Chicago-area technology manufacturer MBX Systems saved more than $700,000 and increased net profit 23 percent by soliciting employee ideas for working smarter.
If global manufacturing adopted an official logo, a double-edged sword might be a fitting choice — especially when it comes to keeping track of products.
The first of June has come and gone. OSHA’s HazCom 2012 regulations for chemical labeling in the workplace are now in full effect for most companies. How’s your facility looking?
Supply Chain Analytics: How Manufacturers Can Get the Most Value Out of Their Automated Data Capture TechnologyJune 2, 2015 4:10 pm | by Shane Snyder, President, Barcoding, Inc.
When it comes to automatic identification and data capture (AIDC), supply chain analytics are most useful in two chief areas: device optimization (the technology itself) and labor management (those who are using the technology).
With West Coast port disputes and the winter season behind us, things are looking up.
It’s taken so long to complete, the newest nuclear plant in the U.S. will run on 1970s-era technology. But finally, after nearly four decades, the second reactor at the Watt Bar Nuclear Generating Station in Tennessee is 90 percent finished.
Asset maintenance in manufacturing is more than just a company’s program to maintain its assets. It is a vital link to organizational success because it can reduce unplanned losses and improve overall efficiency.
Manufacturers can capitalize on government mandated electronic invoicing to realize internal efficiencies and benefit from supply chain and liquidity improvements — which can vastly improve the stability and efficiency of their local supply chains.
So you've implemented an ERP solution, like Microsoft Dynamics or NetSuite, to help streamline your financial processes. Great! But maybe you want to take your ERP solution one step further and help your office go completely paperless.
Only 14 percent of executives say that their plant-floor data is integrated with enterprise systems. This low number means the majority of industrial operations are not taking advantage of the wealth of valuable data from their automation systems.
The surplus or idle assets in your business can free up valuable warehouse space and reduce carrying costs while generating cash that be invested back in the business. To access this often-untapped revenue source, look no further than your own reverse supply chain.
Here are 4 questions to help determine if your business processes are working across the enterprise or if you need to do some spring cleaning to make the most of 2015.
5S is the lean method of organizing a work area to increase efficiency and decrease waste. But what a lot of people may not have though of is how some of the same ideas in 5S apply well to creating effective training materials at work.
As economies become more global, supply chains have become more complicated. This places even greater emphasis on continuity as a strategic operational element.
In an effort to create an integrated technology infrastructure, Airbus collaborated with National Instruments (NI) to begin developing smart tools for the first aerospace factory of the future.
Automation is becoming more and more common in the manufacturing sector as companies begin to understand its many benefits. Alex Bonaire, the Robot Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, provided IMPO with some expert insight into the evolving world of industrial automation.
It's sometimes difficult to take a step back and systematically solve a problem or understand the root cause of an inefficient process, but often that is exactly what's needed to achieve consistent process improvement.
In the manufacturing environment, everything from equipment operation and product assembly to maintenance procedures and quality assurance processes are controlled under the guidance of SOPs.
Each time a worker leaves, it can cost an employer $1,000 in recruiting, orientation, and basic training costs to bring in a replacement. Here are tips to help bring those numbers down.
The state of shop floor automation has changed drastically in the last five years as IT capabilities bring advanced software functionality, highly flexible infrastructures and more options in deployment, including SaaS and cloud computing.