Saudi Aramco has installed a cloud-based integrated manufacturing operations management system at a plant in Saudi Arabia in an effort to identify and facilitate new pathways to operational excellence. The platform focuses on four metrics, including health and safety.
Thai Airways is investing $181 million in construction and $114 million in equipment for a new, 84-acre MRO hub at U-Tapao International Airport. The project, which will involve a partnership with Airbus, is designed to take advantage of Asia's growing market for commercial aviation maintenance.
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Engineers need real-time, actionable enterprise data to optimize sensors and the "things" of the industrial internet of things. End users can reduce the costs associated with IIoT by retrofitting "smart edge computing devices to legacy machinery," said Gavin Stoppel, product manager at Harting.
The pharmaceutical industry is transitioning from batch manufacturing to continuous manufacturing and needs new equipment and automation and analytics technology to make the move successful, Stephanie Neil writes. Industry 4.0 practices could also find a home in the food and beverage industry.
Measuring industrial robots by reliability and down time can miss factors outside their control, such as the failure of associated equipment that shuts down operations, writes Steve Sickler, president of Tend.ai. Proper monitoring and data collection and analysis can help manufacturers better track and predict problems, he argues.
Interest is growing in lower-maintenance alternatives to traditional batteries for powering industrial equipment. New lithium-ion batteries and faster-charging lead-acid batteries are introducing innovation to a sector that some experts say has seen little of it.
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Virtual reality-based immersive learning gives workers a better idea of the stresses and issues they'll face daily while avoiding the inconveniences of real-life training, argues Strivr CEO Derek Belch. Manufacturers have a particular interest in making sure workers are effectively trained to prevent serious, costly work-related injuries, he writes.
Manufacturing workers have historically been at odds with robots and automation, but that could be changing. Collaborative robots, also known as cobots, could alleviate fears of robots taking over jobs and are generally more accepted by human workers.
This Thursday, join Manuel Belaochaga as he provides insight on how to implement the Deming Cycle in our upcoming webinar titled, "Continuous Improvement in Maintenance - Uniting Reliability and Profitability." Belaochaga provides more than 20 years of experience in Maintenance Management Services in a variety of global companies including Kraft Foods, Goodyear and Falabella Group. Please note that this webinar will be conducted in Spanish. Webinars are free for members, $35 for non-members. Register now!
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