Topic: Manufacturing

Using an ERP system to manage constantly changing BOMs during product design is a common trap that many organizations fall into. Although ERP systems shine as transactional tools that manage inventory and provide control throughout production, they’re not built to manage the engineering change process or keep everyone on...

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What can make or break a manufacturing company? According to Eric Larkin, co-founder and CTO of Arena Solutions, the answer is “how well it handles its product data.” In the early 1990s, as CTO of an underwater video equipment manufacturer, Eric and his team used spreadsheets to manage...

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In late 2005, the North American robotics industry was a promising gateway to a more technologically advanced, more sophisticated manufacturing sector. At the time, manufacturers had impressively shipped 15,791 robots for close to $1 billion in the first nine months of that year. An article in Managing Automation...

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December can only mean one thing: holiday gift shopping. In the effort of constructing my own wish-list, I’ve spent the past few days browsing through a variety of unofficial guides denoting this year’s “must-have” gadgets and gifts. I am amazed at how incredibly sophisticated toys have become, but am...

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It goes without saying that the economic benefits of outsourcing can be significant for large and small manufacturers alike. However, unless well-managed systems and processes are in place, the promise of outsourcing can quickly turn into a costly nightmare. Aviation giant Boeing is learning this lesson the hard way....

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A new sustainability standard, dubbed ULE 880—Sustainability for Manufacturing Organizations, is in development. The initial public comment period for the standard, which was authored by UL Environment (a division of Underwriters Laboratories) and Greener World Media, was recently completed, and the comments are now being reviewed. A recent article...

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We often meet small and mid-size manufacturers when they’re in the midst of a growth stage—and the processes they’ve created on the fly are no longer good enough to keep product development running smoothly. While the engineering change process is one of the first places most of them want...

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