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How China's 'Cobot' Revolution Could Transform Automation - OZY
There’s a “factory of the future” being built in Shanghai, with $150 million in investment from Swiss-Swedish automation giant ABB. Slated for completion in 2020, the factory is a place where “robots will make robots,” according to ABB. But the cutting-edge robotics technology the facility hopes to showcase won’t cater only to heavy industrial needs. It will also largely feature “collaborative automation solutions” — known as cobots — that work with humans instead of replacing them. The facility is evidence of an emerging Chinese automation strategy that’s beginning to reshape the world’s approach to robotics.
shop-floor  automation  robotics-manufacturing  cobots  industry4.0  small-manufacturing  china  Around-the-web  this-week-450 
march 2019 by areadevelopment
Tesla will live and die by the Gigafactory - The Verge
Inside the massive factory where Tesla will soon make 60 percent of the world’s lithium-ion batteries
shop-floor  gigafactory  tesla  Reno  Nevada  electric-vehicle  batteries  Around-the-web  this-week-443 
december 2018 by areadevelopment
Innovations Shaping the Future of Work - Manhattan Associates
The ways work is done is changing rapidly, as humans and technology are brought closer together. Because DC operations vary so much, no single innovation will dominate the entire industry. Instead, many emerging technologies will continue to offer different advantages.
industry4.0  warehousing  shop-floor  robotics  distribution-centers  automation  Around-the-web  this-week-443 
november 2018 by areadevelopment
A look inside Tesla's Gigafactory: The key to the automakers' success - CNBC
Running around the clock, the Gigafactory cranks out approximately two battery packs every minute. Its production is currently estimated to be 5,000 a week, with room to grow, according to Sam Jaffe, managing director with Cairn Energy Research Advisors in Boulder, Colorado.
tesla  gigafactory  shop-floor  electric-vehicle  batteries  Reno  Around-the-web  this-week-441 
november 2018 by areadevelopment
NASA is using HoloLens AR headsets to build its new spacecraft faster - MIT Technology Review
Traditionally, aerospace organizations have replied upon thousand-page paper manuals to relay instructions to their workers. In recent years, firms like Boeing and Airbus have started experimenting with augmented reality, but it’s rarely progressed beyond the testing phase. At Lockheed, at least, that’s changing. The firm’s employees are now using AR to do their jobs every single day.
augmented-reality-shop-floor  shop-floor  automation  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  Aerospace  lockheed-martin  this-week-438 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Factory Tour: Inside One of the Only Remaining U.S. Knitwear Factories - Fashionista
Los Angeles's PDR Knitting is a go-to for brands like Baja East and John Elliott, which are dedicated to producing things domestically, despite the high costs.
shop-floor  textiles-clothing-industries  u.s.-manufacturing  small-manufacturing  los-angeles  Around-the-web  this-week-435 
september 2018 by areadevelopment
Ford is deploying exoskeletons in 15 of its factories around the world - MIT Technology Review
The automaker is testing whether productivity gains among workers who wear the strength-boosting suits make the technology cost-effective.
shop-floor  industry4.0  Around-the-web  automotive-industry  this-week-432 
august 2018 by areadevelopment
Industrial IoT: How Connected Things Are Changing Manufacturing - WIRED
While the IIoT is already boosting efficiency, productivity, and safety, the future of the IIoT could disrupt enterprise business models, too. Schmid believes that in the near future we could see the proliferation of high-value equipment—ranging from manufacturing robots to aircraft engines—being leased instead of being sold outright.
internet-of-things  industry4.0  shop-floor  facility-planning  Around-the-web  this-week-432  insider-10-17-2018 
august 2018 by areadevelopment
Manufacturing Convergence and the Industrial Internet of Things - Gray Consruction
Manufacturing has always been a process — raw material at one end, finished product at the other. But more and more, manufacturing is the site where many processes are converging: computer-aided design (CAD), process simulation, the actual machining processes plus machine tool monitoring and adjusting, plant and shipping logistics and much more, all made possible over the Internet, specifically the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
internet-of-things  industry4.0  shop-floor  logistics  Around-the-web  this-week-432  insider-10-17-2018 
july 2018 by areadevelopment
Why is 2018 the year of the robot? - Industrial Insights - PwC
Robots – and automation in general – have been riding a steep maturity curve in the last several years. Adoption rates are up. They’re getting smarter, doing more, and becoming more affordable. The “factory of the future” has become an established buzzword, and the rise of the robots is now conventional wisdom.
