Written by:

Ben Baldwin

When it comes to verifying the quality of medical devices and diagnostics (MD&D), the eDHR (Electronic Device History Record) is a crucial tool. It enables manufacturers to gain complete visibility into their operation and make incredible strides in error-proofing and maintaining superior quality. Imagine the potential of assembling medical devices and having a complete process history of every component and every step. This is the power of eDHRs within work instruction software.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Why digital transformation fails is a common question… but it really shouldn’t be. Digital transformation and Industry 4.0 have brought the manufacturing industry into a new era of intelligence, connectivity, and automation. Sadly, some manufacturers fail to experience the full benefits of digital transformation. In this case, the questions must be asked: how do we avoid the common mistakes that plague the industry?

Written by:

Virginia Shram

So you understand the Internet of Things (IoT) but still can't distinguish when and why certain connected devices can be configured to make up the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)? Let's go over some explanations and analogies to help you understand why the Internet of Things is continually being industrialized to meet the rapid pace of Industry 4.0.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Finding the best MES software for your operation can be a daunting task. Many MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) share similarities within their purpose, capabilities, and focus. Not to mention, an MES can also share similarities with other programs such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

But finding the right MES may be simpler than you think. The answer lies within the people on your shop floor.

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

The DMAIC approach is one of the best methodologies available to comprehensively and continuously supercharge your operations. A key area to enact the DMAIC approach is with your SOPs and work instructions. With a purpose-built system that intelligently tracks your KPIs and more, keeping your process documentation up to date and tailored to your needs is fast and simple. Use the DMAIC approach and VKS to collaborate with your end-users, create intelligent documentation, and continuously improve!

Written by:

Virginia Shram

Collecting data on employees can give you unparalleled insight into improving workflow, but you have to aggregate data such that it inspires confidence in your team. We discuss ways that data collection can be implemented through SOP incentives so that you can thrive in Industry 4.0

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Experiencing the benefits of continuous improvement is almost always easier said than done. Without the right information, it is nearly impossible to create an effective continuous improvement plan. But with Industry 4.0 technology, continuous improvement takes on a whole new dimension with an advanced network of digital connections. These connections are enabling manufacturers to gain valuable knowledge in real time and quickly act in ways never thought possible.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Building a smart workforce company involves integrating and empowering employees with smart technology. It is amplifying and extending the cognitive abilities of your workforce. This helps companies retain knowledge, capture data, ensure quality, and increase productivity. But technology is not everything when developing a smart workforce. There also needs to be the right company culture. One that takes advantage of this new technology with intelligence and innovation.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

What are Smart Forms? Imagine the potential of having someone beside you collecting and distributing valuable data while you’re working. As you perform your daily tasks, this other person is recording and relaying valuable information. Your business gains the ability to capture and evaluate data in real-time. Let’s explore how Smart Forms help you engage your employees, improve training, and achieve industry 4.0 potential across your organization and supply chain.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Why is an agile enterprise so valuable for IT? If you are looking for software development that is responsive, collaborative, and tailored to your needs, the agile method is a strong choice. It enables companies and people to stay ahead of change as they work and collaborate together. An agile enterprise rapidly responds to unexpected challenges and opportunities. Software developers with an agile culture perform quick flexible actions that benefit all participants.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Having a standardized machine setup process is essential for precision manufacturing. It is the foundation for the work and value that you produce. If the right machine setup is not achieved, then how likely is it that your product will be fabricated properly? Just as we have quality standards for our products, we need quality standards for our processes. And we need it for all of them, especially pre-production activities.

