In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength — American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.
The state-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP said on Tuesday an Italian court has banned its bitter rival, beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, from using the Budweiser trademark in that country, the latest ruling in their long legal battle over the brand name.
Let’s face it. Sometimes the biggest roadblocks to process improvement are people and their attitudes. Likewise, as much as we politely don’t discuss it, sometimes the biggest sources of waste, especially in office environments, are not processes, but people and their expectations and demands and decisions.
The rise in energy prices is an unwelcome reality in today’s manufacturing and business environment. While the rate of price increases for natural gas, heating oil, and other sources may vary from year to year, the upward trajectory is clear. Energy cost reduction strategies are vital to staying competitive.
Successful metal fabrication companies are always on a mission to improve their lead times to cut down on operating costs and to increase customer satisfaction. Many managers may try to analyze what the company does or doesn’t need, or which of the available suppliers might be cheaper and/or faster, yet provide them with their company’s specific needs without sacrificing quality in their products.
Human Error Reduction Strategies© - provides attendees with the requisite skills and knowledge necessary to provide a rigorous understanding of human performance that will result in significantly reduced human errors and improved operational excellence in the workplace. This will answer the question "Why" it happened.
By implementing a Product Lifecycle Management system, companies benefit by simplifying each phase of the product development process. Due to their focus on product engineering, discrete manufacturers in the small-to-medium sized space typically adopt a PLM system to support best in class engineering processes and to address challenges with continual new product introductions, shorter product lifecycles and shrinking profit margins.
Okuma America Corporation, a world-leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, announces that Chris Davala has been chosen to receive one of ten scholarships given to current or transitioning employees in the manufacturing industry from the University of Phoenix and the Manufacturing Institute.
The accredited 2-part Electrical Machinery Diagnostics Workshop (EMDW) focuses on the electrical machinery theory and operation, practical concepts and analysis skills needed to efficiently address the issues that plague electrical reliability programs. EMDW discusses electrical and operational theories and evaluates common electrical machinery diagnostic techniques, providing insight into the strengths, weaknesses and appropriate application of each technique.
The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is recognized as one of the most prestigious honors a U.S. company in the manufacturing sector can attain. We recently sat down with Woodbury University President Luis Calingo, member of the 2013 Board of Examiners for the award. He offers perspective on goals every company in this sector should strive for and the irony of cost cuts that are often made to employee training programs.
To address coming workforce demographic changes, employers must create a corporate culture that promotes both safety and wellness. Healthy workers and a safe workspace reduce costs and increase productivity, so these efforts will be repaid fully.
How do you get from the vision to actual sales growth? Many articles on the wonders of vision statements imply that if a manufacturer writes a good vision statement that somehow it will be implemented (the rain dance myth). In my experience, visions and goals are never realized unless someone develops a plan that shows every department and manager what they must do to reach the goals.
The risk of slips and falls is one every business must face, but industrial environments contend with the added challenge of preventing significantly more dangerous incidents. With heavy machinery, rotating equipment, sharp corners, and other various dangers around every corner, it’s critical manufacturers stress safety… and what better place to start than the floors.
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive industry leader, manufacturing or distributing vehicles across six continents. With 175,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company has leveraged the dedication of its employees and UAW partnership to become more efficient, improve its product cadence, and be a more effective automotive industry competitor than ever before.
In this issue, Ford readies its Kansas City location for 2,000 new jobs, a connector expert explains how to prevent downtime, experts discuss proper product selection for threadlocking and gasketing, and more.
The median age of the labor force is anticipated to increase rapidly, with one-third of the U.S. labor force turning 55 by 2015. This may have far-reaching implications on the number and type of work-related injuries experienced. Most companies are not prepared for these changing demographics.
Why Parts Fail© - provides an understanding of how it is possible to make order out of chaos when things go wrong. . The workshop is designed to teach attendees how to identify failure modes by reading fracture surfaces of parts such as bearings, shafts, fasteners, seals, belts and other materials to determine physical root causes. This will provide the answer(s) to "what happened".
With insurance, you want to cover only what you need and can afford – nothing more. It’s the same with your spare parts inventories. Of course, with your spare parts, it is important to cover the risk but it is also important to be able to justify everything on the shelf – holding only what you need, and can justify, and nothing more. That is the key to effective spare parts risk management.
Automated and robotic machines for manufacturing operations can pose design challenges. The expansion of automation into broader applications has spurred demand for smarter, more efficient drives, controls and software tools. Staying ahead of the technological curve requires leveraging state of the art tools.
Just like your car insurance is a way to minimize the financial consequence of a car crash and backing up your files is a way to minimize the consequence of a computer crash, spare parts inventory is a way to minimize the consequence of an equipment crash. It’s all about risk management.
Game Plan is an open forum where manufacturing, wholesaling and distribution executives gain insight from thought leaders and industry peers about their experiences in developing e-commerce strategies for customer demands. Companies presenting at the Game Plan forum include Airgas, American Tire Distributors, Herman Miller, Johnstone Supply, MSA, OpenText™, Purchasing Power and Stanley Black and Decker.
Industrial lighting systems although performing the same basic role as lighting in any other setting by providing illumination in areas where available light is inadequate, must also address a host of factors that never come into play in common non commercial/industrial settings.
Crimp quality detection is similar to baking a cake. There are a lot of ingredients and if one ingredient is missing or of bad quality, you likely are not going to achieve your desired result. This article will go back through the basics of a crimp quality detection system and discuss what ingredients or variables you need to consider before switching off that CFM.
FabEnCo, Inc., a leading manufacturer of self-closing safety gates, announced today that Walter Smith from Southeastern Oklahoma State University was the first recipient of the FabEnCo “LaCook Investment for Excellence” (LIFE) in Occupational Safety & Health Scholarship. Walter received his award during ASSE’s 120th Annual Conference & Exposition held in Atlanta, Georgia, in June.
Basic Failure Analysis© - is intended to provide facility personnel with the requisite skills and knowledge to eliminate the problems and chronic failures they are experiencing everyday on the job. The unique 4-step process guides the user through the technique of solving problems and failures down to their root cause(s) using real world examples. The root causes together will provide the means for writing recommendations that answer "what will be done to eliminate reoccurrence".