Earlier this year, Citrix released The Annual Technology Landscape Report , including predictions of what the next five years might bring to the nation’s workplaces — including in manufacturing.
In the news, analysts list top tech trends in manufacturing and look ahead to the need for WYOD (“wear-your-own-device”) policies. Articles also explore how businesses and supply chains can benefit from Big Data.
The concept of lean manufacturing, initially developed by Toyota Corporation after World War II, was so successful that by the 1970s it was being applied in manufacturing facilities throughout the world.
In the news, SMEs can benefit from mobile, social, and cloud solutions. Also, technology is updating the public’s perception of manufacturing, and President Obama emphasizes manufacturing’s contribution to economic growth.
In the news, an analysis of ISO/DIS 9001:2014 is available, a webcast will focus on how the Internet of Things (IoT) impacts manufacturing, and an article shows how time-saving measures can give your manufacturing IT customers a competitive edge.
In the news, 3D printing, automation are focuses of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) conference. Also, manufacturing growth is anticipated through 2016, and applying Lean principles can help your clients save time and money. In addition, a webcast on Wednesday will show how digital manufacturing is transforming American industry.
Wearables are not new. Google Glass has been used in plant asset maintenance for a couple of years now. Tools like Innovega or MicroOptical have also been used by early adopters to display service instructions and illustrated parts breakdowns (IPBs) to service technicians for more than a decade. These heads-up display technologies (HUDs) allow technicians to readily access repair information in the field while servicing equipment, shortening downtime, and increasing the effectiveness of repair activities.
Voice technology has taken hold in a variety of work environments, but applications are particularly beneficial for warehouses. Businesses with warehouses use voice technology when picking stock, inventorying and replenishing stock, and improving customer service.
In the news, “design-led” innovation could provide your manufacturing clients with a competitive edge. Also, manufacturers are leveraging data to improve productivity, fulfill customer demand, and control costs.
The Internet of Things (IoT) can provide real-time visibility into an enterprise’s supply chain, especially when enabled with cloud computing ability. This is especially beneficial for manufacturers, whose supply chains span large geographical locations and depend on many suppliers, distributers, and planners. Operations taking place along the supply chain can create inefficiencies that ripple through multiple processes — logistics, warehousing, and manufacturing itself.