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

For us here at VKS, establishing the best quality methods is our top priority. That’s why we are devoted to helping our customers pursue the best standards of Industry 4.0. In this article, we have the privilege of talking with Mr. Gabriel Dumouchel, a Quality Inspector at CMP. As a daily user of VKS, he tells us how him and his team have employed the use of work instruction software to gain insight, improve productivity, and enhance quality.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

What is a rule engine? How can you use it to your advantage? A rule engine enables cyber-physical systems to perform specific autonomous actions based on current conditions and real-time data. In other words, it is a powerful workflow tool that allows companies to automate processes and decision-making. Let’s take a deep dive into what a rule engine is and how to use it to your advantage.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Do you know if your process is healthy? Are you using SPC Control Charts to track and monitor the behavior of your processes? When reviewing the health and effectiveness of your operation, tools like interactive SPC Control Charts are extremely effective. They help manufacturers monitor process behaviors over time and discover trends that could negatively affect the process and product.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Workforce training can be tough, and tracking training can be even worse. Relying on loose papers or inaccessible files doesn't cut it anymore. In our fast-paced atmosphere, manufacturers need a reliable way to train their employees and track qualifications. But let's take it a step further. What if the platform you use to track training could also help you leverage the skills of your employees?

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Implementing an SOP maker is an incredibly effective way to keep your shop floor up to date with the best practices and procedures. With a user-friendly and intuitive platform, VKS displays digital SOPs that enable your employees to achieve high levels of productivity and efficiency while maintaining high standards of product consistency and quality.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

If your facility could talk, would you listen? What if you could access information and data about your business that would have been inaccessible at any other moment in history? This communication would not only become a focal point of your manufacturing process, but it would usher in a new era of industrial development. Well, this is what has happened through industrial IoT devices.

Written by:

Sylvie Couture

How can you use IoT hardware and tools to enhance your quality control methods? Knowledge is power. The more data and knowledge you have about your assembly line, the more insight you will have into improving your performance. The power of IoT hardware and Tools is now allowing manufacturers to gain even greater knowledge into their operations while enhancing quality control.

Written by:

Sylvie Couture

As the world of manufacturing becomes faster and more efficient, constant pressure is put on operators to produce more while adhering to tighter and more frequent deadlines. This increased stress opens the door to work-related injuries that not only affect your workforce, but also impact morale and productivity. Luckily, our digital work instructions can work alongside smart manufacturing technologies to provide you with smart manufacturing safety solutions.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

What are the design principles of industry 4.0? We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution. One in which the most important economic force in the world, Manufacturing, is experiencing massive change that stands to impact not just the methods and technology used to make things, but the people involved as well. Learn about its four guiding design principles and how they impact the technology that stems from it.

Written by:

Mihaela Bumbu

With the increasing globalization of the manufacturing industry, we need effective supply chain ecosystems. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that disruptions within the industry can come at any time. And despite not knowing the future, we should always aim to improve our supply chains and make them as strong and as intelligent as possible. The VKS Digital Ecosystem enhances supply chain communication, builds resilience, eliminates waste, and increases your production's efficiency

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Dynamic Work Instructions are essential to the modern manufacturer. In the manufacturing field, dynamism is essential to effective processes, a strong workforce, and intelligent software. Everything in your operation should be focused towards constant progress. Whether you are building a wide variety of products or mass producing one item, the ability to change laterally, progress vertically, and continuously improve is no longer about innovation, it is about survival.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

What is MTS, MTO, ATO, and how can you use these strategies? When looking at manufacturing strategies, it is a good idea to look at how time affects your production and inventory. More specifically, we need to look at the lead times for your product and understand how production fits into this timeline. With a clear understanding of how to use time and production to your advantage for your specific product, you can find the best model for your business.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

Process vs. Resource? It is a question that all manufacturers must consider when implementing new technology into their operations. Do you want it fully integrated into your infrastructure and daily processes, or do you want to simply use the new technology as a resource? What is the best choice for your operation? A lot is riding on the success of your operation and you’ll want to take every advantage you can get to maximize your return on investment.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

When looking at how to write good work instructions, your main goal should be focused on the people reading the document. If the document is hard to read, inaccurate, or not well-defined, your workers will likely find process knowledge elsewhere; perhaps from less desirable sources. In this case, fast comprehension and wide accessibility are the keys to providing your workers with the best work instructions possible.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Manufacturing problems rarely stand alone. It is common to find that problems progressively trickle down from one seemingly independent silo to the next, eventually hitting the bottom line. This is especially true for manufacturing problems such as overlooked data, unbalanced inventory, and inaccurate gross margins. But the solution is simple. It all depends on precise knowledge tailored to your needs.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Real-time learning vs. traditional training: which is the best method for your organization? Should employees be trained at specific times or can training and instruction be an ongoing process in the real work environment? Let’s explore the benefits of each methodology and see how you can empower your employees to perform more complex jobs, strengthen their knowledge retention, and create value sooner.

