Author Archives: David Szczepanski

IIoT Implementation: Benefits, challenges and practical considerations

The Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, has rocketed in just a few short years from being a novel idea to its current role as a major driver in manufacturing and automation. Today, most manufacturers either have an established strategy for IIoT, are pursuing Proof of Concepts, or at a minimum are investigating the business case and applicability. In this blog, I’ll be talking about the critical benefits, challenges and Read More

How to implement a successful MES, #4 of 4

Today we’ll be crossing the finish line – discussing the last three steps of implementing a successful MES, bolded below. Define and agree to business scope Assessing MES readiness Document current (as-is) operations Identify pain points and improvement areas Assess MES fitment Create “to-be” vision and roadmap Quantify the value of enterprise-to-plant-floor integration Build measurable ROI justification Plan for a successful implementation and sustainment Quantify the value of enterprise-to-plant-floor integration Read More

How to implement a successful MES, #3 of 4

Below, here they are again – the 9 building blocks to implementing a successful MES. The first post focused on defining business scope; the second covered steps 2 and 3:  assessing MES readiness and documenting as-is operations. Today we’ll be talking about steps 4, 5, and 6: identifying pain points, assessing fitment and … past the tipping point here … creating a to-be vision and roadmap. Define and agree to Read More

How to implement a successful MES, #2 of 4

Assessing MES Readiness To refresh your memory, following are the 9 building blocks that we’ll discuss in this series. The first post focused on defining business scope. Today’s will cover steps 2 and 3:  Assessing MES readiness and documenting as-is operations. Define and agree to business scope Assessing MES readiness Documenting current (as-is) operations Identifying pain points and improvement areas Assessing MES fitment Creating “to-be” vision and roadmap Quantifying the Read More

How to implement a successful MES, #1 of 4

The argument for implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is powerful. By allowing a manufacturer to track the transformation of raw materials to finished goods in detail and in real time, it becomes possible to optimize plant floor operations. Today and ongoing. This doesn’t just bump up the bottom line. It enables a long-overdue alignment of C-suite and shop floor objectives. Yet many MES projects fail, or run into obstacles that Read More