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The switch to hybrid work

Up to 50 percent of employees say they would quit if they can't work remotely. But how prepared are employees and employers to make a permanent switch to hybrid work? Joining us today is Mike Morini CEO of WorkForce Software.  

Related Article: "What Employers Need to Give Their Remote Employees"

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By: Jay Arthur—The KnowWare Man

There are many control chart rules to detect special causes (i.e., out-of-control conditions). Although most of these rules are clear, the one that seems to befuddle most people is the rule about trends. Is it six points (including the first point), six points (excluding the first point), or seven points including the first point? Confusing, isn’t it? The goal of this article is to identify the usable answer to this question. But first, it might be interesting to take a look at the various rules proposed over the years.

Western Electric

The original Western Electric rules1 did not include a trend rule. These four rules compare a series of points in the data set to zones created by the 1, 2,  and 3 sigma lines.

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By: Lauren Dunford

Manufacturing is stepping up investment as the U.S. economy recovers from the challenges of 2020. Nearly 40 percent of manufacturers have increased CapEx spending, with less than 7 percent planning to spend less, the National Association of Manufacturers reports.

With that investment, factories have substantial room to reduce waste and improve profitability. In many plants the key efficiency metric, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), stands at just 60 percent—meaning 40 percent of potential production capability is lost. In contrast, state-of-the-art factories regularly achieve 85 percent OEE.

Getting to real-time insight

Digital tools can be an important lever to help factories and entire manufacturing ecosystems dramatically reduce waste. As a foundation, most digital technologies start by providing real-time insight into what’s going on, what’s going wrong, and why. With that information, operators can act more quickly to fix issues as they occur and even prevent problems.

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(ShopFloorConnect: Acton, MA) – ShopFloorConnect will unveil new capabilities in preventive maintenance at PackExpo in Las Vegas, Sept. 27–29, 2021, that further improve machine productivity with maintenance alerts based on actual machine run times or cycles.

The production monitoring software’s new feature improves on traditional preventive maintenance software that typically send alerts for specified maintenance activities based on days. With ShopFloorConnect the software detects when machines are running and not running and when they complete cycles, enabling preventive maintenance alerts to be scheduled based on actual use of the machine and its component parts rather than on a number of days.

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By: Matt Mong

During a recent interview with Dirk Dusharme, host of Quality Digest’s QDL, we discussed project-based manufacturing, the umbrella term that covers the types of manufacturing done on a project-driven schedule. Some refer to this as “engineer to order” (ETO), a niche in engineering-focused manufacturing.

As repetitive high-volume manufacturing has been offshored to China, Vietnam, and other locations, many U.S. manufacturers have moved toward mass customization (sometimes called “made to order”) for the consumer market. These typically involve a base product to which the customer can add variations. Project-based products, on the other hand, are unique to each customer from the ground up and have grown significantly now that the technology is able to support it.

Project-based products are largely targeted at the B2B customer. The types of industries that are project-based include those that manufacture equipment for wind turbines, aerospace and defense, and biotech, as well as contract pharmaceutical developers. These projects tend to be long-term and complex.

Overall equipment effectiveness

Monitoring the operational status of your equipment is the low-hanging fruit for increasing productivity. Low-cost tools are available to make this possible even on legacy equipment. We talk to Lauren Dunford, CEO of Guidewheel

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By: Quality Digest

(The L.S. Starrett Co.: Athol, MA) -- The L.S. Starrett Co., a leading global manufacturer of precision measuring tools and gages, metrology systems, and more, has announced it will be showcasing its latest vision systems, optical comparators, force measurement systems, and special gauging solutions at The Quality Show, Booth No. 1120 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois, from Oct. 26–28, 2021.

The Starrett AVR CNC Automatic Vision System will be among the metrology products featured at The Quality Show. Ideal for repetitive measurements and automatic comparison to CAD files, the AVR system is available with dedicated or interchangeable telecentric or zoom optics for micron-level resolution and accurate field-of-view (FOV) measurements. An entire small part up to 2 in. × 1.5 in. or a feature of a larger part can be seamlessly integrated with stage motion to measure parts with a length of up to 8 in. or 12 in. depending on the AVR model.

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By: Nate Burke

The past 18 months have presented unimaginable challenges for many businesses seeking to stay afloat in times of crisis. But as with any challenge, shifting needs, perceptions, and practices develop opportunity, opening doors for product and service differentiation.

Notably, in this time, sustainability has moved its way to the forefront of many minds. Not only has the pandemic forced businesses to reevaluate commercial models for future resistance, but the constant reminder of issues regarding the climate crisis and ethical practices has magnified the need to think sustainably, too. But in this sense, sustainability is no longer a differentiator between businesses, but instead, an expected value any commercial enterprise must keep at its core.

The solution, therefore, lies in the way in which sustainability is injected into every business practice—from manufacture to fulfillment. In this article, we look at the latter end of a product’s journey, and how sustainability can help businesses gain an edge on the competition.

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By: Clare Naden

Remember the days when large paper maps filled the car, and holidays were booked by a travel agent? Neither do most people. Technology had already revolutionized the world of travel before Covid-19, and the trend has been catapulted as many more things move to digital. From virtual-reality tours to drone photography, new technology is continuing to reshape the way we experience travel and tourism.

Today’s businesses in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry are using technology to enhance the customer experience and ensure traveler safety. ISO standards underpin much of the technology-driven shifts. As these innovations have come on the scene, the customer experience at every stage of their journey has also evolved, including safety first. Here are our top five innovations that that will change the way you travel.

Healthy travels

As countries start reopening their borders to tourists, they are looking at ways to harmonize tools to manage the Covid-19 pandemic in a more integrated manner. One of these involves apps that are recognized and trusted across and within regions.