In this month’s Plant Practices, we take you offshore to a military application, where best practices around maintenance scheduling and planning can offer manufacturers some ideas.
Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.
Crowdsourcing is the extreme front line of demand-driven manufacturing. Savvy companies are engaging consumers through social media, effectively transforming them into product formulators, fans, and advertisers.
Taking 100 percent responsibility for the outcomes in your life means giving up blaming others or complaining about external events.
Successful inventory management programs start with a thorough understanding of the inventory itself. Just as there are a lot of different types of inventory, there are a lot of different ways to manage it.
The ability to prioritize maintenance work, schedule it in advance, and share findings in real time is a great way to keep facilities running at peak performance, often with cost savings.
Insights on how to calculate financial justification for migrating your legacy distributed control system to a new automation system.
As tensions between Russia and the United States continue to increase, global businesses will face disruption and, for some, opportunity.
An investment fund is taking issue with Coca-Cola's pay plan for management, saying it's particularly excessive in light of the beverage maker's slowing growth.
If you’re not open to letting suppliers into your plant, your competition may be – and then skipping these kinds of service offerings goes from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.
Efforts to conceal the extent of dangerous car defects at Toyota Motor Corp. were so pervasive, prosecutors say, that an exasperated employee at one point warned that "someone will go to jail if lies are repeatedly told."
With the cost of downtime in some applications valued in the thousands of dollars per minute, it’s safe to say manufacturers who take a reliability-centered strategy are hedging their businesses against potentially catastrophic impacts.
Industrial Scientific's products are often the first and last line of defense for a tradesman working in a potentially hazardous environment.
Aircraft and ships from China headed to the desolate southern Indian Ocean to join the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, now lost for two full weeks.
The question I want to know is, why didn’t GM learn its lesson from the Toyota fiasco? They had five years to pick up on the fact that burying a potential safety issue wasn’t, exactly, the best course of action.
According to the study, of the 15,000+ listed companies in the U.S., only 519 are billion dollar brands. The total value of these big dogs is a staggering $2.5 trillion.
General Motors, beware. Wednesday's announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future.
House Bill 2123 is strongly opposed by traditional auto manufacturers and dealers, who argue that Tesla wants to operate outside the normal rules that require manufacturers to sell cars through dealers.
CEO offers personal apology and provides an update on how automaker is fixing the problem.
Here's a look back at the timeline of engineering problems and accidents surrounding GM's ignition switch. Why didn't the company or NHTSA recall the cars sooner?
The ability to access information and control processes from afar saves time, money, and can keep workers out of potentially dangerous situations. For many solutions providers, this means more business apps for mobile devices.
People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working conditions and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?
In recent years, Caterpillar had incredible performance and growth, the darling of financial analysts. But it wasn’t always so: In the 1980s, some observers wondered whether CAT could survive as it hemorrhaged financial losses.
General Motors has named a 40-year engineer as its new safety chief, placing a single person in charge of recalls and other safety issues as it deals with a huge compact car recall that has damaged the company's reputation.
No matter what the end product, there is always pressure to be an industry leader in lead time, and to meet those targets in a safe, reliable, and cost-efficient manner. Reducing lead times can provide manufacturers with a multitude of benefits.