After years of development, supplier searches and assembly, Boeing began to ship out its long-awaited, high-tech 787 “Dreamliner” jet to airlines globally throughout 2012 and well into 2013. Again and again, things just didn't go to plan.
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Back in April, rumors of more gun control, in addition to government hoarding, led gun enthusiasts to buy ammunition faster than ever, making it difficult for stores to keep various calibers in stock. Some even worried that law enforcement departments would be pinched for supply. It led to a record-breaking year for gun and ammo makers.
Easy access to design software, 3D printers, and crowdfunding has changed the game for anyone with a great sketch on a napkin wanting to make a serious go of a product idea. But what does it mean to take that awesome prototype into production? Step one: Pull out your cash-flow statement.
On April 17, a fertilizer plant owned by West Fertilizer Company, in the Texas town of West, caught fire. As firefighters battled the blaze, of which the cause is still not known, the plant exploded, leaving six or seven firefighters, and at least two EMS responders, unaccounted for or missing and assumed dead.
Semiconductor companies have pockets of excellence within their business operations, but fragmented and often outdated systems make real time intelligence a difficult proposition in the current landscape. This is why the concept of a connected factory that is supported by an analytical framework is critical for the semiconductor organizations and can truly result in efficiency improvements for the semiconductor manufacturers.
Many outside the manufacturing world probably think that in the aftermath of Toyota’s “sudden unintended acceleration” issues beginning in 2009, in which they would end up recalling millions of vehicles, the automotive industry would have implemented better quality standards. Turns out that's not exactly the whole story.
On April 24, the Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building in Savar collapsed, leaving hundreds dead and many more trapped within the rubble. Survivors said the building had cracked severely the day before, and that police had ordered an evacuation, but there was no action on the factory’s management.
Unlike other frameworks or standards, CMMI isn’t a compliance exercise, and doesn’t require adherence to a particular methodology, such as Six Sigma or Lean. It’s methodologically agnostic, which means that rather on focusing on how to do something, it focuses on what needs to be done.
One of the biggest stories on Manufacturing.net was one that took quite a while to bake, as it were, completely through: the bankruptcy, and subsequent sale, of Hostess Brands, Inc., maker of the Twinkie and Wonder Bread. The initial news actually came out more than a year ago, when Hostess announced it was going out of business, laying off 18,500 employees and putting its brands up for sale.
One of most-clicked stories this year was also one of the strangest: In March, authorities in China found 2,800 adult and piglet carcasses in the Shanghai River, and were forced to extract them in a grisly scene. Locals were worried the carcasses would contaminate Shanghai’s water supply, but authorities said there was no sign of contamination.
When you think of strongholds for the electronics industry, you might think of Asia. But you could be wrong. Over the past few decades, the electronics components industry has seen countless companies pursue production overseas in an effort to reduce costs.
Sustainability is a hot topic in the food and beverage industry. As manufacturers seek to reduce costs and maintain customer loyalty, implementing sustainable practices can help to achieve these aims while at the same time ensuring that companies are playing a responsible role in their industry and society in general.
The supply chain is getting greener and discussions about sustainability are cropping up in more calls and conferences than ever before. What this means for you is that the “green-ness” of your supply chain will soon be a deciding factor for your manufacturer and shipper partners as well as your other customers.
Immersed in today’s dynamic business technology environment and excited about what’s to come, we at LNS Research offer our early list of main focus areas you can expect experts to be discussing over the next few months.
The most distinguishable returns come from better quality and overhead cost reduction. For example, anticipating labor needs allows us sufficient time to right-size and train our contingent workforce to manage peak periods without affecting quality. We are rarely "taken by surprise."
Globalization has created both the opportunity and challenge of creating and balancing global, regional and local demand. The resulting demand volatility of that complex mix has pushed forecasting accuracy to its effective limits; and, therefore, is forcing greater execution agility to make up for planning’s shortcomings.
Specifying the inkjet parts proved to be one of the most significant challenges, because it was difficult to find parts that were compatible with silver nitrate and ascorbic acid. The team had issues with clogging print heads, as well as being able to drive the heads electrically.
Many manufacturers are aware that they need to continuously develop, produce and sell products that consumers want, but there seems to be a large disconnect between what manufacturers perceive as consumer demand, and what the case actually is. UL seems to believe that these trends, which may have otherwise gone unnoticed, could be a barrier between companies that succeed and those that don’t.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the sixth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 54th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
Energy usage continues to be a critical issue in the manufacturing sector, due to concerns over energy costs as well as the need to meet corporate sustainability requirements. But with advanced energy management technology, manufacturers more easily can meet their energy goals.
Reflectivity has become a mainstay of roofing lingo over the last decade. Roofs have been asked to not only be the primary building waterproofing element but also have been called to meet reflectivity requirements that work to reduce cooling demands of facilities.