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

What is Lean Manufacturing defined by? When presented with the idea of Lean Manufacturing, we often only think about reducing waste. While this is important, it is not the end goal. It is merely the “How” and not the “Why”. It is precisely because of this misconception that so many companies get Lean Manufacturing wrong. True Lean Manufacturing is about strengthening your processes to be flexible, efficient, and balanced.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

How many people within your company are responsible for quality? If your answer is anything less than “everyone”, there may be a problem.

Under the 7 Principles of Total Quality Management, each person within an organization shares the responsibility of quality management. The primary purpose of these principles is to engage every worker, every action, and every system with one common goal; maintaining and advancing the best quality standards.

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

Manufacturing certifications are incredibly useful tools for your modern business. Each one provides powerful opportunities as well as compelling customer appeal. At the same time, they help improve quality, increase reliability, preserve the environment, and protect your employees. But highly targeted certifications need to be sustained within a system designed for them. You need a purpose-built application that strengthens your process while documenting compliance.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Is it possible to eliminate the 8 wastes in lean manufacturing? How much does waste inhibit your manufacturing productivity? Waste and productivity are locked in a strong negative correlation. As one goes up, the other goes down. And there is only so much room in your production process. The fact is, you cannot attain your maximum potential for productivity if you have high levels of waste.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Within smart work instructions, there are many ways for employees to interact with the software. Alongside modern technology, the methods of interacting with work instructions seem endless. But did you know that VKS can also work autonomously with little to no interaction? From signing in, navigating, completing tasks, and entering data, let us explore the benefits of autonomous smart work instructions on your shop floor.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

A new year has begun and many are ready to put the challenges of 2020 behind them… and embrace the manufacturing trends of the future. With the hardships fought, the battles won, and the rewarding lessons learned over the past year, there are incredible reasons to be optimistic about the future of 2021. To help you and your company pursue optimal growth in the next year, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 biggest manufacturing trends for 2021.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

So you finished school with the hard skills that qualify you for a promising career in manufacturing. But do you have the required soft skills? Or maybe, you’re a manufacturer looking for skilled employees that will understand your company’s vision. How do you find the right people who will fit and add to your corporate culture? For modern manufacturing, engineering soft skills enable individuals, teams, and companies to communicate clearly, think critically, and lead effectively.

Written by:

Robin Wilding

Our phones can now do more than supercomputers could in the past due to smart technology. Not only does your manufacturing business need to be that smart, but it also needs to beat the competition. Before you break a sweat thinking about this, it's easier than it sounds. With a solid plan in place, you can tackle this and become competitive in your marketplace due to the data it brings you, costs it lowers (after initial implementation costs), and power it gives your sales teams.

Written by:

Kyle O'Reilly

As the Director of Sales here at VKS, I speak to companies of all different shapes and sizes, from active customers to prospective, job-shops and enterprise organizations spanning across every sector. While each company wants to digitize, they all vary in knowing to what degree and where to begin.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

What are the reasons you should use digital work Instructions? Digitizing your work instructions is the key to modern manufacturing in Industry 4.0. With the ability to standardize processes, collect pertinent data, and connect with other systems, digital work instructions provide the tools necessary to achieve your manufacturing goals.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of push vs pull manufacturing is fundamental to grasping the complexities of your supply chain structure, optimal stock, maximum efficiencies, and potential waste. But what is push-pull manufacturing? And which one is most beneficial to your supply chain and product?

