3 Key Components to Enable Predictive Maintenance

In cost reduction, Industry 4.0, manufacturing by Cressida MurrayLeave a Comment

The ultimate goal of predictive maintenance is to reduce valuable machinery downtime. Predictive maintenance has become an essential tool for almost every industry because of its efficiency in detecting faults during the early stages of failure, allowing for a much simpler, safer, and cheaper repair solution than the alternative: catastrophic failure. Today, companies are adopting predictive technologies at staggering rates. According to Markets and Markets Research, the market size for predictive maintenance technologies is just above $1.4 billion and is expected to eclipse $5 billion by 2021 with the help of IoT. As with any program, there is a very simple formula for predictive maintenance success. There should be an owner, someone who is held accountable and responsible. There should also be attainable goals for the program; understanding what program success looks like may mean that the owner needs to go through extensive training. An evaluation of current program maturity should follow with a comparison with best practice. Then a proper roadmap can be built to bridge the current state to the future, best practice state. Because most companies operate with limited resources, one of the toughest jobs is going to be prioritizing the time, money, and energy spent on certain initiatives to close the gap.

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Engineering Services for the Automotive and Aerospace Industries

In aerospace, automotive, cost reduction, manufacturing, production efficiency by Cressida MurrayLeave a Comment

With a shortage of skilled engineering resources and an increase in domestic manufacturing, most manufacturing companies will have the need at some point for outside help.  TPT employs hundreds of full-time Industrial, Quality, and Manufacturing Engineers with extensive experience in optimizing manufacturing processes and quality and makes them available to serve their clients long or short-term needs. Find out how TPT has lent their expertise to Orbital Sciences, International Automotive Components, and Ford Motor Company to reduce costs and increase productivity. Click through to Access the ebook.  

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nMetric Smarter Scheduling

In business, cost reduction, operational excellence, production efficiency, Uncategorized by Harshini SrikanthanLeave a Comment

nMetric’s Smarter Scheduling system eliminates common problems that arise from using excel as an alternative. Challenges include: Continuous Churn Limited Visibility Constant Expediting Out of Date Technology nMetric’s Smarter Scheduling technology embraces constant change of complex, high-mix environments by introducing real-time, dynamic scheduling. For more information, click here.

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How Real-time Dynamic Scheduling Can Change the Game

In Continuous Improvement, cost management, cost reduction, costing, facilities, facility, manufacturing, manufacturing operations, operational excellence, Plant Location by Harshini SrikanthanLeave a Comment

In most high-mix discrete manufacturing, the concept of plant floor management can be misleading, as schedules cannot be carried out, production analysis is often too late to create impactful changes, and there is no visibility into bottlenecks, WIP or order status. Fortunately, Real-time Dynamic Scheduling is now available and can create improvements in plant floor management by coordinating among four functions: production planning, execution, tracking, and analysis.

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Automated Precision Inc.’s Ebook: Measuring in the Aerospace Industry

In aerospace, automation, business, cost reduction, manufacturing, Uncategorized by Harshini SrikanthanLeave a Comment

API’s latest ebook takes a look at measurement in the Aerospace industry. It explores the following: Main measurement challenges for manufacturers in the aerospace industry today Best practices when creating a measurement plan Quality adherence: how to achieve the highest standards in the industry Common misconceptions around laser trackers Portable measuring systems: observed outcomes To access their ebook and to learn more about Automated Precision Inc. (API), click here.  

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XPO’s Whitepaper: Aerospace Logistics

In aerospace, automation, business, cost management, cost reduction, Lean manufacturing, manufacturing, manufacturing operations, product development, production efficiency by Harshini SrikanthanLeave a Comment

XPO Logistics has partnered with a major Aerospace company whose rotorcraft manufacturing unit recognized an opportunity to successfully increase efficiency at its manufacturing operations. The aerospace company’s plant held 20 storage areas that occupied significant space and delayed the flow of goods to the manufacturing line. In addition to that, assembly mechanics spent excess time looking for and unpacking individual parts and disposing of packaging materials, which increased the cost of labor. In order to increase efficiency within the Rotorcraft manufacturing unit, XPO implemented a comprehensive solution that supported Lean manufacturing strategies, including: Off-campus storage of all materials Management of more than 85,000 SKUs of high-value inventory Assembly of tools and parts into ergonomically designed prefabricated kits JIT delivery of material tot he point-of-use location XPO’s major engagements with this aerospace client include a defense contract, a rotorcraft contract, support in the launching of a new commercial airliner, and the creation of both an aggregated standards network and a comprehensive aftermarket support network for both current and legacy aircraft models.   To read more about XPO’s partnership,  click here.  

