Change is Not Always So Simple- It Takes a Team (Not a Village)

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Over the weekend as I was catching up on some LinkedIn posts, one really caught my eye and made me smile. I happen to work at Honeywell, an organization that truly believes in change and fully embraces, a culture of change. So when I got to the third picture within this cartoon, I know that doesn’t represent Honeywell. As a Honeywell employee, my only ‘constant’ is change. We are always looking to improve our efficiencies and effectiveness to drive increased revenues and shareholder value which is at the core of our Six-Sigma-based process improvement culture.

who wants change

It made me think about an ongoing global process improvement effort to ensure that businesses leverage existing Honeywell technology internally, when logical and a business case can be justified. It’s amazing that so many companies never internally evangelize their own technology. As an almost $40b company, we have lots of amazing technology that can help our more 127,000 employees drive greater efficiencies and effectiveness and help increase our value to shareholders. And in true Six-Sigma process improvement style, we measure everything.

 

 

 

 

 

The chart below shows the results that numerous internal Honeywell “customers” have achieved through implementing various Honeywell technology solutions this past year. I’ve removed the project team and “customer” names to protect the internal information. However, my point is that Honeywell is able to measure the positive impact of ‘enhancing’ its technology infrastructure.  While culturally, no one wants to “change”, making ‘enhancements’ and seeking to get more out of an investment is an easier way for some to accept what is at the core – change.

Honeywell using its own technology for process improvemet

 

 

 

 

In addition to being a business that embraces change, I think Honeywell’s success is due to a few reasons:

First, we always equip the “team” leading the change with the resources needed to enable success. Second, we provide visibility to the ongoing efforts well beyond the core change team. Keeping additional internal stakeholders and teams updated is critical to ensure we can measure performance and endeavor to understand the results. And finally, we look to use these measurements to improve our processes to extract greater results from our efforts for our customers.

Change is a way of life at Honeywell – it’s the way we all challenge ourselves to be better; it’s the way we ensure we never become complacent; it’s how we win market share; and at the end of the day, it’s what excites the really talented people at Honeywell.

How do you handle change?

 

 

Manufacturing Excellence in America- the converging of the digital and physical worlds

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I spent the last few days visiting with Honeywell Value-Added Distributors and numerous Honeywell customers using our market leading sensing products. While many of us know that the manufacturing industry in America has been hard hit by the changing global economy, there is a manufacturing evolution occurring that is quite impressive. And after my visits this week, it’s easy to understand the growing excitement and momentum in United States manufacturing.  Momentum that is happening with very little media coverage.

I wanted to see how IndustryWeek, a leading publication covering the $2 Trillion U.S. Manufacturing Industry was providing coverage and was surprised to learn that they are now predicting that the United States will once again take the top spot globally in manufacturing by 2020 (http://www.industryweek.com/competitiveness/top-10-manufacturing-countries-2020#slide-0-field_images-192471) .  Pretty amazing forecast.

IndustryWeek 2020 US Back to number 1 in Manufacturing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My meetings helped me believe that this forecast is real and credible. Manufacturing in the United States is being driven by advanced technologies and as IndustryWeek states, “the converging of the digital and physical worlds”.

  • Revenue up 19 percent from prior-year period
  • Segment operating profit up 27 percent
  • Order backlog up 39 percent year over year

Impressive statistics. The numbers I share above are from one of Honeywell’s customers using our market leading sensing products. It’s a customer, who by the way, that anyone who flies these days have seen in action… the deicer below is from John Bean Technologies (www.JBTAerotech.com) and one of the many products from JBT that use Honeywell sensor technology. I must admit, this is one of their products that I hate to see. It means my flight will be delayed.  Ever fly through Chicago in January?

JBT Cargo loader JBT deicer

 

 

 

 

 

It was interesting to learn how JBT uses sensing technology to provide superior performance in the field. I was really impressed on my visit to learn each of the cargo loaders is built to order per customer specifications. I had thought that every cargo loading deck was the same. Boy did I learn.  Amazing technology.

At the other end of manufacturing spectrum and another great example of the converging of the digital and physical manufacturing worlds, is Velocomp (www.ibikesports.com). Velocomp is unique because they have developed for those using bicycles (think about the size of that total global market opportunity) a “power meter” with their PowerPod product that not only measures your power, but helps you learn WHY and HOW you produce it. And with the help of Honeywell sensing technology, a pretty amazing product with a very bright future…PowerPro Image on Bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

The product also provides great analytics. I was fascinated to learn that the blue graphic image below shows the impact on  power usage when “drafting”.  For those of you familiar with NASCAR, you always see the drivers drafting to increase their power usage. Well, Velcomp has technology for the bicyclist.

PowerPod Metrics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed myself this week learning more about how manufacturing is really leveraging Honeywell sensing technology and thriving to win.

It’s clear to me that US manufacturing is staging an amazing comeback lead by innovation.

Surprised?   Let me know your thoughts?

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