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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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 "Joining innovators from outside your industry to drive R&D gives you a new set of tools to fix your outdated processes, and because you're not competing for market share, you can engage in a free flow of ideas," he notes.
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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.