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Emulate3D Ltd.
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While we marvel at internet of things (IoT) technologies that have been implemented globally into the day-to-day operations of manufacturing and supply chain operations, we often quickly lose sight of the potential supply chain risks this tech adds to the equation. Further, trading partners and suppliers can also create even more risks that many firms overlook.
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The Raymond Corporation
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MHI Updates
For the last five years, the MHI Annual Industry Report has been an industry standard in forward-looking thought leadership for the supply chain industry. Don't miss your chance to participate in this important survey to help develop leading insights on the impact of emerging innovation in supply chains and what companies can do to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving marketplace. The deadline to submit this survey is Friday, November 30th.
During the 2018 MHI Annual Conference, the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) presented two awards to leaders within the material handling community who are pushing material handling education forward. MHEFI also raised $25,000 over the course of the three-day conference. The money will go toward providing financial support for students pursuing material handling, logistics and supply chain education.
Did you know that AGVs have been around since 1953 and have been the catalyst for creating flexible material handling solutions throughout multiple industries? In fact, AGVs have been the most flexible of automated material handling systems and have quickly become a disruptive force leading the way to Intralogistics 4.0.
How can you tell whether your current ergonomics program is adequately protecting your workers? Begin by determining when you last reevaluated it. If it’s been more than a year, chances are good it could use improvement. Are your program metrics or key performances indicators moving in the right direction? Here are some things to consider.
Operating a forklift fleet in today’s business environment demands a focus on efficiency. There are basic practices any organization can follow in terms of operations and maintenance that can keep your downtime and repair costs to a minimum.
J-tec Industries
FOX IV Technologies, Inc.
Technology and Innovation
There has been a lot of fear lately surrounding the idea that machines and algorithms and robots are going to take human jobs. But really, adding machines and machine learning is about enhancing supply chain processes. Stitch Fix is an example of the digital supply chain disrupting traditional retail. With personalized clothing recommendations showing up right at your door, customers no longer feel the need to shop in-store any longer. How to they do it? With data science.
Emerging technologies such as IIoT, robotics and artificial intelligence provide exciting opportunities for supply chains. The more digitized a supply chain becomes, the more it is at risk of cyberattack. No matter the scale of your supply chain, it is essential to have solid cybersecurity processes in place to manage and mitigate the growing risk of cyberattack.
Switching from manual to digital data management will bring immediate value in the analytics that are available. With multiple solutions available, getting the infrastructure in place to start collecting and interpreting your data can be a challenge. But the benefits of having all of your operational data on hand are almost immediate.
Providers of AGVs are often asked which type of AGV is the best. Clearly, there’s a wide variety of AGV types. All of them have a great deal of flexibility, but some fit particular applications better than others.
Storing and retrieving goods in a warehouse or distribution center is a traditional concept, but exciting innovations are enabling you to become quicker and more accurate to keep up with customer demands.
Autonomous mobile robots are no longer a technology of the future. They are in use in manufacturing and distribution centers right now and operations are starting to see the real benefits of small flexible automation solutions. So how are supply chain operations making use of these flexible solutions?
Many supply chain and material handling companies are struggling to find qualified workers. Even if you have the workers, the last mile can get expensive fast. The CBRE Supply Chain Advisory Group argues that labor will typically account for 15-25% of cost – until you move into last mile logistics, where it skyrockets to 75%.
Much has been made of how increased tech in transportation trucks and autos can equate to increased vulnerabilities for companies and drivers. But hit those brakes before rushing in blindly and incorporating a “solution” to a perceived and/or anticipated transportation cybersecurity threat: Though the risks of hacking are real, the threat can be mitigated in a variety of ways
Berner International Corporation
Lean Factory America, LLC
Education & Professional Development
MHI’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program is continuously looking for opportunities to build awareness of the varied careers within supply chains and material handling among students of all ages. Because it’s never too early to engage children in the future of our industry, we’ve expanded our focus to students as young as kindergarten and elementary school.
Conflict and disagreements are inevitable in the workplace. And if left unresolved, they can waste time and negatively impact productivity. During MHI’s Young Professionals Network webinar “How to Disagree Agreeably” on November 15, you will gain insights into your personality and reactions when dealing with others and learn how to express yourself in a way that promotes acceptance, agreeable outcomes and improved productivity.
Supply Chain Trends
ProMat is North and South America’s largest manufacturing and supply chain expo. ProMat 2019 is where innovation comes to life, in person and in action. With over 950 exhibits, four keynotes and 100 show floor seminars, you’ll find the latests solutions and learn the latest trends and technologies driving productivity and efficiency.
Retail giant Walmart has applied to patent a blockchain system that will enable secure deliveries by autonomous robots. The patent is called “Systems, Devices, and Methods for In-Field Authenticating of Autonomous Robots” and specifies that delivery drones and household robots will be able to authenticate each other using built-in security measures.
A big challenge facing pharmaceutical manufacturers is the stringent requirement of traceability of their manufactured products. Most of the pharmaceutical manufacturers look for traceability that offers them complete tracking of the product from manufacturing through warehousing, up to dispatch.
An important part of the logistics function is the production and warehouse activity that takes place within the four walls of a facility called intralogistics. There are many reasons why Intralogistics 4.0 is essential for today’s industry — globalization, consumer trends, interconnected networks and digital supply chain data among them.
L-S Industries
HMS Industrial Networks
Global Trade
The U.S. economy, global economy and material handling have remained generally positive for most of this year. However, trade casts a long shadow on future growth as the IMF cautioned that tariff risks could reduce global economic growth by 0.5 percentage points in 2020. The impact of that difference of half a percentage point off global GDP growth should not be underestimated. It would likely have a significant negative impact on global growth that would ripple through global manufacturing, non-ferrous metals demand and prices, crude oil demand and prices, as well as global equity markets.