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.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Manufacturing strategies either ensure success or spell out doom for manufacturers fighting for a place in the completive market. Since the introduction of the Lean methodologies, and various QMS standards, manufacturers have been flooded with new and improved “best practices” that promise minimization of waste and maximization of value in their competitive environments. But have these manufacturing strategies worked?

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

The illustrious ISO 9001 certification has been a desirable credential for decades within the manufacturing community. Since its inception in 1987, it has been a symbol of quality practices, continuous improvement, and customer satisfaction. But is ISO 9001 worth it?

Written by:

Virginia Shram

Remote work is rising in popularity, and many employers are creating new protocols for standardizing the process. Whether or not you choose to adopt a WFH (work from home) or hybrid telecommuting model, it’s a good idea to consider the benefits that come with such a reframing.

Written by:

Virginia Shram

Let’s stop moralizing AI technology and look at 3 different case studies in the bestseller "Automating Inequality" by economic and political authority Virginia Eubanks. With each study, we can learn valuable takeaways about automation implementation.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

With only about ten years since Industry 4.0 was coined in 2011, Industry 5.0 seems to be hot on its tails. Never before have we had two industrial revolutions follow so closely together and this is leading to some interesting interplay between their innovations and benefits. But is the hype really worth it? Or is Industry 5.0 a new catchphrase to keep people interested in Industry 4.0's latest innovations?

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Establishing a proper work order management process can be difficult. There is a significant amount of scheduling, prioritization, and workforce planning that contribute toward a successful work order management process. That’s why we’ve created the 8 Stages of the Work Order Management Process. Though every operation is different, we’ll go into detail about what a successful work order management process looks like.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Have you been on the fence about integrating work instruction software into your operation? Or are you looking for new areas to go digital? Examples of standard work instructions help you understand the capabilities of the software while also bringing to light the variety of ways it can benefit your unique business.

Written by:

Ben Baldwin

Productivity monitoring often brings to mind overzealous managers who micromanage their employees. But did you know that with the right system, productivity monitoring actually empowers your workers? Effectively monitoring employee productivity goes beyond tracking how much is produced within an hour. It tracks specific challenges, key successes, and allows operators to share their knowledge and observations.

Written by:

Virginia Shram

Manufacturers-in-the-know praise Taichi Ohno and Eiji Toyoda for inventing the revolutionary Toyota Production System, but did you know that the origins of lean production go back even further?

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