In anticipation of large data growth due to acquisitions and expansion, one company deployed a network storage server, which it now leverages for real-time replication, high availability and scalable backup. Background WaterFurnace International is an Indiana-based manufacturer of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly geothermal comfort systems, indoor air quality products, and pool heaters.
Launching a new product is a risky business. According to the Harvard Business Review in 2004, only 1 in 10 new products were considered successful. Of course, it's often the case that the bigger the risk, the bigger the potential rewards. With continuing low consumer confidence, media reports of foreclosures, high unemployment and talk of "double dip" recessions, the course of action for many companies has been to simply invest as little as possible in marketing, minimize risk and wait out the storm.
In order to meet high standards of cleanliness and hygiene, as well as prevent equipment issues, one process manufacturer replaced the v-grooved, track-guided roller systems in its packaging machines with plastic bushings. Packaging machines, from cartoning and filling devices, to palletizing, labeling or inspection equipment, are constantly handling sensitive products.
Two very important elements of successful execution of the Lean methodology are often overlooked and left out of most Lean training. In my experience applying the Lean methodology to both office or “transactional” work functions as well as production environments, I have observed Lean solutions, sometimes they are even recommended by expert consultants, fail leaving the Lean experts scratching their heads.
When one company decided to bring its business national in 2010, the company’s leaders recognized the need for a modern ERP solution that would cost-effectively scale to support the company’s growth and drive improved efficiencies. From its headquarters in Preston, Wash.
The opportunities that digital technologies provide for today’s younger generation are forcing business leaders and marketers to rethink their strategies for successful product development and manufacturing. While I hate to admit it, I am still very proud to say that my daughter is a lot smarter than me when I was her age.
Have you ever seen a chandelier made of used eyeglasses? You can see that and more from a Trenton, New Jersey-based recycling and upcycling firm that converts millions of tons of waste into new products or materials . The designers at TerraCycle refer to themselves as “junkies.
An up-and-coming CAD program is emerging via the internet. Not a downloadable or updatable piece of software, but a web-based system. Tinkercad allows fresh minds to bring new ideas to the table, and, with its ease of compatibility, makes it easy to get basic ideas into the hands of professionals.
Enterprise mobility is an increasingly-relevant and ever-changing issue for today’s manufacturers. What are some of the key trends driving the supply chain market for 2012, and what can manufacturers expect in the future? Grant Woolf, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development TAKE Solutions, Inc.
The next time you're looking to improve on the existing, try looking at what's new and what's old, and deciphering which is the most appropriate. Everyone has a story about those few items in their lives they’ve retained for years and years that still function far better than the latest and greatest technology.
When Ricola was looking to update the production line for its candies in certain varieties, the main requirements for a new, integrated solution were an increase in production output and higher flexibility. Since 1940, Ricola has been synonymous with Swiss quality.
“Outsourcing management” defines the processes required to manage product pricing data, select outsourcing partners, manage pricing negotiations, maintain updated pricing across EMS providers, and rollup product costing. A cursory look at interactions between electronic OEMs and EMS providers clearly indicates the complexity that exists between supply chain partners.
In order to drive IT simplification for an ERP implementation, there is an acute need to establish a yardstick or metrics for determining its complexity, and common strategies to identify the means to influence this yardstick. While rapid globalization and inorganic growth have been the cornerstones for defining business strategies for most of the CEOs and business leaders today, these have also created a nightmare for CIOs with the ever evolving IT landscape and struggle in maintaining a common layer across diverse business units.
For those with a strong desire to innovate and also improve the shortcomings of everyday products, there is an opportunity to do so at a social-media industrial design firm, where thousands of online members share ideas on how to make these products better. The Snow-Dozer windshield scraper is one of the many product ideas submiBed by an online community at Quirky.
The "holy grail" for mobile manufacturing has always been the capability to completely perform one's duties — say, as a plant manager — from the road. Many think this capability is still years away, if not more, but some say that world is closer than we might think. This is part two of a two-part series on mobile technology in manufacturing.
The virtual explosion in new technologies over the past couple of decades has had a dramatic effect on industrial design and the product development process. The availability of new materials and communication techniques, along with vast amounts of computer memory at almost unbelievably low prices, has transformed the product designer’s world in ways that could not have been foreseen — back when clouds were for weather forecasters and tablets required a pen or pencil.
Manufacturers are going mobile — whether it's for inventory control, dealing with customer orders, or managing employees — with a growing network of software providers that are riding on the consumer wave. This is part one of a two-part series on mobile technology in manufacturing.
Here are the most important factors process manufacturers should consider when implementing a remote monitoring system in their facilities. Ed Orvidas, Strategic Account Manager, Culligan International In the food and beverage industry, water is used in nearly every stage of production.
Designers, OEMs, and manufacturers must continue to cater to ever-changing consumer demands that challenge each to come up with “the next big thing” in electronic devices. A traditional five-way tactile switch. Consumer and prosumer electronics are constantly being re-engineered to meet demands for greater functionality and sleeker designs in the quest to become “the next big thing” in the market.
FSCs, a uniquely different color technology, fits a niche in the growing market of custom build color LCD modules. FCS LCDs are a uniquely different color technology. They are not a replacement for OLEDs or TFTs, because they do not display video or high-resolution photos.