manufacturing

A manufacturing shift to a more demanding market

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. …

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How are Lean Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 connected?

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 …

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8 reasons why your company should be using visual work instructions

Did you know that people only remember 10% of what they read? If you add images, then it doubles. Video and interaction make it even better. This is why knowledge transfer in work situations is most effective when it is based on images and videos. Visual work instructions are easy to train with and easy …

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Using technology to cross the skills gap in manufacturing

Manufacturing has undergone a dramatic change in the last several decades. It’s now facing it’s biggest challenge – the growing skills gap. Automation plays a critical role in production, which means that many tasks that have been historically managed by skilled workers are now being done by machines. Fortunately, workers have not been fully replaced …

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Dealing with the loss of skilled labour’s knowledge and unscheduled downtime

Latest research shows that currently, unplanned downtime remains an unsolved conundrum, but it is certainly one worth solving. More than eight in ten organizations have been impacted by at least one unplanned outage involving their machinery/assets over past three years. On average, organizations have experienced two episodes during this period. Downtime consultants say that almost …

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