Navigating the complex landscape of expected process improvements, functional requirements, the realities of software capabilities, integration with your IT landscape and best practices can be quite daunting. What are some of the leading approaches being taken as part of these software selections and solution implementations?
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Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: High-tech manufacturing hubs; the impact of new nutrition labels on manufacturers; and Samsung's new products announced.
One indisputable fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced.
I can’t tell you how rewarding it is when a company implements a plan and the light bulb goes on and they finally see how data can drive truly effective action. When data-based systems are installed, the implementation is too often considered successful once the data are flowing and people can get to the data.
Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: U.S. Navy to deploy laser; Tesla fights bills that would limit expansion; and Mexico to become No. 2 car exporter to U.S.
An impact to one segment of the supply chain can have a domino-like effect that can be immediately felt throughout the entire supply chain. Through an effective monitoring program, organizations can proactively track and report on all of their supply chain issues, incidents, exposures and risks in real time.
You may get your product faster and cheaper, but manufacturing overseas has its pitfalls. Through a combination of one of the new manufacturing trends, “new-shoring” — creating new jobs closer to home — and smarter international manufacturing practices, small businesses are helping protect their valuable assets.
Amazon recently announced a new branch called AmazonSupply that aims to take on the role that industrial distributors have been doing for decades — supplying much-needed parts or MRO products to manufacturers in a timely, regular fashion. For manufacturers, it’s an intriguing new possibility.
What separates those manufacturers using data effectively from those not is centered in how data issues are handled. It revolves around management approach, not software sophistication.
In 2013, the FDA introduced new standards to ensure the public health of perishable food products that are being shipped, tracked and delivered. While the end result improves public safety and health, these standards present challenges for food distributors to ensure they have FDA-compliant processes, plans and technologies in place to avoid product recalls and fines.
Food waste drains food manufacturers’ resources and profits. Data on the issue is shocking. For example, 40 percent of all food produced in less-developed countries spoils every day before it reaches consumers. Data like this are alerting the food industry to the necessity of preventing food waste.
Many safety engineers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of safety standards. It’s a struggle to find a starting point and determine which standards are appropriate for which application and in what geographic location. Like training for a marathon, this seemingly daunting part of a safety engineer’s journey is best executed when broken down into smaller, more attainable steps.
Technological advancements within the industry have increased need for a highly skilled workforce. In the face of this gap, industry leaders must also contend with aging workforces, negative perceptions of the market and a lack of up-and-coming workers with the interest or training they need for available positions.
There is still a far greater emotional response to a factory closing than to an engineering firm opening. It’s not that plant closings are trivial, or that engineering is somehow superior. But there may be a problem with our focus on factories in that it takes energy away from aggressively developing more advanced services.
Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Meat labeling rules; the truth behind McNuggets; and a toilet prank gone wrong.
Although social engineering often ultimately leads to a cyber attacks, it may not start out that way. It may start with someone pretending to be a customer or the CEO’s friend, telephoning your company and tricking someone to give out information they should not be divulging.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
As markets evolve, distribution companies need to innovate around customers, analytics and supply networks. To survive and thrive in the brave new world, many wholesale distribution companies need a wholesale evolution.
Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Google and IBM unload some devisions; the skills gap in the U.S.; and Apple's disappointing numbers.
Automotive OEMs and parts manufacturers are fighting for survival in an increasingly more competitive global economy. As large companies spin off parts of the whole and smaller companies are acquired by more substantial players in the industry, they share one common goal — streamlined, efficient operations that maximize profitability.