It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” The notion that technology, automation and productivity lead to fewer jobs and higher unemployment is simply wrong. First, there is no logical relationship between job growth and productivity.
Politicians love promoting "made in America" during an election season but tend to forget about it once the dust settles. So, for all the praise of American manufacturing in the last campaign, very little has actually been done. So what happened to a real competitiveness and jobs agenda?
Collaboration through the supply chain, performed with a variety of mobile devices, is now the norm. While manufacturers limped along with their legacy ERP system through the global business changes, they are now choking because their legacy On-Premise solutions have not been — and cannot be — changed to meet this rapidly changing environment.
Proper sanitization is always a concern in the food industry, as foodborne pathogens often lurk and grow in hidden, hard-to-reach areas in processing environments. Food Manufacturing spoke with Tony Reed of Dow Microbial Control about how ozone sanitation can help prevent microbial contamination.
Tom Comstock and his company, Apriso, have visibility throughout the manufacturing sector, and with a company name that is derived from the Spanish term for quickly, he would seem to be the perfect candidate for our latest “5 Quick Questions” segment.
Manufacturing expanded in September as the PMI registered 56.2 percent, which was an increase of 0.5 percentage point when compared to August’s reading of 55.7 percent. September’s reading reflects the highest overall PMI reading in 2013.
How do you create the work instructions for your shop floor workers? If you’re using paper-based methods to create and communicate work instructions, or finding your electronic methods cumbersome, you may want to consider switching to interactive, PLM-based electronic work instruction.
In all cases of risk management, there are four options available for the management of the risk. As you evaluate each risk, you need to then adopt a management strategy based on the chosen option adopted for that risk or class of risks.
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.