First, there were smartphones and smart TVs. Now, there's the smart factory. A factory becomes smart — or "brilliant" — when it merges lean manufacturing methods, sensors, 3D printing and powerful software analytics in a way that enhances productivity.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020
Friday, January 3, 2020
The numbers don't lie. The Manufacturing Institute estimates that there will be 4.6 million job openings in the U.S. manufacturing industry from 2018 to 2028, but only 2.2 million of those positions will be filled. That leaves a skills gap of roughly 2.4 million workers.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
The skills gap in manufacturing continues with industry observers, officials and employees saying much of the cause is a lack of women in high-level positions
Thursday, December 5, 2019
The manufacturing supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. But how does a firm know where its weakest link lies? The answer may be found with predictive analytics.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Your company probably has security systems in place to prevent theft of computers, machines and products, yet you may not be doing enough to safeguard your customer lists, new product designs and marketing strategies. Manufacturers rank second only to high-tech companies as targets of intellectual property theft.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Unfortunately, terrorist attacks are a real and present risk for businesses of all types. And tremors are being felt throughout the domestic manufacturing sector. This article examines some of the main repercussions for manufacturers on the global stage and in their own plants and warehouses.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Efficient inventory management can substantially improve your firm's performance by helping to maintain high customer service levels and reduce variable costs. But reinforcing inventory management isn't a one-time project. It's a constant concern for manufacturers
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Technology and automation has brought manufacturing a long way. One of the latest innovations, 3D printing, could make a significant mark of global proportions. Will your firm be at the forefront of this technology or be left in the dust?
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Scheduling hourly employees to work more than 40 hours a week can help overcome seasonal peaks in production or bridge a temporary labor shortage. But excessive overtime should be the exception, rather than the norm, in a healthy, productive manufacturing business.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
If you're like most manufacturers, you don't track order-processing. Yet focusing on this performance metric can identify operational inefficiencies that are cost-cutting opportunities. And continued monitoring lets you keep those costs in check and predict future outlays.