Posted By Jeff Moad, July 22, 2016
Manufacturers invest lots of money and intellectual capital defining and documenting the philosophies and standard practices under which they want their plants to operate. Operations bibles such as the legendary Toyota Production System not only lay out standard operating procedures aimed at driving up quality and productivity, they also reflect the cultural aspirations of the manufacturing enterprise.
But how can manufacturing leaders be sure plant operators aren’t deviating from or even ignoring their companies’ standard production system, possibly leading to quality problems or even costly recalls? To avoid this possibility, we see manufacturers emphasizing clear communication, training, employee engagement and, of course, supervisor oversight.
But is there a role for technology in making sure that operators are adhering to standard work and documented operating procedures? Technology conglomerate Hitachi Ltd. is attempting to make the case that there is.
Perhaps one of the most uncharted implications of the journey to Manufacturing 4.0 is how new digital technologies, pervasive sensor networks, lean production models, smart products, and advanced new materials can help the global manufacturing industry achieve higher levels of sustainability in their operations. Green manufacturing also saves money. Sometimes, a whole lot of money. Read More →
Manufacturers invest lots of money and intellectual capital defining and documenting the philosophies and standard practices under which they want their plants to operate. Operations bibles such as the legendary Toyota Production System not only lay out standard operating procedures aimed at driving up quality and productivity, they also reflect the cultural aspirations of the manufacturing enterprise. Read More →
Sportswear maker Under Armour has come up with a new, Manufacturing 4.0-inspired, customized manufacturing model based on a powerful combination of creative design, rapid innovation, extensive digital automation, in-house strategic partners, and local production – all under one roof. Read More →
In the weeks since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, much uncertainty about the political, economic, and social implications of the decision remains. But manufacturers are pressing ahead with business as usual, adopting a “wait and watch” attitude as the smoke from the Brexit decision slowly clears to reveal what Brexit means from a manufacturing perspective. Read More →
In an effort to provide some clarity in the midst of the confusion, here are 10 things that manufacturers should know about when trying to assess the future of manufacturing in the U.K., and some of the potential implications of BREXIT on their businesses. Read More →
The British vote to leave the European Union is a reaction to a perceived lack of sovereignty, frustration with the EU's ability to deal with various crises, immigration, and even globalization. At a societal level, it raises questions about the balance between the individual and the group. Read More →
The Obama Administration has announced the creation of a Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute which, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, will focus on accelerating the development of smart sensors, data analytics, and advanced control systems for manufacturing. Read More →
When the top winners of the 12th annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards were unveiled at a gala celebration on June 8, one thing became quite clear: The digital transformation that the Manufacturing 4.0 era promises is much more than a theory or a metaphor. Manufacturing leaders across a wide range of markets—from automotive to high technology—are becoming more efficient, more agile, and delivering more customer value by embracing the convergence of physical and cyber systems. Read More →
Why are large manufacturers investing in digitizing their product innovation, supply chain, and production processes? Many would say they recognize the need to respond to rapidly-rising customer expectations by becoming more data-driven and more agile. Read More →
In the Manufacturing 4.0 era, navigating the cyber security waters ahead will not simple, and it must not be thought of as an IT problem, Anthony King, Chief Information Security Officer Director, IT Security Operations/Governance, Risk and Compliance at Raytheon Missile Systems, told attendees at the 12th annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Carlsbad, CA. Read More →