In this challenging environment, forward-looking insights combined with disciplined execution can help organizations ensure that their supply chain is healthy and robust, helping to assuage the impact of unexpected chaos, like the recent Hurricane Sandy that hit the east coast.
“Does my plant need an overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) system?” That question is top of mind for many plant managers intent on measuring and improving productivity. OEE is a simple performance indicator to which all managers can relate. But using an OEE score alone to reduce costs is like using a credit score to reduce monthly expenses. A credit score doesn’t provide any guidance in terms of actual performance and root causes.
The resilience of the U.S. manufacturing sector and the slow, but stable overall economic growth, may have been attractive for strategic, long-term investors. Moreover, the value of North American targets far exceeded the value of targets from any other region, an indication of both the size and maturity of targets from this region and the fairly attractive nature of the North American manufacturing market.
As a leading contract packager of dry food products for hundreds of well-known brands, Ryt-way offers customers a wide variety of “market-smart” packaging options. But as it continued to expand its breadth of capabilities, Ryt-way’s Des Plaines, IL facility had a spare parts inventory system for its 900-plus pieces of equipment that was proving woefully inadequate.
Operators today have multiple hats and roles causing a need for higher efficiency and mobility for operating and controlling assets across the plant. They need real time monitoring and control on new generation tablets and smart phones, with new intelligent applications to help bring the right knowledge to operator action.
If you are responsible for managing the supply base within your company, in order to be very successful you must not only be a procurement expert and an operations whiz, but also an analytical data junkie. And in the face of ever-shortening product lifecycles, increased cost pressures and lean supply chains, you are continually faced with potential supply disruptions.
That “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” certainly rings true when considering industrial conveying systems. The components side of material transfer can be the lifeline of a manufacturer, ensuring that parts get safely and efficiently from point A to point B — saving workers strenuous and expensive labor — and going where forklifts and other material handling solutions might not be able to go.
Josh Kerst, vice president of Humantech, debunks common myths about the older workers in the industry, and offers key changes that manufacturers can make to embrace a safe and productive older workforce. “The workforce is getting more chronologically gifted,” says Josh Kerst, vice president of Humantech, an ergonomics and workplace improvement company.
The fourth annual IMPOvation awards tracked reader click activity to determine the most popular product technology in our daily e-newsletteer, IMPO Insider. These are your favorites. The top three companies showcased Double-X™ Pliers, oil-injected screw compressors, and a pedestal/magnetic mount work area light.
Several aspects of industrial safety standards are changing and require constant monitoring and a bit of common sense to keep current. Technological advances and alternative guarding methods are being devised every day, and companies should be doing everything within their power to eliminate the opportunity. A great place to start is by conducting thorough Risk Assessments and referencing current standards and regulations.
As automation technology has developed over the years, workers have been forced to adapt and refine the necessary skills to utilize and maintain various systems. According to Bernie Anger, General Manager Control and Communication System for GE Intelligent Platforms, there is a shortage of individuals with the expertise necessary to accomplish these tasks and usher in the future of automation.
Adhesives have revolutionized the auto industry by replacing mechanical fasteners, lowering a car’s weight, and improving fuel efficiency. The aircraft manufacturing industry has seen similar results, and adhesives today join up to 30 percent of all components in modern aircraft. For many, adhesives may not be the most noticeable part of industrial manufacturing, but they are certainly among the most important.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of industrial accidents. Plant managers and operators should remain aware of the devastating impact these accidents can have on the victim and the plant. While not every accident is preventable, many of the causes of slip-and-fall accidents can be offset through the implementation of a safe floor matting system.
Since users are driving demand and manufacturing software vendors continue to invest in stronger solutions, the market is expanding in terms of cross-functionality, user-friendliness, SaaS offerings, and interoperability. This time will be looked upon in history as a rapid expansion of business processing power.
WhiteWave Foods’ Horizon Organic facility in City of Industry, CA, is making organic milk accessible to a larger consumer base than ever before. In fact, Horizon Organic is the fastest growing unique brand in the country. The City of Industry facility employs a continuous improvement culture to reduce downtime and bottlenecks and has improved OEE performance by up to 34 percent on some production lines.