When you can demonstrate that your supply chain improvement project supports or drives forward a corporate initiative, it becomes much easier to secure the broader based support and resources needed for implementation
To avoid costly downtime, choosing a flexible screw conveyor engineered to meet conditions at the plant, rather than a generic off-the-shelf unit, can save thousands of dollars in the future.
March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, and personal protection equipment (PPE) isn’t laughable when thousands of people are blinded, injured, or killed each year from accidents that could have been prevented or minimized if appropriate PPE had been used.
Just like a bespoke pair of shoes, the material handling industry is growing ever-more customized. Customer demands are changing, so the supply chain must adjust accordingly.
The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints and co-dependency within the process industries, and the dynamic supply chain interactions in an inter-enterprise network, form the basis for these “Top 10 Resolutions” to building a better supply chain operating network in 2015 and beyond.
The Internet is so common that we take it for granted. But what many people do not realize is, the potential impact of the Internet on plant operations is just as sweeping. Industrial plants have an enormous opportunity to leverage the Internet to streamline processes, reduce cost, improve safety, and enhance customer service.
There is a group of industries that stands to gain significantly from implementing APM and pursuing asset operational excellence—regulated industries like pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and aerospace. The reasons these industries need to pursue APM excellence may vary, but they share several key drivers.
Dave Lechleitner, the Principal of Product Marketing at Exact Online, offered insight on increased efficiency, safety, off-shoring and the future of smaller scale manufacturers in the U.S.
If small businesses embrace lean manufacturing as part of their company’s overall strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible, including increased profits, decreased costs and long-term efficiency gains, all of which are critical to running successful organizations.
Supply chain management professionals who put processes in place to solve these five problems before they occur will keep things moving even when other, less carefully managed supply chains, come to a grinding halt.
In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications. In order to ensure that this information is secured, manufacturing organizations must implement measures that eliminate any and all threats to the business before they evolve.
Do you have the courage to confront your fears? If you don't they will subconsciously influence your decisions and actions. Check out these five fears that are particularly important to acknowledge if you want to succeed with continuous improvement.
This disconnect between the shop floor and the back office has posed numerous problems in the past and continues to generate conflict today.While these debates often focus on costs, the accounting methods used by U.S. manufacturers to actually determine the cost of their products and services receives far less attention.
Harry Moser, the Founder and President of Reshoring Initiative, and Sandy Montalbano, a consultant with Reshoring Initiative, explain the logic behind bringing businesses back to the U.S.
Eric King has made many an extreme machine cry uncle over his long career as a testing engineer. But nothing comes close to his current charge, Harriet, the world’s largest and most powerful gas turbine.
Thanks to the introduction of WiFi and mobile devices, technicians are working faster and smarter, with huge productivity gains attributable directly to instant, onsite access to information. The result is less machine downtime, more reliable production, and higher output.
Succeeding with continuous improvement has proven harder than expected for many organizations. One big reason is that there are a few challenges most organizations sooner or later encounter and where your intuitive responses actually prevent you from succeeding.
Accenture defines IIoT as the convergence of intelligent industrial products, processes, and services that communicate with each other, and with people, over global networks. Conservative estimates suggest worldwide Industrial Internet spending is set to increase from $20 billion in 2012 to $500 billion by 2020*.
When people talk about the future of manufacturing, they usually have Germany, Japan and the United States in mind, not India. That’s about to change.
One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment. Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.