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Learning how to do a Gemba Walk is an essential part of any company's improvement plan. Gemba walks help company leaders gain a real perspective on their business processes and procedures while connecting with their workers. Whether you are a front-line supervisor, department manager, plant manager, or executive, the challenge is the same: get to where the work is happening and observe how your business operates.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Industrial wearables have been picking up serious steam in the manufacturing community, and with good reason. The ever-evolving innovations behind industrial wearables have brought new and interesting technology that continue to pique the interest of modern manufacturers. These innovations increase safety and awareness, aid workers in completing complex and demanding tasks, and connect users to their work and with each other.

Written by:

Brenda Santos

We are in the early stages of the fourth industrial revolution, which continues the evolution of manufacturing technology and the industrial workforce, i.e. the connected worker platform. Each action that a connected worker takes is assisted and transmitted within a larger organizational context that provides useful information for the company, the manufacturing supply chain, and the connected economy.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

There’s no doubt that paper costs money. The worst part is, it doesn’t even last. Paper documents are easily lost, destroyed, and quickly become out of date; requiring you to constantly purchase more and more paper. By reducing paper usage and implementing paperless manufacturing, your company has the incredible opportunity to cut waste, improve your bottom line, and help the environment.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

In order to break into industry 4.0 and improve upon your company’s operations, taking a look at your current hardware capabilities is extremely important. Without a modern computer infrastructure, your competitive edge will slip away. With manufacturing technologies ranging from small portable computers and tablets to movable workstations and hardware enclosures, let us give you some things to consider when searching for the hardware upgrades best suited to your needs.

Written by:

Mathieu Samson

What if you could standardize the way you create visual work instructions? In manufacturing and operations, we’ve seen the incredible potency of process standardization with visual work instructions. But what if we went further and I told you there were some best practices for creating the instructions themselves? Implementing some of these best practices will help you have new processes running on the shop floor faster and more efficiently.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

The fast progress of technology is changing the way we humans connect. Not only with each other but also between our physical and virtual systems. Through Industry 4.0 and IoT applications, informative and insightful connections can be made that empower businesses and their employees. By connecting to your factory processes in real time with authentic data, you will be able to shed the weight of costly inaccurate paper records and bring your business into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Written by:

Georgios Stergiou

Industry 4.0 networks a wide range of new technologies to create value by generating, analyzing and communicating data seamlessly. However, another distinctive aspect of the fourth industrial revolution is its ability to push manufacturing towards a zero-defect production.

The interaction between hardware, software, and people brought by the fourth industrial revolution results in less waste and a real application of the zero-defect production concept.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

Digital work instructions are critical for maximizing your return on investment and creating a culture of continuous improvement. Implementing this kind of software on the shop floor is the stepping stone towards standardizing work, improving processes and cutting costs. It's important to calculate ROI for Continuous Improvement by looking at the amount of money you can expect to save by reducing the amount of paper on the shop floor and the labor needed to write the work instructions.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

It's impossible to calculate the ideal ROI in manufacturing without digital work instructions. The savings and benefits that work instruction software provides is miles apart from the regular standard way of just using paper-printed standard operating procedures.

We're going to look at a few examples of measurable attributes that can be used to demonstrate and prove why any company must go digital.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

To ROI, or not to ROI, that is the question. What is the true purpose of an ROI and how can it be applied when implementing a digital work instruction solution?

It's important to look at return on investment (ROI) by examining how your company can benefit and improve from a well-defined and executed continuous improvement program. In this first part of our ROI series, we're going to analyze what an ROI is and what you shouldn't do when calculating it for your company.

Written by:

Sylvie Couture

Over the past decade, workplace injuries have been one of the leading causes of absenteeism in the workforce. What is most regrettable about workplace injuries is that many of them could have been prevented by putting safety protocols in place and educating workers.

Granted, putting an Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) plan in place requires a certain amount of work, but it is more than worth it when you take into account the health of your co-workers and of your business.

