Thermo Fisher Scientific has purchased IntegenX, known for its rapid DNA testing products including the RapidHit ID System. Thermo Fisher said the acquisition will help it grow in the human identification market.
Warehouses and distribution centers should expect to add cold storage over the next seven years as e-commerce generates increased demand, according to a CBRE report. "With public refrigerated warehouses (PRWs) operating at almost capacity, growth companies will need to rely even more on these PRW operators to fulfill the link in the chain between food industry producers, e-tailers, retailers, distributors and the end consumer," says CBRE's Art Rasmussen.
Blockchain technology can help firms optimize their supply chains by encouraging adoption of automation and improving connectivity across supply networks, according to a DHL and Accenture report.
Automated condition-monitoring systems depend on accurate data, so operators must get involved from the ground up, run standardized site acceptance testing and verify all data. GE Industrial Solutions' Rob Patterson also cautions against delaying routine updates, while Will Worth of Quantum Solutions emphasizes the need for security when it comes to connected devices.
Production problems with joint projects can lead to companies pointing fingers when something goes wrong, said Hoffer Plastics executive Alex Hoffer. "What I had to learn in this situation, all this noise in this boardroom, is I can only control myself," he said.
The computer security systems of the future will be cloud-based and operated by third-party companies, Roger Grimes predicts. Still, he writes, humans will always be part of security efforts.
Time-sensitive networking has taken Ethernet from an outmoded technology to the most effective plant-floor networking option, David Greenfield writes. However, a Global Market Insights report notes that the high degree of standardization "limits the ability to provide customized solutions."
Intertape Polymer struggled with workplace incidents until it adopted the Intertape Performance System across its operations in 2013, leading to higher-quality machinery and safety benchmarks for its major tools. "The culture now is to fix [equipment] correctly the first time, so you don't have to lose sleep over it failing in the middle of the night later on," says Bill Bourgeous, an engineering manager.
Gap wants to eliminate the use of 10 billion liters of water at facilities by the end of 2020. "Water is critical to nearly all aspects of our business, and we recognize the responsibility and the opportunity we have to reduce the amount of water used to create our products," said Gap executive Christophe Roussel.
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