The History of AI in Manufacturing

What is AI?

AI, or artificial intelligence, is a science of programming computers to have the ability to make human decisions. AI basically simulates human intelligence. It can be used in a wide range of scenarios. The manufacturing industry uses AI to help with productivity and it can be used on tasks as small as talking to Siri on an iPhone.

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College v. Trade School: Considering Manufacturing as a Career Path

Following High School graduation, students are faced with the big question of what they are going to do with their lives. At this age, some know, and others are left in an abyss of confusion. High schools will often promote college to students, but that is not their only option. A career in manufacturing is an option full of potential. Opting for manufacturing trade school instead of college can lead to a stable career in manufacturing.

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Choosing the Right Quality Certification in Manufacturing

In the manufacturing industry, quality certifications can help drive a company to success. These certifications give a company reputability for manufacturing standards. Quality certifications matter in manufacturing both to the company and the customer. From a company standpoint, certifications help with quality and service, annual and independent audits, review and testing capabilities, reliability of production and delivery, safety, and error minimization. In short, it forces the company to stay in line with operational and quality standards. It is easy to see how manufacturing certifications are beneficial to a customer. With a certification, a customer can easily rely on the fact that a certified company is trustworthy and keeping up with industry standards.

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Why Quality Certifications Matter in Manufacturing

In manufacturing, quality products and services make a difference in the level of success a company can experience. For many manufacturing operations, seeking out a quality certification is a way to not only hold themselves to a quality standard but also to let their customers know about the quality level at which they operate. There are many reasons why quality certifications matter to manufacturers.

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Artificial Intelligence in the Warehouse

Artificial intelligence can have a great impact on the modern warehouse in terms of safety, productivity, and accuracy. What is artificial intelligence and where does it fit in a warehouse environment? The definition of artificial intelligence, according to IBM, is “a field, which combines computer science and robust datasets, to enable problem-solving. It also encompasses sub-fields of machine learning and deep learning, which are frequently mentioned in conjunction with artificial intelligence. These disciplines are comprised of AI algorithms which seek to create expert systems which make predictions or classifications based on input data.” Ideally, AI is comprised of systems that think and act rationally.

 

Here are a few of the many AI functions that can have a positive effect on warehouse operations:

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When is Surplus the Right Choice for Manufacturers?

When is surplus the right choice for manufacturers?

Answering this question begins by looking at the current state of the global supply chain and how it has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. Current times have been a constant challenge to the supply chain. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, things worked very differently from the state of today’s supply chain. There are product restrictions, material shortages, and obsolescence for aging equipment that require servicing and maintenance. As a result, doing business as a manufacturer can be a challenge for even the most agile of operations. How can these challenges be overcome to keep a manufacturing operation running smoothly and efficiently? The answer is often surplus equipment and parts.

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Original Equipment Effectiveness Plays A Role in Productive Manufacturing

Original equipment effectiveness (OEE) can be used as a gauge to determine how effective and productive a manufacturing plant is.

 

The definition of Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is the percentage of manufacturing time that is productive. It is composed of three parts:

Availability – The percentage of time the process is running during planned production time

Performance – The percentage of production the process machinery is achieving when compared to a defined maximum capability

Quality – The percentage of good parts being produced. Parts being reworked are counted as defects.

OEE considers losses from all these factors, producing a percentage that represents the good parts being produced at the required rate with no downtime. A perfect OEE score is 100%.

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Tackle Obsolescence with Additive Manufacturing

Obsolescence is an unavoidable part of any manufacturing environment. However, it’s concerning that so many companies admit they do not know when vital equipment requires replacing, or when they do, they scramble to find replacements. The latest developments in additive manufacturing could provide an answer to the obsolescence problems.
Additive manufacturing is a transformative approach to industrial production that enables the creation of components using a variety of 3D-printing techniques.

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Why Manufacturers Should Adopt a B2B2C Business Model

There are many types of business models commonly utilized. Two business models that get a lot of focus are B2B and B2C models. B2B, which stands for business to business, is a model in which businesses sell products or services to other businesses. The second model is B2C, in which businesses sell products or services directly to consumers. These two business models seem clear in terms of the differences between them. Yet there is a third business model that is growing in popularity for manufacturers that allows typically B2B operations to have direct access to consumers. This business model is called B2B2C.

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How Manufacturers Can Streamline Production Scheduling

There’s no one-size-fits-all method to production scheduling. All of your products, processes, and plans are launched with a uniform goal in mind—profitability.

However the most valuable resource your business has isn’t a product or process—although it does start with a “p”.

It’s people—the people who are on the shop floor and the people who ensure timely deliveries and functioning supply chains. Namely, the people who have intimate knowledge of every aspect of the production process.

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