Written by:

Mihaela Bumbu

Our readers know that Visual Knowledge Share (VKS) is an application that helps companies increase their productivity by digitally documenting their processes to avoid knowledge loss. They also know that VKS can help eliminate defects by maximizing the quality of production. But the VKS world is much more vast than just digital work instructions and here are 5 things you didn't know about us.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

The basic paper quality checklist has evolved. With the rapidly advancing 4th Industrial Revolution, the quality checklist is now digital, visual, and even intelligent. We have talked with a Certified Quality Inspector who uses quality checklists on a daily basis and shared his experience about the many advantages that digital quality checklists offer over the paper ones.

Written by:

Ryan Zimmermann

Without the support of standard operating procedures, no modern day manufacturer would be able to effectively run their business. With a multitude of operations, complex tasks and people implicated, the manufacturing industry is a great testament as to why standard operating procedures exist. From setting up expensive machinery, to assembling complex products, SOPs are used across every manufacturing industry to help guide employees on how to perform their tasks.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

Considering the impact of the industrial changes sweeping through manufacturing as a whole, it’s never been more important for the people involved to be engaged and proactive. To embed this attitude within a company a special approach is needed. We identify Kaizen to be the vehicle of this engagement. And to help you quickly grasp this concept, we'll describe 3 conditions necessary for Kaizen to thrive in your organization.

Written by:

Margarita Deviakovitch

The sun is shining, coronavirus cases are on the decline and manufacturing companies are restarting production, but are you ready for the new normal? While going back to work may seem daunting, it’s inevitable. In fact, your company may have already started to ease back into full production mode. While the goal has always been to flatten the curve, the measures implemented during the pandemic have caused drastic repercussions on all spheres of our lives, especially the manufacturing sector.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

One may perceive continuous improvement as a constant event at some point in a company's life. We have found it to be the other way around. For specialists such as Michel Labrecque, CMP’s Human Resources VP, continuous improvement represents more than that: it is a corporate culture that all companies need to activate for their own benefit. We use two ways to approach the continuous improvement implementation - the cultural and the technical one.

Written by:

Ryan Zimmermann

We're very excited to announce a major enhancement to ToolConnect IoT! On top of its existing capability of capturing torque values in real-time, ToolConnect IoT now supports the ability to push the required Pset (Parameter Set or required torque value) from a VKS work instruction directly to smart assembly tools. This new feature represents a major milestone in the future of connected workers.

Written by:

Mihaela Bumbu

Can you bake a cake while watching a YouTube video with ingredients you have laying in your pantry? Could you build a ventilator if you were given comprehensive visual instructions and a list of easily-sourced parts?

The Ventilator Project demonstrates it is indeed possible and that manufacturers can do it faster and at a much lower cost. See how our mutual partnership is helping save lives and simultaneously re-invents the supply chain model.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

Manufacturing operations have always been complex and costly. As products become more intricate and complicated, the tools needed to control the many aspects of the operation become essential.

Manufacturing Execution System (MES) applications are designed to do just that by coordinating the planning, monitoring, and execution of every part of the operation from order release to shipping.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is a software or computerized system commonly used in the manufacturing industry. It is employed to monitor, control, and document the processes which transform an item from being a batch of raw materials to a finished article.

An MES can vary in complexity from almost being considered an ERP to a very simple process control system (e.g. a spreadsheet).

Written by:

Martin Fairbank

Most of us are familiar with physical devices that are connected to the internet, such as light switches, cameras, or thermostats that can be controlled using a smartphone app. This is termed the Internet of Things or IoT. The Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, refers to the industrial use of such devices; for example, sensors embedded in an airplane engine that collect and transmit data on its performance, or proximity sensors that can trigger processes on an assembly line.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

Manufacturing is a complicated business no matter how you shake it. To be successful, managers need to bring together the right mix of people, machines, and processes in the most efficient sequence to create something of value. How you do this? The answer is: with paperless manufacturing audits. In this article, we will demonstrate the benefits of digitization of your paper audits with real examples.

