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Rising Raw Material Prices: What Strategy To Follow? (6 Approaches)

In March (2021), we noted that the raw material prices of some commodities (silicone, some papers & cartons, some batteries…) went up a lot. And some analysts predict a multi-year increase in raw material prices. Bloomberg came up with an interesting article on this topic — When Does a Commodities Boom Turn Into a Supercycle?: A… Continue reading Rising Raw Material Prices: What Strategy To Follow? (6 Approaches)

Watch: How Are Industrial Manufacturers Embracing AI?

A discussion of the findings of a new study from KPMG about industrial manufacturing’s adoption of artificial intelligence, with Roy Mathews, Managing Director of Data Analytics, and David Neely, Managing Director in the firm’s Intelligent Automation Practice. The KPMG study, “Thriving in an AI World,” examined AI adoption in seven industries, but this is the… Continue reading Watch: How Are Industrial Manufacturers Embracing AI?

Turning Automotive Manufacturing Upside-down

The use of AM for production of spare parts does not sound as sexy as AM for racing cars, but the practical implications are enormous. That’s especially true when it comes to spare parts for cars that have been on the road for more than a few years. Turning Automotive Manufacturing Upside-down Greg Costantino, Application… Continue reading Turning Automotive Manufacturing Upside-down

12 Months Post-Covid: How Manufacturing Has Changed

A little over a year ago I posted an optimistic position that the COVID-19 pandemic would dramatically accelerate innovation in manufacturing – a field notoriously slow to adopt new ways of thinking and working. I shared that we would see five years of acceleration in the next eighteen months. We’re two-thirds of the way there,… Continue reading 12 Months Post-Covid: How Manufacturing Has Changed

Prerequisites For Establishing A Bulletproof Manufacturing Maintenance Program

Prerequisites For Establishing A Bulletproof Manufacturing Maintenance Program The need to incorporate advanced maintenance programs increases as companies target safe and efficient manufacturing environments. But does a sophisticated maintenance program provide assurances that it will be foolproof? Why food packagers need to trust AI – It is time for food packagers to embrace smart technologies… Continue reading Prerequisites For Establishing A Bulletproof Manufacturing Maintenance Program

Industry 4.0 in legacy environments

Manufacturers understand that they need to start leveraging the benefits of Industry 4.0 to remain competitive. But legacy environments, fragmented IT estates and resistance to change at a factory level are all barriers they need to overcome if they are to realise their Industry 4.0 aspirations. To gain a better understanding of the current sentiment… Continue reading Industry 4.0 in legacy environments

Reaching Manufacturing Job Candidates

As the workforce is vaccinated and reshoring the supply chain becomes a clarion call for industry, finding the right people with the right skills forces plant managers, operations managers, and HR managers to find new and innovative recruiting strategies. Reaching Manufacturing Job Candidates Patrick O’Rahilly, CEO & Founder | FactoryFix The pool of potential workers… Continue reading Reaching Manufacturing Job Candidates

A Manufacturing Renaissance Could Drive Europe's Post-Pandemic Recovery

The challenges and setbacks of the pandemic have spurred European manufacturing companies to react; their efforts might set the stage for a European manufacturing renaissance. The “Old Continent” has been battered by the pandemic and seems to have a harder time pulling out of the crisis than the US or Asia. The EU’s vaccination programs… Continue reading A Manufacturing Renaissance Could Drive Europe's Post-Pandemic Recovery

US 2021 Manufacturing Technology Orders Increase 22.4%

U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders totaled $377.6 million in February 2021, a 17.8% increase from January 2021 and a 34.2% increase over February 2020, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report published by The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). The year-to-date total was $698.2 million, representing a 22.4% increase over the first two months… Continue reading US 2021 Manufacturing Technology Orders Increase 22.4%

Rubber Scarcity Creates New Headache for Beleaguered Automakers

Automakers struggling with pandemic-induced plant shutdowns and a global chip shortage are now confronting another supply-chain headache: dwindling rubber supplies. Snarled shipping lines are disrupting the movement of natural rubber, a key material used in tires as well as components under the hood. With the global supply already running short following stockpiling by China and… Continue reading Rubber Scarcity Creates New Headache for Beleaguered Automakers