Young consumers insist on speed of delivery, quality, and value — they also prefer products that are highly customized. The millennial generation (born between 1981and 1998) in particular, is accustomed to "on demand" access to information, products, and services, creating a highly self-focused generation with expectations for instant gratification and personalized attention. This generation has grown-up with continuous internet access, online shopping, and companies like Amazon and Pandora, which anticipate their preferences and make suggestions based on past searches and purchase trends. Delivering Excellence News is reporting weekly how these trends are impacting omni-channel and e-commerce organizations processes.
Hytrol Conveyor Company with Integration Partner, Bastion Solutions, just released important data in a new pharmaceutical report. One of the industry leaders, Roche Diagnostics Operations (RDO) improve operations by standardizing processes across all warehouses and implementing an automated material handling system. Roche increased pack rates, reduced operating costs, and gained better visibility of carton-level details.
Condominium ownership has many benefits and drawbacks. They are more affordable than houses are, but come with fees that buyers wouldn't have to pay otherwise. In addition, many condos are smaller than stand-alone homes and have less space for storage. It is up to each homebuyer to decide where they fall in the argument on whether condos are right for them, and there are many factors for them to consider. For those buyers who are leaning towards buying a condominium but are worried about how to store their plethora of rarely-used items, Greystone Equipment Company offers condominium lockers for all their storage needs.
Process Sensors Corporation introduces another new Metis sensor to its' already extensive Metis product line. Known as the Metis M3 series, its' highly unique and advanced design, customization, and adaptability outperforms any conventional pyrometer on the market today.
Focusing on providing cost effective solutions, supported with rapid response fulfillment, LEM Products Inc. is the contract manufacturer choice of OEM's and associated Integrated Supply Chain partners' worldwide. Located an hour north of Philadelphia in Doylestown, PA, the company is a leading manufacturer of private branded electrical identification. Their identification tags include labels and signs for marking wires, cables, hazards, and voltage.
The IMET Corporation, or IMET, is a Pennsylvania-based organization providing electrical engineering, design and manufacturing services for clients all over the United States. For 2015, IMET is providing reliable Design for Manufacturability (DFM) services aimed at producing superior returns on investment for their clientele.
For a more convenient rack system that requires less use of space, warehouse companies may opt for mobile shelving. Mobile shelving makes a great investment when it comes to fast and efficient storage within the warehouse aisles. This winter, the pallet rack company in PA, Diversified Rack & Shelving, Inc., is selling mobile shelving. Warehouse businesses are invited to shop the mobile shelving systems available at Diversified Rack & Shelving, Inc., which are economically resourceful for maintaining a company budget.
New Western Energy Corporation (NWTR), an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil, gas and other minerals in North America, today announced that it has signed a Securities Purchase Agreement (the "Agreement") with Fodere Titanium Limited , a U.K based company ("FODERE") that holds the exclusive worldwide rights to extraction technologies designed in conjunction with a prominent English university that allow for the zero waste recovery of high-grade titanium dioxide (TiO2), high-purity vanadium (V), high carbon steel and other high-value elements from either tailings stockpiles or direct mineral deposits.
T/CCI (tccimfg.com) is a global leader in the manufacturing of heavy duty compressors and clutches for the mobile air-conditioning and refrigeration industries. T/CCI President Richard Demirjian recently shared, "We have an aggressive growth strategy globally that includes a focus on expanding our manufacturing, warehousing and sales footprint in Europe and worldwide. We are committed to developing new market opportunities, supporting aftermarket distribution as well as expanding logistics to meet the global product delivery needs of our OEM customers."
Manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler, recently authored an article for Automation & Controls Today. The article is timely because ProMat, the largest North American material handling show is where Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz will make its debut.
AAA Flag & Banner, a premier print provider for custom graphic display systems, signage, banners, vehicle graphics, and special event graphics, understands the immense pressure for products to stand out among consumers. One of the toughest markets is in Beverly Hills, where the stars shine bright and the expectations are held high. The competition is fierce and getting the message across is an absolute requirement for survival.
Forecast Errors, a weekly e-newsletter, sponsored by Ultriva, reported that the world's largest chemical company, BASF faces some unique challenges when it comes to keeping its supply chain managers and employees around the globe well informed and up to speed with the latest knowledge and information. "As the company has expanded, that proposition has become exponentially more difficult," says Dirk Hopmann, BASF's vice president of supply chain strategy. Establishing common supply chain nomenclature across BASF's operations, for example, and particularly in light of the firm's many recent acquisitions of other entities, has been especially challenging. To address that situation, the global manufacturer puts its new and existing employees through APICS' certification process, starting with BASF's supply chain managers.
With the abundance of the android tablets in the market, truly, people cannot ask for more since these slates help their daily task made easy. No one have thought before that doing manuscripts while listening to a favorite song or chatting with friends as users browse the internet can be done in a flick of a finger, not until it was invented and is now indulged by many consumers nowadays. That to get a hand of this amazing technology, people will invest their resources just to get the latest affordable android tablet. Yet, no matter how sleek the design is and how excellent the features are, there's only one thing that cuts the fun out of this gadget. And that's the battery life.
