2017

Managing modern manufacturing supply chains

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Alex Mills, Sales & Marketing Director, ProSKU. Efficient manufacturing relies on managing the supply of components and sub-assemblies to support production schedules. It could be argued that the best manufacturers are the ones that not only have innovative products to meet market demands but who manage their supply chains the most effectively

When You Can’t Afford Downtime, Even in the Toughest Conditions

Universal Robots

Once companies automate processes with robotics, they don’t look back. They quickly learn to depend on the consistent, reliable output, day after day, and year after year. But that means dependability is more important than ever.

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Why Do Factories Need a Digital-Ready Infrastructure?

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Digital transformation, digital business, digitization, digital disruption. There are countless ways to phrase it, but it boils down to this. When digital technologies enable new business models, that’s digital transformation.

TriMan Price Comparisons: Digital Pressure Switches

Trimantec

Digital Pressure Switches: Airtac vs. Automation Direct. . TriMan was making a nice, piping hot cup of coffee when he sensed something wasn’t right with a nearby machine. He followed the strange sound right to the source.

Peter Hahn relies on software solution from inconso AG for expanding logistics capacities

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The mail-order company Peter Hahn has started the efficient expansion of logistics capacities in Winterbach, Swabia

Launch NHTV Minor in Modern Supply Chain with Samsung

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Due to the big success of the first edition, the Academy for Urban Development, Logistics & Mobility of NHTV Breda is going to launch a new Minor in the Modern Supply Chain with Samsung SDS Europe Logistics. This Minor was launched during a fun event on 4 September

Bridging the complexity gap

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Stephen Hardy, Managing Director, FPX Ltd. The business-to-business (B2B) sales ecosystem is an inherently complex space which presents challenges to manufacturers. Regardless of what you sell, how you sell it, and who you're selling to, there are numerous obstacles to ensuring the right product gets to the right customer at the right price via the customer's preferred channel

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Ireland's Supply Chain Security to lead agenda at The National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference, the largest gathering of manufacturing and supply chain professionals, takes place on the 31st January in the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin with a focus on sustainability, brexit, manufacturing, renewable energy, procurement, recycling and more

Helping companies improve supply chain management

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Resource management software specialist Ardent Solutions is urging businesses to rethink their approach to supply chain management. Affiliated to the Demand Driven Institute (DDI), the company is behind the demand-driven material requirements planning (DDMRP) compliant software for Microsoft Dynamics 365; DDMRP for Dynamics

Managing the demand curve - Demand Forecasting/Planning/S&OP Technology report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent developments and key discussion points within the Demand Forecasting/Planning/S&OP space – including those concerning planning unification, best of breed, integration, Cloud/SaaS and Big Data

Logility acquires Halo Business Intelligence to expand advanced analytics

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Logility, Inc., provider of collaborative supply chain optimisation and advanced retail planning solutions, has acquired privately-held Halo Business Intelligence, a San Diego-based supplier of advanced analytics and business intelligence solutions for the supply chain market

Procurement and supply chain jobs up 13% in the UK year on year

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that procurement and supply chain vacancies have risen across the UK, with the number of jobs available in the third quarter of 2017 up 7% compared to the same time last year

French election victory reduces supply chain risk in Europe

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Western and Central Europe's contribution to global supply chain risk fell in Q2 2017 to 29.94%, compared with 30.14% in Q1, according to the CIPS Risk Index, powered by Dun & Bradstreet

Amazon Business: a viable alternative to B2B e-Commerce?

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Michiel Schipperus, CEO of Sana Commerce. In April Amazon's growing business offering officially opened its doors in the UK. Although the online marketplace has been eyeing the B2B market with intent since the launch of Amazon Supply in 2012, the arrival of Amazon Business represents its biggest step yet to appeal to corporate procurement

It’s Store-bot – AI for the retail business

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Sandeep Dadlani, President and Global Head of Manufacturing, Retail, CPG and Logistics. Macy's began 2017 by publishing a list of 68 stores it would close this year. Amazon, on the other hand, entered the New Year still high from its massively successful Cyber Monday sales of 2016

Support for domestic supply chains critical to manufacturing post-Brexit

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

A key part of the government's industrial strategy should be a fund to support UK manufacturing supply chains to offset the impact of any new trade barriers that arise from leaving the single market, a new Civitas report argues

Why forecasting is damaging your business

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The science of supply and demand is not always as clear cut as it may seem at first glance. The system of traditional forecasting is broken, and the only way to fix it is to replace it

Paul Creaney joins Maxoptra as Implementation Manager

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Magenta Technology, the company behind the Maxoptra route planning and scheduling software, has recruited Paul Creaney

