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“First of all, Toyota is also aspiring to be like Toyota.”

Last week, Drishti put on the webinar of a lifetime (at least, for people who geek out over manufacturing): It featured Dr. Jeffrey Liker, author of The Toyota Way, in conversation with Raja Shembekar, VP at DENSO, who lives and breathes the Toyota Production System out in the field every day. The thesis of the webinar, […]

How Drishti ruins the hard-boiled detective story

When Raymond Chandler sat down to write a Philip Marlowe novel, he sent his detective on a sprawling investigation, careening from drunken socialites to devious bookies to murderous barons, stumbling through speakeasies and high society with equal disdain in the search of an ambiguous truth.  Marlowe’s investigations give us phrases like “the muzzle of the […]

Video designed for manufacturers, not casinos

**This is a true story, with a few details changed to protect the manufacturer’s good name.** In an undisclosed location in the Western United States, there is a factory making kitchen cabinets. Inside that factory, a long assembly line traverses the length of the property.  At one end, skilled operators deftly glue together wooden frames […]

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 […]