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.
Verizon has recently released its fifth annual Data Breach Investigations Report, which investigates the various ways that attackers — both internal to a company or external, both intentional and accidental — breach security systems and gain access to sensitive data. This year, Verizon’s RISK team decided to take a closer look at the data in the effort to discover trends in attacks related directly to intellectual property.
The October registered 51.7 percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from September’s reading of 51.5 percent, indicating growth in manufacturing at a slightly faster rate. “This helps to remind people that manufacturing is growing, despite its ups and downs and everything going on around us,” said Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Business Survey Committee.
There is no shortage of reasons why manufacturers consider addressing the limitations of their legacy automation systems. From increased efficiency to widespread customization, there is obvious value in overhauling or maintaining aging equipment. Then why are manufacturers sticking with legacy systems that don’t offer the desired performance? More importantly, what are their options when they decide they are ready to make a change?
The public feels that American leadership is off-course in improving manufacturing competitiveness and that the national economy is weak and fragile, according to a new survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute. The survey found that Americans have a jaundiced view of the nation’s overall economic health, with 59 percent indicating that the economy has “not improved or gotten better” in recent years.
Throughout its 89-year history, Just Born in Bethlehem, Penn., has produced such iconic candy brands as PEEPS® and MIKE AND IKE®. The family-owned company prides itself in maintaining a sense of tradition, while continuing to generate growth through innovative production processes.
To accommodate current industry demands for enhanced cost-effectiveness and productivity, machine builders must consider the performance capabilities and operational overhead of each component that goes into every design. Stopping and starting capacity are two of the most important performance aspects of machine automation, with inferior clutches and brakes having a direct impact on production efficiency and product quality.
Ro Khanna spent two years as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he worked with the country’s most influential labor leaders to rebuild the nation’s manufacturing sector and increase America’s exports. He recently discussed what manufacturers can learn from the aerospace industry, why Solyndra is not a U.S. solar manufacturing failure, and what he sees for the future of American manufacturing.
Fresh out of college with a manufacturing engineering degree, Duncan believed that he could revolutionize the furniture industry by eschewing old-line manufacturing processes and focusing on Lean and burgeoning technology. He incorporated American Leather in 1990 with a simple-but-bold premise: He would make custom leather furniture and get it out the door in less than 30 days.
Despite continued uncertainty about the prospects of both the U.S. and global economies, the majority of U.S. industrial manufacturers remain positive regarding the overall revenue outlook for the next 12 months, according to the Q3 2012 Manufacturing Barometer released today by PwC US.
For many years, manufacturing has been characterized as a less than desirable career choice, so the Gen Ys look at manufacturing as a last resort — or not an option at all. Parents are under the impression that jobs are not stable, pay is low and the environment is dirty. But the reality is that today’s manufacturing jobs require a highly skilled workforce to operate and maintain high tech, highly automated equipment.
Yossi Sheffi, an international expert in supply chain management, discusses his new book, Logistics Clusters. He has worked with leading manufacturers around the world on logistics issues and is an active entrepreneur, having founded or cofounded five companies since 1987.
In the next few years, thousands of Baby Boomers are going to retire, leaving factory jobs to Generation Y, who will be presented with dual challenges; increasing productivity and making the overall U.S. economy more competitive. The transition between the generations of workers will be difficult because the two generations are profoundly different in terms of attitude, skills, and work styles.
Many businesses give special consideration to equipment financing as the end of the year approaches in order to take advantage of special incentives lenders and captive vendors may offer. While such deals are often available, it’s important to keep financing in mind for acquiring the equipment your business needs, regardless of the time of year.
The use of ferrules indicates a prudent allocation of resources. The expense of ferrules and the time it takes to crimp them to the end of a wire pale in comparison to the delays and substantial costs of shorts and failed connections that occur when stranded wire frays or breaks. Simply put, ferrules are the cost-efficient choice.
It’s easy to see the benefit of undertaking the effort to implement an MES system. They effectively collect, process, and translate valuable business data related to the plant floor and the enterprise resource planning system. But the adoption process can be fraught with risk and uncertainty, depending on the approach a manufacturer takes.
Operating in a “niche within a niche” is how the managing director of a tool maker and manufacturer of precision scientific instruments – some of which are currently operating in space, one-and-a-half-million kilometres away from Earth – describes his company.
What exactly is cable management? It seems to mean many different things, and different products. Like many terms used today, cable management has become a “catch all” reference that often entails the perspective of the person using the term. This makes cable management even more important, and increasingly more challenging to address.