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Optimize manufacturing processes by finding the “golden batch”—before spending big on digital

Mar 24, 2020 Josh Matthews

Manufacturers must get the basics of process optimization right before going down the investment rabbit hole on emerging technologies such as AI or analytics. As these technologies start to facilitate predictive maintenance, supply chain analytics, and new revenue streams, manufacturing must also strive for excellence in its day-to-day operating practices. Manufacturers’ efforts can achieve immediate efficiency or quality improvements while execs simultaneously plan longer-term transformation projects. An increasingly popular and relatively simple method of finding quick, but potentially big, wins in manufacturing processes is “golden batch” analysis—answering when and why a manufacturing process performs at its best, and how to replicate it as often as possible.

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