Emulate3D Ltd.
 
   
MHIsolutionsmag.com—Anyone who attended ProMat 2017 experienced it. Technology is disrupting supply chains and transforming them into more digital, connected and intelligent models. And there is no end in site. Consumers are driving this trend as they demand more buying options and faster service from supply chains that are always-on. According to the recently released 2017 MHI Annual Industry Report, "Next-Generation Supply Chains: Digital, On-Demand and Always-On," 80 percent of survey respondents believe digital supply chains will be the predominant model within five years. Sixteen percent say they already are.
 
Modern Materials Handling—While automated equipment at today’s warehouses can be at the heart of their success, any single piece of automation needs to be balanced with upstream and downstream processes, raising the importance of software to sync the flow of work and ensure the heart of the system keeps ticking.
 
MHI—In this webinar (Friday, July 28, 2-3 p.m. EDT) the Institute of Caster and Wheel Manufacturers (ICWM) will explain why certain manufacturing tests help to ensure your casters are safe and top-notch performers. You will learn the ergonomics of casters and how selecting the right caster can reduce lower back injury and save your company money as injury claims drop. No cost to attend. Register today!
 
EBN—If manufacturers want to successfully transition to Industry 4.0 they must stop looking at information technology (IT) as a cost center. Instead, IT should be viewed as a "profit enabler" that addresses efficiency, asset efficiency, and operational efficiency.
 
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
Vidir Inc.
IndustryWeek—Automation is at everyone’s disposal, yet investing in it doesn’t mean it will solve every goods-handling issue or be the right fit. Humans are still better at a lot of things. To understand where automation can be best applied, let’s look at some of the areas where it is (and isn’t) useful.
 
StrategicSourceror—Up to 40 percent of food goes to waste each year. Where does that 40 percent of waste come from? According to research from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), food waste occurs in each and every step of the supply chain.
 
MHI Blog—To complement a new educational video, thought leaders representing the Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA), an MHI product group, discuss the importance of protecting personnel, equipment, and inventory in industrial facilities. ProGMA has recently launched the second in a series of videos about the importance of protective guarding products in the material handling industry. The video titled "Proper Safeguarding for Elevated Work Platforms" followed the inaugural, educational video titled, "Essential Safety Barriers for Automated / Robotic Workcells."
 
Ergonomics of Facility Safety
Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc.
Safety equipment is paramount in any facility, especially those in material handling, distribution or manufacturing industries. But, make sure that your safety equipment doesn’t create new hazards while guarding against others. In this regard, the famous quote “First do no harm” applies to material handling safety.
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Transport Topics—The Department of Transportation’s wireless connected vehicle pilot program, currently in its design, deployment and testing phase, is making progress at its demonstration sites in Wyoming, New York City and Tampa, Fla., the program’s manager told members of an agency advisory committee. Officials are currently in Phase 2 of the pilot, developing technologies that ultimately will allow trucks and cars to communicate with each other in different ways at each of the three pilot sites.
 

As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on The Return of Manufacturing to the US.

With recent advances in technology like robotics and automation, the US could see the return of major manufacturing centers.

 
Supply Chain Management Review—Information gathered during "The State of the 3PL Innovation Survey" by Kenco found that nearly 85% of respondents defined innovation as "process improvements" or "business model innovation." This proves that although the media emphasizes trendy technologies of tomorrow (ex: drones, AR/VR, etc.), supply chain leaders are actually investing in the new technologies and solutions that can have incremental but impactful changes today in their supply chain’s and bottom line.
 
MHI Blog— A couple of days ago, I got an email from Amazon saying that Prime Now is now available in my area. Which prompted a frantic Google search to see what else they’ve changed since I last checked. So here it is.
 
Tri-Boro Storage Products
Vada, LLC
MHI’s new Career Forum  enables manufacturing and supply chain professionals to view current job postings of MHI member companies. Go to http://www.mhi.org/careers to find the perfect opportunity for you.
 
Logistics Management—While estimates for the actual value of the last-mile delivery market vary, it goes without saying that this e-commerce –driven space has still has lots of room to grow into. This is especially true when considering the rate at which last-mile distribution centers are popping up in close proximity to the population centers of major U.S. cities, according to recently published research from industrial real estate firm CBRE.
 
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Columbia Machine, Inc.
EBN—Several years ago, retailers stood at a crossroads: With e-commerce and shifting demographics disrupting the once-storied retail business model, they could either adapt or risk being obsolete. Now, distributors find themselves in the same position: They face the most profound business model shift in decades. The recently released UPS Industrial Buying Dynamics Study: Buyers Raise the Bar for Suppliers, provides a snapshot of a space rapidly undergoing demand changes and channel shifts.
 
Modern Materials Handling—United States-bound waterborne shipments showed growth for the fourth consecutive month, according to data issued by global trade intelligence firm Panjiva. June shipments at 958,294 were up 2.8% annually, which was off from May’s 3.3% annual spread.
 
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