Globalization has created both the opportunity and challenge of creating and balancing global, regional and local demand. The resulting demand volatility of that complex mix has pushed forecasting accuracy to its effective limits; and, therefore, is forcing greater execution agility to make up for planning’s shortcomings.
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Sustainability is a hot topic in the food and beverage industry. As manufacturers seek to reduce costs and maintain customer loyalty, implementing sustainable practices can help to achieve these aims while at the same time ensuring that companies are playing a responsible role in their industry and society in general.
Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: EU regulators raid offices of consumer electronics companies; Ford unviels the new Mustang; and the U.S. House votes to renew a plastic gun ban.
More and more manufacturers are upgrading control systems primarily to fight the battle of equipment obsolescence, rather than taking the opportunity to invest in upgrades, in order to gain more productive years out of major capital assets. There has been a noticeable trend in projects that are successful in achieving just hardware replacement, and those projects that leave the manufacturing process with more intelligence and flexibility.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the sixth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 54th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
Routine, structured tasks such as monitoring equipment or production processes are becoming increasingly automated. This creates the potential not just to optimize existing production and service delivery models but to transform them.
Food safety is seen as the single most important issue among manufacturers, and the demands to document information relating to food sourcing, material flow, traceability and more present an ongoing challenge.
Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Sriracha factory woes; Motorola smartphone news; and an electric helicopter built for two.
With the Affordable Care Act pushing more long-term treatment to be done at home, and patients demanding an increased level of autonomy when it comes to treating their conditions, many devices that were once only operated by skilled, educated technicians or physicians are now in the hands of relatively inexperienced patients.
Network strategies and objectives differ depending on the job. The IT department must place data integrity first. On the other hand, JIT production facilities live and die by keeping manufacturing lines up and running in order to meet production quantity, quality and delivery driven by electronic order requests sent by the customer. By maintaining separate networks, each group can operate at optimum potential.
Dave De Young knew something needed to change. JSJ Corporation’s engineers across the globe were struggling to load CAD drawings, while the finance hawks were wondering why so much was being spent on a centralized storage system that didn’t meet expectations. His quest to find a solution eventually led him to the cloud.
Recently, smart marketers from other industries such as restaurants, suppliers and consumer brands have started embracing personalizing interactions for their customers. These marketers are incorporating the fundamentals used in retail today to increase engagement and revenue. Marketers across all industries need to incorporate these retail strategies to optimize customer interactions to build brand loyalty and drive sales.
Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Wireless carriers reject cellphone 'Kill Switch' idea; gun safety technology; and the mission of Tesla Motors.
R&D activities need to be intimately linked to a company product strategy. This will lay out the future customer changes and needs, when these are likely to occur, and highlight what technologies are coming along that may provide breakthroughs.
Familiarizing yourself now with these regulations may prompt you to give your input to the FDA while they are still in the “comment” phase rather than wait until they are final rules and more difficult, if not impossible, to challenge.
Over time, business has gotten a lot smarter when it comes to protecting enterprise technology from the hackers and viruses that are constantly fighting to get in. At the same time, though, we sometimes forget to account for a key vulnerability in the security perimeter — the many data links maintained with suppliers and service providers. The oversight is potentially serious.
Have you been having problems with your electrical equipment but haven’t found the cause? For many users it turns out to be a very common, widespread problem called ground loop feedback — an electrical phenomenon which occurs when different electrical circuits are powering a system and its peripherals.
Different manufacturing businesses face different business challenges depending on product sets, competitive dynamics, supply chains and customer trends in a given market. But when it comes to reducing the costs of existing products, they share some very similar challenges.
Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Coffee spat resolution; anti-theft tech for cellphones; how an ERP system could hamper revenue growth and a 3D printed car.
The world has changed a lot since 1929 and so has the way Silver Spring Foods runs its business. The company recognized that its current Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) system could not handle its current business requirements and would be unable to evolve as the company continued to grow.
Whether you are just getting going on your business career or you have been working in the field for years, one thing that always comes back to bite you is costs. How can we alleviate these costs? What are some strategies for tracking manufacturing costs and managing them so that they don't get too far out of hand?