What is A Day in the Life of Supply Chain Manager Like?
Supply Chain Opz
JANUARY 3, 2017
15:00: Discuss with manufacturing/warehouse about next day delivery Late afternoon is usually the deadline to make changes to tomorrow delivery. So supply chain manager may double-check with manufacturing department or third party warehouse to make sure that important orders will be delivered as planned. What is it like to be a supply chain manager? You have an "Oh No" moment.
Why “Smart” Manufacturing Will Grow in 2016
MAY 26, 2016
The EU for example is investing almos t 2 Billion Euros into their private/public partnership “Factories of the Future” to encourage manufacturers to take advantage of new technology to improve their factories and to become more efficient, green and profitable. Even developing countries are offering incentive packages to lure manufacturers to their countries. The Labor Force. Overall.
What’s Missing From Your Manufacturing Processes?
MARCH 17, 2016
Creating a more streamlined and efficient manufacturing process can improve revenue, optimize worker productivity, increase operational agility and even reduce the overhead and operational costs for your company. Making due with an outdated manufacturing process could wind up costing many businesses far more than they might realize. To Soliciting Worker Feedback and Ideas.
7 Challenges to a Wider Adoption of Additive Manufacturing in the Industry – Part 1
JULY 7, 2016
Additive Manufacturing Usage (2013). After being used to create prototypes, tools or presentation models, Additive Manufacturing (AM) is now more and more being adopted to manufacture functional parts. Get ready to discover the dark side of Additive Manufacturing and learn how the industry could answer its challenges! 1. Source: Wohlers. link]. Summary.
20/20 Vision for Outsourced Manufacturing
Outsourcing manufacturing continues to remain an important topic in the supply chain industry
Manufacturing as a Service
JUNE 9, 2015
Armed with technology that makes customization more manageable, factories are positioning themselves to respond with an offer known as Manufacturing as a Service. As a pioneer of MaaS, companies in the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) sector print electronic parts on demand, cutting out the need for companies to hold large inventories. Globalization Breeds MaaS. In Practice.
5 Ways 3D Printing Is Changing the Manufacturing Industry
MARCH 3, 2016
While additive manufacturing has been around for decades, advancements in 3D printing technology are creating a number of significant changes in the industry. Every method of manufacturing has its limitations, but when it comes to design, additive manufacturing has fewer than most. From Trinkets to Space Ships, 3D Printing has arrived in Manufacturing.
5 Manufacturing Practices that will be Outdated within the Decade
JUNE 30, 2015
Do your manufacturing processes still rely on analog or paper-based components? As you read this article, the manufacturing industry is moving towards a fourth massive revolution. Since then manufacturing practices remained pretty static until the advent of the computer, which set in motion a series of technology advances that are now gaining momentum. Reliance on Human Labor.
Open Source in Manufacturing: Why Pay for Software?
AUGUST 4, 2015
So the question is worth asking: Does open source software have a place in manufacturing applications like MES, manufacturing intelligence or analytics? In manufacturing, a perfect example is big data analysis. In a manufacturing environment, raw machine data such as sensor time series is captured and then transmitted for analysis via OPC-UA, an open interoperability protocol.
Industry 4.0: Are You Ready?
The supply chain is moving towards automation - and even awareness - that will change how products are ordered, manufactured, shipped and consumed. Are you ready? This evolution is called Industry 4.0, and it's happening now
When Virtual Manufacturing Becomes Reality
AUGUST 13, 2014
If you have any interest in the digitization and automation of manufacturing, you’ll be interested in an interview with a Lockheed Martin executive that I came across recently in the Manufacturing Leadership Journal. Lockheed Martin’s Cave is tied to assembly and test operation bays, so it can link to manufacturing and vice versa. In other words, an actual working virtual room!
What Global Manufacturers Can Learn From the Insurance Business
FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Can manufacturers learn something from the insurance industry? Risk Pooling for Manufacturing. By applying this principle to manufacturing, an enterprise can reduce variability across operations by aggregating materials and resources across locations, across products or even across time. How A Manufacturing Operations Management Solution can Extend the Benefits.
Fixing Manufacturing IT Project Failures
JUNE 25, 2015
For example, a new Manufacturing Execution System (MES) deployment is not only about installing and integrating technology in order to help with production management. Also, think about the future, specifically, how the proliferation of smart devices, known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), will impact manufacturing and enterprise systems. Many—if not most—IT projects fail.
3 Technologies Transforming the Manufacturing Industry
OCTOBER 22, 2014
Manufacturing is an industry that seems to be one of the most impacted by the tech revolution. When the layman thinks of manufacturing, he probably thinks of an assembly line made up of humans, each handling one part of the assembly process. The incorporation of 3-D printing in manufacturing is not a thing of the distant future; it’s happening now. Robotics. 3-D Printing.
