To help prepare for growing customer demand, small and midsize manufacturers should implement a cycle-time reduction program, RAS & Associates manager David Savier writes. To implement such a program, Savier suggests that operations and finance departments actively engage with one another, conduct walkthroughs of production lines together and consider outside-the-box ideas.
Modular process control buildings allow for flexible process automation and power distribution to remote sites and help save space, Principal Technology CEO Matthew S. Hodson writes. He adds that the modular buildings offer advantages over standard control panels because they are more secure and can include climate-control functions.
Allison Transmission Holdings is introducing its H 3000 hybrid propulsion system, which will capture and use wasted energy and improve the flexibility and performance of medium- and heavy-duty trucks for use in distribution, refuse, shuttling and utility work. The system includes a motor-generator, power electronics and lithium-ion cell battery packs that enable vehicles to target the specific optimal amount of energy capacity.
When forming a reliability department to streamline the operations and maintenance processes, you must be sure to choose the right leader. Select the person who can ensure that the department can help employees do their jobs better, handle short- and long-term issues, develop an effective operator-driven reliability process and establish operations-maintenance routines.
Important components to attaining sustainable manufacturing include optimizing fossil fuel use, reducing pollution and recycling, writes Jack Rubinger. In order to achieve sustainable manufacturing, you must also promote the practice in the workplace through signs and labels on all containers, equipment and machines, he writes.