Written by:

Sylvie Couture

Have you ever played chess? If so, you would have at least once looked longingly at the Queen and wished all your pieces had the same versatility that she does. If you have ever felt the same while looking at your workforce, it might be time for you to consider cross-training. The cross-training discussed in this article is the practice of training members of your workforce to be able to take on various tasks within the company, giving you a strategic advantage and reducing your dependence on…

Written by:

Shannon Bennett

Manufacturing is complicated, there’s no way around that. It’s the complexity in processes, materials, components, and supply chains that drive much of the variability in quality. Ultimately, this variability will have dramatic impacts on the productivity and profitability of factories, which drives leadership to consider smart factory as a solution.

In this article, we’ll have a look at the 4 steps you need to be implementing into your company today to achieve the status of a Smart Factory.

Written by:

Margarita Deviakovitch

Being able to communicate effectively is a hard-earned skill. Relaying ways of working onto the shop floor efficiently is even harder – except when you employ digital work instructions. A plant supervisor may have the highest skills for the job, but without proper communication, instructions and directives risk falling on deaf ears. Inconsistencies in the methods of teaching or properly conveying how to perform a task can have a detrimental effect on the entire process.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

Day by day you are involved in processes, procedures, and work instructions. From the simple act of getting up and dressed in the morning, to something as complex as launching a rocket. These ideas are big factors in our interaction with the world around us.

As there are striking differences between these types of documents and they often cause confusion, in this article, we’ll focus on each of them in terms of manufacturing or operational applications by comparing and contrasting them.

Written by:

Stephanie Young

As a manufacturer, you’re always on the lookout for potential savings. That pretty much goes without saying. But do you really know where the money is going? Do you have a sense for your operational inefficiencies and materials waste?

Surely, you have a number of cost-cutting measures in place—but is it possible there’s more you can be doing to optimize and save? Of course there is! No organization has every single i dotted and t crossed; there’s always room for improvement and innovation.

Written by:

Margarita Deviakovitch

The coronavirus pandemic is causing one clear trend to soar now more than ever before: Industry 4.0 is no longer the way of the future -- It’s now the way of the present. Companies need to either adapt and implement technology into their processes or face shutdown. The consequences of the pandemic on manufacturing are set to linger, but with Industry 4.0 already in full swing, it’s now inevitable for companies to evaluate and adopt new production technologies if they want to remain effective.

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

You would like to build effective work instructions to improve your work methods but you don’t know where to start? Here are 5 steps and lots of useful tips to get you started in the process of writing comprehensive work instructions.

Firstly, find out what is the purpose of work instructions and why would your company benefit from using them, then start crafting the most suitable work guides.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

As manufacturers intensify their efforts to reduce costs while improving quality, productivity and traceability (data), the need to quickly implement purpose-built software solutions that not only solve problems, but that also comply with corporate regulations and strategies becomes critical.

We identified 6 benefits of why SaaS may be the right solution for you and what are the risks to be considered.

Written by:

Mihaela Bumbu

As we’re based in Quebec, we’re particularly invested in the economic success of our native province. We’re very glad to see that the Quebec Government acknowledged the strain of adopting new technologies and is promoting faster and cleaner economic growth with its introduction of the Investment and Innovation Tax Credit (C3i).

What does the new tax credit actually mean for your business and how embracing Industry 4.0 can benefit you?

Written by:

Stephanie Young

IoT in manufacturing is catching on. Today, IoT-enabled factories are accomplishing countless game-changing benefits, including reduced start-up and operating costs, increased productivity and efficiency, safer working conditions and more.

So how exactly does Industrial IoT drive the aforementioned benefits? Let’s peel back the onion to explore the astounding power of IoT in our world’s manufacturing facilities.

Written by:

Mathieu Samson

Each company needs to face a number of change cycles in its timeline. Any crisis with the degree we are currently facing will present a greater challenge, but that does not mean we cannot adapt effectively. As a result of COVID-19, industries all over the world are trying to maximize the number of employees that can work from home.

To help with this transition, we created a guide to show you how best to optimize your remote work experience using the VKS work instruction software.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

In 2020 Knowledge Management is still about capturing, controlling, sharing and efficiently handling the information and resources of an organization. The difference is that only successful managers grasp the value it holds and act upon it. It allows companies to capitalize on their knowledge within a multidisciplinary approach to effectively and efficiently achieve their goals and objectives.

