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The Data Heads Blog by Hertzler Systems Inc.

Reducing product giveaway – The Packer’s Dilemma

“We were able to reduce the variation in the amount of product put into bottles across a 16-head machine. By bringing all the heads in alignment, we reduced average overpack by two grams. Two grams of our product means absolutely nothing to the consumer. But because of the volumes we run through here, we saved an enormous amount of money, and it all fell directly to the bottom line.”

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Tripping over data…

Announcing the release of my new eBook “Tripping Over Data – How too much data and not enough actionable intelligence can torpedo your business.”

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Turning field failures into supply chain leadership

A recent report by Gartner notes that although quality receives strong endorsement and support from executive sponsors:

“Only 22% of the respondents in a 2015 Gartner study on quality in the supply chain claim quality as an integrated function of their supply chains, and even fewer report is as a discipline. It’s no wonder that over half of the high-profile quality failures of the past decade, ranging from flawed product launches, customer and patient safety incidents, and product recalls, are rooted in the extended value chain.”

So how do you go about integrating quality across your supply chain?

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Big data widget and maximizing Manufacturing Big Data

If you’re struggling to make sense of manufacturing big data, you’re not alone. According to research published last year by The Economist, only 42% of manufacturers have what they consider to be a well-defined data-management strategy. Even more striking, 86% report problems in managing the data they are now generating.

According to David Line, Managing Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit, “Manufacturing has been at the forefront of data collection and its importance to quality and cost control is well recognised. But collecting too much data, or failing to analyse what you collect, can be counterproductive.”

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It’s time to evolve Lean Manufacturing…

Lean manufacturing is evolving towards increased incorporation of information technology into the Lean enterprise. How are you evolving your systems to support this move?

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Data Brushing for Instant Actionable Data [Short Video]

GainSeeker’s data brushing feature lets you select the data points you want, then perform actions with those points on the spot. You can draw charts with that data, exclude it, and more. It gives you instantly actionable data.

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Visibility to real-time metrics drives performance

Did you know that manufacturers with visibility to real-time metrics in manufacturing have a higher average OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) than those who don’t?

According to the LNS Research Report: “Big Data – Driving Quality Intelligence at the Speed of Manufacturing”, the difference is significant: 5 percentage points higher. You can request your copy of this reporthere.

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Cool GainSeeker Feature Tip – Copy and paste from any text file

GainSeeker Get External feature lets you copy and paste data from any text file or table into GainSeeker Suite for a quick and easy way to turn a table of numbers into something far more useful.

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Developing a high performance culture

I’m amazed by the number of organizations that still lack both the infrastructure and the ingrained, organizational core competency of turning knowledge into action. Why aren’t all organizations Excellence Addicts? Why are so many companies still stuck on the left side of the matrix?

So the important question is how do we create a culture that has high measurement maturity? This may be one of the most important questions facing manufacturing today because according to Hofman’s report, “Companies with higher levels of measurement maturity have better overall performance.”

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Best deployment practices for project management

Recently we deployed a pilot project for collecting quality check data for a new customer. The pilot is on one line only, but because it involves multiple people, training, custom configurations, and so forth, the detailed deployment plan required a number of steps. The customer’s Project Manager for the deployment embodies great project management. He put together a superb plan, and drove it all from a simple spreadsheet. Our project manager, Craig Glick Miller, liked his spreadsheet so much that he made a generic version of it and, with our customer’s permission, we offer it here for your review and use.

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