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Gloves and Goggles Part Two – “Getting Data to where it’s useful”
So here is a much-delayed part two to our Gloves and Goggles piece back in April.  In this piece we’ll be diving into the second significant trend in the Industry 4.0 space in New Zealand.


Gloves and Goggles Vs Data and Dashboards
A bet is a bet! Back in September James Leek and I became the first (and only) Industry 4.0 Assessors in New Zealand. Around the same time we had a good old-fashioned wager to


Five Tips for Encouraging Self-Motivation (What to do with an employee nicknamed “Sleepy”)
Employers are starting to catch on to the research that shows that having a predominantly engaged workforce can...


Unlock your Supply Chain – Value Stream Mapping
Stuck building a future state supply chain? Try using Value Stream Mapping to build engagement and alignment first. When I was a supply chain manager it was sometimes difficult to articulate to my colleagues...


The Reality of Redundancy — What employers and employees need to consider
Redundancy is a word that strikes fear into the heart of employers and employees alike. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has made it an all too common reality for thousands of


Covid 19 Manufacturing – things Toyota would do in your process – part 2
Welcome to the second blog in this current series aimed at rapid de-bottlenecking of manufacturing processes disrupted by the Covid 19 landscape.  If you missed the first blog , read it here.


Covid 19 Manufacturing – things Toyota would do in your processes
We’ve read the headlines of established manufacturers and even Formula 1 teams rapidly adapting their manufacturing processes to produce essential products.  This type of response really shines a light on...


Calling all Manufacturers: Switch Production – Save lives
These are unprecedented times that call for urgent and innovative solutions. As I read about the UK government’s plea to manufacturers to switch production to urgently needed ventilators, I wondered...


Make New Zealand Great
There’s a growing recognition amongst economists and industry leaders that the off-shore manufacturing model has peaked and is in decline. A new generation of consumers wants customised products with shorter lead times and they’re also more...

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Complete the questions below to test your data maturity.

Over the next two years, which three of the 14 key performance indicators do you most want to improve on as a business?

Make a note of these before you carry on reading.

The key 14 performance indicator categories:


  • Asset & equipment efficiency
  • Inventory efficiency
  • Materials efficiency
  • Utilities efficiency
  • Workforce efficiency


  • Planning & scheduling effectiveness
  • Production flexibility
  • Workforce flexibility


  • Time to market
  • Time to delivery


  • Product quality
  • Process quality
  • Safety
  • Security

Now ask yourself – what is your current performance against these three KPIs? Can you tell me how you performed in the last hour, yesterday or last week?

If you can’t answer this question for all three because you aren’t measuring the data, then the next step is clear. Figure out what data you need to enable you to measure it, and decide how you are going to collect that data.

If you can answer it historically; last week or last month – ask yourself, is this retrospective view sufficient for me to really make improvements?

If you can answer it for all three up to the minute, then it is quite possible that shopfloor intelligence isn’t a number one priority for you. Look out for parts 2 and 3 of this blog series for some more insights into how you can make the data work for you.