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Patricia E. Moody, Publisher
Fortune magazine "Pioneering Woman in Manufacturing," email@example.com, www.patriciaemoody.com,LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, CLICK The Mill Girl Bio
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The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Manufacturing's Future
When Dick Morley and I sat down to write The Technology Machine: How Manufacturing Will Work in the Year 2020,
we were 15 years out from the end date... we envisioned an
enterprise connected machine to machine, sensor to sensor, with discrete
information flows clicking along with minimum human tweaking...design and customer orders would drive the machines nearly
simultaneously...one giant step for
mankind...humans not be removed from the
picture, but rather empowered by the technology. CLICK The Future of Manufacturing
But not everybody buys into it...
"I give up, " I said. "I am persuaded that the big software systems guys are the ones
who will provide the IT solutions that will integrate the global
enterprise - it won't come from manufacturing."
She laughed at me! "That's nuts" she said, and then she chuckled. "Do you mean SAP?" And she laughed again.
Oracle, Microsoft, maybe some unknown start-up out there - that's right - they are the ones who will push the
solution. You can't run a global enterprise with the kind of data flows,
risks, tsunami, and now personal preference info from the social media,
on origami and white boards and Excel. You may be able to move stuff
around the shop floor, but as somebody who has actually made a living - I got my crystal, my china, my condo -
buying materials and assemblies, and then running them through
production, I can say that the complexity over a global network is so
huge, the ONLY way all that data can be managed is with IT help."
buddy Dick Morley, winner of the Prometheus Award and inventor of some
30 devices, including the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), warns
The Mill Girl that what we are looking for is not an "Obamacare of IT"
to run the manufacturing enterprise. "Don't go that big," he says.
But we are in agreement on one point, a combination of hard automation
with some origami and a lot of smart IT will take us there.
Praise from Art
Byrne, former President, The Wiremold Company: "The new bible to improve
any manufacturing company..." The best 4P Design for LeanSigma
project The Mill Girl ever saw was at the Pella plant in Iowa ... annual
productivity gains of 15 percent to 20 percent. EXCERPT FROM THE PERFECT ENGINE. TO ORDER HARDCOVER CLICK BOOKSTORE; PAPERBACK
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AUTHOR STEPHEN COONTS, creator of the unstoppable warriors Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini, talking with The Mill Girl about his latest, PIRATE ALLEY ! MORE
***Rick Blasgen, CSCMP head, talks with The Mill Girl about the next 50 years! Executive Interview HERE
Ken McGuire, AME Icon, Responds to Blue
Heron Journal On Kaizen -
Copyright Patricia E. Moody 2014, All Rights ReservedBeen Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me
Four tech leaders predict the future of high-tech manufacturing, innovation and the road back to success
... all across the
manufacturing landscape, people feel they have "been down so long it
looks like up to me" – shell-shocked by off-shoring, down-sizing and bad
government moves, their eyes clouded over and they lost their vision.
that's a shame, because they are missing the good news all around them:
low inflation, cheap money, even cheaper technology, a steady stream of
tech and machine innovation, U.S. companies taking back manufacturing
and exporting a bigger share of product, an oil boom right here in the
It's enough to make a Mill Girl jump up at her machine and cheer. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me
CLICK HERE FOR THIS MILL GIRL FEATURE IN INDUSTRY WEEK
So you're thinking of
writing a book.... Great idea! But....
Ten Tacky Signs that
your book was self-published from The Mill Girl at Blue Heron Journal more
***YOUR DAILY DOSE OF POSITIVITYNESS
- Dog friends at Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, Mass, at 7 degrees above zero!
Healthcare Predictions for 2014 -
It’s been a long year, and we’ve all had enough pain to
last us through “The Next Healthcare Revolution.” But at 17 percent of
the U.S. GDP, one third of which is administrative costs, it gets
personal — real personal. Even as the principles of lean manufacturing
are applied to healthcare throughput, paperwork and facility design,
progress has been too slow... there is truly much good data out there..we could use a little vision, some wisdom and some wild and crazy
prognostications to comfort us.
