Manufacturing Blog

February, 20, 2017
If you're not familiar with the term, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the practice of enabling equipment to collect process and exchange information over an internet connection. Many...
February, 13, 2017
Data collection is a critical part of executing Lean Manufacturing techniques effectively. If you don't have accurate information, you won't be able to identify opportunities to improve your...
February, 06, 2017
Are you poised for a productive and profitable 2017? In today’s manufacturing environment, there are three areas of success for a manufacturing company: Market knowledge and marketing capability...
January, 30, 2017
  The road to plant/facility automation has more than a few challenges. The biggest challenge involves adjusting operations without compromising productivity. The good news is implementing Lean...
January, 23, 2017
Innovating at an iterative, sustainable pace increases the likelihood of small manufacturers having above-average profits. However, innovating can be a risky endeavor if manufacturers lack the means...
January, 16, 2017
Asset performance management (APM) involves gathering, processing and analyzing data to improve equipment reliability and availability - a key part of manufacturing optimization. But how do you...
January, 06, 2017
When you think of manufacturing optimization, you may envision machine specialists dismantling your old equipment and replacing it with the latest models. But in reality, enhancing processes doesn't...
January, 04, 2017
Industry 4.0: Are You Ready for the Next Industrial Revolution? The time to position your company for global success is now. With the concepts of the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) emerging, and...
December, 08, 2016
“Coaching helps create a Lean environment where organizations can implement small changes, develop positive habits, and ultimately LIVE a culture of continuous improvement.” Coaching is universal....
April, 06, 2016
How can you use data to improve your company’s performance? It seems that data acquisition and data usage is all we are hearing about these days in the manufacturing world.  So given the vast...
September, 25, 2015
Shop-floor or machine monitoring provides real-time data on performance of machine tools so companies can respond faster to equipment malfunctions, maintenance issues, better understand machine tool...
September, 25, 2015
A significant obstacle for Manufacturing’s continued success is a shortage of skilled workers. An American Society for Training & Development research survey reported that 67% of respondents...
September, 25, 2015
A good management team is extremely vital in establishing Lean in an organization. Management must provide leadership, be a good coach, and empower their organization.  It is not the “Do as I say,...
September, 25, 2015
As organizations adopt lean principles the process inevitably involves developing metrics for measuring progress. It is important that these measurements are linked throughout the organization and to...
April, 03, 2014
Supply chain visibility and integration is critical in today’s age of globalization where supply chains extend across continents leading to greater lead times, increased inventory and need to...
April, 03, 2014
Manufacturing industry relies heavily on the skilled workforce to drive innovation, productivity and remain globally competitive. The rise of the high-tech manufacturing is changing the environment...
March, 27, 2014
Manufacturing is among the most energy-intensive sector and account for almost 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Energy consumption monitoring has been done since the...

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Gone are the days of purchasing any old lathe, grinder, and mill to produce parts. Today, buying a...
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