Manufacturers face several decision points when scaling their predictive maintenance programs, including deciding which tasks to keep in-house, writes Sheila Kennedy. New technologies must be accompanied by new operational practices, says Bruce Hawkins, director of reliability excellence at Emerson.
Digital factories can stumble at scale because companies "need to break a lot of rules," says Joao Dias of McKinsey. The three drivers of digital factory success are having the right talent, a mandate from leadership and sufficient funding, said Dias.
Manufacturers should train machine-shop employees thoroughly on the entire tool inventory as the first step in ensuring safety, writes Megan Nichols. Manufacturers should also provide personal protective equipment and be prepared to report accidents appropriately, she writes.
A tracking system developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may make it safer and easier for human workers to function near large robots, Will Knight writes. The Humatics Spatial Intelligence Platform uses a radar system to monitor how humans and robots interact.
The Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance has helped manufacturers and schools introduce students to manufacturing careers and narrow the manufacturing skills gap since 2006. NEW has worked to expand manufacturing-related education and scholarship offerings at local colleges.
Lamar Station Plaza was purchased in 2014 by Broad Street Realty with a 30% vacancy rate, but it has improved to 10%. The owners of the Lakewood, Colo., shopping center, the longtime home of iconic restaurant Casa Bonita, have added tenants such as Ross Dress for Less and WestFax Brewing Co., while also making renovations.
A private investment group has purchased a 14,820-square-foot Lakemoor, Ill., property featuring a Walgreens for $7.2 million. The Boulder Group represented the seller in the 1031 exchange.
Target has historically avoided playing music in its stores, but a 2011 test at one store revealed customers and employees enjoyed the perk. The retailer has since added the feature at new urban stores and it will now incorporate music at existing locations as part of a massive remodeling project, spokeswoman Kristy Welker said.
Toys R Us will spend $277 million over four years to create combined Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores that also serve as interactive spaces, according to court filings. The retailer, which plans to shutter underperforming locations as part of its bankruptcy filing, aims to turn remaining stores into spaces with room for play, parties and new product demonstrations.