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2021 is as great a time as any for science and engineering. About a week ago, we experienced one of the greatest feats in scientific and engineering history. This is the advent of the launching of a rocket from American soil. While the mission is bigger than we can ever anticipate, at every stage of […] Read more

The supply chain is a very complex chain that involves the transport of goods from supplier channels to a customer. Within an organization, there are a myriad of goods that are received from multiple vendors. Channel coordination is the process that is involved in the improvement of supply chain performance. The aim with all process […] Read more

  “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” – Bill Gates 2021 is an exciting time to be in the industrial realm. With the first quarter […] Read more

  “Any approach to strategy quickly encounters a conflict between corporate objectives and corporate capabilities. Attempting the impossible is not a good strategy. It is just a waste of resources.” – Bruce Henderson Industry 4.0, represented by the Industrial Internet of Things is an interesting and exciting aspect of process engineering that we all must […] Read more

There’s an adage that states that a goal not written down is a wish. Interestingly, writing down goals is not going to get any task accomplished. Industrial organizations are living entities, just like the people that work within them. With the various activities that are taking place in the competitive space as clearly outlined by […] Read more

“Rough waters are truer tests of leadership. In calm water, every ship has a good captain.”​- Swedish proverb Industrial operations are designed to have a stable flow. An industrial plant is designed to be one of the safest places on Earth. Every vessel is designed with built in mechanisms to keep its intended process solutions […] Read more

Industrial organizations thrive on order and structure. Once a customer’s order is placed, Operations Managers love to know that everything will flow seamlessly from raw materials to customer delivery. Of course…life in idealism is different from what life is in reality. In the real world…the industrial process is smooth on most days. You do have […] Read more

In the industrial realm, competitive advantage is a moving target. With the current global condition as it is, influenced by disruptions of supply chain flows due to the Coronavirus, it will be important for organizations to ensure that they are operating at their peak in terms of resource management. Business must take place despite the […] Read more

“Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.” – Bob Parson There is a saying that goes…”The more things change…is the more they […] Read more

“We must be careful not to confuse data with the abstractions we use to analyse them. “- William James (1842 – 1910, American philosopher and psychologist) With Industry 4.0 on our hands, all businesses, inclusive of industrial ones are operating with the decisions made from data. Data is the new oil, and it is one […] Read more

 “Moving to energy efficiency and renewable energy powered solutions and factories just makes plain economic sense. We are reducing our [carbon] footprints, powering our factories with solar and wind energy, lowering our overall energy bill, making our products more competitive.” – Harry Verhaar There is a global mandate that has challenged all organizations to reduce […] Read more

Data is the new oil. The new adage of the new millennium and the future to come will rest on this one premise. Digital has a significant impact on various aspects of the chemical industry. Quite notably, there will be the increases in manufacturing performance to be gained by appropriate data collection, and the associated […] Read more