With consumers demanding ever more customization, manufacturers are faced with producing high volumes in hundreds of variations. Managing the lineside parts inventory to support all of that complexity can be one of their most difficult logistical challenges.
While big trends drive dramatic technological changes, people are the key to channeling technology for maximum competitive advantage.
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Food safety and traceability has become a pressing need for food manufacturers and producers. Does your company have a strategy in place for the new regulatory requirements that will be implemented? Here are four things you need to know.
At The Automation Conference 2015, Jim Wetzel of General Mills explained the company’s 20-plus year journey to smart manufacturing, how it remains a work in process, and the lessons learned that can also be applied to small and medium-sized manufacturing operations.