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Mass Customization – the New Manufacturing Paradigm

For as long as anyone living can remember, manufacturing has meant mass production. The assembly line developed by Henry Ford was driven by the need to bring complex products, the automobile in that case, to a cost level that was within reach of consumers.

However, as Henry Ford is reputed to have said, customers could […]

Industry 4.0 – How to Profit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution

There is a new wave sweeping across the industrial landscape and manufacturers who recognize it can benefit from the opportunities it holds. It has been called various things, such as Industry 4.0 or Smart Factory, but whatever name is applied, we are in the midst of a real fourth industrial revolution.

August 10th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , | Category: Business Management, New Technologies, Processes | Leave a comment

Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap

A skilled welder in a South Carolina plant

American manufacturing is today facing a quandary. On the one hand there is a lackluster jobs situation, with the economic picture slowly improving but not resulting in much improvement in unemployment rates. When someone loses their job, they will statistically be 27 weeks without […]

Reshoring Production Demands Careful Management

More and more American manufacturers with supply chains based in Asian economies are bringing their production back to the North America.

The benefits they had found in low-cost labour in overseas economies have been steadily eroded in recent years, as offshore labour rates have risen by as much as 15% per year in some places. […]

Reshoring: 6 Ways to Overcome Shortages of Skilled Workers

When manufacturers reshore operations from overseas to the home base, they frequently have a hard time filling skilled positions. Innovative solutions are needed to overcome skills shortages. […]

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