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Manufacturers accelerate technology adoption in race to the new normal

  The state of the industry today Manufacturers worldwide are eager for signs of recovery and are also bracing for the next wave of change it will bring. The new normal will be fiercely competitive. While some manufacturers spent the past year in a holding pattern, others accelerated their adoption of digital technologies. Those early adopters have kindled new market expectations for speed, value, and customer engagement. It's a new era, new rules, new ways ...
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Trucking into 2021

Few working in the American trucking industry will deny that 2020 brought unique challenges to almost every sector of the trucking industry. The ongoing pandemic caused many motor carriers to scramble in Q2, with some losing a significant portion of ...
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Four keys to establishing intelligent supply chain control

For supply chain professionals in your organization to receive the flexibility and agility they need to increase speed, drive down costs, and satisfy customers, there are four critical components your company must possess. These include real-time visibility, predictive insights, prescriptive ...
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Manufacturing in the Midwest

To this day I have a distinct memory… being a youngster on the school bus, recognizing I was getting close to downtown because of the smell of yeast. As you might have guessed, the town is Milwaukee, and that smell ...
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How to Perform a Gemba Walk to Improve Your Manufacturing Operations

A great lean tool that is often overlooked and sometimes misunderstood is the gemba walk. Gemba comes from the Japanese word genba, meaning "the actual place." In lean manufacturing, gemba refers to the place where things happen-the manufacturing floor. However, gemba is ...
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8 Types of Waste Within Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing is something nearly everyone in the industry talks about and strives to achieve. Lean manufacturing is a method of identifying and eliminating waste to improve the manufacturing process and give customers only what they are willing to pay ...
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Interview with Simon Whitton: The Future of Robotics

The world of robotics is constantly changing, and the needs of each industry can be very different. That is why we partnered with consultant Simon Whitton, managing director of SIRO Consulting Ltd, a boutique consulting company focused on the Industrial ...
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Interview with Simon Whitton: Starting with Robotics

The world of robotics is constantly changing, and the needs of each industry can be very different. That is why we partnered with consultant Simon Whitton, the managing director of SIRO Consulting Ltd, a boutique consulting company focused on the ...
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Manufacturing ERP Needs to Be More Than Vanilla

As an ERP buyer for manufacturing, you will come across several options with their claim to be suitable for any industry or situation. In reality, each ERP systems' design supports concrete business processes based on size and micro-vertical. Implementing an ...
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Interview with Simon Whitton: What is Robotics?

The world of robotics is constantly changing, and the needs of each industry can be very different. That is why we partnered with consultant Simon Whitton, the managing director of SIRO Consulting Ltd, a boutique consulting company focused on the ...
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Is Your Supply Chain a Cyber Risk To Your Business?

When you think about cybersecurity, payment processes and customer data may come to mind, but it is also important to think about your supply chain. Unfortunately, cyber threats and attacks are real. In 2020, from January through June, there were ...
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5 Why’s of Problem Solving

  There are many ways to go about problem solving, especially in a business setting. But one method that has proven effective in manufacturing is the 5 Whys. It is a problem-solving tool that is used to dig deep and ...
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What is PDCA or Plan-Do-Check-Act?

PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) is a four-step management tool used to implement, manage, and drive continuous improvement. It is also a key part of lean manufacturing.   Walter Andrew Shewhart Ph.D., a data scientist at Bell Laboratories, is credited with developing the ...
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