In Medical Device Manufacturing, Smaller Companies Have Big Advantages
DECEMBER 8, 2015
Given the investment in time, labor and resources involved with New Product Introduction, one might infer that big, established manufacturers have all the advantages. Here are five ways smaller medical device manufacturers have an advantage of their larger peers: Achieving regulatory compliance. Viewing manufacturing as a strategic enabler. In fact, this is not always the case.
The Advantages of Procrastinating in a Fast-paced Manufacturing World
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
But as an article on supply chain management points out, in some manufacturing supply chain scenarios, postponement actually makes good business sense. Manufacturing was simplified, inventory was reduced and costs went down. Manufacturers are used to the challenges of distributing operations over geographical distances. It’s part of the modern global manufacturing environment.
Manufacturing Operations: Managing the Robots
DECEMBER 18, 2014
The movie was pure science fiction, but some of its ideas may be turning into reality in the world of manufacturing. Change is much more frequent, and globalization has taken hold as a driving force in manufacturing. According to ARC, these developments are only three to five years away from having a serious impact on manufacturing. A new generation of robots is coming.
How Emerging Green Technologies Are Impacting Manufacturing
DECEMBER 15, 2015
Over the following decades, the manufacturing industry will continue to transform into an industry that will be almost unrecognizable by today’s standards. One thing that will be recognizable, however, is the increasing need to focus on best incorporating emerging green technologies (EGTs) into the manufacturing process. Lean Manufacturing is Green Manufacturing [INFOGRAPHIC].
Can Lean Manufacturing Transform the Mining Industry?
JANUARY 26, 2016
As the global mining industry pushes deeper and ranges farther for vital minerals, its leading firms are just beginning to adopt “lean” techniques – common for decades in manufacturing industries – for mining greater value from their operations. Miners know rapid economic shifts all too well. In the ’80s, little Japanese cars changed everything. An Auto Exec Tackles Mining.
Mobile Apps Impact on Manufacturing [INFOGRAPHIC]
DECEMBER 10, 2015
Earlier this year we shared our first mobile impact on manufacturing Infographic that shows how mobile technologies are streamlining productivity and increasing efficiency in manufacturing operations management. Mobility in Manufacturing Research Findings & Trends. It is no secret that mobility technology is now impacting shop floor operations. Ten use cases were shared.
Getting Smart about Composite Manufacturing
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
I recently wrote about the challenges composite manufacturers now face ( see prior post ). Continuing with this theme, many composite parts manufacturers have been exposed to quality issues for years. How do you solve composite manufacturing issues without going through all the complexities? Embracing Intelligence to get Smart About Composite Manufacturing.
3 Responsive Technologies Reshaping Manufacturing
APRIL 1, 2016
Industry 4.0 is the fourth major revolution in manufacturing in the last four decades. The lean manufacturing revolution of the 1970s, the outsourcing trend of the 1990s and the automation of the 2000s set the stage for the digital transformation we are seeing today. In addition, the shift toward responsive technology manufacturing methods is shaping the new industrial revolution.
Supply Chain Expert Community
JULY 11, 2016
I interviewed Conrad Leiva who discussed Smart Manufacturing. Conrad leads the smart manufacturing working group and is a board member of MESA, and he has also won MESA's outstanding contributor award. I've been really focused on manufacturing intelligence in the integration of engineering and business systems with their plan floor. What is smart manufacturing?
Critical Challenges in Manufacturing Labeling
JUNE 27, 2016
There are a wide range of c ritical challenges in manufacturing labeling. For instance, d id you know that 92% of professionals in the manufacturing space are forced to interrupt operations to reprint labels. Manufacturing InfographicHalf of those professionals also reported that it's due to incorrect label data.
Alan Mulally’s Perspective on the Digitization of Manufacturing
MARCH 31, 2016
Specialists in various departments would design them, but it was up to manufacturing to figure out how to produce and assemble them. This capability allowed engineers to verify that all the parts would fit properly before they were manufactured. When Virtual Manufacturing Becomes Reality. Digital’s Role in Collaboration across Manufacturing. The year was 1990.
Manufacturing Transformation and the People Challenge
MAY 23, 2014
A recent article at manufacturing.net presents the seven biggest challenges faced by manufacturers today. With all the technology transformation taking place in manufacturing—big data, global platforms, flexible supply chains—it still comes down to finding talented people. The first challenge on the list? Finding good people.”. Some things never change. Or can it?