u.s.-manufacturing  automation  robotics  advanced-manufacturing  industry4.0  shop-floor 
july 2018 by areadevelopment
Inside Tesla’s Model 3 Factory - Bloomberg
If Elon Musk can make this dance of robots and people work, it will change how cars are made.
shop-floor  tesla  automotive-industry  gigafactory  Around-the-web  Reno  Nevada  this-week-428 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
How the World’s Biggest Companies Are Fine-Tuning the Robot Revolution - WSJ
Automation is leading to job growth in certain industries where machines take on repetitive tasks, freeing humans for more creative duties
this-week-425-top  Around-the-web  automation  skilled-labor  shop-floor  workforce-training 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Tomorrow’s Factories Will Need Better Processes, Not Just Better Robots - HBR
There’s no doubt that the auto industry will continue to vigorously pursue automation solutions to lower the cost of producing cars. But the reality is that any major leap forward on cost and efficiency will no longer be possible through automation alone, since most of the tasks that can be automated in an automotive factory have already been tackled.
automotive-industry  automation  shop-floor  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-424-top  sfp-insider-5-24-2018 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
The 3D-Printed Age: Why This Futuristic Ohio Factory Is Proving Mark Twain Wrong - GE Reports
Mark Twain allegedly claimed that when the end of the world came, he wanted to be in Cincinnati “because it’s always 20 years behind the times.” The quip is funny, but his strategy to ride out Armageddon in the Queen City would backfire today. A case in point is GE’s Additive Technology Center located along Interstate 75 as it bisects the northern suburb of West Chester Township.
Cincinnati  3D-printing  additive-manufacturing  shop-floor  Around-the-web  this-week-423  sfp-insider-5-24-2018 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
The auto plants of the future may have a surprisingly human touch - Reuters
Carmakers have big plans for their next generation of factories: smarter designs, artificial intelligence and collaborative robots building a wide range of vehicles on the same line. The plants will also feature a component they say is the secret ingredient to flexible manufacturing: humans.
automotive-industry  shop-floor  skilled-labor  automation  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-422-top 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
How Augmented Reality Improves Manufacturing Productivity - GE Reports
The system currently at the Waukesha lab came from Light Guide System, a Detroit-area maker of augmented reality tools for industry.
shop-floor  industry4.0  augmented-reality  Around-the-web  this-week-421 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
The Future Of The Factory: How Technology Is Transforming Manufacturing - CB Insights
From advanced robotics in R&D labs to computer vision in warehouses, technology is making an impact on every step of the manufacturing process.
robotics  industry4.0  shop-floor  Around-the-web  research&development  warehouse-facility  this-week-420-top  sfp-insider-4-17-2018 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
Why flexible space is a major breakthrough in lab design - JLL Real Views
Previously, reconfiguring pharmaceutical or biotech labs to develop new or improved remedies was time-consuming and expensive, but now that’s changing as life sciences companies increasingly eschew conventional lab design in favor of flexible spaces to keep up with the pace of innovation.
shop-floor  facility-planning  biotech  pharmaceuticals  Around-the-web  this-week-419 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
At Amazon's Monee warehouse, robot co-workers are the new normal - Chicago Tribune
More than 2,000 full-time employees work alongside a fleet of squat, 320-pound orange robots that roll almost silently under the square towers of shelves they deliver to workers stowing newly arrived items or picking out products to be packed and shipped.
shop-floor  distribution-centers  amazon  robotics  automation  logistics-center  Around-the-web  this-week-419 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
This is the most dexterous robot ever created - MIT Technology Review
The most nimble-fingered machine yet shows how machine learning can teach robots to recognize and pick up different types of objects, a skill that could transform many factories and warehouses.
manufacturing-automation  robotics  robotics-manufacturing  industry4.0  shop-floor  Around-the-web  this-week-418 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
Forever Young: This Texas Plant Gives Middle-Aged Locomotives Extreme Makeovers - GE Reports
GE’s huge locomotive factory outside Fort Worth, Texas, feels like the rumpus room of a giant toddler fond of playing with trains. The place — all 1 million square feet of it — is filled with locomotives in various states of assembly. There are cabs in one corner, wheels and trucks in another, and engines in the middle.
