Achieving excellent manufacturing efficiency is a daily — and long-term — challenge for many organizations. Most have difficulty determining their unique issues and finding the right solution because there are multiple factors that contribute to and influence excellence. Modern manufacturers are turning to manufacturing execution systems (MES) to identify and act upon their unique problems, […]
Industry 4.0 is here! Are you taking healthy steps to embrace it, or are you hiding your head in the sand? One thing’s for certain, you can’t escape the hype. Oh, the hype! So many opinions, so many paths, so many blog articles (this one is different, I promise).
Of course during a global pandemic, the topic on everyone’s mind is being healthy and taking steps to stay that way. As a manufacturer, that obviously means focusing on the health and safety of your workforce.
If you experienced a plunge in demand during the earlier days of the pandemic, you’re not alone. U.S. manufacturing output in March experienced its steepest dropsince 1946. And that was just the beginning.
Automation has transformed manufacturing as we know it, providing new levels of speed and efficiency. However, labor is still the soul of manufacturing.
It takes qualified workers to properly operate machinery, run software, and review quality issues. And, when compared to introducing new automation, labor is more quickly implemented and relatively inexpensive.
Many manufacturers are finding that money is tight. No surprise, right? Especially during the times we’re currently working through.