From advanced machining to lean continuous improvement, the OPTIS blog provides the insights you need to think like the machine.

Thinking about Third Parties

The demands on modern manufacturers lie heavier than ever. There’s so much to think about in the here and now, never mind in setting strategy and planning for a future landscape which is set to evolve more rapidly than at any other time in human history. Day to day, you are looking to reduce waste of all kinds, dealing with excess or constrained capacity, balancing make vs buy decisions and dealing with pressure from customers and competition. At the same time, you have to forward plan and ensure operations are set up to handle future demand. Whatever decisions you take, Read more…

Lean Forward: Continuous Improvement for Future Fit Factories

Lean manufacturing principles have been around a long time. They’ve not only been around, they’ve been successful. So it’s concerning to see that some think Lean is outdated. How can it be? Surely resource optimization and ROI maximization will never go out of style. We’re in an era of expanding opportunity, so focus has to be on affording the time and technology to realize those ‘first’ ambitions.  The stakes are high and it’s often hidden opportunities that hold the most potential.  Re-evaluating a company’s Lean status may uncover previously unexplored threads that could make the competitive difference. Lean principles helped Read more…

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Does the IIoT need a reality check?

Industry Week’s recent research paper, ‘2016 Reality Check: Transforming industrial Businesses with the IIoT’ found that 82% feel the adoption of IIoT technology will be critical to the future success of their business. But only a quarter have a clear IIoT strategy. This is reflective of exactly what we are finding: many talk the talk on IIoT, understand its importance and want to harness its benefits – but don’t actually know where to start. On the bright side: the survey found that companies headquartered in North America are more likely to have an IIoT strategy than those headquartered elsewhere, so Read more…