Developing a smart Six Sigma program in Digital Manufacturing

Digital Manufacturing is plain automation..until you know how to extract the full value and evolve it into Smart Manufacturing Real time process monitoring is one of the key functionalities of Digital manufacturing. In addition to allowing you to monitor your manufacturing process for optimality , it also provides you an opportunity to upgrade your quality…

What Exactly is Digital Transformation ?

Digital Transformation is the third step of your Digital Journey Many  “Digital Transformation experts” use the terms digitization, digitalization and digital transformation  interchangeably. However, they have distinct meanings, particularly in the context of Supply Chain. They can be treated as steps in a process, starting with a literal conversion and ending with the creation of…

Ten building blocks of your Supply Chain strategy

Supply Chain strategy as a competitive weapon In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, developing a robust Supply Chain strategy is critical in order to be able to serve your customer better and faster than your competitor. Even though it has become important to ensure that Supply Chain strategies are not rigid and have flexibility to…

Four ways to prepare your Supply Chain for Recession

Prepare for the inevitable In a 2010 HBR article titled “Roaring out of Recession”, the authors analyzed data from three different recessions (1980,1990 and 2000) to evaluate the impact on public companies. One interesting finding from that study was that out of 4,700 public companies studied, 9% of the companies not only recovered from Recession-they…

Supply Chain segmentation : An applied example

Increasing importance of Supply Chain segmentation Ever evolving consumer and Supply Chain landscape is driving increased complexity into product offerings and distribution channels, which then impacts the effectiveness of the Supply Chain. Supply Chain segmentation is a powerful tool that when leveraged effectively, will allow you to provide a great brand experience to your customers…

Segmenting your Supply Chain for Digital transformation

Robust and relevant processes are the foundation of digital transformation Digitization happens around a process and if the processes in place are not optimal,  realizing the true value of digitization of your Supply Chain will be challenging. What is the most effective strategy to implement digital is a very broad discussion topic in itself. You…

My contribution to National e-Governance policy of Government of India

Received this on April 30th in an email from Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. Pleasantly surprised since I completely forgot about this. Back in October 2018, when I had some down time between projects, I came across this section on the Digital India website, requesting ideation papers pertaining to e-Governance and…

An introduction to IIoT Data flow in a Distribution Center

  IoT and IIoT generated data will dominate the next wave of advanced analytics. As an advanced analytics professional, it is critical to understand the IIoT data flow architecture at a high level, in order to leverage the data generated efficiently. This post aims to provide an introduction to the flow. Effort has been made…

Is your Distribution Center Smart ?

During the holidays break last year, I got a chance to read a White paper focussed exclusively on robotics and automation, that included interviews from hundreds of Distribution center (DC) operations managers managing automated warehouses. The survey was conducted anonymously and the managers expressed their candid opinion. What was surprising was the finding that ~…

10,000+ monthly views for Supply Chain Analytics Blog

It is still a insignificantly small number as far as website views are concerned but I am humbled. This is a very niche blogsite and the journey started with 5-10 views per week so these numbers provide me immense satisfaction. I am fortunate that so many Supply Chain enthusiasts around the world regularly visit this…

Preview chapters from the book “Analytics for Supply Chain Managers”

Preview Chapters from the book will be uploaded here on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. Please provide feedback on singhkum@umich.edu to make the book more relevant. The book is “for charity” and if you are interested in making a donation to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital, please send me a note. Table of Contents Introduction…

Industrial IoT (I-IoT) and IoT…what is the difference?

As if IoT in itself was not a jargon that you were trying to understand, you may run into another one- I-IoT (Industrial IoT). Since I-IoT is the technology behing smart factories, if you are a Manufacturing professional trying to get up to speed with digital manufacturing aspects, it is essential that you understand the…

Defining value proposition for predictive maintenance modeling

The Hype and the reality One of the important applications of IoT in manufacturing and operations that we keep hearing about is predictive maintenance. When planned, modeled and executed properly, it is an extremely powerful capability to build. If you have ever work on manufacturing floors, you are probably pretty familiar with the impact of…

Why Reliance will give a hard time to Amazon and Walmart

Reliance Industries has always been one of my favorite companies and the primary driver behind it has been the great founder, Late Mr. DB Ambani. He has been an inspiration for two generations of Indians. I find Mukesh to be much like his father, not trying to hog limelight but aggressively pushing new ideas and…

Analytics approaches in digital manufacturing

One of the primary advantages of digital manufacturing is that the data generated can be leveraged to do various forms of analytics. When an organization invests millions in digital manufacturing to setup a “smart” factory and in developing a digital twin, the real ROI comes from exploiting the data that these smart factories generate. There…

Analyzing the economies of predictive maintenance

The economics of predictive maintenance may not be entirely obvious. Believe it or not, it does not always make sense, even if you can predict early failures accurately. It many cases, you will actually lose money by doing it. Even when it can save you money, there is an optimal point for when it should…

Grateful to readers for above expectation response to my book giveaway

Couple of weeks ago, I shared the details about my for charity book launch and giveaway. To quickly recap-My book is focused on introducing supply chain functional managers to the world of advanced analytics, as applied to their domain (supply chain and operations management). I planned to give 100 free print copies to first 100…

Challenges associated with analyzing IoT Data

Why the sudden Hype? For many of you who have worked in manufacturing for a long time, this sudden hype around IoT data may be confusing. Sensors have been used to track data in manufacturing for decades now. So why we are seeing this sudden IoT hype now? The fact is, IoT is not really…

Why transportation route optimization initiatives fail

In one of my jobs early in my supply chain analytics career, I did a rotation in Transportation planning and analytics for a leading workspace solutions manufacturer. The project I was assigned to pertained to optimizing inbound shipments from suppliers who were within trucking distance from our manufacturing plants. One key lever of this initiative…