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MHISolutionsmag.com— Interest in next-generation supply chain innovations has never been higher. However, barriers to innovation are keeping some organizations from adopting new technologies, limiting their progress and endangering their ability to endure in a rapidly changing supply chain landscape, according to the 2019 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Elevating Supply Chain Digital Consciousness.”

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As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on Student Days at ProMat 2019.

With presentations from industry professionals and tours of the show floor, Student Days at ProMat is the ideal place to explore the supply chain industry.

 
 

MHI Blog—As a part of 2019 MHI Annual Industry Report, we developed a Supply Chain Digital Consciousness Index (DCI), a tool to help companies understand their current level of digital adoption and then identify gaps and next steps to boost digital consciousness and supply chain performance by measuring where they are on their digital adoption journey. The Supply Chain Digital Consciousness framework characterizes a supply chain on four levels of awareness – from dormant to elevated – and across five digital categories.

  

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Technology and Innovation
  

Venture Beats—There is a microservices-based platform in the works, called Freedom, that enables operators to orchestrate fleets of machines from smartphones, desktops or via an API. Users can work collaboratively with robots within the Freedom Robotics platform and take direct control when problems arise, or tap into a unified monitoring and logging dashboard that collates real-time streams, resources, and performance across all robots.

CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly—IBM Corp.'s blockchain-based product tracing platform for the food sector is gaining traction in the marketplace with the announcement July 11 that it will be adopted by Organo, a global provider of food, personal care, and cosmetic products.

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Reuters—The Federal Aviation Administration has again delayed plans to propose new rules requiring the remote identification of drones.  A U.S. Transportation Department status update now says the FAA plans to propose the regulation by Sept. 20 - after it earlier promised it by July 21.

ThomasNet—Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) is the latest acronym to start flooding the material handling media outlets.  With RaaS, businesses lease robots on the cloud or rent the devices. Both options are quickly becoming popular, cost-effective options for businesses.

   
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Manufacturing

New Equipment Digest—When a business is global, it’s essential to optimize logistics to ensure that products are delivered efficiently and on time. Mark Howard, sales manager for EU automation, explains the things to consider to improve logistics in the maintenance sector, to keep downtime to a minimum and guarantee customer's satisfaction.

Modern Distribution Management —Inventory sharing is a way to increase the amount and variety of inventory available to your end customers without increasing the breadth or depth of your inventory. By pooling each other’s finished goods into one big virtual pile of inventory, networks of peer wholesaler-distributors can have access to more inventory and expand their territory.

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Robotics Business Review—A new report from global market advisory firm ABI Research remains somewhat optimistic on commercial drone usage, predicting $101 billion in revenues created annually by 2030 across commercial, military, civil, and consumer sectors.

USA Today—An Israeli startup is working to close the information gap with a medical artificial intelligence system designed to alert first responders in real time about the kind of internal injuries they may find. The technology, being researched by MDGo, uses one of the car's existing sensors that measure acceleration to attempt to predict what kind of internal injuries likely occurred.

  

Freight Waves—Plans are in the works for DHL to being implementing a delivery time to customers, according to Deutsche Post DHL CEO Frank Appel in an interview with a German regional newspaper. He said DHL plans to provide its customers near-exact delivery time forecasts by email in advance. Another email alert would be sent out 15 minutes before the package reaches their doorstep, which is ascertained based on the GPS position of the delivery van.

   
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Global Trade Mag—Bosses might want to take notice if employees view their jobs as “the daily grind.” A disgruntled and disengaged workforce can undermine production and harm customer relations, while a happy, engaged workforce does the opposite. One of the first steps toward cultivating such an environment is to communicate openly with employees.

  

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.

   
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Supply Chain Dive—Self-supplied industrial water use has declined almost 43% since 1985, according to data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).. Industry also gets water from the public supply, which has similarly seen a downward trend in withdrawals over the last decade.

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Supply Chain Digest—Global companies are experiencing unprecedented levels of trade uncertainty, disagreement and confusion caused by escalating tariffs and re-negotiated trade agreements. These disruptions are especially acute across the European Union where the United Kingdom, Europe’s second largest economy (and the world’s sixth largest) has committed to withdrawing from the Union by late 2019.