Process investments: As important as product, but often ignored

In assembly, codifying the process through standardized work is paramount to high quality and throughput. That’s why standardized work is a one of the foundational disciplines of the Toyota Production System. It doesn’t totally connect, then, that spending on process improvements lags far behind spending on product development. In fact, the manufacturing team often has […]

Building a value mentality and the impacts of coronavirus (a Drishti interview)

Drishti’s founder and CEO Prasad Akella recently interviewed Andy Luse, associate partner at McKinsey & Company. The interview included a discussion on  digital transformation, identifying workers who thrive on the factory floor, McKinsey’s digital coaching through its Capabilities Centers network and the impacts of coronavirus. This is the second of three installments; you can listen […]

Digital transformation and experiential learning (a Drishti interview)

Drishti’s founder and CEO Prasad Akella recently interviewed Andy Luse, associate partner at McKinsey & Company. The discussion covered digital transformation, identifying workers who thrive on the factory floor, McKinsey’s digital coaching through its Capabilities Centers network and the impacts of coronavirus. This is the second of three installments; you can listen to the first […]

Digital transformation and empowering workers (a Drishti interview)

Prasad Akella, Drishti’s founder and CEO, recently interviewed Andy Luse, associate partner at McKinsey & Company. The conversation covered digital transformation, identifying workers who thrive on the factory floor, McKinsey’s digital coaching through its Capabilities Centers network and the impacts of coronavirus. This is the first of three installments; we jumped in just as Prasad […]

Drishti’s Series B ushers in a fourth manufacturing era: AI-powered production (and people)

This morning, we announced news that we’ve closed a $25M Series B funding round, in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s a massive milestone and one I’m particularly proud of, so I’ll talk more about that later in this post. First, though, I want to talk about the journey that led us to this […]

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 […]

The looming assembly line quality crisis

As factories reopen following COVID-19 shutdowns, the number one thing on everyone’s mind is worker health, and rightfully so. The biggest risk to any organization today is the health and safety of its people. But once this risk is mitigated, a second risk will assert itself: the measures put in place to protect associate health […]

Automakers Prepare For Long-term COVID-19 Impacts

With 95% of Americans under shelter-in-place ordinances and following social distancing guidelines, it’s no surprise that virtually all manufacturing in the U.S. has come to a sudden stop. A supply chain shutdown of this magnitude is unprecedented in the automotive market, and has left most automakers and suppliers focused on responding to and protecting the […]

Agility and ingenuity during COVID-19: News roundup from the factory floor

Manufacturing isn’t an industry that’s known for being able to change on a dime.  Assembly lines are a highly choreographed ballet of interactions between people, processes, tools, machines and materials. It’s difficult to change the system without creating quality errors or productivity issues, which means the time to introduce new products or lines is measured […]