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Use case: How an auto tier-one halved its defect rate using video as a spot-training tool

THE BUSINESS PROBLEM In theory, every defect or production abnormality is an opportunity to learn and improve performance. In practice, the gap between when the problem occurs and when root cause analysis is complete means that by the time your trainers and quality engineers are ready to talk to the operators, the operators themselves have […]

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Drishti is Mario’s warp whistle for HELLA’s assembly lines

Thirty years ago, Super Mario Bros. 3 was released in North America. Like most American teenagers, I was immediately enthralled; unlike most American teenagers, I didn’t have my own copy. I had to continuously invent excuses to get myself invited to my cousin’s house to play. Sitting in Uncle Gary’s basement, I got pretty good […]

Advice from ZF: How to teach old manufacturers new tricks

A few weeks ago, the Leuphana Digital Leadership Campus invited Drishti and ZF to co-present a live webinar about how large manufacturers successfully build digital skills and help their workforces adapt to new technology. Joined by ZF’s Scott Cameron, we had a wide ranging discussion that started with Hootie and the Blowfish and, I promise, […]

Use case: How a medical device manufacturer reduces the business risk of packaging mistakes

THE BUSINESS PROBLEM Imagine this scenario: While prepping for surgery, an attendant realizes that the heart valve they were preparing to implant was the wrong size for the patient. The manufacturer had labeled it incorrectly. In other industries, it’s not a crisis if a package has a labeling mistake, or if the Spanish documentation is […]

Use case: How a medical device manufacturer makes line transfers faster, while cutting out travel

THE BUSINESS PROBLEM At least ten times a year, this American medical device manufacturer transfers production of certain products from its main site in the US to a lower cost region. Line transfer projects are expensive and time-consuming, due to travel requirements for personnel and the amount of tribal knowledge that needs to be shared […]

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The big reveal: Demonstrating AI-powered production at NVIDIA GTC

Four years and four months ago, I got a call from my old boss, a guy named Prasad Akella. I remember our first meeting at that Starbucks on California Avenue, squinting over a PowerPoint deck in the bright sun that outlined his vision for a company called “NewCo.” I remember coming home and telling my […]

Use case: How a tools manufacturer accelerates their testing processes

THE BUSINESS PROBLEM Like most industries, tools manufacturers are racing their competitors to bring new products to market. The faster they do so, the quicker they generate revenue and grab market share. At this particular American tools manufacturer, the business imperative for speed runs headfirst into another business imperative: demonstrable safety and efficacy. These two […]

Use case: How an auto tier-one performs root cause analysis in hours instead of days

Most assembly lines have more causes of defects than quality teams have the resources to address. As a result, it’s difficult to reduce defect rates beyond a certain limit. Here’s how Drishti’s video traceability tools gives manufacturers more capacity to address defects by slashing the time required for root cause analysis.

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How factory video traceability lowers quality costs

Back in April, one month into California’s lockdown, my wife and I decided to “celebrate” (in coronavirus-fashion) our anniversary by ordering take-out from one of our favorite restaurants. This being the height of quarantine, the restaurant’s normally packed parking lot was nearly empty. One might assume, then, that with demand down, my order would get […]