Navigating the Path Toward Becoming an Intelligent Enterprise
The result of the rise of the on-demand economy, best practices have fairly quickly changed for companies throughout many industries, such as manufacturing and transportation and logistics (T&L). As these companies balance the complexities of inescapable rising demands, like the need for agile fulfillment from order to delivery, technologies that allow information sharing and enterprise-wide visibility have been embraced. Mobility, cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) are here to stay, so it is vital for decision-makers to comprehend the ways that digital transformation will stay to impact businesses for years to come. Zebra Technologies recently printed its second annual Intelligent Enterprise Index, a global survey that measures where companies are on the journey to coming to be a truly “intelligent enterprise.” this type of business links the physical and digital worlds to drive innovation through instant guidance, data-powered environments, and collaborative mobile workflows. In all, eleven metrics were used to judge a company’s progress in the direction of becoming intelligent, including IoT vision, business engagement, adoption plan, security and standards, and many more. The survey discovered that the number of companies identified as an “intelligent enterprise” twofold to 10 percent in 2018, showcasing the significant investment and momentum surrounding IoT deployment and integrating. Increased Momentum for IoT From an operations standpoint, the Index implies that 82 percent of surveyed companies are sharing information from their IoT solutions with employees several times a day. That is a rise of 12 percent from the preceding year. Indeed, approximately two-thirds of these companies share operational data about enterprise assets, including status, location, utilization or preferences, in real- or near-real time to help drive better more timely decisions. This indicates that brands are making the transition to Industry 4.0—using connected, automated systems to gather and analyze data during every step of their processes and bridging the gap between the digital and physical to maximise effectiveness, productivity, and transparency. Additionally, the latest Index shows 50 percent of companies are not expecting or experiencing resistance to IoT adoption, underlining the growing acceptance of these solutions and the recognition of their advantages. In last year’s survey, only a-quarter of participants reported insufficient resistance. Furthermore, 84 percent of companies predict it will require two years or less to complete the implementation of their IoT solutions, reflecting a positive trend toward faster adoption compared to the prior year (79 percent). As a final point, the findings show that at least half of companies have established an IoT vision and are performing on their IoT plans. Partner Collaboration is Key To continue growing adoption rates and minimizing resistance, manufacturers and T&L companies will need to integrate IoT solutions in a manner that takes away the possibility of operational issues and lowers learning curves as setting up not familiar digital systems can be a complex process. Legacy solutions, existing data infrastructure, robotics and automation technologies, management styles and more can all create boundaries. Furthermore, internal IT teams may possibly not have the necessary knowledge or experience to support an IoT introduction or redevelopment. Companies around the world are solving these problems by placing a larger reliance on a solution ecosystem, with many relying on a strategic partner or vendor to implement and manage their IoT solutions. This is good news because manufacturing and T&L businesses need intense combination and consistency. Don’t Sleep on Security The other essential aspect of becoming an “intelligent enterprise” is setting up an effective security protocol to lessen the risk of breaches and other dangers, mostly as organizations migrate their data to the cloud to fully capitalize on IoT functionality. An encouraging finding is that nearly all companies with IoT strategies monitor their IoT security and employ standards to ensure integrity and privacy. In comparison with 2017, there has been an 18 percent increase in the number of companies that continually monitor activity rather than routinely. Then again, a gap remains between the upkeep of IoT systems and IT in general as only 69 percent of all corporations reported having had some sort of active approach to IT security and network management. The Future of the “Intelligent Enterprise” It may not be a facile task to quantify how “intelligent” an enterprise is or how much the manufacturing and T&L space is altering to look at IoT solutions. This intelligence cannot simply be determined by which technology solutions a company utilizes or how open-minded they are about new processes. It also depends on spending, how data is gathered and studied, plans for change management and solution adoption, security and infrastructure, and more. Then again, by recognizing the collective impact of these elements, enterprises can encourage their workforce to excel while creating an exceptional customer experience. With the right vision, solutions, and partner for implementation and management, becoming a truly “intelligent enterprise” is more attainable than before. This article is originally posted on manufacturing.net
U.S. Manufacturing Activity Slowed in April
U.S. manufacturers expanded at a slower pace in April, as measures of new orders, production and employment each slipped. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says that its manufacturing index fell to 52.8 last month, down from 55.3 in March. Readings above 50 point in direction of an extension in producing. The sector has been reporting development for 32 months. ISM's survey of companies for the index is an indicator that economic advancement is likely to continue, even though companies raised considerations about delays at the border between the United States and Mexico and the tariffs that President Donald Trump imposed on Chinese imports. This article is originally posted on manufacturing.net
Ryder Opens New Maintenance Facility
