The awful disasters that have struck the Philippines in the last few months, the devastating tsunami in Japan, and general violent weather effects have caused Supply Management to plan for continuity of supply down to the third tier of suppliers.
Low voltage lighting has gained popularity over the last several years due in large part to the generally safer operation it presents. In many cases, low voltage lighting is indicated for use in specific locations according to OSHA regulations and NEC recommendations.
Coatings can play a role in reducing energy loads, especially peak energy loads in many buildings, but they also offer benefits in terms of service life extension, fire retardancy, reducing the heat-history of the underlying membrane and insulation, improve traffic resistance, increase friction for safety, preserve impact resistance, help shed water or even be part of a waterproofing system.
An animal rights group said Wednesday it videotaped workers at a central Oklahoma farm abusing hogs raised for Tyson Foods, and the meat company said it would immediately end its contract with the supplier.
New manufacturing techniques, such as M2M, have recently begun to rely on remote wireless monitoring to improve safety and reliability conditions. Gone are the days of maintenance pros climbing ladders or placing their hands in turbines to collect machinery health information — instead, information is sent to a central repository and analyzed by analysts 24/7 so maintenance personnel fix only the equipment that needs attention.
R&D activities need to be intimately linked to a company product strategy. This will lay out the future customer changes and needs, when these are likely to occur, and highlight what technologies are coming along that may provide breakthroughs.
In response to the rapid ROI that Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software applications have delivered, it’s not surprising to see organizations planning for additional investments. But the current landscape of manufacturing software applications is vast, and technology decision makers face challenges around where to start.
The world has changed a lot since 1929 and so has the way Silver Spring Foods runs its business. The company recognized that its current Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) system could not handle its current business requirements and would be unable to evolve as the company continued to grow.
As the CEO of a supply chain management, e-procurement, and financial productivity solutions company, Tim Garcia draws on real-life experiences to provide four tips for incorporating web security into companies’ overall risk management strategies. Lax procedures that fail to protect critical data leave businesses vulnerable to attacks that threaten customers and damage brands.
“Tight tolerance” is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.
In this issue, we tour a corn milling facility in Missouri, discuss new maintenance technologies, highlight some products from the National Safety Council's Congress & Expo, and talk to experts about hand safety in the manufacturing industry.
Whether you are just getting going on your business career or you have been working in the field for years, one thing that always comes back to bite you is costs. How can we alleviate these costs? What are some strategies for tracking manufacturing costs and managing them so that they don't get too far out of hand?
Familiarizing yourself now with these regulations may prompt you to give your input to the FDA while they are still in the “comment” phase rather than wait until they are final rules and more difficult, if not impossible, to challenge.
Buford discuss the role 3D printing can play in increasing affordability of manufacturing, creating flexible, scaleable models of manufacturing, and eliminating the need for warehouses of inventory.
Mark Dwight, founder of Rickshaw Bagworks, is a passionate advocate for the "maker movement", who believes that micro-manufacturers, like his small cut-and-sew factory in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood, are the future of American manufacturing.
Brenda Nader serves as senior product supply manager at Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, GA, which is a leading provider of hygiene, safety, and productivity solutions. As a safety company, manufacturing companies rely on KCP for safety products that help protect both their employees and the environments they work in.
In the spring of 1996, 20 producers, land-owners, and businessmen in Missouri developed a local cooperative called AgraMarke, in order to pool the group’s knowledge and resources to grow non-GMO grains. AgraMarke grew to 350 producers in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. In June 2001, the group established LifeLine Foods, LLC.
Manufacturers, in many cases, are leading the way in finding more flexible ways to work with labor. It gives the flexibility to build people’s confidence without necessarily becoming full-time employees. There’s more technology that can be put to play in training people, in ensuring their skills are high.
There are actually multiple barriers including cultural, environmental and technological, challenges that can affect timely and effective decision-making in a crisis situation. Among the most common cultural barriers are different languages spoken by people in the facility.
Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal joins Morning Joe to discuss launching the eyewear brand and the company's philanthropic mission of giving glasses to those in need.
What if you learned funding for capital equipment required to keep your plant running in coming years was soon going to be extremely hard to find? Would you hit the panic button? The situation manufacturers are facing when it comes to their most critical asset – people – is nearly as dire.
Engineered Machined Products (EMP), an Escanaba, Michigan-based manufacturer, is competing globally with the help of high-tech robotic automation. Flexible automation systems in place at EMP have been instrumental in allowing the company to meet increasing demands.
Inventory shrinkage is a huge problem in North America, effectively robbing retailers of billions each year. It's bad enough when inventory disappears because of theft by customers, employees or suppliers, but it's especially frustrating when your inventory shrinks through preventable mistakes and poor inventory management procedures.
The brief shutdown of the federal government and sequestration has had an effect on the business operations of distributors and manufacturers, and could impact earnings in this quarter.
Maker’s Row, a website and free service that helps facilitate connections between designers and the small-batch American manufacturers that can help them turn a sketch into a real product, is on a roll. The New York-based technology startup has recently secured $1 million in funding to help hire more developers.