Friday, August 16, 2013

Future Global Manufacturing Trends

Don weighs in on question posed in Google+ Manufacturing News community:

The Future Global Trends of Manufacturing Developing Countries

"What areas of manufacturing will be shifted to developing countries like brazil, south africa, Mexico and others?"

R&D will due low-cost researchers and research facilities.

You will see more small manufacturers start up in developing countries (like CNC machining shops). Larger companies are more restrained by staying where raw resources are.

Developing countries will continue to see their large share of labor intensive manufacturing like clothing, furniture and assembly required. Natural economics and raw materials will continue to grow the manufacturing of  'consumables'. Also naturally a developing country will see increases in manufacturing of goods needed locally , brought on by growth. Such as vehicle manufacturing, machinery manufacturing (OEMs), rubber and plastic, paper manufacturing.

Entire production processes to meet the needs of the poorest will increase as the middle class in developed countries erodes (the gap between rich and poor grows). As the U.S. market is expected to remain weak because of middle class erosion, companies will ramp up their search for new customers in developing countries.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Selling Renewable Energy to Americans

Selling Renewable Energy

Even in the 1920s the American public had to be sold on the idea of Electricity, its usefulness and why they should switch over. Hopefully Americans are a little smarter today, than they were back in the 1920s!

The New York Edison Co. had to place ads like the one above (click to see full size) pointing out why consumers and industry alike needed to switch over to electricity.

Use the comment area below and tell us your sales pitch as to why Americans should switch over to Renewable Energy. Then share this post with friends so they can see your ideas and others.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Monday, August 5, 2013

New Maintenance Management Software Survey

New Maintenance Management Software Survey

From Software Advice CMMS Analyst Michael Koploy
Maintenance Management Software Evolution Mirrors Maintenance Management Shortcomings
Click above graph or link to see Full Maintenance Management Software Survey.

Maintenance Management Software Evolution Mirrors Maintenance Management Shortcomings 

It is most likely no surprise to those of us in the industry that maintenance management software's weaknesses mirror those generally found in maintenance management today. It also is no surprise that the suvey above shows the process industries (oil/gas/mining) report the same disatisfactions as the biggest user of maintenance management software (CMMS), the manufacturing industries. Those who follow us and have read our many articles and blog post on the CMMS industry, know we focus on pointing out the weaknesses in hope of directing the maintenance management software industry in a more productive direction.

The maintenance management software survey results mirror the industry evolution itself.  IE: Maintenance management started out managing work orders, then PMs and thus those are commonly the strong suites of maintenance management software. With predictive maintenance (PdM – like condition monitoring) tracking and reporting satisfaction lacking from most maintenance management software, because the software industry has not caught up with today’s current maintenance management methodologies.

We feel management software providers should be leading maintenance management methodologies to reduce cost, not trailing them. And if they where, that would be indicated in maintenance management software surveys. Although the industry as a whole is not yet to maintenance LSS, the software vendors should already be incorporating LSS elements within the design of their software. Also the software vendors should be designing their software with a proactive approach, not a reactive. A proactive design would increase end-user use and satisfaction as well as ROI.  Proactive in respect to the software should be designed so best-practices and full use of maintenance management software should be the default. And if the the end-user wants to optionally turn off features, not fill in in a PM comment area, the software should be discouraging them with a "Are you sure?" or "remind me in X days". (Just like consumer software such as Windows OS, MS word, your web-browser, etc. are designed to do if you decide not to fill in a field or turn off some functionality of the software.)

Please click on the maintenance management software survey graph picture above to gain more insight from the full survey.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!