The increase in competition in the market has yet motivated many technological companies to create and develop more advanced mobile devices, offering the latest features that could bring great value to people's daily activities. And even if a lot of changes have been done on the technology today and continuously surprise consumers with its latest offering, many manufacturing companies try their hardest to keep the mobile devices within the reach of the public's budget. That in the coming years, mobile devices is set to replace the standard laptops and PCs that has been in every industry for some time in terms of the overall performance and affordability.
Procter & Gamble distribution center in Union, near the Dayton International Airport, became fully operational recently. Procter & Gamble distribution center is just the tip of the iceberg, with more in the pipeline. The new $90 million, 1.8 million square foot distribution center in Union will have up to 1,400 jobs and provide a shot in the arm to the Dayton regional economy. More distribution centers are expected to locate in the region and officials said there are several looking around the region for locations now.
Packaging and distribution technology has quickly evolved to assist efforts to minimize the time between order and delivery. Greg Martin, Bastian Solutions' Field Applications Engineer, discussed improvements in order fulfillment automation in the company blog. Martin, explained, "Bastian Robotics has taken the next step into order fulfillment automation by designing systems that integrate with the back end of an AS/RS to fulfill à la carte orders and consolidate the items for shipment. These goods-to-robot, bin picking solutions can help reduce labor costs while simultaneously improving the speed and flexibility of custom order fulfillment."
In a recent issue of Manufacturers' Pain Points, a weekly e-newsletter, sponsored by PDP (People Driven Performance) Solutions, it was suggested there may be a strong correlation between poor manufacturing leadership communication and sleep deprivation.
Picking Perfection e-zine, sponsored by Pcdata USA, recently reported that voluminous SKUs in apparel industry are causing costly mis-picks. In the apparel industry the permutations by size, color, and brand makes for a complicated picking scenario. Pcdata USA's Pick-to-light solution is capable of addressing these many SKUs in the apparel industry with little error. The world of supply chain is complex and very dependent on manufacturing outsourcing. With the shifts of labor costs, companies are rethinking their networks. Picking Perfection, a weekly e-newsletter, sponsored by Pcdata USA, shares methods, modes, and tools used in a variety of industries. The weekly newsletter will examine best picking practices. Leaders are looking for a competitive advantage, have dynamic and experienced sales forces, and have a corporate culture which is customer-focused and intent on building long-term relationships with satisfied customers.
Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc., and integration partner, Bastian Solutions, are poised to capture significant material handling market share in India. Hytrol Conveyor recently shared the importance of the Indian market in an industry whitepaper. Due to the very strong bond Hytrol maintains integration partner, Bastian Solutions a strong sales forecast is projected for 2015.
Leading systems integrator, Bastian Solutions, agreed with the new report that the business outlook among U.S. industrial manufacturers would remain strong throughout 2015. According to the Q4 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, released by PwC. Optimism regarding the prospects of the U.S. economy during the next 12 months increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers to 68 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014, up 11 points from 57 percent in the previous quarter. At the same time, optimism about the world economy improved to 38 percent, up eight points from 30 percent in the third quarter, but still down from 47 percent in last year's fourth quarter.
Forklift trucks, also known simply as forklifts, fork trucks or lift trucks, provide essential services to the manufacturing and supply chain industries by lifting and moving materials within a warehouse or for trucks that need loading and unloading. Unfortunately, many have internal combustion engines that burn fossil fuels and can thus produce carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and combustible hydrocarbons. These gases pose environmental and personal health hazards, and must be monitored. To simplify the monitoring process, E Instruments offers portable combustion gas and emissions analyzers.
When a lawn mower or snow blower is stored, it is important to know what to do with the gasoline that remains in the gas tank or storage container. Depending on how old the gas is, it may not be viable when the next season rolls around.
Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz was positively profiled in Automation & Controls Today magazine prior to ProMat 2015 which takes place in less than three weeks. The article authored by manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler, was titled, "Goods to Robot Picking Requirements for e-Commerce Omni-Channel Fulfillment." According to Cutler, the order picking AGVs (automated guided vehicles) or BOTS are used to move ordered products to trailer-loading area for distribution. Distribution center (DC) operations managers must ensure these vehicles are capable of executing multiple paths and bus routes, possess safety features including safety-class bumpers and laser range sensors for obstacle detection. It is critical to have multi-vehicle coordination and optional intersection management. These "labor" workers must integrate with central MES (manufacturing execution systems).
Thousands of manufacturers struggle with lack of real-time data causing poor decision making. Too often necessary data cannot be shared throughout the supply chain because systems are not integrated, companies will be left with costly forecast errors. Today's supply chain executives should be able to respond to changes in real-time and use up-to-the minute information to drive intelligent decision making. According to Narayan Laksham, founder of Ultriva, the reality is that each aspect of a manufacturer's supply chain, whether its procurement, design engineering or logistics, often operate in very distinct silos and each department rarely collaborates, shares or even communicates with one another. This error can frustrate customers to decline working with them.
T/CCI provides the industry with the latest in innovative compressor and clutch designs. T/CCI President Richard Demirjian recently shared, "We have an aggressive growth strategy globally that includes a focus on expanding our manufacturing, warehousing and sales footprint worldwide. We are committed to developing new market opportunities, supporting aftermarket distribution as well as expanding logistics to meet the global product delivery needs of our OEM customers."