• The OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) metric has fallen in and out of favor in manufacturing circles over recent years. Beyond the poles of hype and critique, is it possible to navigate a third, thoughtful path that uses the OEE metric to drive business transformation?

  • A new report by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) has flagged analytics to identify root causes as one of the critical recommendations in their Quality2020 Survey. The new report is available free from the AIAG website. It looks at data from across the automotive supply chain.

  • In many assembly and fabrication businesses, one of the biggest challenges I’ve encountered is folks simply Not Knowing Where Stuff Is (NKWSI). They lack timely actionable intelligence about their business operations. This is especially problematic when the product is complex, takes multiple shifts to complete, and involves a lot of people.

  • June 1, 2015News

     French, Spanish, and English now supported on GainSeeker mobile data collection appGOSHEN, INDIANA May 28, 2015—GainSeeker® Suite’s mobile data collection app, GS Collect, has been translated into French and Spanish in addition to the default, English. This helps ensure that everyone is speaking the same language about quality, regardless of location [...]

  • Introduction Version 8.0 of GainSeeker was the first step in a gradual platform transfer of the entire GainSeeker Suite from Visual Basic programming language to .NET. programming language. Some programs remain in Visual Basic, and others have been completely rebuilt from the ground up. The Dynamic Reports module, the GainSeeker Charts module, and some others [...]

  • "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."

  • April 27, 2015News

      Manufacturers now have more power over the inspection process GOSHEN, INDIANA April 24, 2015—A new service pack release of GainSeeker Suite now puts more power in the hands of manufacturers to design data collection processes to fit their unique needs. The new capabilities enhance the recently released Inspection Editor and PC Collect modules. These [...]

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

  • 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?

  • February 17, 2015News

      GainSeeker Version 8.4 Turns Disparate Data Into Real-time Manufacturing Intelligence GOSHEN, INDIANA February 12, 2015—Hertzler Systems Inc. has released the latest version of its flagship GainSeeker Suite SPC software that turns disparate manufacturing data into actionable manufacturing intelligence. Version 8.4 contains everything manufacturers need to focus on critical issues, take proactive steps quicker, and [...]