The Cardinal Cornerstone for MES Success

For Advanced Manufacturing Engineers and IT Professionals - The practical application of automation fundamentals for discrete manufacturing processes that produce low volume highly complex products

by Daniel B. Cardinal



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/17/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 692
ISBN : 9781496916198
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 692
ISBN : 9781496916181
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 692
ISBN : 9781496916174

About the Book

Technical Problem or Adaptive Challenge?

Before a design organization develops a new computer system to support a manufacturing process, strategists need to understand what they are facing. Will their designers have to confront a series of technical problems or adaptive challenges? Technical problems have known solutions that most designers clearly understand. However, this means they will solve problems using existing organizational practices. An adaptive challenge means the organization will face problems that individually have many possible solutions. To find the correct set of solutions, the organization must experiment and adapt over time.

Many design organizations ignore the fundamental differences between technical problems and adaptive challenges. As a result, engineering and IT planners mistakenly believe that they only need to hire specialists to solve technical problems. They expect these specialists to use the latest technologies and/or adopt some agile development process. These technology-focused designs or faith-based processes produce applications that have many undesirable anomalies, idiosyncrasies, and outliers.

The information contained in this book enables strategists to stop adapting to challenges and start solving problems. The information defines and describes how low-level design fundamentals affect manufacturing processes and upper-level system designs. It specifically identifies the many technical problems designers will face, variable methods for solving them, and expected outcomes. This information enables an organization to adopt the best practices before starting a design. This sets up a knowledge-based development process where designers understand technical problems, adopt the correct set of fundamentals, and make the necessary improvements to machines and system designs.

About the Author

The author, Mr. Daniel B. Cardinal is a 1978 Electrical Engineering graduate of Michigan Technological University and has over thirty years of manufacturing systems experience. During his career, he has worked for many manufacturing systems design departments. He has system design and deployment experience with automotive, railroad, food processing, and several other small-parts production processes. In 1982, Mr. Cardinal worked for one of Europe’s largest machine tool suppliers, helping them develop a successful operational presence in the United States. In the 1980s, he was a co-owner of Control Systems Associates Inc., a company that specialized in integrated systems designs. Currently Mr. Cardinal is working as a consultant for a small privately owned manufacturing systems company. This company employs many manufacturing experts who have all been successful during their careers. With his support, the company provides consulting and systems engineering services for several Fortune 500 companies. The author does not pretend to be a technical systems specialist. He has seen manufacturing engineering and information system organizations, staff design teams with only technical people, or with people familiar with their current system designs. Mr. Cardinal understands the importance of having an experienced and technical base, but believes design teams must include people who understand how to control the behavior of machines, processes, and systems. This is why he has keenly positioned himself to bring his understanding of how to control mechanical processes, to the forefront of IT designs. The knowledge he has conveyed in this book enables system strategists to recognize the control fundamentals needed to enhance and advance their system designs.