Written by:

Margarita Deviakovitch

Will manufacturing shut down? As the threat of the coronavirus rises, there is a lot of confusion surrounding the companies considered as essential. Pharmaceutical and food manufacturing companies instantly spring to mind, but the delimitations aren’t black and white. There is a lot of grey area; while some areas of the electronics industry may sound non-essential, we can’t forget about how certain electronic components are used in the manufacturing of much-needed hospital equipment!

Written by:

Ryan Zimmermann

As the days unfold and the world's response grows in response to the coronavirus outbreak, we want to first of all thank all the frontliners. A big thank you to the healthcare workers, police, military, security guards, grocery store cashiers, factory workers and all other essentials workers still working hard to keep the world running.

We all – the VKS family and the world in general – are in uncharted territory, we need to stand by each other in this difficult time.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

Manufacturing documentation comes in many flavors, and the specific document type and its purpose can vary considerably. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at two of the most prevalent types of instructions used in manufacturing companies, the SOPs, and the work instructions. What is the difference and more importantly, how do you figure out which one your company needs? We’ll frame the Work Instruction vs. SOP conversation in the context of a manufacturing company.

Written by:

Sylvie Couture

Today’s Smart Manufacturing ideals and principles help manufacturers maximize and optimize the resources they have. Smart Manufacturing is about more than just increasing your productivity, it is about remaining competitive and viable in relation to your industry. Think of it like trying to win the 100m freestyle while wearing an 1890’s wool swimsuit when your competitors are wearing LZR Racers. You might beat your personal record, but chances are someone else is going to win the race.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

No matter how scary it may seem, leaving things as the status quo costs more in the long run than the potential expenses of implementing agile best practices. But just how exactly do you successfully implement agile best practices? In this third part of the series, we’re going to break down the process by first looking at a few project basics, setting SMART goals, and establishing the scope of the project. In essence, we’re going to take the monster apart and tackle it piece by piece.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

Your company has thousands of processes in place. Some are documented, while many others are wandering around in your employee’s heads. The question is: How on Earth do you prioritize capturing those undocumented processes for your organization amidst resistance to change? Resistance to change, fear of implementation… No matter the name, it can be an intense experience. Our natural desire to avoid that discomfort can delay or even prevent positive change from taking hold.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

Is your company's knowledge walking out the door and leaving you in the dark? Do your activities, which usually run like clockwork, turn into a nightmare when your employees go on vacation? Why does your quality group complain about the same issues rising every time you have a change in your workforce? Tribal Knowledge, Brain Drain, Human Capital Flight, Retirement or Loss of Know-How, Knowledge Transfer… No matter what you call it, each time it occurs, your company suffers.

Written by:

Sylvie Couture

Let me tell you a story about traceability from another point of view. Let me tell you the possible true story of Gusset Plate GP-12V, as recorded by VKS.

Written by:

Brenda Santos

What can we say, last year was an amazing year for VKS! Aside from releasing our long-awaited feature, DataConnect, developing workstations (first showcased at tradeshows, available soon to the public in 2020), or updating our website (hope you noticed our new sleek design), we have also opened a new office across the pond. We are now introducing a brand new location in Edinburgh, Scotland, The IoT Development Center!

Written by:

Sylvie Couture

The ability to share knowledge with speed and efficiency is a quintessential part of succeeding in the manufacturing industry. For most companies, the greatest knowledge transfer comes through training as it plays a pivotal role in the entrance of a new employee within an organization. But despite its high importance, manufacturing training is often perceived as a burden by the existing workforce.

Written by:

Sylvie Couture

Gather around the VKS water cooler as we proudly announce the newest addition to the VKS Connect line-up: DataConnect! On top of helping manufacturers capitalize on existing data, VKS DataConnect also detects issues that arise during the manufacturing process. With DataConnect, you can rest assured that your standard for high quality is maintained for every assembled product. It started with just one. One tiny sensor. It seemed harmless enough…

Written by:

Margarita Deviakovitch

Ready to dive into VKS? Just one day before Halloween, we will be hosting a webinar covering the “Top 3 Benefits of Industry 4.0 & Machining”.

