Around 47% of organizations are now using mobile devices for their online training needs and this number is sure to grow, according to a report by Towards Maturity. Known for its rich multimedia course content and making communication between instructors and participants easy, mobile learning can benefit learner performance immensely.
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In recent years, flexible manufacturing systems have become a significant part of manufacturing businesses around the world, as they offer a number of production benefits and help companies achieve greater success in improving speed of delivery. Wikipedia defines a flexible manufacturing system as one in which there is some amount of flexibility which allows the system to react in case of changes, whether predicted or unpredicted. These systems are designed to quickly adapt to changes within the production process when unexpected issues or problems occur, giving organizations the freedom to create products quickly and more efficiently.
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The manufacturing industry is undeniably going through a technological revolution that is transforming the way modern factories operate. Despite the risks associated, manufacturing companies cannot afford to ignore the advances. In order to remain competitive, manufacturers must start embracing them now and invest in new processes and technologies. This will help them improve productivity in their factories, compete against rivals, and maintain an edge meeting ever-increasing customer demand.
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The Manufacturing Institute mentioned in a report that although women represent nearly 47% of the total US labor force, they make up less than a third (27%) of the manufacturing workforce. However, despite these numbers, modern women manufacturers have created noteworthy strides in what has been traditionally perceived as a male-oriented industry. Women in manufacturing are not just leading in their chosen fields, they are also owners of some of the biggest companies. Let’s take a look at some women-owned manufacturing companies.
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“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” These words come from Henry Ford, one of America’s prominent industrialists and founder of the Ford Motor Company. Ford revolutionized factory production with his assembly-line methods for automobiles.
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Every manufacturing company that uses drawings to develop a manufacturing plan and estimate the production time might calculate product costs incorrectly if there are errors in those drawings. Such errors may also extend the product cycle time by causing manufacturing to tool up with incorrect equipment. Other engineers may have to guess at the designer’s intent, leading to a poor quality finished product that may not function properly.
To increase profitability, it is important for manufacturers to reduce issues like time delays and poor product quality. However, these issues can be expensive due to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing violations. Hence, eliminating tolerancing errors will help a manufacturing company decrease waste, rework, errors, confusion, and downtime. The outcome will be in the form of quality products manufactured on time.
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The manufacturing industry is headed towards a fourth industrial revolution. With the Internet enabling unprecedented levels of communication between machines, products, and people, a digital transformation is underway. Today, manufacturers are able to virtually create any design, initiate production and distribution processes, and analyze data to optimize performance in order to achieve operational excellence. The new digital trends will be driving the manufacturing industry, creating new challenges and opportunities.
To transition into a fully digital enterprise, an organization will require a new mix of capabilities. Digital transformation is not just about technology and its implementation; it also means a lot of cultural and organizational changes. The best way is to start at the top and analyze what the business is trying to accomplish.
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