GM is using third-party logistics contractors in its 17 joint-venture general assembly facilities in China to handle material transport and parts warehousing delivery to the plant. By outsourcing the material handling jobs to logistics companies such as DHL, GM workers can focus on critical efficiency and quality jobs.
Leaders who borrow concepts from stage performances have a better chance of engaging the audience because the crowd becomes part of the story, writes Edmund Chow. Such a presentation requires an antagonist, a protagonist, staging with appropriate props and getting into character, he writes.
Ferguson's Build.com online platform is providing customers with an augmented-reality in-app option that allows them to interact with products. "We've seen AR-enabled product sales double since launching In-Home Preview," said Dan Davis, the platform's chief technology officer.
The internet of things has many applications for improving accuracy in the supply chain, Paul Washicko of CalAmp writes. More automatically generated information provides more insight and greater delivery velocity, he argues.
Accurate Fishing Products has used the Okuma OSP control series since it began automating manufacture of its reels, later moving to lights-out manufacturing to increase production, writes owner David Nilsen. "The robots are doing the repetitive functions while the employees are doing the high precision work," he writes.
Master Lock's e-commerce channels include its website, commercial e-commerce, distributors and Amazon, says e-commerce director Marti Gahlman. The company expands its global reach by providing language-specific content to nine countries, Gahlman says.
Organizations must collectively account for physical security and cybersecurity because closed-circuit networks are increasingly network-connected and thus vulnerable, writes Nigel Peers of NW Systems Group.
Digital transformation must be cross-functional, incorporating IT and operational technology, says Glen Allmendinger of Harbor Research. Start with small projects and make sure skills, capabilities and structure all support new technologies.
Manufacturers can mitigate the risk of repetitive-use injuries in welders by starting with formal risk assessments, write Andy Monk of Bernard and Jack Kester of Marsh Risk Consulting. They note that the most effective ergonomics programs include structured task analysis and comprehensive ergonomics training.
The manufacturing industry needs people capable of understanding and implementing hybrid work that incorporate IT and operational technology, says John Fryer of Stratus Technologies. "When you mention virtualization or operational technology, there are still a lot of people out there who have to be convinced that they are okay to deploy," he says.
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