Maintenance Strategy
Toyota Kata's approach to Lean manufacturing focuses on instructional drills and developing skills, which is different from the common approach to Lean. Courtesy: AME
Maintenance Strategy January 29, 2019

How Toyota Kata can transform Lean deployment

Toyota Kata seeks to enable organizations to gain and sustain competitive advantage through a cultural aptitude for process improvement and represents an attempt to correct various failure modes that are believed to have hindered past Lean manufacturing initiatives.

By Tyson Ortiz
The system upgrade now allows for automated reports tied to a SCADA system. Courtesy: Schneider Electric
Maintenance Strategy January 28, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 21-27

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, food and beverage facility security, develop an ERP business plan, regenerative solutions, and predictive maintenance growth were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 21-27. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Image courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Maintenance Strategy January 22, 2019

Four ways to save money on ERP and digital transformations

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and digital transformations can be a costly process. Some early preparation and work can help reduce the final bill.

By Eric Kimberling
Food and beverage plants can improve overall safety with preventive measures such as an increased physical security presence, an open floorplan, and controlled facility access. Courtesy: Stellar
Maintenance Strategy January 21, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 14-20

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, food and beverage facility security, develop an ERP business plan, regenerative solutions, and predictive maintenance growth were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 14-20. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Chart 1: Predictive maintenance market share 2017-2022. Courtesy: Cyient
Maintenance Strategy January 14, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 7-13

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, regenerative solutions, predictive maintenance growth, the PMI's December drop, and IIoT risks and rewards were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 7-13. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Image courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Maintenance Strategy January 12, 2019

Reasons to stick with or develop an ERP business plan

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a must for any business looking to improve their overall operations, particularly as the economic outlook becomes more uncertain.

By Ultra Consultants
Courtesy: Hose Technology/Kuriyama of America
Maintenance Strategy January 9, 2019

Choosing between stripwound or corrugated metal hose

Stripwound or corrugated metal hose can provide major benefits for users working in harsh applications or applications that deal with extreme temperatures.

By Brian Crisp
The PMI Index dropped 5.2 percentage points in December to a 2-year low. Courtesy: CFE Media.
Maintenance Strategy January 3, 2019

PMI plunges in December over manufacturing slowdown concerns

Index drops almost 10% to 2-year low as production, new orders slump.

By Bob Vavra
It’s important to develop a team approach from the start of any integration process to ensure all members of the operation and controls teams have input into the final system. Courtesy: Concept Systems
Maintenance Strategy December 31, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 24-30

Articles about the Top Plant winner, the skills gap, Product of the Year finalists, marshaling virtual resources, and automation experts adding productivity were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 24-30, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Maintenance Strategy December 16, 2018

System repairs: 6 steps to find the root cause

Automation systems will eventually need to be repaired. Following a regular procedure while troubleshooting to find the root cause can be a big help.

By Ed Miller