Imports of plastic and electronic waste rejected by China are making their way to Thailand, as the country has received more plastic waste through May than in all of 2017, according to Thailand's customs department. Thailand has also imported about 5,541 tons of electronic waste through May compared with 2017's full-year total of 70,989 tons.
Manufacturers expanding in the US share common challenges, including finding skilled workers and determining the corporate culture. UGN has grappled with instilling a shared lean culture across several facilities in the US and one in Mexico.
Identifying overprocessing in lean manufacturing requires a hands-on approach because most issues are happening on the factory floor, not in the boardroom, says Tim Murray of UK consultancy Newton. "Manufacturers should challenge themselves: '[I]f it's not adding value, then why are we doing it?' " he says.
Augmented reality, when paired with strong security, is an opportunity for manufacturers to work faster, improve workflow and access plant data more easily, write Epson's Leon Laroue and Lenny Kontsevich of Redrock Biometrics. "Embracing a secure, user friendly way to authenticate the access to sensitive data only increases the benefits of using augmented reality in the manufacturing space," they write.
EC Electronics, a company providing manufacturing support for original equipment manufacturers, is working to incorporate flexible integrated circuits and other hardware innovations to make supply chains more flexible. "These flexible integrated circuits could revolutionize supply chain and stock control, allowing companies to identify and track products from manufacture throughout their life cycles, even until a product ends up in the refuse or recycling," says company official Phil Simmonds.
The latest edition of the IEC 61511 standard requires many companies to re-examine whether they can grandfather in their safety instrumented systems, writes Angela Summers, president of SIS-TECH Solutions. Summers outlines several scenarios where existing SIS can be left "as is."
Siemens' global outlook on talent acquisition spans more than 100 countries and allows it to recruit more than 35,000 new hires each year, says executive Sebastian Hubert. "Thinking globally but being relevant locally is key to success when creating impact and transforming a global function like talent acquisition," Hubert says.
The federal Air Cargo Advanced Screening program has taken effect, although the Department of Homeland Security is taking public feedback on the rule through Aug. 13. The program mandates that carriers shipping to the US report electronic airfreight data prior to aircraft loading.
Amazon has rolled out its Treasure Trucks in 40 cities since debuting the concept two years ago, and today the mobile units sell a variety of goods including food, toys and other trendy items. The trucks sell different items each time they roll out, and customers can opt to receive a text in the morning to alert them to that day's treasure.
A DDI study finds leaders are more successful overcoming disruption when they accept that they have to constantly anticipate it, write Audrey Smith of DDI and Stephanie Neal of the Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research. They offer advice for developing a leadership mindset and organizational structure that are prepared to leverage disruption successfully.