About CCG

CCG is a group of experts of the information support to manufacturing operations to assist:
  • company, supply chain, production, engineering and IT executives to set up their vision, strategy and tactics regarding industrial systems operations and information
  • managers and teams in charge of industrial IT transformation: master planning, IT architecture, organization and governance 

CCG Associates

INDIA
Business Consultant
UNITED STATES
Texas Consultants, Inc.
SME Energy/Refining
FRANCE
Industrial systems consultant
FRANCE
Associate Professor
UNITED KINGDOM
Business Process & Enterprise Architecture
BELGIUM
Business consultant - MES
SWITZERLAND
Principal Consultant

Expertise

Tied to the specific environment of industrial facilities, in close relationship with engineering and business systems, industrial IT is associated with particular problems of management, urbanization, infrastructure choices, and responsibility boundaries. Technical and organisational conflicts are frequents and hardly solved internallly.

 

Our experience and expertise support the adjustments of organization and processes to leverage in house competencies and ensure an efficient governance of industrial IT:

  • Compenetencies assessment
  • Organization schemes
  • Process definition
  • Maturity level approach
  • Obective control
  • Service level definition
  • Identification of relevant business process that involve inter-system communication
  • Involving ERP / MES / SCADA / LIMS / WES / AMS... systems
  • Relevant to Production, Inventory, Quality, Maintenance operations
  • BPMN description of workflows
  • Specification of transactions and messages
  • Implementation of defined messages based on the appropriate ISA95 standard models
  • Definition of a lexique mapping Enterprise taxonomy to ISA95 terminology and concerned systems
  • Customization of B2MML schemas to incorporate enterprise specific data
  • Definition of XML schemas based on UML data structure or any data modelling definition
  • Help for mapping information to the different systems
  • Specific competency on SAP/R3

 

This domain of expertise addresses the challenge of assessing objectively the impact of information technologies on the efficient operation of the enterprise in general, and more specificaly of its production system. It then addresses the implementation of an operational and dynamic planning for continuously adjusting the industrial IT resources (MES) to environement and strategy evolution. It supports the following action types:
  • Consolidate enterprise strategy definition and rodmap
  • Evaluate IT contribution to Enteprise Critical Success Factors
  • Develop KPIs to assess the actual IT efficiency with regards to CSFs
  • Define and implement processes to monitor IT support to strategy
  • Maintain the IT project porfolio, justify project investment with regards to:
    • Effective support to strategy
    • Short and long term benefits
    • Social, environmental and economic
  • Animate a dynamic master planning to supervise IT construction and deployement
  • Articulate the planning on Manufacturing Architecture in its structural and functional dimensions

Manufacturing Execution Systems and Manufacturing Operation Management address the support to manufacturing related operational activities through methods, best practices, and IT support.

This expertise domain covers the 8 ISA95 part 3 activities:

  • Detailed Scheduling
  • Dispatching
  • Execution Management
  • Data collection
  • Analysis
  • Tracking
  • Defintion Management
  • Resource Management

applied to the 4 manufacturing operation categories

  • Production
  • Maintenance
  • Quality
  • Inventory

It concerns the following aspects:

  • Operations visibility, KPIs
  • Operations monitoring and supervision
  • Open loop resource and process optimization
  • Closed loop optimization with feedback to local operator, engineering et R&D (see Manufacturing intelligence)
The information dimensions of the production system are particularly complexe. Managing master/basis and histortical data is a prerequisite for any effort to rationalize and improve physical and operational processes and activities.
Applying normative repositories facilitate the definition of requirements and the implemention of solutions for applications such as :
  • Master Data Management
  • Production Data Collection and historization
  • Traceability and Genealogy
  • Any Manufacturing Operation Management related IT development

This expertise domain relies manly on standards like ISA95 parts 1/2 and ISA88 part 4 addressing

  • Data structures
  • Electronic signature

Optimization of work scheduling and resource usage

  • Classical finite capacity scheduling
  • Drum-Buffer-Rope, theory of constraints based scheduling methodology
ISA88 changed the way of dealing with automation. Our expertise addresses:

  • Agile and flexible control
  • Flow integrity management
  • Process control knowledge management
  • Organisation of application projects in highly parallelized tracks
  • Organisation of the development of an enterprise automation object repository

This brings robust, modular, and hierarchical automation design based on the ISA88 standard, flow analysis method and CCM manufacturing architecture framework.

