Integrated Supply Changing Industry Landscape

The past, present & future of the integrated supply chain revolution

Since the introduction of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) in the 1980s, it has rapidly evolved into a way to control costs, improve process and strengthen the vendor and customer relationship. Given the impact that effective integration can have on the bottom line, and the rate at which the processes and technologies behind it are changing, […]

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3D printing: New dimensions in profitability and sustainability

The recent excitement around consumer-grade 3D printers may make it seem like there is a hot new tech fad emerging. In fact, 3D printing began in the 1980s, and has been heating up in the manufacturing space for some time. It currently represents a six-billion-dollar industry – one that is set to grow exponentially. The […]

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How to Use Preventive Maintenance for Shift Worker Safety

Much has been written about “shift work,” and the higher incidence of disease and other health-limiting factors among those who work irregular schedules and long hours. Multiple studies point to serious long-term effects, including higher rates of cancer, diabetes and sleep disorders. Less prominent has been the discussion of a more immediate risk to shift-worker […]

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How to Move Up to Predictive Maintenance

Improving productivity and profitability are two key areas manufacturers work to perfect. This isn’t always an easy task. Creating preventive maintenance plans has long been an industrial best practice and it ensures that scheduled equipment maintenance and routine cleanings are completed. This practice alone can help reduce downtime, but there is more work to be […]

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Reimagine, Restore, Regenerate – Rejoice! The Promise of a Circular Economy.

The shortest distance between success and sustainability may not be a straight line – it’s more likely a circle. Or to be more precise, a circular economy. Today’s dominant economic approach is often described as “take-make-dispose,” meaning we take resources, we make whatever we want, however we want to make it, and then, when our […]

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How to Reduce Illness and Injury Costs: The Three Ps

Research shows that, in the U.S. alone, illness and injury cost employers as much at $576 annually. The good news? Businesses can significantly lower those costs by concentrating on the Three Ps: 1. Programs 2. Products 3. People Create programs for health and safety to keep your bottom line from getting hurt. When it comes […]

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How to implement 5S 4Real (and as easily as 1-2-3)

Like many management philosophies, 5S often remains just that: a philosophy, an ideal never fully implemented on the shop floor, but given plenty of lip service from the boardroom to the bulletin boards. However, if companies just apply a little common sense, some uncommon supplies, and plenty of committed follow-through, 5S can translate into surprising […]

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