shop-floor  facility-design  rail-logitsics  GE  Around-the-web  this-week-418 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
Autonomous vehicles won’t just change our roads, they’ll change our factories, too - Industrial Insights - PwC
Increasingly, semi-autonomous and even autonomous vehicles within manufacturing operations are gaining independence. Materials-handling robots in particular are making aggressive moves, most notably in warehouses and inventory management.
automation  manufacturing-automation  autonomous-vehicles  shop-floor  advanced-manufacturing  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-415  sfp-insider-4-17-2018 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
IoT To The Rescue For Biotech And Pharma Manufacturing - Pharmaceutical Online
The Internet of Things (IoT) could not be timelier for biotech/pharma. With fierce cost pressures, the push for value-based outcomes, and the need for flexible manufacturing solutions, the IoT is the much needed shot in the arm to bring about transformational change.
internet-of-things  industry-reports  industry4.0  pharmaceuticals  biotech  modularization  shop-floor  manufacturing-automation  insider-10-17-2018 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
Autonomous vehicles won’t just change our roads, they’ll change our factories, too - Shopfloor
Increasingly, semi-autonomous and even autonomous vehicles within manufacturing operations are gaining independence. Materials-handling robots, in particular, are making aggressive moves, most notably in warehouses and inventory management.
Around-the-web  this-week-412  shop-floor  advanced-manufacturing  autonomous-vehicles 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
How will Industry 4.0 impact U.S. manufacturing? - JLL Real Views
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is picking up steam in warehouse aisles and factory floors around the world.
industry4.0  logistics  warehouse-facility  shop-floor  internet-of-things  Around-the-web  this-week-411 
january 2018 by areadevelopment
The MIT Developer Revolutionizing U.S. Factory Jobs - Somerville, MA Patch
As many Americans despair over disappearing factory jobs and fear being replaced by a machine, Natan Linder has set out to arm assembly-line workers with cutting-edge technology and help preserve the U.S. manufacturing market. He's launched Tulip, an app that connects every element of a production line to a data collection program where it can be analyzed so crews can smarten and streamline their operation. New Balance and Merck have signed on. A byproduct, Linder hopes, is attracting a qualified younger generation to help fill 3.5 million jobs the Manufacturing Institute, a Washington-based think tank, has predicted will become available over the next decade. Linder, who arrived at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab from Israel in 2008, cofounded 3D printing company Formlabs in Somerville before launching Tulip, the result of almost a decade of research.
shop-floor  automation  industry4.0  big-data  internet-of-things  Around-the-web  this-week-405  insider-10-17-2018 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Digital trust and the smart factory: Guarding the gates and opening the frontier - Industrial insights - PwC
rom the factory floor to the supply chain and the sales process, a new web of automation, data, and analytics is now more and more connecting machines with human workers, thereby promoting real-time collaboration, achieving hyperefficiency, reducing waste, decreasing downtime, and presenting greater opportunity for innovation.
shop-floor  automation  industry4.0  internet-of-things  Around-the-web  this-week-404-top 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Awaits - BDO
Implementing and maintaining systems that preserve the integrity of production processes without the same level of human oversight remains one of the main challenges to Industry 4.0 implementation. If the underlying data or analysis has errors, the automated decision-making based on that data will also be error-prone. More than ever, it will be imperative to ensure data is clean, accurate and accessible as part of an overall information governance strategy. 
industry4.0  internet-of-things  asset-management  facilities-management  shop-floor  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-402  insider-10-17-2018 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Building smarter cars with smarter factories: How AI will change the auto business - McKinsey & Company
From driverless cars to robots on the factory floor, AI is transforming the automotive industry. Here are the steps smart companies are taking to seize the opportunities it offers.
artificial-intelligence  automation  internet-of-things  autonomous-vehicles  automotive-industry  shop-floor  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-398 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
New Manufacturing Jobs Require New Manufacturing Skills—It’s That Simple - GE Reports
Making spare parts doesn’t sound like ground zero for a technological revolution. But at a time when the entire manufacturing workforce is bracing itself for the changes sweeping the industry, the concept of “replacements” takes on extra resonance.
u.s.-manufacturing  skilled-labor  skills-gap  industry4.0  shop-floor  Around-the-web  this-week-391 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
What It’s Like to Be a Worker in Tesla’s Car Factory - MIT Technology Review
To some it’s “auto-worker heaven,” while others say they’re operating in “working conditions of the past.”
