Two-dimensional technology is critical to inspection processes, especially for tasks involving contrast detection and pattern alignment, writes Terry Arden of LMI Technologies. Its limitations include difficulty with lighting and object movement, he writes.
Sales and operations planners can measure demand planning's outcomes by creating specific objectives equivalent to production standards, Dave Turbide writes. Balancing demand and supply "eliminates a lot of the finger-pointing that often happens when things don't go quite as planned," he writes.
The pharmaceutical industry will disrupt supply chains with the launch of new, customizable and personal medications that better meet patients' needs. The move will require manufacturers and supply chains to develop tools and techniques for everything from testing formulation to distributing en masse.
A successful industrial internet of things strategy begins with using automated information to control processes and accumulate data, writes Jason Andersen of Stratus Technologies. Three other important stages of IIoT development are insight, intelligence and invisibility.
Human machine interfaces are an essential bridge between industrial internet of things devices and data, Scott Kortier writes. HMI software can simplify remote monitoring and contribute to process improvement, he writes.
Procter & Gamble has set a goal of obtaining environmental certification from the Forest Stewardship Council for all of its paper products and packaging. P&G is pursuing this goal in part by partnering with Domtar, a Canada-based manufacturer of paper and pulp products.
Manufacturers that have women in leadership often are more creative, have wider perspectives and can improve financial performance, according to a survey by APICS, Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute. "The study stresses the need for allies -- both men and women -- to reinforce that gender gaps are unacceptable," writes Abe Eshkenazi, CEO of APICS.