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."
There is no dispute that the future of manufacturing organizations must optimize their people, processes, and technologies—what is referred to as a continuous journey towards Operational Excellence. Manufacturing operational excellence is futile without effective leadership communication. Manufacturers' Pain Points newsletter reports on best-practice manufacturing leadership communication.
Pcdata USA is capturing a significant share of the small and mid-sized 3PL market. Tier II third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are finding their niche; they come in many shapes and sizes. The "not-too-big and not-too-small" proportions of Tier II 3PLs make them just right for many shippers. Bigger is not always better. Just ask the satisfied customers of 3PLs who not the biggest fish in the pond. So-called Tier II 3PLs generally bring in revenue of less than $250 million annually, and often offer some specialization in mode, vertical, region, or technology that allows them to carve out their own niche. Volumes handled by 3PLs were 100% higher this holiday season. The flexibility of Pcdata USA's Pixk-to-light solutions was recently profiled in Picking Perfection, a weekly e-newsletter. The publication shares methods, modes, and tools used in a variety of industries. The weekly newsletter examines 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. This is spoiled when a single product is not correctly picked.
KRAIBURG TPE has developed and produced soft, elastic thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) since 1984. Marketing under the THERMOLAST® brand name, the company supplies a wide range of compounds for a variety of end-use markets and applications including custom-engineered solutions. A complete new surface feel experience with excellent chemical resistance, can be found under their brand COPEC®. For chemical resistance and extraordinary adhesion properties on PA 6.6 and many aromatic polyamides our For-Tec E compounds are an ideal solution. In addition, KRAIBURG TPE offers a range of support services including design and production consulting and logistics support (just-in-time delivery). Following its motto "custom-engineered TPE and more", the company has rapidly become one of the world's leading suppliers of TPE compounds. "Today we have customized series compounds for a variety of applications and can provide support to our customers worldwide in product development, design and supply chain procedures. If required, we can develop concepts, implement and supply the top TPE compound in each case, while tapping into specific customer applications for soft, elastic TPE compounds", commented CEO Franz Hinterecker.
Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc., manufacturers of advanced conveyor systems, controls, and solutions and Integration Partner, Bastian Solutions worked together to achieve Monoprice volume improvements. To keep up with strong consumer demand, Monoprice needed an automated material handling system to help increase daily throughput from roughly 300 orders per hour up to 1,000 orders per hour. Monoprice was able to increase a throughput of 4,000 orders to nearly 14,000 orders per day.
According to System Integration News, sponsored by Bastian Solutions, employees tend to be concerned when robotic labor is introduced to the workplace. Based on implementation, the investment in new technology proves to be an investment in the employees. Robots are aiding in repetitive tasks that are physically demanding.
Magline assisted the Standish-Sterling Community Schools with the High School's robotics program. The FIRST program is dedicated to growing the next generation of engineers and technologists through a robotics competition. The designing, fabricating, and programming of the robot ignites in high school students a passion for STEM careers. Working side-by-side with engineers within the manufacturing industry, students have the chance to try every aspect of engineering – mechanical design, CAD work, electrical, and programming.
BBdone is a technologically advanced baby bottle making machine. This electrical appliance has been designed to assist parents looking for a tool that can be used to feed their babies when they are tired or have very little time.
Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz is the only Indian Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) solution provider that has helped the manufacturing sector increase productivity multi-fold and work in a clean pollution-free environment. With more than 100 AGVs installed and commissioned in the last three years for manufacturing applications for Engine Assembly, Kitting application, Mobile Assembly Stations, the company expanded into warehousing specifically for omni-channel fulfillment using mobile robots addressing main challenges faced by them today including, extreme peak season/day volumes, small number of items per order, large number of SKUs, high rate of customer return and optimal use of Space among others.
Push Push is a push spray device that is user-friendly, refillable, and wall mounted. It not only enhances one's bathroom experience, but also meets all the hygiene needs without costing a lot. The device is the perfect choice for people that are never satisfied by using dry toilet tissue during restroom use. Many of these people carry their personal moistener sprays or expensive wet wipes. In order to ensure a better wipe, some even hold the tissue under running water. The inventor of Push Push Michael Lewis was one of these sufferers.
Ultriva founder, Narayan Laksham recently shared, "Increased adoption of automation will help manufacturers create new revenue streams and lower costs. Real-time demand fulfillment will require tight integration of supply chain, production, logistics, and marketing. The ability to sense demand in real-time and respond by changing prices or promotions through the utilization of segmented logistics, inventory and performance capacities, will allow for the optimization of integrated responses."