shop-floor  tesla  gigafactory  automotive-industry  electric-vehicle  Around-the-web  this-week-386 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Industry 4.0 and the digital twin technology - Deloitte University Press
The digital twin serves as a virtual replica of what is actually happening on the factory floor in near-real time. Thousands of sensors distributed throughout the physical manufacturing process collectively capture data along a wide array of dimensions: from behavioral characteristics of the productive machinery and works in progress (thickness, color qualities, hardness, torque, speeds, and so on) to environmental conditions within the factory itself. These data are continuously communicated to and aggregated by the digital twin application.
shop-floor  facility-planning  advanced-manufacturing  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-386 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Skills gap hard to fill in robot-driven manufacturing sector -
Manufacturing’s new face – clean operations in modern, well-lit, well-staffed industrial plant settings – is driving domestic employment growth, and robots are a key cog in that modern machinery.

From 2010 to 2016, according to a white paper for the Association for Advancing Automation, 136,748 robots were shipped to U.S. customers, the most ever in the domestic robotics industry.
u.s.-manufacturing  shop-floor  advanced-industries  robotics-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  this-week-385 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
A Look Inside Airbus’s Epic Assembly Line - The New York Times
A confluence of political and economic forces has prompted Europe’s
largest airplane manufacturer to place a factory in Alabama —
and to create one of the world’s most gargantuan supply chains.
airbus  alabama  global-supply-chain  shop-floor  assembly-plants  u.s.-manufacturing  Aerospace  freight-logistics  parts-suppliers  this-week-384 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Foreign Robots Invade American Factory Floors - WSJ
The U.S. is being beaten by European and Japanese firms in the race to supply cutting-edge production machinery behind the new automated manufacturing sector
competitiveness  u.s.-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-382  shop-floor 
april 2017 by areadevelopment
China and the US's robotics race: The US can lead by focusing on what it does best: software, sensors, and design - Quartz
The US should focus on what it does best: software, sensors, and design. Building the factories and production lines of the future demands the kind of expertise that US-based engineers and system integrators are best positioned to deliver. After all, we built the internet. So let’s build the Internet of Things, starting in the factory.
industry4.0  internet-of-things  advanced-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing  shop-floor  competitiveness  china  Around-the-web  this-week-382 
april 2017 by areadevelopment
The Boeing Robots That Build 777 Airliners - WIRED
To improve life on the line, Boeing took a note from Kenny Chesney: no shoulders, no back, no problems. In other words, it brought in robots. Boeing installed the Fuselage Automated Upright Build system at its 777 factory in Everett, Washington, in December, 2015. It started out assembling the front section of each fuselage; this month, it takes on the rear as well.
Boeing  shop-floor  Aerospace  Washington  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  robotics-manufacturing  this-week-381 
march 2017 by areadevelopment
Factory of the Future: Breakthrough technologies fundamentally change the game Operations Extranet by McKinsey & Company
Although consumer-packaged-goods (CPG) manufacturers have been relatively slow to adopt breakthrough technologies, their factories will not escape the wave of change in the coming years. Following the pattern seen in other industries, the early CPG adopters are gaining a competitive edge by capturing significant improvements in operational performance.
this-week-379  Around-the-web  shop-floor  industry4.0  advanced-manufacturing  internet-of-things 
march 2017 by areadevelopment
The Factory of the Future - The Boston Consulting Group
The factory of the future is a vision for how manufacturers should enhance production by making improvements in three dimensions: plant structure, plant digitization, and plant processes. We discuss the elements of each and provide selected examples that illustrate how leading automotive suppliers and OEMs are testing new concepts.
u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  shop-floor  facility-planning  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-372 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Vecna + VGo Autonomous Robots Made in Cambridge - BostInno
What you may not know is that every product that Vecna offers is made on its Cambridge campus.

“Building things is what it’s been about from the start,” Daniel Theobald, co-founder and chief innovation officer at Vecna, said. “Robotics has been our focus since the beginning.”