Join us on October 30th at 2pm as we go over how to create standard user instructions for machining parts and deburring after the machining process. See how easy it is to combine pictures, text, and video to create a streamlined process, while also collecting critical data like serial numbers, program numbers, and quality checklists.

Written by:

Brenda Santos

Are you currently using paper work instructions and looking for digital alternatives? This is the perfect webinar for you! Spero Zervos, our Customer Success Manager and Industry expert, will demonstrate how to go paperless in 60 minutes or less!

Join our webinar, The Digital Factory: Going Paperless In 60 Minutes or Less on August 21st, 2pm EST, where Spero Zervos will give you a first-hand look of the VKS software.

Written by:

Margarita Deviakovitch

“Two peas in a pod” is the ideal way to describe our recent partnership with IMEG. Like us, they make it their mission to guide companies in the improvement of productivity and efficiency.

Written by:

Margarita Deviakovitch

Did you hear about the Origami Business? It folded.

Do you know what won’t fold? Your business if you switch to a digital factory.

Here at VKS, we often like to remind companies that switching to digital work instructions is proven to reduce training time by 99% and decrease defects by 95%. It also increases productivity by 20% -- if not more!

Written by:

Margarita Deviakovitch

Innovation met the future this year at 2019 Hannover Messe in Germany. We’re still brimming with excitement from spending the entire week presenting our digital work instructions software at the biggest trade fair of the year!

Written by:

Margarita Deviakovitch

Going paperless is so easy that our very own Customer Success Manager and Industry 4.0 expert, Spero Zervos, is going to demonstrate in less than 60 minutes how your company can achieve a complete digital transformation from A to Z.

Join Spero on a virtual tour of the VKS software during his webinar, The Digital Factory: Going Paperless Is Easier than You Think on March 20th, 2019, at either 9am or 2pm EST.

Written by:

Ryan Zimmermann

We are thrilled to announce that VKS has received the highly coveted Golden Mousetrap Award for Automation & Motion Control - Industrial Network Technologies presented at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

Written by:

Yasmine Djafari

Investissement Quebec recently published an interactive map showcasing 90 innovative companies, associations, and research centers across Quebec. The project is titled “Propulser Nos Manufacturiers Innovants” and its aim is to encourage manufacturing companies in Quebec to begin adopting innovative practices and move towards Industry 4.0. Along with the interactive map, Investissement Quebec created a list of 10 solutions designed to improve Quebec’s manufacturing sector.

Written by:

Shannon Bennett

Shannon Bennett visited California State University, Fullerton on Friday, March, 2 to discuss Industry 4.0 and modern manufacturing with Professor Sagil James and his class of 40 graduate & undergraduate engineering students. The goal was to explain how tribal knowledge dependency and poor process documentation can affect performance outcomes, and how to fix those issues.

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

Global Supply Chain Summit 2017 - VKS Shares a Practical Vision of Innovation

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

VKS (Visual Knowledge Share) was honored to receive visitors from afar who were eager to see a real smart factory in Quebec! The initiative was organized by Merkur, a consulting engineering firm and VKS partner, in association with the Maison régionale de l’industrie (MRI) - Estrie Regional Industry Bureau. The focus of the initiative was on Industry 4.0, the use case of CMP’s smart factory achieving their objectives through the VKS application.

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

On November 21, 2016, CMP Advanced Mechanical Solutions and Visual Knowledge Software Ltd (VKS) welcomed in their facilities a group of leaders from different organizations from the Montreal area. These businesses were invited by ide, a professional network dedicated to equip leaders with innovative ideas in diverse industries such as manufacturing, institutional and service. CMP & VKS presented the many advantages of becoming a smart factory.

Written by:

Yasmine Djafari

VKS, Merkur, STIQ and CMP hosted a demonstration on the 20th of September 2016, to exhibit the benefits and versatility of the VKS software in action at the CMP facility.

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