Ryder System, Inc., a commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solution provider, just recently announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art full-service maintenance facility in Norton, MA. The grand opening event, held in late April, featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the facility.The facility opening in Norton displays the strong growth Ryder is experiencing in the area as the company recently outgrew its facility in West Bridgewater, MA. The West Bridgewater location will remain to operate, and the two will work in tandem to support the significant customer base in the region.“This new facility located in Norton will help us to better serve our increasing customer base in Massachusetts,” says Dennis Cooke, Ryder President of Fleet Management Solutions. “Its convenient location will allow us to provide a variety of transportation services and allows us room to expand as we further develop our business in the region.”The new Ryder facility, based at 60 Commerce Way, Norton, MA 02766, offers customers convenient access to the major highways of Interstate 495, Route 24, and Route 95, servicing the greater Boston area, as well as Cape Cod and the MetroWest region.The greater Boston area is a top 25 growth market in the United States, and Norton, MA, is an optimal location for serving existing and new customers in this market, specifically companies from the seafood and beverage industries.Features of the New Norton FacilityThe facility sits on 19.4 acres of land, features a 24,000 square-foot building, and 13 maintenance work bays outfitted to provide maintenance for Ryder ChoiceLease and rental customers. In addition, a two-lane diesel fuel service island is available for Ryder customers.The Norton facility also features a full-service rental counter for businesses in need of a commercial vehicle, and a 7,300 square-foot office that houses a rental reception and lease sales office, customer service area, and a drivers’ lounge. The site also holds a 2,160 square-foot drive-thru wash bay with a fully automated truck wash system, a lube equipment room, and a battery charging room with storage space.Ryder is an $8.4 billion commercial fleet management, devoted transportation, and supply chain solutions company, with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the U.K. The Company, founded in 1933, performs behind the scenes, dealing with critical transportation and logistics functions for more than 50,000 customers, some of which make the products that consumers use every day. Ryder employs 39,600 people, manages a fleet of more than 270,000 commercial vehicles, and operates more than 55 million square feet of warehouse space.This article is originally posted on MANUFACTURING.NET
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Instagram To Remove Coronavirus Related Content from Recommendations
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc’s Instagram said on Tuesday it would remove coronavirus-related content and accounts from recommendations and its “explore” option, unless posted by or belonging to credible health organizations.“We will also start to downrank content in feed and Stories that has been rated false by third-party-fact checkers,” the photo-sharing platform added.Last week, Twitter Inc barred users from posting misleading information about the new coronavirus, including denials of expert guidance and encouragement of fake treatments, tightening its normally lax rules around speech.Facebook, earlier this month, said it would provide free advertisements to the World Health Organization (WHO) as it seeks to ensure users are not misinformed about the virus, its risks and how to react to it.REUTERS
Volkswagen Spends $2.2B to Bolster Electric Vehicles in China
BEIJING (AP) — Volkswagen is spending 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) to expand its presence in China’s electric car industry in the biggest foreign investment announced since the country's economy began to reopen following the coronavirus pandemic. Volkswagen AG said Friday it will buy control of its electric vehicle venture with a Chinese partner in a 1 billion euro ($1.1 billion) deal. The German automaker said it would spend another 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) to become the biggest shareholder in a battery producer. The ruling Communist Party scrapped limits on foreign ownership of electric vehicle makers in 2018 to promote industry development. Beijing sees electric cars as a profitable technology where China can become a global leader. China accounts for about half of global electric car sales but demand has slumped as Beijing wound down multibillion-dollar subsidies and shifted the burden to automakers by imposing sales quotas. Sales of pure-electric and gasoline-electric hybrid models fell 43.4% in the first four months of this year from a year earlier to 205,000 vehicles. VW, General Motors Co., Nissan Motors Co. and other brands are spending heavily to develop models that can compete on price, range and features without subsidies. Beijing announced in April that subsidies to buyers and producers that were due to end this year would be extended through 2022 to support sagging demand. Volkswagen said it will acquire 50% of Jianghuai Automobile Group, the parent of its electric vehicle partner, JAC Volkswagen, and expand its stake in JAC from 50% to 75%. It said the transaction is expected to close this year, subject to regulatory approval. “By gaining management control, Volkswagen is paving the way for more electric models and infrastructure,” the company’s announcement said. VW said it also was acquiring 26% of battery supplier Gotion. The company said that made it the first global automaker to invest directly in a Chinese battery producer. GM, Nissan, BMW AG and other automakers also have joint ventures with Chinese partners to develop lower-cost electric models. Tesla Inc. is the first foreign brand to set up a wholly-owned venture in China. Its Shanghai factory delivered its first electric sedans to customers in January. MANUFACTURING.NET
China Says Opposed to Latest U.S. Rules Against Huawei
BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s commerce ministry said on Sunday it is firmly opposed to the latest rules by the United States against Huawei and will take all necessary measures to safeguard Chinese firms’ rights and interests. The ministry said in a statement that it urges the United States to immediately stop the wrong actions. The Trump administration on Friday moved to block global chip supplies to blacklisted telecoms equipment company Huawei Technologies, spurring fears of Chinese retaliation and hammering shares of U.S. producers of chipmaking equipment. The new rule went into effect on Friday but would have a 120-day grace period. China’s state-run newspaper Global Times, citing an unidentified source, reported that Beijing, in response to the new limits on Huawei, was ready to put U.S. companies on an “unreliable entity list” as part of the countermeasures. Those countermeasures include launching investigations and imposing restrictions on U.S. companies such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) and Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O). “The U.S. has utilized national power and used the so-called national security concern as an excuse, and abused export controls to continue to suppress some particular companies in other countries,” China’s commerce ministry said in today’s statement. REUTERS
