Fred Thomas

Author's details

Name: Fred Thomas
Date registered: July 27, 2010
URL: http://www.apriso.com

Biography

Fred Thomas is our industry director for discrete manufacturing. Fred covers aerospace & defense, automotive and industrial machinery & equipment. Likes include big metal objects, engines and horsepower, especially when there are four wheels involved. Dislikes: recalls and people who doubt the US can compete globally.

Latest posts

  1. It’s Time for a Lean Manufacturing Makeover — February 11, 2014
  2. In Pursuit of the Transparent Manufacturing Plant — January 15, 2014
  3. The Importance of Innovation Execution — September 12, 2013
  4. The Digital Factory: Bridging the Gap between Planning, Design & Execution — April 9, 2013
  5. Time to Move Beyond “Check-the-Box” Traceability (Part 1) — June 28, 2012

Most commented posts

  1. It’s Time for a Lean Manufacturing Makeover — 4 comments
  2. In Pursuit of the Transparent Manufacturing Plant — 2 comments
  3. The Importance of Innovation Execution — 2 comments
  4. From the Detroit Auto Show: What’s Next for the Industry in 2012? — 2 comments
  5. The Growing Complexity in Automotive Manufacturing — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

Feb 11 2014

It’s Time for a Lean Manufacturing Makeover

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What are you doing to update your Lean Manufacturing program for the 21st century?

Permanent link to this article: http://www.apriso.com/blog/2014/02/lean-manufacturing-makeover/

Jan 15 2014

In Pursuit of the Transparent Manufacturing Plant

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In pursuit of the transparent plant, manufacturers are now considering visibility as the fifth dimension necessary to understand manufacturing intelligence

Permanent link to this article: http://www.apriso.com/blog/2014/01/in-pursuit-of-the-transparent-manufacturing-plant/

Sep 12 2013

The Importance of Innovation Execution

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The ability to innovate starts with a good idea, but can end if that idea can be executed.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.apriso.com/blog/2013/09/the-importance-of-innovation-execution/

Apr 09 2013

The Digital Factory: Bridging the Gap between Planning, Design & Execution

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The factory of the future embraces “digitization” or virtualization to better connected planning, design and execution

Permanent link to this article: http://www.apriso.com/blog/2013/04/the-digital-factory-bridging-the-gap-between-planning-design-execution/

Jun 28 2012

Time to Move Beyond “Check-the-Box” Traceability (Part 1)

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It is time to move beyond a “check-the-box” mentality when evaluating your global traceability requirements

Permanent link to this article: http://www.apriso.com/blog/2012/06/time-to-move-beyond-%e2%80%9ccheck-the-box%e2%80%9d-traceability-part-1/

Apr 03 2012

Product Traceability: Beyond WIP to Ship

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The costs and benefits of global product traceability should be evaluated beyond WIP to ship

Permanent link to this article: http://www.apriso.com/blog/2012/04/product-traceability-beyond-wip-to-ship/

Feb 15 2012

How do you Improve Production Throughput Capacity?

Capacity utilization

AGCO improved production capacity while increasing quality, visibility and process consistency with a single investment

Permanent link to this article: http://www.apriso.com/blog/2012/02/how-do-you-improve-production-throughput-capacity/

Jan 11 2012

From the Detroit Auto Show: What’s Next for the Industry in 2012?

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Automotive manufacturing continues to be impacted from its global transformation … expect a continuation into 2012

Permanent link to this article: http://www.apriso.com/blog/2012/01/from-the-detroit-auto-show-whats-next-for-the-industry-in-2012/

Sep 22 2011

Squeezing Lemonade from the Automotive Lemon

US Light Vehicle Sales

The latest challenge now facing the automotive industry is constrained capacity while remaining agile … new Lean methodologies coupled with advanced manufacturing execution systems have helped with this transformation.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.apriso.com/blog/2011/09/squeezing-lemonade-from-the-automotive-lemon/

Aug 16 2011

The Growing Complexity in Automotive Manufacturing

Source: JD Power and Associates

Technology requirements for new cars have put a burden on automotive manufacturers to perfectly deliver new product introductions.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.apriso.com/blog/2011/08/the-growing-complexity-in-automotive-manufacturing/

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