Effectively merging digital and physical worlds. It’s not a galaxy far, far away


Posted by Ashwin Patil on June 22, 2017

Things are just starting to pop in the world of manufacturing, aren’t they? Digitization and connectivity are forging the way ahead. Advanced manufacturing techniques combined with the Internet of Things are creating a digital manufacturing enterprise that communicates, analyzes and uses information to drive intelligent action back in the physical world. Supply chains are shifting from linear, sequential operations to an always-on, interconnected, open system of supply operations called a digital supply network (DSN), and traditional silos are breaking down. Continue reading “Effectively merging digital and physical worlds. It’s not a galaxy far, far away”

Managing change to accommodate the craft-like experience


Posted by Ben Stiller on June 16, 2017

It’s hard to remember life before products showed up on your doorstep, in record time. We’ve become used to ordering whatever we need online and having it delivered within a day or two – perhaps a week at the most. Consumers now tend to expect this timeliness from all online retailers. They’ve also become more demanding in the colors, flavors and sizes they want, expecting customization as a matter of course.

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The risks and rewards of additive manufacturing: Oh, the potential, but it must have protections


Posted by Sam Pearson on April 28, 2017

Arguably the next big complement to traditional manufacturing, additive manufacturing (AM) encompasses the technologies that construct 3D objects by adding consecutive layers of material. That material can be plastic, metal, or concrete. AM technologies can create significant commercial and defense opportunities, making it possible to manufacture needed products on site, on demand, in near-real time, and in far-flung locales where parts inventory is nonexistent. Futuristic applications may include machines that can build machines and structures in which people will live and work.

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I need it now!

Managing customer service levels to meet the “Amazon effect”

Posted by Sam Pearson on March 2, 2017

As consumers, we’ve become used to the “Amazon effect.” We order products online, tailored to our preferences, and receive them when and where we choose. Inevitably, these consumer-driven practices are now influencing B2B markets and industrial customers are demanding faster delivery of products and higher levels of service.

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If you can see it coming, you can fix it faster

Posted by Sam Pearson, on November 17, 2016

How aftermarket supply chain analytics can create an insight-driven advantage

For today’s supply chain to approach optimization, executives must be able to anticipate problems, not simply react to them. That’s a difficult proposition if companies don’t have windows into the right information at the right time. You can’t change something if you can’t see it coming. However, gaining that insight-driven advantage isn’t out of reach. In fact, as products are increasingly loaded with sensors and monitors, the aftermarket is becoming rich in data. It’s no surprise, then, that interest in using business analytics to extract insight is growing. Many manufacturers have found aftermarket analysis to be highly profitable. Now they can see what products or parts are making the most money, what products are being actively used by consumers, and where they might be failing.

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