Small runs, fast changeovers help RV parts supplier thrive | Watch out for 8 types of manufacturing waste | Tips on maximizing data quality in process control systems
November 6, 2018
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Small runs, fast changeovers help RV parts supplier thrive
Lippert Components Industries has become the largest US supplier of parts for recreational vehicles makers by focusing on high-quality, low-volume parts, using a fast and flexible changeover process, says President Scott Mereness.
IndustryWeek (11/6) 
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Watch out for 8 types of manufacturing waste
Continuous improvement is the key to curbing eight common waste streams in manufacturing environments, writes Wayne Chaneski of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Defects, overproduction and unnecessary transportation are among the eight areas he discusses.
Modern Machine Shop online (11/1) 
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Tips on maximizing data quality in process control systems
To maximize process control systems' ability to improve operational efficiency, it is important to understand how they collect and report data, writes Norm Kincade. Analyzers may contain multiple subcontrollers and data streams in a hierarchical system.
Plant Engineering (11/2) 
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Cybersecurity
Take a top-down approach to security
Industry best practices and standards such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology's IEC 62443 are the first line of defense for manufacturers looking to secure internet of things assets, writes Andrew Kling, director of cybersecurity and system architecture at Schneider Electric.
Manufacturing (11/2) 
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Supply Chain
FedEx to raise prices in January
FedEx plans to boost prices next year due to tight capacity and surging freight demands. The company plans to boost rates for FedEx Freight shipments by 5.9% and raise FedEx Express and FedEx Ground rates by 4.9%.
FreightWaves (11/5),  Transport Topics (11/5) 
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Column: Partnerships are needed to advance supply chains
External collaboration is how supply chains advance ideas, elevate their culture and improve return on investment, writes Jim Braun of Georgia-Pacific. "Joining innovators from outside your industry to drive R&D gives you a new set of tools to fix your outdated processes, and because you're not competing for market share, you can engage in a free flow of ideas," he notes.
SupplyChainBrain (11/6) 
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    Safety
    How to get smarter about alarm management
    Instead of wasting time and resources over-alarming facilities, manufacturers should work with third-party consultants to figure out a strategy for alarm rationalization, writes Hiroaki Tanaka of Yokogawa Electric. "Developing alarm strategies and philosophies to enhance operator response and optimize countermeasures yields quantifiable results," Tanaka writes.
    Chemical Processing (11/5) 
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