Take a walk through any manufacturing shop floor and you’ll notice carefully crafted documents that help workers achieve their daily goals. Standard operating procedures and standard work instructions are key to success in manufacturing. They can be improved upon through document reviews, audits, a disciplined problem-solving process and, most importantly, the input from the experts […]
In a year that featured otherwise solid job growth, manufacturing stood out as one sector that lagged behind. It’s not that the jobs aren’t there. Instead, it’s more a case where the manufacturers themselves are having a harder time filling positions. The hire rate was down as the industry struggles with a skills gap. The
Manufacturing is no longer simply about making physical products. Changes in consumer demand, the nature of products, the economics of production, and the economics of the supply chain have led to a fundamental shift in the way companies do business. Customers demand personalization and customization as the line between consumer and creator continue to blur.
What’s next for Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing? What are the manufacturing trends of the future? This article considers the main trends, which include the use of smaller and more powerful robots and other areas. 1. Additive Manufacturing Advancements in additive manufacturing can help companies reduce energy costs, limit waste, and boost production. Plus, these
Industrial manufacturers are one of the top adopters of Augmented Reality and immersive media in general. From asset design to instruction manuals, asset-intensive industries are implementing augmented reality experiences to provide immersive experiences for employees and customers. Going from Text-based Instructions to Manuals 4.0 A user guide or user’s guide, also commonly known as a
Lean Production is widely recognized and accepted in the industrial setting. It concerns the strict integration of humans in the manufacturing process, a continuous improvement and focuses on value-adding activities by avoiding waste. However, a new paradigm called Industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution has recently emerged in the manufacturing sector. It allows creating