As always, the industrial world continues to evolve. The following are several predictions that could change the future of manufacturing.
Technology is expanding into every part of our lives, and it is the same in the lives of manufacturers. In fact, advancements in automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are transforming the reliability of manufacturing processes. Gartner research reveals some of the top technological trends of 2022:
The last two years have been challenging for manufacturers is certainly an understatement. Unfortunately, 2022 is predicted to be a continuation of those problems. This article looks at two of the most critical: shortages in workers and the supply chain slowdown.
Today, every OEM is facing supply chain and labor shortages when trying to maintain production schedules. Having separate manufacturers supply various services along the process chain with ancillary support services can help ease the burdens the lack of workers and material can cause. Additionally, multi-service suppliers help reduce time and cost because of the efficiency of working with one supplier versus multiple.
When you are an OEM, selecting the best supplier for your parts is essential to the overall quality of your product and your profitability. After all, part production in the supply chain is a significant factor in your manufacturing process’ overall cost. For that reason, working with a reliable, responsive, and cost-efficient supplier is one of the most critical decisions an OEM can make.
Since Henry Ford and the assembly line, manufacturers have embraced change that make their operations more effective. Over the years advancements like CAD drawings to robotics have driven processes to be more efficient. The following are factors that are transforming the world of industry.
To understand boring or reaming, you need to understand that they each have a different approach to hole-making. While both are cutting processes, boring uses a single point cutting tool or boring head to enlarge an existing hole in a workpiece. On the other hand, reaming uses a rotary cutting tool to smooth interior walls in an existing hole in a workpiece. When you compare the two, boring does present significant advantages.
No matter the manufacturer, all must deal with warehousing parts, material, components, and product. Warehouse management is the oversight of your operations in the warehouse. This involves shipping, receiving, tracking, and storing of inventory. It also oversees training your employees, planning daily workloads, managing how and when items are shipped, and overseeing the movement of all goods in the warehouse. A warehouse management system (WMS) is software designed to optimize all operational processes. When you implement a WMS, you have full access and visibility to inventory levels, staff productivity, order fulfillment workflows, storage, and future forecasting – all in real-time. Systems such as warehousing management are vital, as they eliminate manual processes and take guesswork out of your operations. With streamlined processes, you receive a vitally accurate snapshot of what your business did yesterday, how it's doing today, and what it will perform like tomorrow. Here are five essential factors in managing your warehouse.
Throughout the history of manufacturing, industrial plants have had issues with safety and security risks. Over the decades, manufacturers have implemented measures to improve the safety of workers. Safety and security continue to be essential factors to protect skilled workers, as well as avoiding lost productivity and financial ramifications. The following are ways manufacturers are addressing the security and safety today.
Technology is quickly becoming the driving force into today’s industrial world to help manufacturers keep up with increased pressure to meet shorter deadlines and lower cost – all without sacrificing quality. While all suppliers must contend with these challenges, the following strategies can help:
Beginning in the 70s, flexible manufacturing systems were introduced to help manufacturers become more efficiently. These are designed for systems to react and adapt to changes, or problems in the production process.
Despite the turmoil of 2020 still lingering into the new year, there are trends to watch for in 2021. The following are a few of the topics manufacturers will be talking about.
Boring is the process of enlarging holes that have already been drilled to make them concentric, properly sized, and finished. It can become more complex when it involves intricate machined parts and materials. The following are boring processes used for more complicated projects.
Line boring, also known as is an engine machining process that enlarges a hole that has already been cast, making the centerlines of two or more bores collinear to create perfectly straight and aligned bores. A line boring machine performs this task using one or more cutting tools held within a boring head. Line boring machines are also used for tapering holes and machining the outside face of the workpiece using a facing head.