Happy Earth Day 2015! Lean Manufacturing is Green Manufacturing [INFOGRAPHIC]
APRIL 22, 2015
Take a moment today to think about what you can do to use fewer natural resources, streamline a manufacturing process or improve a Green Manufacturing initiative! They are a WBENC certified woman-owned family of companies who works with manufacturers to engineer, produce, and build custom complex assemblies, linear motion solutions and optimal embedded intelligence systems.
Driverless Vehicles Driving Manufacturing – Part 1
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
Here is a video highlighting this recent announcement: As the idea of everyone using driverless vehicles to get around gets more popular, the automotive manufacturing industry has to adapt in response. Manufacturing Complexity. The manufacturing industry must ready itself to support a new level of synchronization across these complex systems.
Improve Manufacturing Productivity | 5 Keys to Killer Manufacturing
FEBRUARY 29, 2016
Too many manufacturing floors are hit and miss when it comes to reliability because firms are trying the same things expecting different results in an attempt to improve manufacturing productivity. Here are five things to cut out on the manufacturing floor that will improve performance…. Manufacturing floors are fraught with reliability issues. Manufacturing
Do Manufacturers Need a New IIoT Platform?
NOVEMBER 19, 2015
Virtually everyone agrees that the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, is poised to have a huge impact on manufacturing. It will transform everything: how you design, manufacture, distribute and support products from cradle to grave. The challenge is if you run a global manufacturing enterprise, where do you start? Digital’s Role in Collaboration across Manufacturing.
Electronics manufacturing marred by counterfeiting
FEBRUARY 26, 2016
In a globalized market, an increasing number of consumer products come from the developing world. This includes electronics. Many of the components that make up our computers and smart devices are made in factories overseas. Electronics
The Rise of Manufacturing Enterprise Systems
JANUARY 8, 2015
In addition, when there’s a choice between investing in an enterprise system or a manufacturing system, there’s no need to apply a formula or even flip a coin, because the enterprise always wins. That forces the IT agenda into the top spot, because let’s face it, if a manufacturing execution system (MES) deployment gets pushed back does anyone blink an eye? Or, can it?
Why Manufacturers Can’t Afford to Ignore Digital Transformation
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
Manufacturing organizations are becoming increasingly global and their ecosystems more and more complex. As a result, manufacturing executives are required to redefine their marketplace, service models and create new symbiotic business relationships. Within the manufacturing industry, this need spans all aspects of the supply and demand chain.
The missing link in automotive contract manufacturing
JUNE 22, 2015
Fulfilling this multi-faceted demand has become a major challenge for car manufacturers, who have to deal not only with countless models and colors but also with an ever-increasing range of features and options. Volatile customer demand can be bridged by making use of contract manufacturers. Often OEMs are hesitant to make use of contract manufacturing relationships.
6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016
DECEMBER 7, 2015
As we close the year of 2015, we want to take a look at some manufacturing trends for 2016. We look at 6 core areas that manufacturing companies will take a long look at as they gear up for a successful 2016. Commerce for Manufacturing. commerce is a way for manufacturers to experiment with new products without risking a significant investment. Forecasting Demand.
Mobility Makeovers are Transforming Manufacturing
MARCH 19, 2015
One such arena where new mobile technologies are promising to transform business is within manufacturing operations. With the digital and global transformation of manufacturing operations, we increasingly live in a world with blurred boundaries. Real-time production visibility is no longer a pipe dream and is increasingly being realized by manufacturers of all sizes.
The CFO’s Guide to Increasing ROA from Manufacturing Operations
JULY 14, 2015
In the manufacturing industry, many businesses have made great strides towards understanding operations performance thanks to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. All too often, global manufacturers see their ERP system(s) creak under the strain and ultimately, fall short of expectations. This approach is now transforming the manufacturing industry for the better.
6 Factors to Consider when Selecting a Manufacturing Intelligence Vendor
JUNE 18, 2015
Every manufacturing organization must have a resilient operations strategy. After all, manufacturers are in the business of making products. In aggregate, these systems comprise an Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) solution, which essentially provide the “eyes and ears” of when a possible production issue has occurred, or is about to occur.
Five Key Elements that Drive Manufacturing Flow
NOVEMBER 4, 2015
If you follow the Demand-Driven Matters blog, you know we specialize in Demand-Driven Manufacturing and have identified the two key components of this method as synchronization and flow. In this post, I want to introduce a discussion around what we’ve identified as the Five Key Elements that Drive Flow in manufacturing production. Synchronization is also an enabler of flow. years.
How Green Technology Is Transforming Traditional Manufacturing Methods
JUNE 1, 2016
Manufacturing, along with other industrial processes, is one of the primary industry sectors being targeted for green technology use. Traditional manufacturing methods are transforming into lean, green conserving machines that benefit the planet and the bottom line. This means manufacturers must look for long-term annual savings, not just short term fixes. manufacturing.