Speaker: Michel Gadbois
System trends swing on a pendulum like many other things in society. In the 1960s, there were no manufacturing systems. There were dedicated forms and processes on pieces of paper with unique purposes, and they were linked together and tracked manually. Next came the era when organizations tried to cram everything into big mainframe systems that would do only few things, but in nicely correlated, referenced, and synchronized ways.
When manufacturers became dissatisfied with limited functionality, silo environments emerged, but around 1995, people began to realize that some of the information spread across various silo systems needed to be unified in a way that was painless. The systems we now call OPM or consolidated systems evolved then, and they take an idea or process from inception through definition and execution. They track the users’ documentation as well as what happened when things did not go as planned so that the information is linked and can be referenced in the future.
Complex manufacturers do not progress as quickly as they should because they make money. An enterprise that is making a profit before being competed out of business is not considering that 15 percent of all their cost of goods sold are poor quality or that they have executed thousands of engineering changes because of wrong decisions. When companies are making a profit and delivering a promise to Wall Street, there is a perception that everything is going well.
There are more competitors creeping in, however. China, for instance, has planned to take over the aerospace industry over the next ten years. Companies are bringing cheaper products to market more quickly, and the industry has to adapt. Companies that were making money ten years ago are now making less, and they are beginning to examine their enterprises and trying to eliminate waste.
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