 

Manufacturing Intelligence facilitate the feedback of actual performance and deviation resulting from the execution of work to assist the decision making

  • in real time by the operator or automation
  • in deferred time by R&D, engineering and maintenance
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It concerns the different aspects of the manufacturing architecture:
  • Usage and performance of resources (human, equipment, material...)
  • Product Quality
  • Performance of physical and operational processes
Modelling is at the heart of complex system mastery. The modelling exercise is not a goal by itself, but rather a step - an ongoing process actually - mandatory to support any improvement approach.
Modelling is thus a prerequisite fot any IT development from planning to realization. A major aspect of manufacturing architecture, this expertise addresses the different dimensions of the production sytstem as defined by CCM:
  • Asset modelling: Products, People, Equipment assets
  • Equipment control
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Company wide transformations & facilities processing capabilities
  • Operation management processes

Definition and implementation of relevant and consistent metrics and dashbords for assessing industrial performance

Support to implementation of operations management methods

  • Process and quality improvement
  • Resourece effectiveness monitoring
  • Business Process Reengineering
  • Enterprise and Supply Chain Metrics and Critical Success Factors
  • Design to performance
  • Design to Compliance/Qualification
  • FDA PAT - Process Analytical Technology
  • Risk management
  • Economical justification
The product is the critical aset of the industrial enterprise. The industiral dynamics depends directly on the efficient management of the product lifecycle, from the market perception to the ability to deliver the customer orders. The production system is involved at the industrialization time (implementation of the product on the industrial system) and for the R&D and engineering feedback (product, process and methods improvement). Some possible actions to improve the product lifecycle:
  • Formal definition of Product requirement by R&D
  • Formal definition of manufacturing capabilities by engineering
  • Industrialisation support, "on the fly" product manufacturing definition

This expertise is based on the ISA88 part 3 standard that defines the basis for consistent product and process knowledge management and relationships to allow translation of product physico-chemical transformation requirements to executable equipment oriented procedures.

Services

Taking appropriate action to induce knowledge and practices to handle efficiently a given part of the CCM Body of Knowledge and associated methods and standards.
This can include:

  • Self learning documentation,
  • In-house training courses,
  • Workshops,
  • Open courses
  • Teaching in schools and universities, 
  • Writing articles, developping papers and reports under specific directions for neutral articles in magazines, promotional report and white papers

CCG Management consultants have developed their own methodologies to enable them to identify problems and serve as the basis for recommendations for more effective or efficient ways of performing business tasks.

Our involvement enables organizations to gain an external advice (a second much needed impartial eye). The scope of our Management Consulting services includes:

  • Helping organizations to improve their performance, primarily through the analysis of existing business problems and development of plans for improvement.
  • Enable organizations to gain "Best Practices" and implement them within the organization
  • Organizational change management assistance
  • Coaching the Managers of the organization of all levels
  • Technology implementation
  • Strategy development
  • Operational improvement services

Projects allow enteprises to enable and  perfom their ongoing transfomation to adapt  themselves to their changing environment.

CCG experts support enterprises in the following:

 Project owner support

  • for scoping, planning, defining technical constraints, and monitor the project execution

Project Management

  • to ensure successful project execution by managing time, resources, budget, and quality. CCG experts apply proven and innovative managerial technics to address the ma,ny challenging conflicts and issues of complex projects.

Assistance to the project execution

  • to study, select and master the appropriate design options and solutions that will fulfil the owner requirement efficiently and cost effectively

Reviewing, evaluating and selected software products

  • Open publications
  • Software vendor internal usage or competition benchmark
  • Industrial company looking for project sourcing of technology roadmap

Helping software vendors to orient their developments by sharing ideas and long term vision based on ongoing technology awareness and highly structured manufacturing architecture framework

Helping the transition process from user requirement and functional specification to actual solution design by:

  • Identifying and mapping software functional capabilities to solution independent functional requirements
  • Providing gap analysis and support to design the technical response to functional requirements

Assessing products, applications and people compliance to the standards such as B2MML, ISA88, ISA95, ISA84/IEC61508/61511...

Helping software editors to identify possible acquisitions or partnerships and to explore the technical aspects of a prospective deal.

User Requirement Collection:

  • Conduct interview with key users
  • Collect and align user requirements on manufacturing architecture
  • Standardize and translate user requirements into functionnal specifications
  • Ensure the independance between functional requirement / definition and technology
  • Develop user autonomy in submitting and updating their requirements and the corresponding specifications

Functional specification adds information support to the production system based on consistent industrial architecture.

Standards & practices

Six Sigma is a business management strategy, originally developed by Motorola, that today enjoys wide-spread application in many sectors of industry.

Six Sigma seeks to identify and remove the causes of defects and errors in manufacturing and business processes.

It uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization ("Black Belts" etc.) who are experts in these methods. Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets (cost reduction or profit increase).

ISA84 Scope
1. To define terminology that is peculiar to E/E/PES and high reliability.

2. Establish criteria for and means of assessing reliability and availability in practical applications.

3. Provide general specification guidelines that facilitate understanding.

4. Provide guidelines for process safety applications requiring high reliability.

5. Develop guidelines for specific hardware/software configurations that can meet varying levels of reliability/availability.

6. This work does not apply to nuclear power safety-related systems.
 

ISA88 Purpose

To provide standards and recommend practices as appropriate for the design and specification of batch control systems as used in the process control industries.

