The great remake: Manufacturing for modern times
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The great re-make: Manufacturing for modern times

What does “great” operational excellence look like and how do we get there?

Introduction

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The great remake: Manufacturing for modern times

– For manufacturers, modern times require not only modern methods but also a modern take on performance insights that have endured for decades.

Modern times

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Global growth, local roots: The shift toward emerging markets

– New markets will drive growth in demand for manufactured goods in coming decades. To meet it, companies must innovate at the local level.
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We are living in a digitally disrupted world

– Will the inundation of digital data power your business, or wash it away?
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Same lean song, different transformation tempo

– Transformation isn’t new to manufacturers—but sustained transformation is rare. It’s even harder at today’s fast pace, which calls for a different transformation approach. 

Modern vision

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Manufacturing network strategy in a world of unprecedented change

– A best-seller from two decades ago proves surprisingly relevant for today’s manufacturing-footprint questions.
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How the Internet of Things will reshape future production systems

– Rich data, ubiquitous connectivity, and real-time communication are changing the way companies work. For leaders, that transformation will extend much further than the machines on the factory floor.
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Optimizing production in the age of the machine

– As machines play an ever more important role in production, companies need smarter and more holistic ways to optimize performance.
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Manufacturing quality today: Higher quality output, lower cost of quality

– Good quality doesn’t have to mean higher costs—in fact, it often means lower recall and warranty costs as a culture of quality takes hold.
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Seven rules for spinning analytics straw into golden results

– While IoT-enabled advanced analytics could be worth trillions to manufacturers, turning insights into outcomes requires more than just the right technology.
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Additive manufacturing: A long-term game changer for manufacturers

– To get the most out of additive manufacturing, companies need to think beyond prototyping and understand what the technology means for production.
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Automation, robotics, and the factory of the future

– Cheaper, more capable, and more flexible technologies are accelerating the growth of fully automated production facilities. The key challenge for companies will be deciding how best to harness their power.
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Leadership in innovation needs innovation in leadership

– As businesses face evolving challenges, four aspects of leadership will become dramatically more important: insight, integrity, courage, and agility.
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Human + machine: A new era of automation in manufacturing

– New technologies are opening a new era in automation for manufacturers—one in which humans and machines will increasingly work side by side.

Modern practices

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A better fit: Tailoring the deployment model to suit the organization

– The right way to deploy a transformation depends on the nature of its goals, and on the structure, resources, and capabilities of the organization.
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Deployment models: How mature are your operational practices?

– Before setting out toward operational excellence, companies must see where they stand. A good maturity assessment provides more than a set of coordinates: it also maps out the first steps.
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Secrets of successful change implementation

– What do successful implementers of change initiatives do differently from other companies? Our survey of more than 2,000 executives yields actionable answers.
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Advancing manufacturing leadership

– Transforming a manufacturer’s performance usually means changing its culture—and that means its leaders must change how they lead.
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Performance management: Why keeping score is so important, and so hard

– The elements of a good performance-management system are simple, but integrating them into a business’s fundamental operating system is more difficult than it seems.
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To make a transformation succeed, invest in capability building

– Companies can vastly raise the odds of success if they take the time to build the needed capabilities.
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Extended lean toolkit for total productivity

– Technology is on manufacturers’ side, but their next challenge is to create tools, infrastructure, and processes that turn rich data into real performance improvement.

Conclusion

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Don’t burn the ships: Sail for a new world of manufacturing performance

– While there’s no going back to a predigital, pretechnology age, much of what manufacturers already know will still be of great value as they transform their performance.

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