Sales force automation streamlines the sales process, equipping manufacturers with the tools they need to create more effective and more efficient sales programs. But to fully leverage the benefits of sales force automation, manufacturers need to understand how to properly apply these tools across their customer bases.
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Happily, the tax code rewards manufacturers who are engaged in these efforts to stay competitive with the R&D tax credit. Unhappily, far too many manufacturing companies, especially the small- and medium-sized, are failing to take advantage of the R&D tax credit.
An engineering subcontractor says Radan’s Project Nesting function has changed his life and completely revolutionized the way his company works. It means they no longer have to run existing nests on their punch press. Previously, their LVD turret punch used to run saved nests, purely for speed, even if they were not totally efficient for the particular job.
Although the company operates a diverse collection of business units in 190 countries, German-based Siemens also employs more than 60,000 people in 130 U.S. manufacturing facilities. So with this in mind, we recently sat down with Helmuth Ludwig, the CEO of Siemens’ Industry Sector in North America.
Merchandise Inc. needed a new picking system that would not require them to replace the other connected systems that worked well and that their employees understood. They needed a system that would be easy to integrate, use and learn as well as a system that functioned the same way as their current system by downloading the data and then batch picking.
If you’re rolling out an industrial product and you want to manufacture it in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible, you may want to touch base with someone who has done exactly that time and again.
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Incremental improvements are more or less feel good measures that say to management “there was a problem and we did this to solve it.” In reality, most continuous improvements have come from technology advancements, not from employee performance advancements. Has the continuous improvement mentality caused manufacturing to settle for mediocrity?
About four years ago, Russ Kappius—mountain-bike enthusiast, winner of six Masters racing titles, and a research geophysicist/software developer—became obsessed with bicycle hubs. He wanted more speed and responsiveness, but wasn't sure how to get it.
The world of manufacturing and the soldier seem very far apart at first glance, but they both operate in uncertain and rapidly changing environments. The workforce goes to work, while the military goes to war. Thankfully, in the work environment, people do not often die, but companies can fail and people’s livelihoods can be destroyed through bad decisions.
Reinforcement learning is a technique, common in computer science, in which a computer system learns how best to solve some problem through trial-and-error. Classic applications of reinforcement learning involve problems as diverse as robot navigation, network administration, and automated surveillance.
Back in 2012, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers issued a bold report that stated there are 600,000 unfilled American jobs in the field of high-tech manufacturing. Amid a deep economic slump, it was a shot in the arm of the entire industry. It meant that not only had a cultural shift pushed young Americans away from manufacturing, but also that the frameworks for teaching these kinds of skill have fallen by the wayside.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in May for the first time since November 2012, and the overall economy grew for the 48th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
While manufacturers look for the most affordable way to produce a quality product, suppliers are sometimes providing them with adulterated products for the purpose of achieving their own financial gain. This is called food fraud.
Communication is key to customer conferences. It’s a forum for software vendors to talk about and show the next big thing to come out. Customers can interact and talk to other manufacturers about their processes. It also gives them a listening ear to the company, where they can express what they’re lacking and help drive innovation.
The degree of specialization along the food processing chain makes a significant difference in how one builds a sustainable business franchise today. Years of ingenuity and vertical integration have enabled operators to create uniform and predictable product applications and capture maximum operating efficiencies.