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When is surplus the right choice for manufacturers?

Answering this question begins by looking at the current state of the global supply chain and how it has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. Current times have been a constant challenge to the supply chain. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, things worked very differently from the state of today’s supply chain. There are product restrictions, material shortages, and obsolescence for aging equipment that require servicing and maintenance. As a result, doing business as a manufacturer can be a challenge for even the most agile of operations. How can these challenges be overcome to…


Original equipment effectiveness (OEE) can be used as a gauge to determine how effective and productive a manufacturing plant is.

The definition of Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is the percentage of manufacturing time that is productive. It is composed of three parts:

Availability — The percentage of time the process is running during planned production time

Performance — The percentage of production the process machinery is achieving when compared to a defined maximum capability

Quality — The percentage of good parts being produced. Parts being reworked are counted as defects.

OEE considers losses from all these factors, producing a percentage…


Obsolescence is an unavoidable part of any manufacturing environment. However, it’s concerning that so many companies admit they do not know when vital equipment requires replacing, or when they do, they scramble to find replacements. The latest developments in additive manufacturing could provide an answer to the obsolescence problems. Before delving into issues surrounding The range of materials that can be used is almost endless — from innovative plastics and metal alloys, to concrete, wax, resins and even human tissue. …


There are many types of business models commonly utilized. Two business models that get a lot of focus are B2B and B2C models. B2B, which stands for business to business, is a model in which businesses sell products or services to other businesses. The second model is B2C, in which businesses sell products or services directly to consumers. These two business models seem clear in terms of the differences between them. Yet there is a third business model that is growing in popularity for manufacturers that allows typically B2B operations to have direct access to consumers. …


There’s no one-size-fits-all method to production scheduling. All of your products, processes, and plans are launched with a uniform goal in mind-profitability.

However the most valuable resource your business has isn’t a product or process-although it does start with a “p”.

It’s people -the people who are on the shop floor and the people who ensure timely deliveries and functioning supply chains. Namely, the people who have intimate knowledge of every aspect of the production process.

Scheduling and maintaining high-efficiency production on the shop floor is often hard, grueling work. …


Research is all about being the first, but commercialization is all about repeatability, not just many times but every single time. This was one of the key takeaways from the Transitioning Research From Academia to Industry panel during the National Robotics Initiative Foundational Research in Robotics PI Meeting in March 2021.

RightHand Robotics, Diligent Robotics and READY Robotics are robotics startups that have transitioned from the ICorps program and SBIR grant funding into becoming venture backed robotics startups. RightHand Robotics was founded in 2014 and is a Boston-based company that specializes in robotics manipulation. It is spun out of work…


A supply chain is a series of links between companies and suppliers for the purpose of producing and distributing a product to a final buyer. This network of links includes various entities such as manufacturers, producers, warehouses, logistics services, distribution centers and retailers. When it comes to supply chain management, a healthy supply chain helps get a product successfully and profitably from the planning phases to the end user in a reasonable amount of time. Healthy supply chains help reduce costs for companies as well as help them stay competitive in the marketplace.

These five stages of a supply chain…


There are many different strategies for equipment maintenance that teams can use to help raise and keep the operational availability (OA) up on the production lines. And every one of those strategies comes at a cost. It’s a balancing act between keeping the right number of technical resources on staff, keeping the lines up and running, and of course, keeping profits up.

Four equipment maintenance strategies

There are four main equipment maintenance strategies. These are:

Using a combination of these maintenance strategies, can make a company’s uptime successful or cost a lot of time and money. Corrective maintenance in particular can be a good…


This guide by Metrology Parts discusses the importance of reducing production waste in the manufacturing industry. With 40% of industrial waste going straight into landfills, which have proven to have a negative impact on the environment, companies are looking to take responsibility and ensure that they are minimizing waste and doing their part to reduce toxic emissions that threaten the future of our great world. This article discusses affordable ways to reduce the disposal of waste with minimal effects on production, as well as the tools to do so.

With the increase of the human population and a proportional demand…


Machine vision is making major contributions to the manufacturing sector, primarily by providing automated inspection capabilities as part of quality control procedures. Formerly viewed as barcode readers, these systems now use automated cameras and software to monitor products, collect data, check for inconsistencies, scan labels and perform other functions at high-speeds and without the need for worker intervention.

According to the Automated Imaging Association, machine vision encompasses all industrial and non-industrial applications in which a combination of hardware and software provide operational guidance to devices in the execution of their functions based on the capture and processing of images.

The…

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