Category Archives: Sector: Manufacturing

“Pivoting” supply chains – using smart technology to make supply chains dynamic as well as fast

There is an insightful article in MITSloan Management Review this month.  It investigates the cutting edge of supply chain management and explains why smart technology should not be used just to make logistics faster, more reliable and cost less.  It should … Continue reading

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5 different ways to stick a car together

“Not another car manufacturer video” I hear you cry… but this is Tesla…and it is “beautiful”.

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Manage the customer experience through ‘episodes’

Interesting article from Bain & Co that explains how managing customer ‘episodes’ may be the best way for pharmaceutical companies to improve their performance.  Although it is aimed at pharma, it explains how this approach has already been successfully adopted … Continue reading

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EV3 Q3 2018

Many years ago I had a tour of the Morgan Factory in Malvern and test drove one of their iconic cars.   So I’ve always been interested in what they are up to.  Two years ago they announced the EV3 … 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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i4.0 and IoT explained

This IO-Link video provides a good introduction to industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.

Posted in Chap 03 Processes and life cycles, Sector: I.T. & ecommerce, Sector: Manufacturing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

JLR job cuts

This article on the BBC Business News website explains that Jaguar Land Rover are reducing their workforce by 1,000.  All of these workers are on temporary contracts.  Tata Motors explain this is because of the fall in sales of diesel … 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.

Posted in Chap 09 Quality, Chap 10 Processes and technology, Sector: Construction, Sector: Energy & Utilities, Sector: Manufacturing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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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Gluten-free beer and fruit flavoured shandies any one?

Having blogged yesterday about new product development in the guitar industry, I came across this Bloomberg.com article about NPD in the American beer industry.  It seems that millennials and women are not drinking beer.  So the major brewers have been … Continue reading

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