Category Archives: Chap 03 Processes and life cycles

“Automation, robotics, and factory of the future”

Recently published article on the McKinsey and Company website is a great overview of the current state of the art with regards the use of robots in manufacturing.  It begins by explains how the cost of adopting robotics have gone … Continue reading

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Automated fast food and casual dining restaurants and kitchens

These are not one off restaurants.  There are chains using this robot technology in Japan.

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What ‘trends’ are here to stay?

In thinking about the new edition of our book, we have to consider whether or not the developments we see happening in operations today are temporary or here to stay.  In some cases it is easy to see that  a … Continue reading

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Reigniting growth in stagnant industrial companies

This article on the Bain & Co website looks at the issue of why so many industrial companies plateau, rather than continue to grow.  From talking to these companies, Bain & Co identify that it is not external factors that … Continue reading

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Operations insights from Stratasys

Stratasys is at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution.  On its website it has over 100 “case studies” of how the technology is being applied across eleven different industry sectors, including the entertainment industry.  This page includes video of … Continue reading

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Implications of industrial robots in emerging economies

Most of the blogs and articles about automation and robots reflect on how this will affect fully industrialised countries, with a strong manufacturing base.  But the majority of countries are not like this.   This article on the World Economic … Continue reading

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Digital transformation at work in a variety of industry settings

General Electric (GE) was created in 1892 through the merger of two companies, one of which was founded by Thomas Edison, the inventor of many electrical appliances.  Throughout the twentieth century it was one of world’s largest manufacturers of electrical … Continue reading

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How they assemble Rolls Royce motor cars

This video dispels all the stereotypes about manufacturing being dirty, noisy and oppressive.  No commentary, no background music, just the majesty of the assembly line.

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‘Design thinking’ applied to higher education… and more

Don’t let anyone think that higher education is not a big business.  In the U.K. the sector has 2.3 million customers (i.e. students) of whom 13.5% are from outside the E.U., it employs nearly 400,000 people, and has a turnover … Continue reading

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Eco hotels brand development and growth strategy

Eco Hotels is a newly formed hotel chain originating in India.  They currently have 3 The Eco properties and 3 Ecolodge properties.  From an operations perspective they have three interesting aspects. First, as their name suggests, they claim to be … Continue reading

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