IT and operations technology will become less segregated as use of the industrial internet of things increases, predicts Francisco Maroto of OIES Consulting in this blog post. Operations personnel can't continue to put off the advances IIoT has made, he argues.
Safe design is the most reliable way to ensure employee safety when using pneumatic machines, but employers need to build in safety-related parts of control systems such as physical barriers and passive protection, write Bernward Sprunken and Bradlee Dittmer of IMI Norgren. Redundant systems should have diagnostic monitoring capabilities, they recommend.
Anheuser-Busch signed a power purchase agreement with Enel Green Power, an Oklahoma wind farm, that will allow the company to cover about half of its power from wind. Kimberly-Clark developers are working on two projects, in Oklahoma and Texas, to represent about a third of its electricity use in North American manufacturing operations for its Huggies and Kleenex products.
The "Making Your Future" initiative seeks to match people in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with manufacturers who need employees by emphasizing apprenticeships and removing barriers, said Petra Mitchell, CEO of Catalyst Connection in Pittsburgh.
The "Forward Thinking" from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals for the third quarter will look at new research on young supply chain professionals. Its research will focus on what these individuals are looking for in an employer, career and job, as well as their ambitions.
Trucking companies are experiencing a boom as demand for goods skyrockets in Texas and Florida after the recent hurricanes. The demand is pressuring companies struggling with driver shortages as well as electronic logbook hour limits.
United Natural Foods posted fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $38.9 million to close out a profitable year, with the acquisition of Gourmet Guru and Haddon House products helping revenue. CEO and Chairman Steven Spinner praised UNFI's supply chain and array of organic products.
Amazon Business is vulnerable in multiple areas, including a lack of in-person installation, insufficient product support and complementary offerings, and no business version of Amazon Prime, writes Nicole Mahaffey.
Giving procurement, marketing and IT departments attention is as important to return on investment as focusing on sales, writes Alex Yakubovich of Scout RFP. In-depth analysis of technology purchases, for example, can prevent unanticipated long-term costs.
The benefits provided by conveyor-belt automation can be maximized by following eight guidelines, starting with consistent maintenance, Erich Lawson writes. He also recommends installing ergonomic workstations and choosing the most appropriate belt for each function.