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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The supply chain shift: Digital supply chain networks can enable transformative decisions


Posted by Ashwin Patil on March 23, 2017

There are lots of moving parts to a digital supply chain network. Think of it as a constellation of interlinking stars that provide transparent value to all. Those stars linked to speed of delivery, for example, share information smoothly and instantly. As a result, transformative strategic decisions are enabled faster and with greater impact. Supply chains are shifting from linear, sequential operations to a new interconnected, open system of supply operations–called a digital supply network (DSN). This shift lays the foundation for how companies will likely compete in the future. “The rise of the digital supply network” explores this new frontier by examining four key areas:

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Four things robots can do for your distribution center


Posted by Brenna Sniderman on December 09, 2016.

As we think about advanced, smart technologies, the thing that comes to mind is: robots. Well, maybe just for me. But I think of smart robots that can learn from their surroundings, adjust and figure things out on their own. Robots that can learn from each other, move objects, and work relatively more safely alongside humans, each augmenting the other.

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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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