Category Archives: Chap 10 Processes and technology

Systemic failure creates significant down time (or how to ruin a perfectly lovely morning)

I have just tried to renew my prescription online.  This should take roughly one minute – find the website, click on a couple of screens, tick two boxes and I’m done.  Not this morning. http://www.patientaccess.com has changed its website (apparently … Continue reading

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3D printing of rocket ships

Insight into how 3D printing is evolving towards mass manufacturing.  

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How AI is being used across 19 industries and 9 business functions

This article from the McKinsey Global Institute reviews 400 case studies of AI in order to identify how it is being used and the potential benefits of doing so.  It begins by explaining what AI is – a challenging proposition … Continue reading

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How paper is made

Great video showing in detail how paper is made (not an industry I have blogged about before).  Good example of a continuous flow process.  The paper industry is confident of future growth.  This is because of the growing concern about … Continue reading

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Using sensors and analytics to predict and/or resolve problems

Short 3 minute video from IBM about “predictive maintenance”.  Actually it explains how sensors and analytics can be used to diagnose all kinds of problems so that they can be fixed, not just the maintenance of plant and machinery.

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3D printing reliant on ‘new’ materials being invented

Interesting article on Manufacturers’ Monthly website, based on an interview with the COO of Australia’s largest 3D printing firm.  ABS was the plastic material used for injection moulding, but this proved to be unsuitable for 3D printing because of uneven … Continue reading

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Real-time retailing – how analytics is improving merchandising

Interesting video from CNNMoney that explains how retailers can use their security cameras to track the behaviour of customers.  This information, when combined with sales data, then enables the retailer to modify where and how merchandise is displayed, in order … Continue reading

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High tech fish farming

BBC Business have this interesting story about how fish farming is adopting new technologies in order to improve efficiency.  The technologies include: hydro acoustics – microphones identify when fish are feeding and should help reduce over feeding by 5% or … Continue reading

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‘New Retail’ – a fully integrated online and in-store experience

This video by Alibaba showcases their concept of ‘New Retail’, which turnings shopping into both an online and in-store experience.

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i4.0 means 14% of the global workforce will need to retrain by 2030…

…but who’s going to do it? As many as 375 million workers will need to be reskilled as a result of digitisation and automation, according to this article from the McKinsey Global Institute.  This is on the same scale of … Continue reading

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