How Humans & Tech Harmonize in Manufacturing Industry
How is Whirlpool Corporation balancing the use of human and robotic talent on the plant floors?Collaborative robots allow us to be much more flexible. Because they’re fairly small and lightweight and don’t need traditional cages and guarding, they can easily be moved if needed. These robots are easier to program than traditional models, saving time, and are relatively inexpensive when compared to other technologies. We are targeting applications where there is also some ergonomic, quality, or materials savings benefit. Our strategy is not to replace people, but instead to identify win-win opportunities to improve the type of work our employees are doing, while creating a tangible efficiency improvement or quality benefit.What is the benefit of having human employees and machines work side-by-side?The addition of robots allows employees to focus on tasks that require greater cognitive skills. Collaborative robots can be used for repetitive tasks as well as those that require detailed precision, such as applying a consistent amount of adhesive in an exact, repeatable location.How do you handle the safety issues of humans and machines working together?Safety is our top priority. We have strict guidelines in place in all plants to ensure our employees are able to work in an environment that allows them to return home each day free of injury. On our assembly lines, we are targeting the use of robotic applications to improve high risk ergonomics issues. In the case of automated material handling devices, we believe the controlled speed and advanced sensors/cameras allow those devices to operate in a safer manner than human operated forklifts. Data has shown that in high velocity/high congestion areas, the automated material delivery carts are far superior from a safety standpoint.How long has Whirlpool been expanding their robotic workforce and is the pace accelerating?Industrial robotics are not new to Whirlpool Corporation. We have been using robotics in our stamping, paint, and finishing operations for many years. What has evolved over the past 5 years is the availability and cost effectiveness of collaborative robots that can work side by side with our employees and the technology and cost effectiveness of automated material handling solutions. Yes, the pace has accelerated and will continue to do so as feasibility and costs continue to evolve. We have an advanced manufacturing team that is continually evaluating new technologies and determining whether there is a potential application in our operations.How is robotics helping advance the home appliance manufacturing industry?The addition of different forms of automation at our plants across the United States has allowed us to increase our level of consistency and efficiency across the board. With the evolution of the smart home and the increasing demand for connected appliances, our plants need more advanced test systems to ensure our appliances meet consumers needs and expectations. It’s an ideal marriage of advanced manufacturing solutions to support a more advanced product offering.Do you think the growing use of robotics in manufacturing can help bring the industry in the USA compete with foreign manufacturers using cheap labor?Robotics are part of the industrial digital transformation that Whirlpool Corporation has deployed to ensure our products are produced with the best possible cost and quality. This allows us to execute a local-for-local strategy of producing where we sell. While the re-shoring of U.S. manufacturing has been in the news in recent years, Whirlpool Corporation has a different story to tell: we never left the United States in the first place. Whirlpool Corporation is making strategic investments in both people development and technology to support the continued success of our U.S. manufacturing operations. These investments are allowing us to turn data into operational knowledge, and technologies such as collaborative robots and augmented reality support a safe and ergonomic work environment for our team members, eliminate errors in our production processes, and drive product quality through advanced testing.Whirlpool’s Marion, Ohio facility engages with high school students to give them direct, on-the-job experience with robotics. What’s the benefit of this type of training versus a traditional university education?We know that partnerships and co-ops with vocational schools, high schools, and community colleges can provide an opportunity for on-the-job learning in a controlled environment, shepherded by people who have spent decades in these positions. It also provides a valuable pipeline of skilled labor to operate our world class processes. By providing a new lens to view manufacturing, given plant floors are not as dark and dreary as they were decades ago, alongside educational institutions, we can reposition manufacturing and the Whirlpool name with future talent.What trends do you see impacting the manufacturing industry in the years to come?Smart use of automation, machine learning/AI, augmented reality, big data analytics, and additive manufacturing are all areas we are actively investigating at Whirlpool and are part of our industrial digital transformation roadmap. The use of renewable energy to power our factories is also critically important to Whirlpool and is an area where we will continue to invest.MANUFACTURING TOMORROW
Tesla Slashes Model Y SUV Price As Pandemic Weighs On Auto Sector
Tesla Inc cut the price of its sport utility vehicle Model Y by $3,000, just four months after its launch, as the U.S. electric carmaker seeks to maintain sales momentum in the COVID-19 pandemic. The company headed by Elon Musk this month posted a smaller-than-expected fall in car deliveries in the second quarter, resilient results despite the pandemic that hit the global auto industry. The Model Y now starts at $49,990, down nearly 6% from its previous price of $52,990, according to the carmaker's website. Tesla did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. The company started deliveries of the Model Y in March, promising a much-awaited crossover that will face competition from European carmakers like Volkswagen AG rolling out their own electric rivals. In April, Tesla had said the Model Y was already profitable, marking the first time in the company's 17-year history that one of its new vehicles turned a profit in its first quarter. AUTOBLOG
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