Fire- and gas-detection systems are more sophisticated than ever and companies should remember that the most complex product is not necessarily the best, writes Edward Naranjo of Emerson Automation Solutions. This article explores the considerations that need to be addressed before making purchases.
Researchers at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business secured $1 million in funding from the US Department of Agriculture to explore food waste reduction methods, including using mobile apps to coordinate delivery and payment of surplus product. They also are studying scan-based training where suppliers retain ownership of inventory until scanned for checkout.
Manufacturers are frequently perceived as more vulnerable than other industries to cyberattacks because they present multiple points of entry and may be under-prepared to protect themselves. Improving resistance to cyberattacks should begin with a multilayered "defense-in-depth" strategy along with the purchase of cyberinsurance.
The US will be targeting ports as a high terror threat priority and testing for biological and radiological hazards, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said. Kelly spoke aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, which carried out a demonstration of how its crew would board a ship suspected of carrying a radiological threat.
Matching up work goals to personal values can lead to a sense of meaning and drive, writes Susan Fowler. Identify your true values by asking yourself how you spend your money and time.
SUPERVALU cited an increase in customers and additional sales at existing stores in reporting fiscal first-quarter net income of $11 million on $4 billion in revenue. Wholesale division sales increased by more than 12%.
Some distributors still have legacy-based transportation management software, but even they can tap into the cost savings and efficiency gains of collaboration, writes Dan Clark of Kuebix. A cloud-based transportation management system enables distributors to be most visible and profitable, he writes.
Academic institutions are taking the lead in discovering the capabilities of 2D printing using nanomaterials such as graphene and molybdenum disulfide, writes Jeffrey Rothfeder. Industry would be wise to accelerate its exploration of nanomaterials, he writes, because they have the potential to improve the environment, treat medical issues more effectively and expand manufacturers' product options.
Manufacturers who look at problems from a root cause perspective, rather than trying to pare component costs across the board, stand to improve quality and reduce costs, write Christian Heiss and Federico Ucci of Oliver Wyman. The authors recommend manufacturers study 20 areas, including functionality interference, to reduce costs in a way that improves performance.
Manufacturers who have already adopted Industry 4.0 features such as wearable technology and artificial intelligence shouldn't be overwhelmed by the idea of doing more, writes Earl van As of ecmarket. Explore relatively smaller scale automation advances in areas like document automation and contract pricing, he suggests.