A closer look at the factors contributing to slowing growth rates in Brazil, Russia, India and China offers insight on the next collection of emerging markets. For quite some time, the subset of countries known as the BRICs have been the primary targets of U.S. manufacturers looking for either less expensive production settings or a new market in which to grow.
Just like your car insurance is a way to minimize the financial consequence of a car crash and backing up your files is a way to minimize the consequence of a computer crash, spare parts inventory is a way to minimize the consequence of an equipment crash.
As manufacturers look to the future, their next enterprise resource planning (ERP) upgrade presents an ideal forcing function for change, bringing together key stakeholders to make decisions about incorporating new technology innovations.
The global manufacturing industry is in the midst of a fundamental transformation — having to rethink everything from how products are conceived, designed and sourced to how they are produced, sold and serviced. According to a recent study, 68 percent of 300 manufacturers surveyed expect to undergo major business transformation in the next three years.
As manufacturers increasingly realize the benefits of wireless connectivity in order to improve communication with their devices to gain more robust data and analytics, even greater emphasis will be placed on security and the cloud in manufacturing facilities.
More and more plant operators are insisting on easier access to plant floor operations, control systems and production data. To meet these demands, engineers need to get the most out of their IT-based plant assets — and virtualization can help.
Control automation has made significant headway into many industries. The expansion of automation into broader applications has spurred demand for smarter, more efficient drives, controls and software tools. Staying ahead of the technological curve requires leveraging state-of-the art tools.
Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) programs are vital to the successful running of any international company. Without strong and comprehensive QHSE systems in place, companies could be exposed to incidents that could put their people and the environment in danger.
Every organization has a unique approach to IT. With manufacturing, the approach often is dictated by the type of products and processes involved. For some companies aiming to improve manufacturing operations capabilities, it may make sense to build on the enterprise backbone, which is typically ERP.
Gearboxes are high wear items, transforming power from electric motors (high speed, low torque) to the requirements of the load application (lower speed and higher torque). There is a general assumption in power transmission: “Speed is cheap, torque is expensive.”
Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about the new and emerging technologies in manufacturing that are likely to produce major industry changes in the coming months and years. One such area of technology, as identified by the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership group, is remanufacturing.
The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is recognized as one of the most prestigious honors a U.S. manufacturing company can attain. We recently sat down with Woodbury University President Luis Calingo, member of the 2013 Board of Examiners for the award.
Most everyone in manufacturing is aware that today, supply chain is, more or less, “king” of the manufacturing lifecycle. With more globalized supply chains and the trend of working with more and more third parties, it’s critical that manufacturers keep a strong hold on the flow of materials from one location to the next.
With the right solutions and planning, a warehouse can be a product and inventory manager, a dynamic process enabler, a key factor in rationalizing new SKUs, a sales growth catalyst, a business planning tool and a flexible entity that adapts to new market forces as they arise.
Is manufacturing coming back to the U.S.? The single best answer is “No”. No, there is not a mass movement to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. No, we are not moving away from global supply chains. No, the U.S. does not have a large workforce waiting to take low paying jobs.
What is a warehouse? Posing and answering this question will help you better understand the role of automation in your warehouse. A well-planned and managed warehouse can be a critical part of the supply chain, the tools you use can make your operations more efficient and saving money can give you a competitive advantage.
The FDA issued the final rule about labeling food products “gluten-free” on August 1, 2013, and the gluten-free food market continues to grow rapidly. Here’s what food companies need to know about the new gluten-free food labeling rule.
IMPO magazine talked to John Senay, Product Marketing Manager with Atlas Copco Compressors about the latest in energy-efficient compressor technology, NEMA Premium Efficiency requirements and the future of energy efficiency in manufacturing plants.
Each of us has a nemesis process; that process that we engage regularly and that drives us crazy because of its inefficiency, its guarantee to waste our time or energy, and some variety of reasons that prevent it from being reasonably improved. Some of us have more than one.
The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) is beginning to take hold with major food retailers in the United States. Now is the time for your organization to prepare by reviewing your labeling processes and making any necessary changes to ensure you are ready to comply.