First, good news for those of us who need organs and joints
refreshed, just in time...Andy Coutu, President of R & D Technologies
Inc., said that the next three to five years will see producers perfect
their 3D Additive Manufacturing skills... “Within the next
three to five years, the industry predicts the percentage will increase
to 27 percent. Companies such as Stratasys will hit the $1 billion
mark, and the street predicts that 3D printing companies’ (Stratasys and
3D Systems) stock will remain on the buy list.” Good news for
healthcare, where hopeful rumblings about replacement organs and joints
have the market’s attention. “It will be awhile before the FDA approves
these printed body parts, but right now they are jetting out human
tissue through 3D printers. With stem cell, fatty tissue and DNA, who
knows where this will go?” CLICK HERE FOR MORE Healthcare Predictions for 2014
All Runners Everywhere - Runners in Training, Wouldbe Runners, Wannabe
Runners, Former Runners - to The Boston Marathon Comeback. Three
Months to go! Support the Beth Israel Deaconess Team!
Runner (and Sandy Island camper) Dan Doxson tells his story: 2014, THE FIRST DAY, IT'S GOING TO BE A BETTER YEAR, A GOOD YEAR... fried egg with ham and a little cheddar on raisin bagel with latte, and Jimi Hendrix "Let me stand next to your fire." It was a longggg year and it's over... it's over. Made all my deadlines, did the RailTrail (no cars) on hybrid, almost never walk like a penguin, doctor died, got a trainer and PT coach, December saw NY Polyphony, my goal since last Christmas, with my family in a snowstorm at Columbia with new titanium-tipped walking stick- DON'T YOU JUST LOVE THAT TITANIUM! A Mill Girl at Blue Heron Journal
Commentary from The Mill Girl
Microsoft Cloud Visionary Mike Opal asks
"Are you The Perfect Pumpkin?" As big data proliferates, manufacturers find
themselves competing in a vast, expanding field of options. Companies
that fail to establish what makes them special and build their
businesses around it will be left behind.
DRILL BITS! 3D ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, says Enterprise Tech on-line, will reach $6B by 2017:
"According to additive manufacturing authority Terry
Wohlers, efforts such as these are playing into a boom from the
industry’s current value at $2.2 billion to $6 billion by 2017. For many
companies, additive manufacturing is used primarily for rapid
prototyping, but increasingly manufacturers of all sizes are using it to
offer customized designs at a low cost to the consumer.
'We are indeed experiencing a very dramatic paradigm shift in
manufacturing worldwide,' said BlueFire Chairman and CEO William A.
AND YET ANOTHER MILESTONE! One year after The Unfortunate Incident with the Stairs, beyond daily PT and fitness classes, CrankyBitch is sending out a big thank you to all who forwarded Positivityness Messages - beautiful photos, videos, cards, flowers, Godiva chocolates, music, a Jambox, one pair of new boots, prayers - every bit helped. Never depressed, just felt I was at the bottom of a deep well, challenged to relearn how to walk. And now happily working on re-programming those neural pathways so that when my head says "pivot and step," my foot doesn't go "duh..."
Psalm 17:5 My steps have held fast to thy paths, My feet have not slipped.
Sign me Crazy Lucky.
Healing Health Care
Jay Fulkerson, president and CEO of Health Payment Systems and a UnitedHealthcare veteran, is a health care pioneer doing some very cool things in claims administration I didn’t care about billing and reimbursement until I experienced it
for myself after being a patient. Now, I’m getting “Please pay” and “Do
not pay” notices from two insurance companies and a wide variety of
providers, possibly unknown and unmet. At first, I read and saved each
document, but with so many pieces of paper, I started stashing them in
the space between my two-drawer credenza and an empty DJ Orthopedic
brace box — that way if I ever have to reconcile something, I’ll know
where it might be. I call it the Paper Tower, and eight months later,
it’s still growing. CLICK HEREExecutive Interview with Jay Fulkerson
technology. The Mill Girl
spoke with Fulkerson about what the company is doing to solve the big,
messy billing problem that dominates health care. For providers,
employers and consumers alike, the current claims process is confusing,
burdensome and intimidating.
