Manufacturing Transformation Blog

Versatile Tools Cut Costs and Scrap for HMLV Production

To see the real story of a shop’s manufacturing quality, check its Quality Control (QC) area for levels of rejected parts and rework. Maximum profitability requires diligent attention to eliminate QC flaws, especially with today’s emphasis on high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) production. One of the primary keys to overall efficiency, quality and cost containment…
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Smart Technology Helps Manufacturers Make Intelligent Use of Tools

The promises of Industry 4.0 – enhanced productivity, work capacity and savings – appear enticing, but in many smaller manufacturing firms, everyone from the owner to the shop floor chases a long list of must-do tasks, leaving little time to think about how to improve the status quo. Some of the most-asked questions…
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Your Manufacturing Transformation Starts With Machine Monitoring

As an increasingly global industry, manufacturing continues to become more competitive year after year, which means shops have to continuously improve just to keep up. In many cases, this has included a move to high-mix/low-volume (HMLV) production strategies, which give manufacturers the agility they need to quickly respond to customer needs. To achieve…
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Implementing Shop Floor Analytics: Machine Monitoring Tells All

Many manufacturers fail to get the maximum amount of productivity out of their machine tools. In fact, according to research by Machine Metrics, the average machine utilization rate in 2018 was less than 29 percent – but most manufacturers are oblivious to the fact that there’s a problem with their shop’s efficiency. Luckily,…
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