing tasks, keeping unforgiving maintenance schedules, evaluating and standardizing processes and much, much more.