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:

Sylvie Couture

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:

Leah Zitter

Every day, manufacturing trends continue to trend and evolve, especially in the face of a global difficult to control crisis. Looking at manufacturing trends in 2020, a digitally connected workforce, growth in spending on emerging technology, and faster wireless connectivity are among the top trends to look out for this year. In its own way, each trend is set to affect the manufacturing industry - both this year and beyond. From mixed model assembly all the way to COVID-19…

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.

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:

Berenice Mengo

Do VKS and SOPs have something in common? The answer is yes as VKS is actually an SOP builder. The VKS Solution is used to build visual and interactive SOPs with its digital interface, ensuring compliance from the users.

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.

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:

Brenda Santos

If you are working in manufacturing, you’re undoubtedly hearing phrases like “Industry 4.0”, “Smart Factory” and “Connected Worker”. What do all of these mean and where does your operation fit in?

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:

Sylvie Couture

Constant pressure is put on operators to produce more while respecting tighter deadlines. This stress opens the door to work-related injuries, that not only affects your workforce, but that also impacts general morale and productivity. So what can you do to increase workplace safety without significantly slowing-down production? Luckily, today’s smart manufacturing technology and tool providers have your back, and have the solutions you need to make your shop floor a productive and safe place.

Industry 4.0 networks a wide range of new technologies to create value by generating, analyzing and communicating data seamlessly. This interaction between hardware, software, and communication results in fully automatic logistic systems, driverless transport systems equipped with integrated sensors technology and RFID advanced technology.

Written by:

Simon Spencer

We all know what the ‘internet’ is. It is where all the pictures and videos of cute cats are stored. Less importantly it is a method in which data can be transmitted in a massively interconnected world on pre-existing telecommunication infrastructure. We all know what ‘Things’ are.

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.

Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is the brilliant place where the infinite possibilities of IoT intertwine with the raw power of the manufacturing industry.

Written by:

Ryan Zimmermann

We are extremely proud and excited to announce our partnership with KanbanBOX, a leading edge Supply Chain management software company.

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

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

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

On February 24, 2017, VKS attended this year’s international charity event We Day in Montreal. The Théâtre Saint-Denis welcomed over 2 000 high school students from 120 schools across Quebec. The cloudy and rainy day didn’t prevent the attendees from experiencing the warmth of hearts full of good deeds. Celebrating the students and their educators’ humanitarian achievements once a year is reason enough to check out this one of a kind gathering.

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:

Ryan Zimmermann

We are proud to announce the launch of R5, the newest release of the VKS Solution! Take advantage of the new features in the smartest and most innovative work instructions solution on the market! Made of hard work and devotion, R5 will fulfill your needs for more productivity, quality, and profitability! Be excited about discovering the awesome perks of VKS 5.0 !

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

You certainly know Visual Knowledge Share (VKS) as the visual work instructions solution that helps companies enhance their productivity. Let’s now hear from a person that uses VKS on a daily basis. Thanks to Mr. Gabriel Dumouchel, a CMP employee and a VKS daily user, we can learn a bit more about working with VKS and find some insights that might help you consider the switch to become a smart factory as CMP did years ago.

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

2016 has been a year full of great news. New customers, new employees, new partnerships… It has been a busy year so far and as it’s ending, the Visual Knowledge Share (VKS) team is working hard to improve our customer's experience. It’s no wonder our solution is present in over 30 countries. VKS simply works. Our solution truly benefits companies as it helps them enhance the quality of their products and increase their productivity.

Written by:

Berenice Mengo

Innovation is an essential element that drives success and profit in modern companies. To achieve these companies need to be attentive to market trends, new technologies and lean approaches to manufacturing.

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:

Berenice Mengo

Agile. A must for IT businesses. Being a collection of the most innovative people and processes, the agile community holds its own annual meeting in many cities around the world, including Montreal. The 8th edition of the Agile Tour Montreal was held on November 16, 2016 at the Palais des congrès. More than 1,000 participants attended the event, organized by the Agile Community of Montreal. Visual Knowledge Share Ltd (VKS) took part in the gathering.

Written by:

Shannon Bennett

What is Industry 4.0? Revolutions typically bring to mind powerful social movements where an existing form of government is overthrown, in favor of something more desirable. Think about the American Revolution for a moment and you’ll soon understand how this is closely related to Manufacturing and Industry 4.0. During the last half of the 18th century, a cluster of newly formed colonies desired a change. Born from this conflict was a new country: The United States.

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.

Written by:

Shannon Bennett

In this article, we’ll begin to dive deeper into more specific applications of this technology, and talk about how users can extract value and drive compliance. To begin this deep dive, we’ll start with the most obvious implementation industry, Manufacturing and look at Extrusion in more detail.

Written by:

Shannon Bennett

Operations are where the rubber meets the road in most organizations. It’s where the actual value for the organization and its customers is created, and in some cases lost. It’s where 80% of an organization’s employees work, where most of the capital is invested and expenses generated. Operations, to me, also happens to be the most exciting and interesting place in an organization, simply because it’s where the people are, and where you have people you have variability.

Written by:

Yasmine Djafari

Our current generation is driven to a constant and immeasurable digital growth. This expansion into the digital age has improved all aspects of Quebec society and the world. To participate in the continuity of this advent, VKS and Merkur decided to unite through a business partnership.

Written by:

Shannon Bennett

Regardless of your industry, reducing the amount of paper used to drive activities in the organization will generate positive outcomes, some obvious and some not so obvious. Under most circumstances, less paper contributes toward simpler processes and fewer waste. This has a clear benefit on the organization, which is why you need to turn to paperless manufacturing software like VKS.

Written by:

Shannon Bennett

Objectivity for business leaders is increasingly important because it helps provide a perspective on their business that is deeply rooted in reality. The challenge for many business leaders however is actually achieving this clarity. In the context of this article, let’s assume when referring to business leaders, we are talking about any leader in an organization where humans are involved in processes that create value for a customer.

Written by:

Yasmine Djafari

We Day is an international event that celebrates, and empowers the youth of today in helping to make a difference in both local and global communities. With inspirational speakers, success stories, and celebrities, it is a motivational event that not only celebrates the social actions of these members, but also motivates and empowers others to do the same.

Written by:

Yasmine Djafari

Did you know VKS has a SPC feature? You can either use it for a specific work instuctions or for a general process. Its simple to use and provides a control chart to view your results.

Written by:

Yasmine Djafari

At VKS we believe that the goal of achieving a Smart Factory begins with the people that work within it. VKS is a software solution that takes the complexity out of learning, empowering employees and giving companies a competitive advantage.

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