Category Archives: Sector: Manufacturing

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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Digital transformation in practice

I’ve blogged about i4.0 and IoT, but what does this mean in practice for manufacturers?  One recent survey by Zebra Technologies has identified what specific technologies firms are planning to invest in, in order to digitally transform their business.  They … Continue reading

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Reigniting growth in stagnant industrial companies

This article on the Bain & Co website looks at the issue of why so many industrial companies plateau, rather than continue to grow.  From talking to these companies, Bain & Co identify that it is not external factors that … Continue reading

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Operations insights from Stratasys

Stratasys is at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution.  On its website it has over 100 “case studies” of how the technology is being applied across eleven different industry sectors, including the entertainment industry.  This page includes video of … Continue reading

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Clothes that grow with the child

Petit Pli is what happens when an aeronautical engineer decides to design children’ clothing.  This startup sells outerwear that will fit a child from the age of 4 month up to 36 months.  As I have three grandsons ranging in … Continue reading

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Biodegradable automobiles?

Cars are made from metal – usually. But recently a car made from flax and bioplastic (made from sugar beet) has been launched.  LINA is the first biocomposite vehicle.  As this article explains – “The complete chassis, the body of … Continue reading

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Factors that enable business startups

This piece by Nicky Jackson on the entrepreneur.com website is headlined “10 forces that have caused the packaged food startup explosion”.  I’m not sure that these can be categorised as “forces”, that they have “caused” anything (maybe ‘helped shape’?), nor … Continue reading

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Toyota Production System manufacturing fork lifts

This is an interesting promo video for two reasons.  First, most videos about the Toyota Production System (TPS) are filmed in car manufacturing plants – but this video shows fork lift trucks being manufactured.  Second, it focuses primarily on how … Continue reading

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