Could anyone have imagined the degree to which our world has become automated? From smartphones to fully automated data centers, we’ve experienced a technological revolution that has digitized everything from buying movie tickets to nearly all business processes. Ironically, the industry that has been the bedrock of it all, electronics manufacturing services (EMS), has not realized the same degree of innovation in their front-offices as they have pioneered on their shop floor.
When done wrongly, it is one of the most expensive, confusing, distracting, valueless wastes of time that manufacturing is ever required to do, but when done properly, it can be the one thing that saves the life of a manufacturing business, which can happen in several different ways. Traceability, in this new age of digital manufacturing, has never been so inexpensive, and with the recently increasing ingress of counterfeit materials, never more important.
As the next wave of flexible, more efficient, and more affordable factory automation options hits the market, the use of Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) robots for lean manufacturing on the shop floor is becoming more common. Business leaders looking to stay on top are investing heavily in next generation technologies, combining the use of robots with their Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) & Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) to reduce costs, increase throughput, improve worker safety, and enable complete traceability.
In this blog post, we cover highlights from a recent webinar with Aegis Software and Vecna Robotics: Breaking Down Islands for Lean Manufacturing. Read on to find out how leading manufacturers are creating a truly adaptive and totally visible factory with AGV, MES systems and WMS together with lean manufacturing principles.
Today’s shop floor is a highly-complex, continually-shifting environment. A recent study by Aberdeen Group polled today’s best-in-class manufacturers and found that the top reported pressures of modern manufacturing include:
• Differentiation while still improving quality (39%)
• The flexibly to respond to business demands (36%)
• Compliance with current and future industry regulations (27%)
While an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system can solve challenges in areas such as capacity planning, inventory management, and business financials, today’s manufacturing environment requires much more than an ERP system alone — more flexibility, more data, and more connectivity.
For automotive manufacturers, large-scale product recalls can be devastating for business. Manufacturing Execution Software (MES) systems provide defect data in real time, ensuring flawed product doesn’t leave the factory. We recently completed a customer case study with Lear Automotive Electronics and Electrical Products in Shanghai, China, and in this blog post, we'll look the measurable benefits the company has realized as a result.
Alibaba and DigiKey is not a supply chain strategy! So what are the ten most important things to consider when developing an outsourced manufacturing solution and the supply chain that surrounds it?
At Riverwood we see all kinds of supply chains, good, bad and darn right ugly. We see more vendors than most, and we visit an unhealthily large number of factories in all the world’s manufacturing geographies. Here’s a little of what we’ve learned along the way and what we like to consider with clients when we start the vendor selection process.
As I see it a number of factors are throwing up another golden age of electronics innovation, led by new markets and supported by enabling technologies, excellent outsourced product fulfillment and good access to venture capital
As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, 2015 closed on the heels of a very successful presence at Productronica in Munich, Germany. As well as enjoying the best event we’ve had in terms of enquiries and interest, I also took part in a number of video interviews, press meetings and some fascinating roundtable debating topics around Industry 4.0, IoM and factory automation.
We've seen so very much in the media recently about IoT and its potential to benefit consumer and manufacturer alike. Trends around IoM (Internet of Manufacturing) and Industry 4.0 are all largely focused on operations but where does the potential lie for big data within the supply chain?
I’m back in San Jose after CES and thought I’d put down a few thoughts on this year’s exhibition floor, keynotes and presentations.