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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

“Man is to technology what the bee is to the flower. It’s man’s intervention that allows technology to expand and evolve itself and in return, technology offers man convenience, wealth and the lessening burden of physical labor via its automated systems.” ― James Scott, Co-Founder, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology Industry 4.0 is emerging as […] Read more

One of the subsets of the evolving automation revolution is the advent of 3-D printing. As a modern marvel, current enthusiasts are raving about the fact that you can 3-D print almost anything that you can think of. Imagine a world, where all you have to do, is download the algorithm for the dimensions of […] Read more

“In 10 years the electronic medical record will be the minor player, in terms of where a person’s health history lives. Most of that information will be kept on the phone or in a secure cloud, and the patient will be highly engaged with collecting, curating and sharing that data. Most doctor visits will be […] Read more

Industry 4.0 as a blanket terminology has a really nice ring to it! This is an interesting and exciting decade to be alive and an active scientist and engineer. If you’re in the production realm, embrace technology and allow yourself to optimize your systems to their full potential.  As a civilian, imagine a world where […] Read more

“Just like a GPS, the universe sends you signs to show you the best course. If you follow the flow, you get where you want with ease and happiness. If you miss a turn, the road becomes longer and harder.” ― Charbel Tadros  An industrial plant comes alive, when the integration of various items such […] Read more

Digital technology, pervasively, is getting embedded in every place: every thing, every person, every walk of life is being fundamentally shaped by digital technology — it is happening in our homes, our work, our places of entertainment. It’s amazing to think of a world as a computer. I think that’s the right metaphor for us […] Read more