Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Improvement and innovation are a way of life. At VKS, we wholeheartedly believe this to be true, and our work instruction platform is a testament to the never-ending goal of continually striving for the best processes and technology. Under our ever-striving nature to improve our processes and technology, we are proud to announce our new update: VKS 6.4.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Smart tools are an incredible resource for manufacturers. They assist workers with their tasks while gathering massive amounts of data that can be used for quality control and quality assurance. In reality, smart tools are worthless without a smart system behind them calling the shots. So how smart are your smart tools?

Written by:

Virginia Shram

So you already know about the importance of creating and maintaining SOPs for your manufacturing operations, but do you know how to regularly test your SOPs for continued standard communication? It’s unfortunately easy to find yourself using outdated SOPs – so shake things up with these rewriting maintenance strategies, which will reinvigorate you and your team when it comes to SOPs.

Written by:

Virginia Shram

Manufacturing work instructions in industrial production are unique by nature of the niche that they fill: interactive, visual, and user-friendly, they also impart extremely precise instructions that ensure a quality threshold for mass production.

Written by:

Virginia Shram

The Smart Factory of modern-day manufacturing has amazing applications, and still more are being developed constantly. What’s also fascinating about the Smart Factory is that it’s a consequence of hundreds of years of industrial history and innovative engineering. For now, let’s focus on a specific element of manufacturing which has evolved as the artery of a functional factory: the production line.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

The Connected Factory ushers in a new era of communication and coordination never thought possible within a manufacturing environment. Through Connected Factory technologies like digital work instructions, MES software, maintenance systems, and cyber-physical machines, companies now weave a centralized digital thread that actively shares information with all facets of the production line.

Written by:

Virginia Shram

AI technology will definitely eliminate some traditional jobs, but the supervision and mastery of operating high-tech machine systems will create more jobs that haven’t yet even been theorized. We dive into the data to judge the extent of automation.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Manufacturing SOPs can be the bedrock of a healthy and sustainable operation. But if done poorly or not utilizing the advanced opportunities of the era, your manufacturing SOPs could be delaying your growth and development. To safeguard against these problems, companies are opting for digital Manufacturing SOPs, which allow them to optimize their SOP efforts with current technology and innovation.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

What are interactive work instructions and how can we use them? With VKS visual platforms, workers not only interact with their instructions, the software also engages users. Through features like communication alerts, automated rules, smart forms, and smart tools, interactive work instruction software becomes less of a tool and more of a valuable team member.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

As manufacturing gets more complex and demand keeps changing, every business is looking for the next greatest manufacturing solutions. But sometimes these “solutions” only make manufacturing more complex and less intuitive. What the industry needs are solutions that work smarter, not harder. With this in mind, let’s explore some intelligent yet simple manufacturing solutions to 4 common assembly line issues.

Written by:

Virginia Shram

Is sustainable business growth possible without addressing forms of waste in production? If so, this could mark the beginning of a new type of supply chain strategy for the post-pandemic market. Let’s take a closer look at the manufacturing implications of Shein’s rapid rise.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

As the manufacturing skills gap becomes more prevalent each year, closing this gap is becoming an urgent topic for companies worldwide. But despite the increased discussions on the topic, it seems like closing the manufacturing skills gap is still a losing battle. With statistics showing potential losses in the trillions of dollars for the industry, the world needs a smart solution that can close this gap quickly.

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