Take any hundred companies who are exploring the deployment of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), follow them through 5 years, and here's what you'll find:
Last year, a tier 1 automotive supplier moved Toward Zero™ unplanned downtime by implementing a system to monitor machine tool performance. The results were surprising.
A food ingredient company in the Midwest was losing product in there manufacturing process, but couldn't see where the product was going.
An automotive transmission pump manufacturer was experiencing frequent micro-downtime events with an unknown cause. The machine tool would would stop producing with no clear indication why. Operators required technicians to reset and restart the equipment and it's peripherals and after a few hours, experienced the same situation...reset, restart. This cost operators about 1 hour per shift. The plant runs 24 hours a day, 6 days per week.