Solidscape - Made in The Americas Innovation, One Layer, One Industry at a Time
When Royden Sanders’ professors at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute concluded that their student’s thesis was “too
complicated,” like other later dropouts — Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Larry
Ellison, Ted Turner, Mark Zuckerberg — Sanders walked. And he went on to
create even bigger and more complicated devices and operations... CLICK HERE:Solidscape: Celebrating a Legacy of Innovation One Layer, One Industry at a Time
PAGING DR. LEAN..... PAGING DR. LEAN(sm)
The Mill Girl asks
lean experts to answer your questions. This forum allows industry
leaders to speak to the lean issues or questions you come across each
day. Send your questions for Dr. Lean to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paging Dr. Lean to Cut Healthcare Costs, Executive Interview with Cardinal Health VP Bill Owad
The Mill Girl: What is the biggest opportunity that you now see in health care to simplify and reduce costs?
Owad: ...coordinating care from end to end... opportunities in
six big buckets... Healing HealthcareMORE
Note: In Nov. 2012, Gartner named Cardinal Health number one in supply chain, with Mayo Clinic coming in second: - .
Health captured the No. 1 spot again this year, the first time we have
had a company place in the top spot two years in a row. Its financial
performance is consistently impressive, even though its inventory turn
performance fell slightly..." The Gartner study goes on to present supply chain capabilities model that describes areas of excellence.
Paging Dr. Lean for New Product Development
Dear Dr. Lean:
My company participates in a new product development consortium to
exchange ideas and work through better new product approaches. ....
What we don't know is if we can change the gates in the health care
value stream to speed up the whole cycle. In the end, all the customer
really cares about is getting his equipment tomorrow.
What should we do? Where should we start?
DR. LEAN'S PRESCRIPTION: PAGING DR. LEAN...NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Paging Dr. Lean for Logistics Savings
Dear Dr. Lean:
My back hurts and my arms are numb. I work as a logistics supervisor
in an old-school operation. We do a lot of expedites, premium shipments,
workarounds, and heavy lifting ... I just don't think we can go much longer doing it
this way. Paging Dr. Lean for Logistics SavingsMORE
Paging Dr. Lean for Cost Measurement Solutions
Dear Dr. Lean:
We are trying to be more rigorous about measuring costs, but we have
disagreements about the numbers — We need help on these
three questions... THREE COST EXPERTS RESPOND TO "TOO MANY NUMBERS IN CHICAGO"...MORE
Dr. Lean Prescription: Develop an Attitude for Gratitude on Your Lean Journey
Dear Dr. Lean:
We've been steadily implementing lean in our plant for the past three
years... But lately, there have been
some outside issues seem to be impacting our plans.
The economy finally got to us... MORE
Paging Dr. Lean Healthcare Solutions from from Healthcare Reform Pioneers Dr. John Toussaint and Cindy Jimmerson
Dr. Lean - Why is it that when I go to the doctor I feel like a car going down an
When Jim Womack told me in 1997 that he was thinking of tackling the healthcare system because he had seen
unfortunate events happen to his father-in-law, I told him “It’s a swamp,
you’ll sink.” ... 17% of our GNP, of which fully 1/3 represents
administrative costs - we might ask,
“Why NOT healthcare?”...MORE ***
Healing Healthcare, Cindy Jimmerson Interview
Cindy Jimmerson, lean healthcare pioneer and former nurse - she's got street cred - lives in a
canyon along the Big Blackfoot River, the setting for the film A River Runs Through It, .. got her start in Lean
doing research for the National Science Foundation “Innovation in
Paging Dr. Lean is brought to you by Patricia E. Moody, The Mill Girl at Blue Heron Journal. Submit your Paging Dr. Lean questions to email@example.com. Stay tuned as more lean experts answer your questions.
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