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Technology Readiness Levels: A Better Product Development Framework?

Does the Technology Readiness Levels framework (TRL) developed by NASA make sense for your product development situation? Let’s compare it to other development frameworks, including medical devices and consumer electronics, to see how the TRLs are related and helpful as milestones to focus on during the development process. What are the TRLs? The technology readiness… Continue reading Technology Readiness Levels: A Better Product Development Framework?

Biden Sees Progress in Supply Crisis Amid Faster Inflation

President Joe Biden said his administration’s work has begun to alleviate supply chain disruptions and that higher inflation is a “natural byproduct” of the global economy’s recovery from the pandemic. The president, who’s been assailed by his political opponents over rising prices, again sought to reassure Americans that store shelves will be full for the… Continue reading Biden Sees Progress in Supply Crisis Amid Faster Inflation

Watch: How Will Supply Chains Cope With Inventory Disruption?

Richard Cabrera, executive vice president and head of middle-market banking with Umpqua Bank, details the permanent changes that businesses will be making in their inventory strategies as a result of COVID-19 and the subsequent supply chain meltdown. A “sea change” has taken place with regard to inventory policies in the wake of the pandemic, Cabrera… Continue reading Watch: How Will Supply Chains Cope With Inventory Disruption?

What You Need to Know About Visiting Your Overseas Factory

Visiting a factory can be a worthwhile investment of your time, money, and energy, and it can help you catch potential issues with a new supplier and move projects forward more quickly. At the moment, however, the pandemic is making travel to Asian countries quite tricky, especially China. So if you don’t have an in-country… Continue reading What You Need to Know About Visiting Your Overseas Factory

Transforming Legacy Manufacturing Enterprises With AI on the Edge

This article discusses how legacy manufacturing enterprises can harness the latest technologies, to optimize factory operations without having to ramp up infrastructure investment. Transforming Legacy Manufacturing Enterprises With AI on the Edge Rinat Akhmetov, ML Solution Architect | Provectus Manufacturing enterprises often operate in a cut-throat environment. Pressured by competitors from abroad and at home,… Continue reading Transforming Legacy Manufacturing Enterprises With AI on the Edge

Omicron, Climate Change Threaten Christmas Tree Supply

Those people who start the Christmas season while clearing the Thanksgiving dishes might be right. “You’re lucky you got your Christmas tree when you did,” James Bianco, founder and president of his eponymously named research firm, said in support of the early birds. “It might actually be harder to get it in the coming weeks”… Continue reading Omicron, Climate Change Threaten Christmas Tree Supply

AI in Supply Chains: Helping Businesses Respond to Change

The complexity of global supply chains has opened the way for unanticipated events, such as chip shortages, global pandemics and port closures, causing a cascading array of unintended consequences, among them the rapid breakdown of many supply chains. This disruption leads companies to navigate tremendous operational, financial and ethical risks. In order to thrive in… Continue reading AI in Supply Chains: Helping Businesses Respond to Change

Preparing to Automate: How to Evaluate Your Operations Prior to Implementing an AS/RS

Improving efficiencies and cutting costs, automation technology is one of today’s fastest-growing supply chain innovations. In the 2016 MHI Annual Industry Report, survey participants ranked robotics and automation as the top emerging technology expected to transform supply chains over the next 10 years. As more manufacturers and distributors explore automation, many will consider how they… Continue reading Preparing to Automate: How to Evaluate Your Operations Prior to Implementing an AS/RS

Justifying the Cost of Your Automation Project

Over the past few decades, warehouse automation has become crucial to the efficiency and reliability of warehouse operations across the globe. The recent rapid growth of sales in the omni-channel marketplace has significantly affected warehousing operations, causing a heightened need for adaptable systems with increased capabilities and flexibility. As with all major capital investments, it… Continue reading Justifying the Cost of Your Automation Project

How to Mitigate Risk in Your Supply Chain

U.S. companies face millions of dollars in penalties and public-relations nightmares when government agencies discover supply chain compliance violations. A proactive supply chain management approach can help avoid reputational and financial loss by planning ahead for disruptions rather than reacting when they occur. Automating processes that alert companies to compliance risks among suppliers is an… Continue reading How to Mitigate Risk in Your Supply Chain