Industrial News & Articles

Digital lean manufacturing

Digital technologies and lean principles are intersecting in what is commonly termed "digital lean". Digital lean uses Industry 4.0 and other digital tools to provide more accurate, precise, and timely information about operations.

The Role of Technology in Manufacturing

Manufacturing Technology Insights: "What we as technologists must do is to be the bridge between the startup world and operations"

The biopharma smart factory of the future

Deloitte Life Sciences: Explore three key steps to starting your organization’s biopharma smart factory journey and the components needed to enable its success.

Production Line Optimization

Production Line Optimization in 3 Steps - by Manufacturing Technology Insights

Walmart uses blockchain technology to achieve food source traceability

How Walmart brought unprecedented transparency and traceability to the food supply chain with Hyperledger Fabric, a blockchain technology project.

Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019

Blockchain, quantum computing, augmented analytics and artificial intelligence will drive disruption and new business models.

7 top technology trends in 2019

7 top tech trends that will shape business in 2019 (by Information Management): Robotics, digital transformation, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will be among the top driving forces for corporate growth and competitiveness, says Forrester Research.

5 trends to expect for AI in 2019

5 trends to expect for artificial intelligence in 2019 (by Information Management): Expect to see major changes in how organizations use AI, the rise of new Digital Workers.

Inventory Discrepancy Inquiries by APICS Magazine

One of the most common issues supply chain management professionals struggle with is accurately identifying the causes of inventory discrepancies.

Warehouse Management Transformation in Action

Many organizations are challenged to maintain adequate inventory levels while successfully anticipating demand. This ongoing discrepancy requires warehouse management procedures that complement the abilities of any established enterprise tools to help maximize the performance of all functional areas of a business.

Deloitte Insights - Embracing a digital future:

How can manufacturers unlock the transformative benefits of digital supply networks?

Blockchain: Enabling the Future IoSC

Enterprises operating in the IoSC will require solutions to ensure the integrity and quality of the data used for controlling material flows. The best approach to monitor the data flow is based on a distributed, hashed, and timestamped database: a blockchain.

Manufacturing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Manufacturing leaders and decision makers are starting to pay closer attention to Manufacturing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Huffington Post featured “Manufacturers are Taking Aim at ‘Total Cost’ With On-Demand Manufacturing,” by Vicki Holt, president and CEO of Pronto Labs.

10 Retail Replenishment Musts

Replenishment managers are responsible for ensuring that items are replaced the moment they leave shelves. The key is the Inventory Management. Though this article is for retail replenishment managers, it is applicable to manufacture's production and inventory planning and management.

Five Supply Chain Predictions For 2017

There was a time when supply chains could settle for trade-offs…cost or speed, service or quality, flexibility or reliability. Those days are long gone.

How manufacturers make the most of machine data

For many manufacturers, there is a disconnect between what goes on in their factories, and the core business processes supported by their ERP systems. It creates significant lag times for management to access, analyze and act on data from the manufacturing and development processes. It may cause the opportunity loss on correcting the problems or improve the situation.

Future Of Logistics

Five Technologies That Will Self-Orchestrate The Supply Chain: #1 Autonomous fleet brings greater efficiency; #2 Data replaces fuel as the biggest influencer; ...

Machine to Machine tracking

Container tracking has been around a long time in various guises, but today it is part of a much bigger trend towards machine-to-machine (M2M) telematics and sensors which connect and monitor the things in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Harvard Business Review: Focus on Keeping Up with Your Customers, Not Your Competitors

Every company these days seems to be either contemplating or pursuing digital transformation. Most cite the need to keep up with disruptive and well-established competitors. But perhaps this focus is too narrow. We believe the greatest challenge to companies today is not keeping up with their competitors, but with their own customers.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data with cloud application and even automatically control the objects remotely.

GM improves in supplier relations

The 2016 North America Automotive OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Buyer-Supplier study, released Monday May 16, found GM and Ford Motor Co. improved from a year ago, while Nissan Motor Corp. fell to fifth place from fourth, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV remained at the bottom.

Artificial Intelligence

IBM Watson Head Mike Rhodin On The Future Of Artificial Intelligence: "That Supply Chain of Information - from sensors to data to the analytics to information to cognitive systems to knowledge - I think is going to be the underpinning of this next few decades of application innovation."


McKinsey Research Article: Four fundamentals of workplace automation