Wireless interoperability gateways can improve industrial internet of things connectivity, writes Bert Williams of ABB Wireless. Once data is collected, intelligence from advanced cloud platforms can be used to make decisions, he writes.
Greg Heinemann, CEO of Metro Mold & Design in Rogers, Minn., emphasizes employee empowerment and careful analysis of technology investment. "If you hired them for the job today, don't just prepare them for the job they're doing today but also for their job they're going to do tomorrow," he says.
Determining return on investment for labor-reducing systems accurately involves in-depth examinations of total equipment costs, total employee costs and efficiency, Jeff Kerns writes. He also discusses what several companies are offering as solutions.
The fifth round of renegotiations over NAFTA is underway, but many of the demands from the White House that Canada and Mexico cannot accept position the US for withdrawal from the agreement. Industries are fighting back with coalitions that aim to show how such demands would hurt the industries the White House says it is trying to protect, says Toby Gooley.
Amazon last month made its first attempt at automating some of the truck delivery process by launching Relay, an app that lets truck drivers get in and out of the company's warehouses faster. It's the first connection between the e-commerce giant and millions of truck drivers.
Showing vulnerability as a leader can reveal an authentic and human side of your personality that resonates with team members, writes Mary Jo Asmus. By showing your softer side and admitting you don't know all the answers, you can build team connections and trust.
Ace Hardware reported third-quarter net income of $53.8 million, compared to $50.2 million the prior year. "A retail same-store sales increase of 7.1% was the predominant fuel behind our strong 9.1% overall sales increase and record setting third quarter revenue," Ace CEO John Venhuizen said.
DistributionNOW posted a third-quarter loss of $9 million, compared to a prior-year loss of $56 million. Chief Accounting Officer David Cherechinsky will become chief financial officer, with current CFO Daniel Molinaro moving to an executive vice president role.
Warehouses can minimize the expensive "empty travel" of human workers by using robots guided by a management system, writes Steve Banker of ARC Advisory Group. He writes about the potential productivity gains of Locus Robotics' LocusButs, which are offered to companies as a monthly rental.
Manufacturers will benefit when mixed reality enables workers to translate visual data into predictive maintenance and understand instructions better, Adam Uzialko writes. Yiwen Rong of uSens says success will come not from machines themselves, but from how manufacturers use information.