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Is That a Robot in My Factory?

Is That a Robot in My Factory?

Jim McCoy, CIO, Raytheon

Disruptive Trends in Manufacturing IT

Disruptive Trends in Manufacturing IT

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

Manufacturing with a Service Heart

Manufacturing with a Service Heart

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

People in Supply Chain- Motivating and Innovating

People in Supply Chain- Motivating and Innovating

Mehran Ravanpay, VP, Global Supply Chain Logistics, Schneider Electric

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KUKA ROBOTICS: AUGMENTING THE HUMAN-ROBOT COLLABORATION

Since its first application in a car manufacturing plant in 1960s, the concept of robotics has evolved beyond the unproven utopian vision, marking a steady era of technology metamorphosis. The burgeoning technology has transformed the manufacturing industry—which was long plagued by high cost and slow-drip progress—with its dexterity, trainability, sensing and memory capabilities.

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Managing a LEAN Transformation: The Seven Pillars

Managing a LEAN Transformation: The Seven Pillars

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

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

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.

Using Emerging Technologies to Overcome Top Business Challenges in Manufacturing

Using Emerging Technologies to Overcome Top Business Challenges in Manufacturing

Hans Thalbauer, SVP, IoT and Digital Supply Chain, SAP

The logistics and manufacturing industries are undergoing a revolution driven by digital transformation. Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, and blockchain all promise to completely alter how companies conduct business.

5 Steps Manufacturing Leaders Should Take Now

5 Steps Manufacturing Leaders Should Take Now

Steven L. Blue, President & CEO, Miller Ingenuity

If President Donald Trump is able to renegotiate trade deals to be more U.S. friendly during his first 100 days in office, it is both good and bad news for American manufacturing. On the one hand, corporate income tax will probably be reduced.

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.

Lean is about the elimination of waste. Often lean practitioners look at a process or activity to see how waste might be removed, lead-time reduced and flow created.

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.

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]

IT operations have become more responsive to variations in the manufacturing process. In the past, IT’s primary role was to provide technology that would help automate, integrate and simplify business processes.

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.

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.