About Carl Fransman

Carl Fransman comes to Predikto from MCA Solutions where he was Managing Director for EMEA. Mr. Fransman has over 25 years of international management experience in high technology industries. While there, he built key account relationships and partnerships, hired EMEA staff and spearheaded the company's international expansion. Mr. Fransman also holds a number of board mandates in technology companies and in the non-profit sector. His previous experience includes management roles in technology and in the manufacturing sector. Mr. Fransman is based in Belgium and joined Predikto in 2015 to lead its international expansion in the EMEA region. He is fluent in Dutch, French, English and conversant in German and Spanish, and has an industrial engineering degree from the University of Leuven and an MBA with high honors from Solvay Business School in Brussels.

Predictive maintenance is not for me…

By |September 30th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

… because that’s not how it’s done in our market
Well, what shall I say? Prepare for the tsunami! While it’s true that switching (fully or partially) to predictive maintenance requires a transformation of how business is done, one thing is for sure: in every (!) market, there’s bound to be a player who moves first. And predictive maintenance has such disruptive potential that the first-mover advantage may be much larger than many executives suspect. The […]


Dreaded NFF

By |September 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

NFF (No Fault Found) is an often-used KPI to which may get a whole new meaning with the introduction of predictive maintenance. Let’s go back to the origin of this KPI. Some two decades ago it gained in attention as companies increasingly focused on customer satisfaction, people found out that many so-called ‘bad parts’ that were injected in the reverse supply chain tested perfectly and were therefore flagged NFF. There has been an ongoing struggle […]


Today’s focus area for operations: increase uptime!

By |August 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

As other domains such as procurement, supply chain, production planning, etc. get increasingly lean, attention focuses on the few remaining areas where large gains are expected from increasing efficiency. Fleet uptime or machine park uptime is thé focus area today. Indeed, investors increasingly look at asset utilisation to determine whether an operation is run efficiently or not. As we know, in the past many mistakes have been made by focusing on acquisition cost at the […]


A predictive maintenance example

By |July 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

A prediction doesn’t mean that something will happen! A prediction merely says something may happen. Obviously, the more accurate that prediction gets, the closer it comes to determining something will happen. Yet, we often misinterpret accuracy or confidence in a prediction; when something has 20% chance of failing or 90% chance of failing, we often mistake the result of the failure for the chance of failing. In both cases, when the failure occurs, the result […]


The next efficiency frontier?

By |June 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Mountains of consulting dollars have been invested in business process optimisation, manufacturing process optimisation, supply chain optimisation, etc. Now’s the time to bring everything together and with all these processes optimised, our whole production apparatus utilisation rate becomes ever higher. When all goes well, this means more gets done per invested dollar, making CFO and investors happy through better ROA (Return On Assets). However efficient, this increasing load on the machine park comes at a […]


Predictive Maintenance – a framework for executives

By |June 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

We typically expect statements like “there’s a 20% chance of part A failing over the coming two weeks” from a predictive analytics solution. More important than the prediction though, is the interpretation of that statement and what it means to operations, maintenance, etc.
Predictions are at the core of predictive maintenance applications. Understanding and by extension, applying predictions is not a given. The four-axis framework laid out in this blog should allow any executive to not […]


One prediction, many users

By |May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

“Houston, we have a problem” must have carried a different meaning depending on whether you were an astronaut on board Apollo XIII, the astronaut’s family, in mission control or a rocket engineer on the Saturn project. While the example seems obvious, many people have a vague idea on where to apply predictive maintenance in their business. When we ask about whose jobs will be impacted we very often don’t get beyond “the maintenance engineer”. And […]


The steps to predictive maintenance

By |May 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Predictive maintenance is almost all about data, software, etc. and is therefore for many maintenance departments very far from their natural habitat. This scares off many, but in reality it shouldn’t. Modern businesses can no longer function with hard walls between departments. What’s important is that every department knows how what they are doing influences other departments’ work. This also means that CIO’s have to be more business experts than ICT experts. Here’s a quick […]


A scarce resource

By |April 27th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

McKinsey, in this study – – foresees data science jobs in the United States to exceed 490,000 by 2018. However, only 200,000 data scientists are projected to be available by then… Globally, by the same time this demand is projected to exceed supply by more than 50 percent.
At the same time, 99% of CEO’s indicate that big data analytics is important to their strategies (KPMG study). Beyond big data analytics, the rise of predictive analytics (PdA) creates the need […]


What about unplanned?

By |April 20th, 2016|Categories: Industries, Internet Of Things (IoT), Predictive Analytics, Predictive Maintenance, Uncategorized|

Everybody’s looking at process inefficiencies to improve maintenance but there’s lower hanging – and bigger – fruit to focus on first: unplanned events!
Maintenance has pretty simple goals; guarantee and increase equipment uptime and do so at the lowest possible cost. Let’s take a quick look at how unplanned events influence these three conditions.
Guarantee uptime
When production went through the evolutions of JIT (Just In Time), Lean,… and other optimisation schemes, schedules got ever tighter and deviations […]