Digital Transformation and Workforce Enablement
Businesses plan. They spend time crunching numbers, making projections, and setting goals. Three months into 2020 and those plans are of little use. No one could have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic...
3 Ways to Reverse Construction's Lagging Productivity
Worldwide, the construction industry employs about 7% of the world’s working-age population. It is one of the world’s largest economic sectors; yet, it is at or near the bottom on productivity..
5 Trends That Will Transform Machinery Manufacturing in 2020
As new technologies emerge, machinery manufacturers benefit from exciting new opportunities that allow them to reimagine their processes and operations. However, it can be difficult to decide which..
The Value of Upscaling Coaching to Maximize Employee ROI
For too long, manufacturer's have been bemoaning the lack of an available skilled workforce. Many have been waiting for some form of a White Knight in improved vocational training or government..
Predictive Maintenance: Increasing Your Equipment's ROI
You may be surprised to learn that predictive maintenance was first used during World War II. About half of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) aircraft were grounded for maintenance at any time during the..
Improving OEE With Quicker Changeovers
Once milk was just milk. Today you'll find a dozen or more different types on grocery store shelves. The same goes for yogurt: consumers want choices and dairy producers are serving it up. There is..
Turning Machine Learning and Deep Analytics into Business Insights
According to Forbes, the 2019 growth strategy for manufacturers was focused on improving shop floor productivity through investing in machine learning (ML) platforms. That focus may not have resulted..
Overcoming Interoperability Challenges: Why IoT Standards are a Business Imperative
Do you remember when your company connected the first sensor or device to the Internet of Things (IoT)? It wasn’t plug and play. It was more wish and wait. You were excited about the potential, but..
Can Smart Manufacturing Support the 3 Ps of Sustainability?
When was the last time you heard the phrase smart manufacturing? Yesterday? Two hours ago? In one of our recent posts? What about the word sustainability? Although these terms are likely heard..
How Smart is Your Factory?
According to Forbes, technology is the dominant trend in manufacturing for 2020. More and more manufacturers will look to technologies that make their factories smarter by utilizing: Internet of..
How Knowledge Sharing Supports a Well Integrated Value Chain
Manufacturers are familiar with the term supply chain. They understand that it encompasses the acquiring of materials through production to delivery to the customer. Supply chains focus on the cost..
How Manufacturers Can Facilitate Collaborative Cross Functional Teams to Innovate
While it's true that the term "digital transformation" brings with it far-reaching implications for any organization, the concept at the heart of it all couldn't be more straightforward. It simply..
How Content Chaos is Hurting Manufacturers
In a perfect world, manufacturing documentation is ordered and controlled. Product Development conducts a feasibility study for a new product idea. Product developers or engineers create a design..
Maximizing Collaboration with Your Supply Chain Vendors
For your business to compete on a global scale in any industry, you need to have your supply chain vendors connected. A well-maintained network of supply chain vendors will keep your company in..
Manufacturing: Do You Have a Business Continuity Plan for Cyberattacks?
When businesses hear business continuity or disaster recovery, they think of a catastrophic event such as a natural disaster or political upheaval. Depending on its location, a company may consider a..
Skilled Labor Shortage in Smart Manufacturing
The term Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth generation of the Industrial Revolution. It is also the revolution that we are now in the midst of, more than two centuries away from the First Industrial..
Knowledge Sharing in the World of IIoT
Have you noticed how defining a technology acronym does very little to explain what it is? Take IIoT. What is an industrial internet of things? Is it different than the internet of things (IoT)?..