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4 Steps to Lean in Industry 4.0

4 Steps to Lean in Industry 4.0

Joe Panebianco, Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Tekni-Plex, Inc.

Disruptive Trends in Manufacturing IT

Disruptive Trends in Manufacturing IT

Michele C. D’Alessandro, VP & CIO, Manufacturing IT, Merck [NYSE:MRK]

The Evolving CPG Landscape

The Evolving CPG Landscape

Ronojoy Guha, VP and Global Head Solutions and Pre-Sales, Retail, Consumer Goods and Manufacturing, Mindtree [NSE:MINDTREE.NS]

Manufacturing with a Service Heart

Manufacturing with a Service Heart

Mel Kirk, SVP & CIO, Ryder System, Inc. [NYSE:R]

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Jabil: Architecting The Lean Culture

The transformation from traditional manufacturing to lean manufacturing has empowered the companies to deliver quality products on time, at low cost and with greater efficiency. In fact, lean is one of the biggest management ideas of the past century and has come a long way from its popular use in streamlining Ford’s moving assembly line for Model T and Toyota’s Toyota Production System (TPS). In most recent years, the idea of lean has evolved from its superficial “prevent and eliminate non-value added processes” into a management discipline that puts customers first by proactively knowing their needs and then delivering it to them in efficient way. The idea is also about enabling workers to contribute to their fullest potential, constantly search for better ways to execute tasks, and seamlessly connect with the company’s strategies and goals.

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Standing at the Crossroad of Lean Manufacturing and Healthcare

Standing at the Crossroad of Lean Manufacturing and Healthcare

Willie Sosa, SVP-Global Manufacturing, Cardinal Health [NYSE:CAH]

The scope of manufacturing goes beyond the attributes of the product, or simply the cost to produce. Helping hospitals improve safety, quality of care and cost requires a holistic approach to the value chain.

Industry 4.0 in a Highly-Regulated Medical Device Factory

Industry 4.0 in a Highly-Regulated Medical Device Factory

Srivats Ramaswami, CTO, 42Q

In some cases though, the tenets of Industry 4.0 may conflict with current medical regulatory criteria.

How we are currently implementing LSS in value streams isn't working

How we are currently implementing LSS in value streams isn't working

Larry Hamilton, Sr. Director Global Lean Six Sigma, Jabil

​Lean and Six Sigma are all the rage in business. Companies from all different sectors are attempting to implement the tools and systems of the Toyota Production System in various forms.

Misconception Plaguing Coil Replacement Industry Officially Debunked: No need to obtain replacement coils from the OEM

Misconception Plaguing Coil Replacement Industry Officially Debunked: No need to obtain replacement coils from the OEM

Kevin Trowhill, VP, Sales, RAE Coils

When the coils in an HVAC unit need replacement, many think they must use the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to obtain the correct part.

The Age of Average is Over

The Age of Average is Over

John McGee, Director, North America Operational Excellence, BASF

One of the biggest threats to manufacturing prosperity U.S. companies face today is talent. As the global economy grows and manufacturing evolves into Industry 4.0, the American workforce must have the skills and capabilities to thrive.

Connecting Things with Processes and People

Connecting Things with Processes and People

Hans Thalbauer, SVP, IoT and Digital Supply Chain, SAP [NYSE:SAP]

Whether it’s providing same-day delivery, customized products or creating personalized shopping experiences, in today’s on-demand world, companies must have an accurate pulse on their customers and their evolving expectations.

Information Technology as Business Enabler

Information Technology as Business Enabler

Sri Adusumilli, VP, CIO, IT, Centric Parts StopTech Qualis

​In this article, I want to explore how and why we need to leverage information technology to enable business and key performance indicators to measure its success.

A New Guide For Manufacturers

A New Guide For Manufacturers

Howard Heppelmann, DVP & GM Connnected Manufacturing, PTC [NasdaqGS:PTC]

From a business value point of view, we are looking for projects that can be done in less time with less risk. The clock speed in manufacturing is accelerating, and we can no longer afford to spend 12 months defining a solution.

Managing a LEAN Transformation: The Seven Pillars

Managing a LEAN Transformation: The Seven Pillars

Bruno Padovani, Director of LEAN Continuous Improvement, Ferrara Candy Company

LEAN continuous improvement is perhaps the single biggest profit driving initiative that the typical manufacturing organization can undertake.

The Supply Chain of the Future is a Dynamic Living Ecosystem

The Supply Chain of the Future is a Dynamic Living Ecosystem

Doug Braun, CEO, Kewill

Supply chain executives have some tough decisions to make in the year ahead as they face increased pressure to deliver product faster than ever before.

Technology Changes to Supply Chains Demand Good Leadership

Technology Changes to Supply Chains Demand Good Leadership

Kevin Glynn, VP & CIO, DSC Logistics

Our work in supply chain is changing rapidly as we implement new technology.