Category Archives: Chap 10 Processes and technology

Have a break. Have a KitKat factory tour.

This is how KitKats are made. Advertisements

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All you need to know about modular construction

This article on the buildings.com website caught my eye for two reasons.  First, we use housebuilding to provide insight into alternative process types in our book (page 66) and second I’ve not blogged about the construction sector for some time. … Continue reading

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How to ruin a perfectly lovely morning – AGAIN

Four weeks ago I blogged about how it took me nearly two hours to reorder my prescription because my surgery had switched to http://www.patientaccess.com.  Having eventually succeeded in  logging on and placing my order last month, I assumed it would … Continue reading

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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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