As a manufacturing engineer and as a capital equipment sales person, I have seen seemingly every situation when it comes to the purchase and execution of a capital project. The project could be for a new machine tool or a new automated assembly line. We have primarily focused on automation, leak
In every company, the fundamentals are the same – operations, sales and marketing, finance and admin. If you want to get approval for a project, it is Important to demonstrate the benefits to each are of the business. Here is an outline of items to consider when looking to develop a proposal.
In my experience, this step is nearly always skipped in the process of managing a capital project. However, the most successful project managers clearly define expectations of each project team member. It is worth defining the Project Team Members. These are members of the project that have sp
Industry 4.0 is a term used to reference the next phase of the industrial revolution. My preference at this point is to call it an industrial evolution. Technology continues to advance at rapid rates, but it has, for the most part, been compartmentalized. In other words, cloud computing has pr
Have you ever had anyone tell you you’re crazy? If so, congratulations! If not, why not? When my friends tell me I am crazy, I know I am pushing beyond the standard norm. I know that my dream is big and makes them uncomfortable. Living boldly is not conforming. Living boldly often resu
After college, I had my dream job. As a boy growing up in southern Indiana, I wanted to work at Cummins Engine Company. Not only was Cummins the largest employer in the area, but it also paid the best and all my friends that had parents working there seemed to have money. So, I was delighted t