ISA95 Scope

  • Multi-part effort
  • Define in detail an abstract model of the enterprise, including manufacturing control functions and business functions, and its information exchange.
  • Establish common terminology for the description and understanding of enterprise, including manufacturing control functions and business process functions, and its information exchange.
  • Define electronic information exchange between the manufacturing control functions and other enterprise functions including data models and exchange definitions.

ISA99 Purpose

The ISA99 Committee will establish standards, recommended practices, technical reports, and related information that will define procedures for implementing electronically secure manufacturing and control systems and security practices and assessing electronic security performance.    Guidance is directed towards those responsible for designing, implementing, or managing manufacturing and control systems and shall also apply to users, system integrators, security practitioners, and control systems manufacturers and vendors. 

The Committee s focus is to improve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of components or systems used for manufacturing or control and provide criteria for procuring and implementing secure control systems.  Compliance with the Committee s guidance will improve manufacturing and control system electronic security, and will help identify vulnerabilities and address them, thereby reducing the risk of compromising confidential information or causing Manufacturing Control Systems degradation or failure.

B2MML is an XML implementation of the ANSI/ISA 95 family of standards (ISA95), known internationally as IEC/ISO 62264. B2MML consists of a set of XML schemas written using the World Wide Web Consortium's XML Schema language (XSD) that implement the data models in the ISA95 standard.

 

Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) is a graphical representation for specifying business processes in a workflow. BPMN was developed by Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI), and is currently maintained by the Object Management Group since the two organizations merged in 2005.
The Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) specification provides a graphical notation for specifying business processes in a Business Process Diagram (BPD). The objective of BPMN is to support business process management for both technical users and business users by providing a notation that is intuitive to business users yet able to represent complex process semantics. The BPMN specification also provides a mapping between the graphics of the notation to the underlying constructs of execution languages, particularly BPEL4WS.

The primary goal of BPMN is to provide a standard notation that is readily understandable by all business stakeholders. These business stakeholders include the business analysts who create and refine the processes, the technical developers responsible for implementing the processes, and the business managers who monitor and manage the processes. Consequently, BPMN is intended to serve as common language to bridge the communication gap that frequently occurs between business process design and implementation.

Currently there are several competing standards for business process modeling languages used by modeling tools and processes. Widespread adoption of the BPMN will help unify the expression of basic business process concepts (e.g., public and private processes, choreographies), as well as advanced process concepts (e.g., exception handling, transaction compensation).

(Wikipedia)

CCS

The Application of the Theory of Constraints for Project Management

CEA

The Coherent EA is a change oriented Enterprise Architecture approach base on the concept of continuous change. It taking the time dimension into consideration and suggest that an enterprise is changing continuously. The change oriented EA model is initiated to clarify major myth in the EA community as has evolved to emphasize on reference model and service oriented architecture to enable simplicity and agility, Segment Architecture to close the gap of business performance to address business change base empirical need. EA has not evolved as expected because there is a great confusion on What is EA, what is reference model, the role of service oriented architecture and the purpose of segment architecture due lack of a update EA model to keep up with the EA evolution. The community try to understand EA from the traditional application development oriented EA approach. CEA suggest a change oriented enterprise architecture approach which break the myth of target enterprise architecture and clearly explain what is reference model, the role of service oriented architecture and the purpose of segment architecture.

CIMOSA (Computer Integrated Manufacturing Open System Architecture) represents one of the most popular enterprise modeling architectures.
The aim of CIMOSA is to elaborate an open system architecture for CIM and to define concepts and rules to facilitate the building of future CIM systems. It was developed by the AMICE Consortium, in an EU project

Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a process improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes.[1] CMMI best practices are published in documents called models, which each address a different area of interest. There are now two areas of interest covered by CMMI models: Development and Acquisition.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT) is a set of best practices (framework) for information technology (IT) management created by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and the IT Governance Institute (ITGI) in 1992. COBIT provides managers, auditors, and IT users with a set of generally accepted measures, indicators, processes and best practices to assist them in maximizing the benefits derived through the use of information technology and developing appropriate IT governance and control in a company.

 

Cynefin is used to designate a naturalising sense-making framework, developed by David Snowden and his collaborators. The Cynefin framework draws on research into complex adaptive systems theory, cognitive science, Anthropology and narrative patterns, as well as evolutionary psychology. It "explores the relationship between man, experience and context"[1] and proposes new approaches to communication, decision-making, policy-making and knowledge management in complex social environments.
(from Wikipedia)

DAV

Direct Value Added
Enterprise and Companies are different entities by their nature, roles and performance objectives.
Taking into account these differences reveals that the survival and the development of the enterprise is much better secured - the usually conflicting interests of shareholders and employees are better satisfied:
- The enterprise is no longer committed to generating profit, but to adding value, which feed wages and profit.
This fact lead to adopt specific KPIs and new decision processes and tools for driving the enterprise
...
Sales DAV = Turnover - Direct consomption

DBR

Scheduling Methodology based on the Theory of Constraints

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