To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, I believe that contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: Reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.
In order to have control of manufacturing, you want to have the ability to move quickly or change quickly. Therefore, I believe it is worth the extra dollars to have things built in the U.S.
Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right. But, the power may soon need to shift left.
Sustainability is a growing concern for manufacturers, as more manufacturers are becoming aware of the benefits of eco-friendly practices.
In today’s highly accountable business environment, it is necessary for manufacturers to optimize the performance and value of their metal detection systems. They can no longer be viewed as just a means to remove metallic contamination.
Even with standards, studies and certifications, there is no guarantee or requirement for repair shops to provide exceptional or reliable electric motor repair.
Without the correct maintenance, bacteria, dirt and other pesky contaminants can find their way inside buildings and onto factory and warehouse floors, causing excessive wear and tear as well as increasing the risk of costly slips and trips in the workplace.
Whether a manufacturer’s objective is to optimize tax savings or enhance cash flow – or both – an in-depth analysis of equipment is necessary. Assessing current and future asset needs in the form of a lease vs. buy analysis will help determine whether a lease or loan is the best alternative.
The debate between direct current and alternating current isn’t confined to the pages of history, and between the renowned thinkers, Einstein and Tesla. The debate is still prevalent on the plant floor when the choice whether to utilize an alternating-current (AC) drive or a direct-current (DC) drive arises.
Every year, a significant number of people suffer from food poisoning and other related foodborne illnesses during the holiday season.
If your plant is like most, you have been doing vibration testing diligently for a long time. But, if you have been following the same routine for a year or more, then it’s likely time to freshen things up by incorporating other, less-obvious facets of equipment health. You can easily do this without investing a lot of money – in fact, you probably already have the tools you need.
The carbon brush is a crucial piece to keep machines operating efficiently. However, “the little brush gets all the blame” is a statement commonly heard in the industry, but the blame is usually misdirected. One common problem is sparking at the brush face, which is usually the first symptom of trouble elsewhere.
American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.
When implementing a lubrication program, the Monitor & Control phase can make or break your implementation. This phase provides the necessary verification to ensure goals are being met.
While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.
Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?
Industrial companies can take a page from the fast-moving world of software design and adopt a sprint-and-scrum approach. This iterative process relies on short cycles involving rapid design evolution and revision.
Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry, where manufacturers face new issues and concerns every year. Since this year is no exception, here are a few of the top concerns that manufacturers are grappling with.
One of the biggest challenges discrete manufacturing companies face is the increasing complexity of the product, whether this is due to technological change, market forces or the need to customize the product to meet demanding customer requirements.
With operations and partners worldwide, Hypertherm was experiencing significant growth, however their existing consumables product label printing system was not sufficiently accommodating this growth, and was presenting considerable risks to their operations in this lean manufacturing environment.