How do we remember the accomplishments of the incredible thinkers, engineers, and innovators? They're not necessarily famous or news-worthy people, and despite the enormous impact they have on how we currently live, they're forgotten for any number of reasons. October was a bad month for the technology world -- we lost a number of incredible thinkers, engineers, and innovators.
Tasked with the effort to develop electronic, rules-based workflows for the automation of manual processes, one company found a business process management tool to be very helpful. Effectively aligning all aspects of a business organization with the wants and needs of the customer is one of the most widespread trends in manufacturing today.
It can be amazing to see how manufacturers go from high expectations during their ERP software selection process to merely hoping that their "goes-live” doesn’t fail as the implementation proceeds. by Vivien Chan, Regional Marketing Lead, Tectura ASEAN Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has truly become a mature business application.
A second state-of-the-art tube bending machine has been ordered by BAE Systems Submarine Solutions to support the construction of the UK's Astute class nuclear-powered submarines. The new tube bending machine is an all-electric model with precision software-controlled servomotor movement, for bending tube diameters up to 76 millimeters.
Manufacturers — especially those reaching a consumer market— sometimes run the unfortunate risk of being held hostage by something as seemingly insignificant as a haircut. And even if your products reach professionals, the swings don’t always get easier to duck; more often than not, surprises that affect production don’t just come from the customer.
Energy economics and public image have combined to motivate owners and operators to design energy efficiency into new process plants and to seek out energy-saving retrofits for existing plants. Rick Beaman, PE, Senior Chemical Process Engineer, SSOE Group Dave Jechura, PE, Senior Chemical Engineer, SSOE Group Cliff Reese, PE, Business Leader and Senior Associate, SSOE Group Owners and operators of manufacturing plants are increasingly embracing the energy-saving technology and efficiency-enhancing systems that architects and engineers have been developing over more than a decade.
Most day-to-day root cause analysis (RCA) follows one or a combination of several steps. Nightmare scenario: The phone rings and you learn with dread that the problem you thought you had gotten rid of a month ago is back and bigger than ever. Your stomach sinks and your pulse quickens, as you scramble to find out exactly what is happening.
Faced with the task of dealing with a serious communications systems stability issue, one company turned to a cutting-edge platform for peace of mind and flexibility. Times are uncertain for American factories: volatile economic situation drives them into cutting production and relying on stockpiles to meet demand.
Nick Wilson is the president and CEO of Morrison Container Handling Solutions, which provides packaging solutions for national and international companies. He is also the 2011 recipient of the Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering (PACE) award from Iowa State University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Many manufacturers, particularly those who are achieving sub-par returns, have an idea that continuous improvement is simply a philosophy change, and not a capital investment, and are applying tools that aren't exactly suitable for their particular operations. A recent report from AlixPartners posited a surprising finding in the field of continuous improvement (CI) programs for manufacturers: Most companies engaged in Lean, Sigma Six, or another toolkit are achieving a poor return on their investment, and appear to be only partially engaged in the process itself.
His ferocity and tunnel vision led Steve Jobs to achieve monumental fame and fortune, but it also severed friendships and business relationships. When is the world going to stop talking about Steve Jobs?” “I don’t know, as soon as Christians stop talking about Jesus?” The untimely passing of the techno-icon has led to a deluge of skepticism, criticism, praise, and wonderment for the most influential man this world has lost in some time.
September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $606.56 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 22.9% from August and up 51.
My consulting plan is -- avoid the word "plan" -- and to be more precise by stating what you want that word to mean. Business continuity, disaster recovery and crisis management professionals are challenged by the use of inexact and often confusing jargon.
Decreasing cost and improving efficiency are always front-of-mind concerns for manufacturers. Phil Wolf of Portfolio Decisionware (PDWare) spoke with Food Manufacturing, MBT’s sister publication, about how project managers and resource planners can best manage resources to maximize productivity.
Last month, element14 launched The Drawer, an innovative content storage tool for users to capture and collect information as they navigate through the element14 community. Product Design & Development , MBT’s sister publication speaks with Jeff Jussel, senior director of global technology marketing at element14, about solving engineering pain points.
One process manufacturer utilizes a patented RVA system to provide independent, objective, and off-site third-party auditing to monitor and notify plant management in near real-time to immediately identify and correct any issues. Preventing cross contamination from pathogens such as E.
The Mexican economy is outpacing some of the faster growing regions in the world—such as Russia—and it is estimated that Mexico will be the eighth largest economy in the world by 2050. The dominant story from Mexico today is one of violence and corruption. The drug wars are a very real part of Mexico these days and nobody would underestimate the challenges that lie ahead for the government.
Behold, the world’s first Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod-touch enabled digital multimeter, which wirelessly transmits voltage, current, and resistance measurements back to the user. Redfish Instruments’ new iDVM device is the world’s first Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod-touch enabled digital multimeter, which wirelessly transmits voltage, current, and resistance measurements back to the user.
The QRM system is a great approach for custom product manufacturers who need to reduce lead times and labor hours. Lean manufacturing methodology has been around for many years and successfully used by many manufacturers to eliminate waste and lower costs. But in the 21st Century, there has also been a trend in manufacturing toward high-variety, low-volume products with options configured for individual customers, and even custom-engineered per client or plant.
There is an old saying in Quality Management: “If it’s not written down, the event never took place.” All businesses need a Quality Management System, but many do not have one, and if they do, it may not be managed very well. What exactly is a Quality Management System (QMS) and why is it necessary? A successful QMS consists of written and controlled procedures.