Manufacturing Mindset

Manufacturing Mindset: Why "respect for people" is the most misunderstood lean principle

Feb. 1, 2023
Plus, 3 factors that may affect the future of supply chains.

To stay abreast of industry trends, we, the editors, read countless articles and editorials written by experts from across verticals. We're always learning more about the people, technologies, and events that are making waves in the manufacturing space, and we want to share this information with you. In this brief, we’ll cite our sources and highlight columns and features that can help improve uptime at your plant. 

Management 

3 supply chain developments to watch in 2023 [Smart Industry]  
The question on everyone’s mind in 2023 is “will supply chains return to normal?” While no one can know for certain, it’s assumed that supply chains will become more predictable, but the disruptions will remain. This article highlights three factors that may affect the future of supply chains.  

The Lean Principle That Deserves More Respect [Industry Week]
It’s not easy being lean. Understanding and incorporating lean principals into your business operations can prove difficult, especially when it comes to “respect for people.” This article takes a deep dive into this specific principle and why it is essential to creating a culture of continuous improvement.

Safety and Security 

Defending OT Against Cyberattacks in 2023 [Industry Week]
When most people consider improving their cybersecurity strategy, they think about the IT department. This preconception, however, fails to acknowledge the growing number of operational technology (OT) attacks. This article offers advice and insight from cybersecurity experts on what 2023 holds for OT attacks. 

Technology 

Seven Ways You Can Benefit From AI in the Manufacturing Industry [New Equipment Digest]
Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a big player in the manufacturing sphere. AI allows facilities to collect the data they need, and, more importantly, interpret and analyze the data so that it can be used to make meaningful improvements. This article outlines why adopting AI technologies will be essential for companies that want to distinguish themselves from their competition.

Workforce

Why Training is Still one of the Best Ways to Prevent Falls [EHS Today]
Workplace falls are more common than you might think, and this often-fatal incident spans across industries. Despite the statistic that fall protection is the most cited OSHA violation, many companies are not doing enough to prevent these incidents and keep workers safe. This article explains why it’s necessary to train employees on how to use fall protection.

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