The recent events caused by the COVID – 19 Pandemic are still shocking the world’s supply chain and have exposed the risks to countries that import large portions of a commodity from one or a few countries. The United States’ $2.568 trillion worth of goods from around the globe in 2019, and many of the top ten commodities like computers … Read More
Reliability Centered Maintenance: How Digital Shifts Maintenance from Reactive to Proactive
Over the span of my career, I’ve been exposed to a lot manufacturing operations. Then and now, I see too many manufacturers relying on spreadsheets and manual systems when it comes to maintenance. Not only are they not getting the most out of their equipment, they’re also risking (practically inviting) unplanned interruptions and unexpected downtime. Here’s the core problem: Most … Read More
What is the Live Factory and how does it fit with Industry 4.0?
When Steve Jobs introduced the Apple iPhone in 2007, he predicted we wouldn’t be able to live without it in the future. He was right. Every day, we have instant access to the data we need to run our lives: calendars, notifications, up-to-the-minute news, weather and sports scores, texting, shopping (including order status and delivery details), financial transactions, even the … Read More