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.
Excellence in labeling has always provided a competitive advantage in the business of manufacturing, but today the amount of critical data that needs to be printed on a barcode label far surpasses what was considered to be sufficient in the past.
The automotive sector has long been credited with creating a significant number of American manufacturing jobs, as well as implementing innovative manufacturing practices to shave precious seconds off of production and assembly times. Take a look at how some of the most notable automakers stack up when it comes to manufacturing.
IMPO’s sister magazine, Industrial Distribution, sat down with Charles Bonomo, CIO of MSC Industrial Supply, to discuss some of the ways in which this MRO supplier has gone from classic brick-and-mortar to a distributor that’s a high-tech partner for its customer base.
Excessive vibration of industrial machinery is often indicative of potentially serious problems, such as unbalances, looseness, shaft misalignment and bearing or gear failure. This can result in safety risks, equipment damage, shutdowns, unexpected downtime and lost productivity.