Paul Svensson is the head chef at two Swedish restaurants and is creating high-class cuisine that produces zero food waste. Examples include cooking composted onion with fresh onions and crushing blue mussel shells to remake into plates.
Remanufacturing is good for the US economy and its trade deficit with China, argues Clyde Eirikur Hull. Examples of remanufacturing include General Motors, which participates in an online platform for selling and buying recycled waste.
The Egyptian government has enacted a consumer-protection law that will become effective in three months. This law gives consumers the right to uncontested returns of products within two weeks and 30 days to exchange faulty products for a full refund, among other provisions.
Industry 4.0 upgrades can help factories stay competitive as the market fluctuates and consumer demands change, writes Andrew Minturn, strategic product manager at Bosch Rexroth. Minturn argues that Industry 4.0 sensors and other devices can be applied to every aspect of factory operations, including legacy assets, and can deliver huge financial and efficiency gains.
Patrick Industries' customer-centric focus and acquisition-based growth have helped it land the top post on the IndustryWeek 50 Best US Manufacturers list for the second year in a row. Patrick purchased seven companies for a total of $258 million in the first half.
Owners and operators could save up to 10% on any project by taking a cloud-based approach to sharing engineering, procurement and construction data instead of a document-based one, according to Aveva's Amish Sabharwal. "The cloud is the drafting table of today," says Sabharwal.
A recent cybersecurity scare involving fax lines and HP Officejet devices sheds light on the importance of having a strong asset inventory and knowing which devices various IP addresses are associated with, according to togoCIO.com founder and President Robert Covington. Vender interconnections can also be a serious vulnerability, he writes.
Safety instrumented systems are an important part of industrial control system safety and require ongoing attention from both suppliers and end users, writes Mark Sen Gupta of ARC Advisory Group. Gupta urges end users to stay abreast of supplier developments and to use analyses like ARC's Process Safety Systems report.
Grainger's distribution center in Bordentown, N.J., features a fully automated inventory process based on the Dematic Multishuttle System to seamlessly process, pack and ship multi-product orders. "This not only helps our productivity, but also helps our inventory accuracy because the machine is going to make a lot less mistakes than a person would make," executive Rich Travaglini says.
Manufacturers that use the industrial internet of things to transform their business model are in a unique position to develop long-lasting, lucrative relationships with customers, writes Vinay Nathan, co-founder and CEO of Altizon Systems. To accomplish this, he writes, manufacturers must offer services that complement their products and create value for buyers.