So it would only make sense for Vecna to take on all of the prototyping and assembly operations itself, rather than outsourcing them. Theobald says making everything onsite allows the company to accelerate the engineering and manufacturing processes.
shop-floor  advanced-manufacturing  research-commercialization  robotics-manufacturing  Boston  Around-the-web  this-week-369 
november 2016 by areadevelopment
Advanced Manufacturing: Inside Silverside Detectors' Cambridge Factory - BostInno
In an unassuming building in Cambridge, Mass., a staff of nine--one physicist, five engineers, two business people and one assembly worker--is putting together devices that can flag the presence of a nuclear bomb. This is Silverside Detectors, a three-year-old company that looks much like other startups that, like it, have taken advantage of incubators and accelerators in Boston's venture economy. Unlike most of them, it is manufacturing its product here on the outskirts of the city.
advanced-manufacturing  shop-floor  Boston  Around-the-web  this-week-367-top 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
Technology, Workforce Changes to Transform Manufacturing - IndustryWeek
We’re entering a new industrial age driven by digitalization, customization, and miniaturization that is transforming the nature of work in manufacturing.
skilled-labor  shop-floor  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web 
june 2016 by areadevelopment
Inside GE’s Brainy Factory Of The Future: What Happens When You Link 3D Printing And The Internet? - GE Reports
The industrial fringe of Greenville, South Carolina, isn’t the most obvious place to go looking for a glimpse of things to come. But tucked behind railroad tracks and boxy factories you’ll find GE Power’s new Advanced Manufacturing Works, which officially opened Friday. It’s changing how humans make things.
south-carolina  GE  shop-floor  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-351-top 
april 2016 by areadevelopment
How Ever-Evolving Technology is Transforming the Supply Chain Function - Gray Construction
There is no question the Digital Age has had a profound impact on the way manufacturers do business. Shop floors have been transformed into high-tech production centers; product designers have cutting-edge design technology at their fingertips; and operations are leaner and more streamlined. But perhaps no manufacturing department has felt the impact of the Digital Age quite like supply chain.
construction  shop-floor  advanced-manufacturing  supply-chain  logistics  Around-the-web  this-week-340 
february 2016 by areadevelopment
How Schott manufacturers cool - Business Insider
Schott Bros. NYC is more than just a jacket-making company. It's a legacy — one that's been manufacturing jackets worn by some of the coolest people of the last century. The company, which was started in 1913 by Irving Schott on New York City's Lower East Side, invented the motorcycle jacket in 1928, and it's been hand-sewing the jackets in the same way ever since.
shop-floor  Around-the-web  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-339  textiles-clothing-industries 
january 2016 by areadevelopment
What happens when robots take our jobs? - World Economic Forum
Despite the sluggishness of change on today’s factory floors, this digital wave is slowly but surely revolutionizing manufacturing, contributing to major productivity enhancements and the emergence of innovative production paradigms that deliver more tailored and efficient solutions.
4th-industrial-revolution  shop-floor  Around-the-web  this-week-338  advanced-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing 
january 2016 by areadevelopment
For US manufacturers, virtual reality is for real - PwC Industrial Insights
While the jury is still out on the timing of the technology’s mainstreaming, we’re seeing traction in surprising quarters far from the couches of video gamers – on America’s factory floors.
advanced-manufacturing  shop-floor  Around-the-web  this-week-337 
january 2016 by areadevelopment
Retro-tech: 2015 was an astounding year for one cassette tape factory - Ars Technica
NAC's factory has eight production lines and more than 40 employees (including four graphic artists and nine audio engineers). To keep those production lines running, the company has 50 to 60 different pieces of heavy machinery in reserve that it has purchased through the years. “Thirty or 40 of that we've cannibalized for parts,” Stepp told Ars. NAC even has its own machine shop to make parts that simply cannot be found anymore.
u.s.-manufacturing  shop-floor  Around-the-web  this-week-335 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Modular Facility Design: A Cost-Effective Option in the Post-Blockbuster Drug Era - M+W U.S.
The pharmaceutical industry has undergone a sea of change in recent years as manufacturers have adapted to the end of the era of large-volume production of mass-market blockbuster drugs. With firms now focusing in on subpopulations of patients, there is a need for lean, adaptable facilities that can switch quickly between multiple products in multiple formats. Modular facilities can meet this need. While not a panacea, for the right project characteristics, ‘Modularity in Design’ can deliver significant and quantifiable long-term value.
whitepapers  pharmaceuticals  biotech  industry-reports  facility-planning  shop-floor  Around-the-web  this-week-333 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
With a hush, an American Lexus plant goes to work - The Seattle Times
Toyota last month started building Lexus cars in the U.S. for the first time. The cars are made in a separate section of Toyota’s sprawling Kentucky factory, a largely noiseless area where workers can hear even a click that might indicate a problem on the assembly line.
