Category Archives: Sector: Manufacturing

Operations Insight: New Balance – the additive manufacture of footwear

Shoe-making is typically thought of as a labour intensive operation, especially sports shoes.  This is because the product is made from soft materials, is manufactured in many different sizes, and many different models are marketed.  It is for this reason … Continue reading

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“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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What supply chain trends are evident in the apparel sector?

Having just blogged about Bain & Company’s insights into how supply chains are changing, I came across this article on the McKinsey & Company website.  This was based on a survey and in-depth discussions with 29 Chief Procurement Officers of … Continue reading

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Rolls Royce testing of engine components

Rolls Royce have just released this insightful video. It provides a guided tour of the Mechanical Test Operation Centre, Rolls-Royce Deutschland, to explain how they test their engine components.

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Supply chain trends – driven by digital

Bain & Company have an interesting infographic that identifies seven trends digitally-driven trends in the supply chain (here).  I list them here: Hyper segmentation – using analytics to indentify individual customer needs Additive manufacturing – 3D printing, automation, etc Focus … Continue reading

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Product Life Cycle Management infographic

A free copy of this PLCM infographic is available at the product focus.com website.

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Operations Insight: Big Data – making digital transformations

This Insight is different to most.  Instead of focusing one one operation, it focuses on the topic of ‘big data’ and identifies a few examples of how this technology is being adopted across a range of industry sectors. Google – … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Bremont Watches

As explained in our book, there are many industries where craft-based production has almost disappeared, and most goods are made in high volume.  However, the watch industry is one example where some operations are still based around an extremely high … Continue reading

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Death of a salesman – the spread of disintermediation?

Interesting article from Lesniak Swann discussing Hyundai’s decision to launch its ‘click to buy’ service (check it out here).  This is another example of ‘disintermediation’ whereby manufacturers sell directly to consumers and potentially eliminate their physical distribution network, or service … Continue reading

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Toru – the robot picker

Magazino have developed a robot that is designed to pick items in a warehouse.  This article tells you all about it and provides two videos of the robot in action (illustrated below).  Already operators are testing out whether or not … Continue reading

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