Senior executives seek answers to questions like - Can I make my supply chain agile; Can I do online RFPs and supplier management. Can I run my factories remotely? Can I ensure social distancing on the factory floor by reducing the number of people on the factory floor?
Modern solar heat systems incorporate new technology, like smart sensors and other items to improve efficiency. They have found a home in a wide range of industrial facilities - and could help the manufacturing industry reduce emissions created by heating.
As many strategize how to move forward in 2021, remote operations capacity is one area that is emerging as critical for manufacturers to achieve operational continuity during what could continue to be a uniquely disruptive time.
The two may seem very similar, however, several key factors set an AGV and an AMR apart. The biggest difference between the two comes down to how they move through a facility.
COVID has accelerated the B2B eCommerce digital transformation. B2B buyers five years ago are diametrically different from today's buyers. B2B buyers in the next decade will morph in ways which cannot be imagined today.
Google Trends data suggests that worldwide searches for 'Industry 4.0' have continually increased since the term was first coined. What's more interesting, is that the same data shows the term 'What is Industry 4.0?' is the most popular related query. Are you surprised?
Additive Manufacturing is not intended to replace conventional or traditional manufacturing, but rather compliment it. When implemented correctly, AM offers manufacturers real flexibility and design freedom while enabling more resilient and robust value chains.
Manufacturing is beset by major challenges that are made worse by hyper shifts in supply and demand. Three main areas that are persistently an issue for Manufacturers are quality and safety issues, waste and underperforming assets, and high environmental impact.
Agile manufacturing is about creating flexibility to meet the market's expectations. By testing products in the market and making changes quickly, the product and its varying features, packages and options become more reflective of the voice of the customer, sooner.
Most conversations around the industrial IoT focus on its applications in assembly lines or inventory management. By comparison, processes like water management fly under the radar, but they contain the same potential.
Natural exoskeletons provide animals such as spiders and insects with protection, structural support, and an area to attach muscles for powerful movement. Artificial exoskeletons can provide humans with protection from physical strain and enhanced strength in the workplace.
Is Recycling the New Manufacturing? How Companies Who Take a Green, Circular Approach are Saving Money and the Environment
Impacts of this waste are widely understood, with rotting items contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, general pollution, and microplastics littering our waterways and infiltrating the food chain. What many don't seem to understand, however, is the economic impact of waste.
Plastic injection moulding is a difficult application for machine vision. The highly reflective surface of plastics is hard to illuminate, and the fact that the same production line can create items of different colours and shapes is problematic for traditional solutions.
It's a common misconception that manufacturers must purchase entirely new and expensive equipment to build the factory of the future. Instead, manufacturers should consider how they can modernize legacy equipment to make it Industry 4.0 ready and compatible with new tech.
Every operation has different goals and resources, so what lean looks like will vary. Still, there are some general concepts you can follow to create a lean assembly line.
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