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Ahead of the Curve: Disruptive Technologies in the Medical Device Market

In automation, cost reduction, emerging technology, healthcare technology, innovation, Internet of Things, IoT, medical device, medtech by Harshini SrikanthanLeave a Comment

Technia Transcat believes the medical device industry is continually evolving. Disruptive technologies are causing a paradigm shift in the development of new devices, influencing which businesses will enter this segment of Life Sciences, and who they will market their innovative devices to. In addition, what is also critical to the medical device industry is addressing the “Soft Business” disruptive modernizations. Organizations must implement internal processes and organizational behavioral changes in order to sustain a competitive advantage and continue to grow through organic means in an industry challenged with reducing costs associated with risks of regulatory compliance and certification of supply chain solidity. Technia Transcat and Generis have teamed up to create an ebook that explores how technology is changing the medical device industry and how to harness and embrace this technological change. To access the ebook, click here.  

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Life Cycle and Durability Testing for Medical Devices

In aerospace, business, cost reduction, emerging technology, healthcare technology, Life sciences, medical device, medtech, product design by Harshini SrikanthanLeave a Comment

Wineman Technology are specialists in military/aerospace and provide custom systems integration, automated test systems, machinery and controls modernization, and software development. As experts in this field, Wineman Technology has decided to enter the medical device industry and transfer their skills and knowledge into this field. Wineman Technology is uniquely positioned to help life science domain experts with medical device testing, as well as building cutting-edge biomedical system test architectures and database solutions. With their strong background in systems integration, software development, and turn-key test system design, they can deliver advanced equipment more effectively and on a tighter schedule than in-house design resources, or work with your team to augment your current capabilities. Wineman Technologies’ latest ebook explores the most common challenges and mistakes in medical device testing, how to implement device testing with manufacturers while saving time and costs, and how software infrastructure influences the efficacy of medical device testing. Lastly, the ebook shares a case study that shares the results of a universal test system that Wineman Technologies created for Stryker. To access the full ebook, click here.

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Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories PSS Insourcing Solutions

In automation, cost management, cost reduction, healthcare technology, Life sciences, medical device, medtech, pharmaceutical, testing, workforce by Harshini SrikanthanLeave a Comment

Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories PSS Insourcing Solutions is a program that places a team of experts in the client’s laboratories with access to their quality systems in order to execute a project in the client’s scope of work. By adopting this insourcing approach, organizations are able to benefit from the expertise of an experienced laboratory testing provider, while reducing costs as they continue to keep projects, methods and analytical techniques in-house. With more than a 55-year track record of scientific and laboratory operations expertise, PSS ensures that each team of experts are top quality and selectively chosen for the appropriate project. This in-house approach is preferred by pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies as opposed to hiring temporary staff. Temporary staff solutions result in valuable resources being used for recruitment, training, and managerial purposes, which could be redistributed to another area. Temporary staff also often result in conflicts with long-term needs, European regulations, and strict IRS guidelines. Benefits of insourcing include lower headcount, avoiding high turnover, condensing product development cycles, flexibility and more. PSS’s Insourcing Solutions has grown exponentially, currently, employing more than 1,500 employees, as well as serving clients in 15 countries at more than 70 different sites worldwide. You can find more information on the PSS’s Insourcing solutions in their ebook here. For more information on Eurofins, visit their website here.  

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Averna’s Q&A Ebook: How the Internet of Things is Transforming the Medical Device Industry

In automation, Continuous Improvement, cost management, cost reduction, design, design engineering, emerging technology, healthcare technology, innovation, Internet of Things, IoT, manufacturing operations, medical device, medtech, technology, testing by Jennifer MiraraLeave a Comment

The ‘Internet of Things’ is transforming the medical world, allowing more patients to be looked after using real time data. Combining Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities with current technology is allowing for a faster, more resourceful and satisfying experience for both patients and employees. With the Internet of Things(IoT) reinventing the technological landscape so rapidly, companies are struggling to keep up with the latest innovations. Companies must now test the wireless capabilities of all their medical devices to ensure their products feature seamless connectivity. With more tests being conducted and the rise of IoT, competing companies have introduced robots to automate processes in order to reduce costs. Robotic-driven production has become more economical, as robots can perform routine tasks without fatigue at a faster pace. So, how can OEMs in the medical world stay ahead of their competition with all this technological development? One way is to work with a company that excels at Design for Test (DFT) and design for manufacturing (DFM). Companies can also capture and analyze up-to-date test data. For more ways to stay ahead of the competition despite the constant changes in technology and for a deeper understanding of IoT and its impact on the medical device industry, read Averna’s Q&A Ebook here. Averna is a worldwide Test & Quality leader. Their talented team includes hundreds of engineers, system architects, developers, project managers and other professionals, as well as a network of partners such as National Instruments, Keysight Technologies …

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