Are You Asking the Right Questions?

It’s always smart to look beyond the obvious. Maybe management is asking the wrong questions. Performance improvement does not come from just doing more of the same thing.

The Effect of Automation on Today’s Labor

Automation continues to be a very significant factor in the loss of manufacturing jobs but there is still ample opportunity for workers to acclimate and thrive, as long as people are willing and able to change. Otherwise, it is likely that their earning potentials will unfortunately fall down the ravine of the U-shaped labor market.

3D Printing a Game-Changer?

3D printing can make a dramatic difference for manufacturing, but not in the way you might expect. Today’s 3D printing technology may not be useful for the future of high volume consumer product manufacturing, but here is an example that could ‘change the game’ in a very significant way.

Why is OEE a popular manufacturing operations KPI

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is a measurement of manufacturing operations that is generic enough to be applied to manufacturing in many different industries, allowing simple comparisons across dissimilar processes.

How will augmented reality technology benefit manufacturing?

Manufacturing stands to gain tremendous benefits from augmented reality technology, and savvy leaders will learn about the possibilities now. The technology will experience a virtual explosion in use as designers create ecosystems to speed the development of applications.

Digital Manufacturing in the Experience Economy

We are entering the Experience Economy where customers are most interested in building memories, rather than in owning products or receiving a service. Economists and pundits alike are noting this major change in the business world to be as significant as the changes from an agricultural economy to the industrial age and from the industrial age to the service economy, which the developed world has traveled over the last two centuries.

How quickly is IoT growth producing a trillion-node network?

The explosion of IoT growth and IIoT growth is bringing huge numbers of connected devices into the global network of the Internet. Take a look at how the number of ‘smart’ objects, devices and other connected things is growing, with profound expansions into areas that affect supply chain management.

Digital Manufacturing in the Industrial Internet of Things

Physical products can’t be produced digitally, but digital resources can and do support manufacturing in a big way. Although manufacturing has made use of computers for decades, ever more powerful systems, sophisticated software, the Internet, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have expanded the digital world of manufacturing . . .

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