Category Archives: Sector: Manufacturing

Artificial intelligence – how it might impact on business success

A new discussion paper from mckinsey.com – “How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies”.  It includes a survey of 3,000 ‘AI aware companies’ across the world.  This suggests that early adopters of this technology have higher margins than … Continue reading

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The tension between six sigma and innovation

Every now and again you come across something that you wish you’d read and/or blogged about years ago.  So it is with this article by Brian Hindo written in 2007, and to be found on the Bloomberg.com website.  It does … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Icon Aerospace Technology’s continuous improvement programme

Good example on themanufacturer.com website of how continuous improvement is being applied in the aerospace industry.  Icon Aerospace, with the help of consultants SiG, developed its 4i continuous improvement programme based around ‘improvement, insight, intelligence, and inspiration’.  The impact has … 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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Digital Twins

If you’ve not come across this before a digital twin is a computerised version of a physical asset, as this Microsoft video explains.  The twin is used to run simulations to help understand a wide range of issues such as … Continue reading

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Exemplars of co-creation

Co-creation is the concept that consumers are directly involved in the devising, and sometime delivery, of new products and services.  This is something that Vision Critical are interested in.  This is because this operation “provides a cloud-based customer intelligence platform that allows … Continue reading

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Shared services at BAESystems

BAESystems is the UK’s largest defence and security company, employing 39,000 people.  It has four main operational divisions – maritime, regional aircraft, military air & information, and applied intelligence (cyber operations).  To support these, the company has a fifth division … Continue reading

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Logistics in 2017

Always take with a pinch of salt anyone who forecasts trends for the forthcoming year.  Nonetheless it is sometimes worth looking at such forecasts, because they can tell you what is happening right now…  Here’s one CEO’s view of how … Continue reading

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‘Cognitive manufacturing’ – how the internet of things and analytics apply to factories

IBM Watson’s video is a great introduction to IoT and analytics in the manufacturing context…  

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The cobots are coming! Actually they have arrived already

In case you did not know a cobot is a collaborative robot (a word not yet recognised by a spellchecker).  Universal Robots was the first company to develop such a machine nearly ten years ago.  Their website tells you all … Continue reading

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