shop-floor  advanced-manufacturing  automotive-industry  toyota  lexus  kentucky  Around-the-web  this-week-330 
november 2015 by areadevelopment
How Robots Helped Screw Factory Modernize Its Floor - IndustryWeek
Standby Screw produces more than 1,000 different parts and ships out millions of pieces every week. Not every job can be turned over to robots, but some can, and the company is reaping the related benefits without getting rid of workers.
automation  advanced-manufacturing  shop-floor  Around-the-web  this-week-321 
september 2015 by areadevelopment
Inside Pfizer’s Modular Manufacturing PODs - Pharmaceutical Online
These new drivers are pushing many pharmaceutical companies to look beyond traditional batch manufacturing processes and begin experimenting with a variety of continuous and flexible manufacturing techniques.
pharmaceuticals  biotech  shop-floor  production-facility  supply-chain  advanced-manufacturing 
july 2015 by areadevelopment
How Technological Advancements Are Changing Modern Manufacturing - Gray Construction
Technological advancements in automation and robotics have transformed the shop floor from “dark, dirty and dangerous” to clean, high-tech centers of efficiency offering challenging and highly skilled jobs.
construction  advanced-manufacturing  shop-floor  additive-manufacturing  this-week-311  Around-the-web 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
World Class Manufacturing: Stark contrasts in US, Italy - The Detroit News
The blue and white shop floors shimmer. Machinery is spotless. Line workers in matching white and gray jackets and pants appear ready to enter operating rooms.
workforce-development  shop-floor  automotive-industry  fiat-chrysler  Around-the-web  this-week-311 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
The New Factory - MAPI
Analysts believe that the current disruptive epoch of technological advancement has brought U.S. manufacturing to the cusp of a new chapter. As promising as recent new technologies are, they nonetheless need the support of lean production practices to maximize their impact on operational performance. Recent findings demonstrate a synergistic relationship between manufacturing technologies and lean processes
lean-manufactuiring  advanced-manufacturing  shop-floor  facility-planning  this-week-282  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
Do a 180: How to Turn Around an Underperforming Factory - IndustryWeek
Embrace a culture of recognition. Don’t stop at the one-offs. Develop a whole program for recognizing great work in order to surface new best practices, and then score your team leaders on how well they do engaging with line workers. Make it part of quarterly and annual performance reviews.
shop-floor  workforce-development  humanresources  this-week-281  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
The Rise of Robotics - bcg.perspectives
Robots are beginning to augment and replace labor in many industries—a megatrend that is transforming the economics of manufacturing and reshaping the business landscape.
advanced-manufacturing  shop-floor  skilled-labor  robotics-manufacturing  this-week-279  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
Robots Work Their Way Into Small Factories - WSJ
For as Little $20,000, Machines Handle the Tedious—With No Lunch Breaks; 'Fred, Hand Me That Wrench'
small-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  facility-planning  shop-floor  this-week-278  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
How to Make a Cheap Battery for Storing Solar Power - MIT Technology Review
A new kind of battery invented by Jay Whitacre, a professor of materials science at Carnegie Mellon University and founder of the startup Aquion Energy, could make renewable electricity more practical and economical around the world. Aquion is about to start full-scale production of the batteries at a new factory in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania.
shop-floor  u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  batteries  electric-vehicle  automotive-industry  green-economy  this-week-251  around-the-web 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Efficiency By Design - IndustryWeek
Good design applies to more than product appearance and performance. On the plant floor, it can be the difference between delivering a product on time or losing a customer. Ideal Products and Hypertherm share measures they took to improve operational performance.
around-the-web  workplace-design  this-week-229  facility-planning  shop-floor 
september 2013 by areadevelopment
Business Strategy: The Journey Toward the People-Intensive Factory of the Future - IDC Manufacturing Insights
This IDC Manufacturing Insights report presents the results of a recent worldwide survey that IDC Manufacturing Insights conducted to investigate how the factory of the future will look like.
u.s.-manufacturing  facility-planning  STUDIES  skilled-labor  shop-floor 
june 2013 by areadevelopment
The Dawn of the Smart Factory - IndustryWeek
In the age of digital manufacturing, the line between the physical and digital worlds is demolished to create a whole new future for the industry.
u.s.-manufacturing  workplace-design  around-the-web  advanced-manufacturing  facility-planning  shop-floor  this-week-204 
february 2013 by areadevelopment

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