Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

Caster Technology Improving Workplace Ergonomics

In the beginning of the 1900s, the first ergonomic concepts to help workers operate more productively were introduced. At the time, industry demanded a great deal of physical exertion from workers. Today, caster manufacturers continue to study human abilities, limitations and other characteristics relevant to product design in hopes of reducing workplace stress and injury. Recently, the Institute of Caster ...

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Building Better Supply Chains with Blockchain

Blockchain, the technology that enabled the creation of bitcoins and shook up global financial systems, may one day be disrupting supply chain operations as well. Ginny Rommety, CEO and chairwoman of IBM, has predicted that blockchain has the potential to transform transactions in the way that the Internet transformed communications. That could include all transactions and movements along the supply ...

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Smart Cities and their Potential Impact on Supply Chains

Heard the term “Smart City” yet? In researching the 2017 MHI Annual Industry Report, to be released on April 5 at ProMat 2017, Deloitte Consulting’s Patrick Salemme was surprised to discover that 47 percent of the more than 1,100 survey respondents (all manufacturing and supply chain professionals) were aware of the concept. “Further, of that 47 percent, 24 percent reported ...

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Universities Embrace Challenge of Developing Top Supply Chain Talent, Design Targeted Programs with Holistic View

The struggle to fill supply chain job openings with qualified candidates at every level has been widely documented and reported over the last few years. Supply chain management level positions—from operations management to data analytics to planning and procurement—are among the fastest growing areas for new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the challenge is not limited ...

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Automation Creates Jobs and Raises Wages

In December 21, 2016, the New York Times ran an article titled, “The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It’s Automation.” It repeated across its 1,250 words the assertion that automation is bad news for the worker. This is demonstrably wrong, and, in fact, the opposite is true. Automation increases human productivity, lowers costs, increases wages and creates good jobs. ...

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Food and Beverage Industry Undergoing Transformation

Escalating on-demand customer requirements and industry consolidation impacts food and beverage supply chains. Food and beverage has undergone a transformation in recent years. More flavors of the same product. Different sizes and promotional packaging. Changing ingredients to meet consumers’ preferences. While these trends have been changing what consumers see on the store shelves, another trend has been quietly transforming the ...

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Automation Adds Safety

Measures achieved through technology and robotics are helping make the manufacturing workplace safer When Bob Hoffman began working with integrated robotic welding systems in the early 1980s, there were limited safety precautions. “The robot cell safety equipment would be a waist-high railing with a sign on a gate warning of the dangers, no safety interlocks. I could stand right next ...

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Today’s Supply Chain Management Curriculum Reflects the Demands of Industry. It Has To.

The concept of supply chain management is itself manifest of an ongoing evolution in business. No longer is product development, procurement, production, logistics or transportation operating in a vacuum, but as integrated and fundamentally interconnected processes. For many firms that exhibit successful supply chain management, it provides a competitive advantage, while also maximizing value creation for their customers and supply ...

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