Cross site scripting, weak authentication and TLS still head up critical threats

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Cross Site Scripting, Weak Authentication and TLS (Transport Layer Security) configuration still account for over 60% of high and critical vulnerabilities in web applications, according to new findings by Context Information Security published today

Increased appetite for last mile logistics boosts H1 returns, says CBRE

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The Logistics property sector recorded a 5.0% total return for the first half of 2017, according to figures released in the CBRE UK Logistics Index

Robots and Lasers Make their Mark

Universal Robots

Robots and lasers have a long history together. Now, cost-effective, easy-to-use cobots and new lower-cost lasers are a perfect match for a wide range of engraving and marking applications.

How to get robots to talk to each other

Universal Robots

With the rising popularity of vision systems and other robot-aiding instruments, it is now common to see robots take on more and more intricate tasks.

Cobots – A Helping Hand to the Healthcare Industry

Universal Robots

In the past couple of decades, industrial processing systems have turned to automation driven by the need for high accuracy, precision, and performance.

How Augmented Reality and Cobots Drive the Next Wave of Automation

Universal Robots

Augmented reality (AR) technology, usually incorporated into special headsets, eyewear, or projections, superimposes data or graphics over real-world images and uses sensors and cameras to capture the operator’s motions for feedback and control. Until now, AR’s primary application has been in gaming.

'Building the Store of the Future' – exclusive free report written by Store X Summit

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Traditional bricks and mortar retailers are under siege as consumers warmly embrace the Internet shopping experience. Learn more here

Lightweight Cobots Take on Heavy-duty Jobs—Even Welding

Universal Robots

Sure, cobots are lightweight: the largest UR10 robot is under 29 kg/64 lbs, so they’re easy to pick up and move from one process to another. But they’re no lightweights when it comes to heavy-duty processes like welding. In fact, there’s already a range of cobot welding systems to choose from.

DynaSys Best Practices Webinars

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

DynaSys Webinars with the Experts Manufacturers of consumer goods deliver the right product, in good quantity, at the right cost, in the right place, at the right time

Calculating ROI and Payback Period for your Robotic Investment

Universal Robots

If you’re looking to automate with robots, it’s important to build a solid business case if you want to know the true value of robot automation. Many businesses calculate ROI by using the payback period, which is taking the cost of the robot and then dividing it by the monthly salary of the worker.

Industry 5.0: The Factory of the Future

Universal Robots

This phenomenon referred to as “Industry 5.0” or collaborative industries reflect a growing view amongst manufacturers of the need to respond to increasing demand amongst customers for a higher degree of individualization.

The Cloud offers distributors a silver lining for managing product information

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Colin Wells, Pimberly. Consumers have more choice and make greater demands than ever before. More products, more channels through which to buy them, more ways to take delivery. But as distributors, more choice means more complexity and more data to manage

Collaborative robots ushering in Industry 5.0

Universal Robots

From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0. There’s long been a global movement to create smart, automated production setups and make things communicate digitally – all jingoistically summed up as “Industry 4.0”.

Cobots as an essential part of reshoring

Universal Robots

The long-standing industrial practice of outsourcing manufacturing operations to low-cost parts of the world in order to keep manufacturing costs down has recently taken a dramatic turn.

Cobots in Lights-Out Manufacturing? Collaboration Works Even When Humans Aren’t.

Universal Robots

The idea of using collaborative robots for lights-out manufacturing can seem like a contradiction in terms. After all, cobots differ from traditional robots by being able to work side-by-side with human workers, and lights-out manufacturing is a human-free automation approach.

Robots and Nature Combine for a Compelling Creative Concept

Universal Robots

Robots as powerful productivity tools is a well-accepted concept. Less-understood, perhaps, is the role robots can play in highly creative applications that inspire us to think differently about technology and its potential.

The Ironies of Industry 4.0

Universal Robots

Conceived at Siemens and formalized by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the notion of “Industry 4.0” continues to gain currency around the world. At its core, Industry 4.0

E-Commerce Growth Drives Collaborative Innovation in Automated Bin-Picking and Packaging

Universal Robots

Online sales show no sign of slowing and the growth is driving demand for fulfillment operations to pack and ship all those ordered goods. The work is repetitive, however, and requires high accuracy to reduce costly errors or returns.

Robots, Cobots and Human labor

Universal Robots

Robots have long been romanticized in art and popular culture. From HALL 9000 and the Terminator series where they are seen as a menace to humanity, from Star Wars or WALL-E where they are benevolent and even heroic, robots can be portrayed both positively and negatively.