What is the “Yatai” Flexible Manufacturing System?

Manufacturing has used several buzzwords to describe the same value of “flexibility.” “Resiliency” that gives supply chains the ability to bounce back after a breakdown, “visibility” that allows them to catch breakdowns before they occur, “Smart” manufacturing that uses technology such as…


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A Practical Approach to Supply Chain Risk Management

2020 has passed and, to be honest, the entire year was essentially one big supply chain disruption. Everything that could have gone wrong, and many things that we didn’t even know could go wrong, did. Fortunately all these trials and tribulations, for all the chaos they caused, instilled in many…


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How Barcode Scanning and Other Tools Can Create an Effective Food Recall Solution

It’s no shocker that food recalls are an expensive, efficiency draining occurrence for food and beverage manufacturers. With needing to trace back bad food batches to its source, the damaged brand reputation caused by poor quality control, and the legal ramifications should consumers face allergic…


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6 Manufacturing Trends Sure to Pick Up (More) Steam in 2021

It took some doing and a whole lot of adapting, but we’ve finally managed to make it to the other end of 2020. Though many manufacturers can’t say they aren’t worse for wear for the experience, they were able to draw quite a few insights as a result of having their status quo challenged and…


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How to Build a Waste Heat Recovery System Tailored to Your Business

When one thinks of wasted resources, the mind tends to picture certain things: sheet metal, wood, food stuffs, etc. We tend to pigeon hole ourselves into very physical representations of “waste” and focus on mitigating lost profit through eliminating these sources of physical waste. And while this…


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The Benefits of Mixed Reality in Manufacturing Explained

An employee on the factory line approaches a machine they’ve never in their life operated. Staring at the mass of unfamiliar iron and circuitry, they stand dumbfounded for a moment before a set of instructions materializes in front of them dictating where the controls are located. Happy to have…


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How to Promote Circular Economy in Your Business

Waste is a guaranteed byproduct of manufacturing, plain and simple – all of the optimization, all of the strategies to reduce manufacturing overhead cost, all of the lean manufacturing in the world isn’t going to completely eliminate waste. Thankfully, waste doesn’t need to be completely…


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How Manufacturers Can Switch Gears for Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Ever looking towards the future, people are constantly carrying a romanticized view of the kinds of technologies that will be available in the future – hoverboards, holograms, robotics, the list goes on and on. And while some of these advancements we dream of are a long time coming or are…


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Why and How to Use Big Data in Manufacturing

With COVID, labor shortages, and compromised supply chains in full swing, the average manufacturer finds themselves grappling with one of two paths to follow. They can either A: pare back and attempt to save money – adopting a more lean manufacturing approach that’s optimized to only deliver…


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What is Downtime in Manufacturing and How Much is it Really Costing You?

Downtime in manufacturing has always been touted as the “big bad” for the industrial sector. Downtime is lost productivity, lost business, and lost profit after all. This disdain for any sort of downtime in manufacturing is what’s spurred on movements such as the fourth industrial revolution. By…


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