Industry Digest

How to build a more diverse and inclusive manufacturing workforce

Feb. 3, 2023
Here are this week’s industrial trends and perspectives, including three ways to utilize business analytics at your facility.

The internet is a vast space that is filled with rabbit holes, endless search results, and adorable cat videos that will consume your entire day in a flash. Finding the information and insights you need to improve productivity and efficiency at your facility can be daunting. Luckily, Plant Services is here to help. We search the web and curate the industry perspectives, trends, and topics that will affect you and your industry. Here are a few of our favorite stories from this week.

Ready, Set, Integrate: Understanding Integrated Manufacturing And Supply Chain Operations For EV Makers [Forbes]
It’s not easy manufacturing electric vehicles. Upstart EV companies lack the established partnerships and supply chains of their traditional counterparts, so many are opting for an “end-to-end” business model. This in-house method allows companies to own the supply chain, manufacturing, and distribution processes. This article highlights the pros and cons of this new strategy.

Using Analytics to Solve 3 Key Manufacturing Challenges []
What is your data telling you? Are you using data from your smart devices to create initiatives that can make your business more profitable, or are you just accumulating stacks of reports that sit unseen and unanalyzed? This article highlights three ways to utilize business analytics at your facility.

The New Faces of Manufacturing: DEI at Work [SME]
Cultivating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at your facility is the right thing to do. Whether you are interested in closing the skills gap, increasing revenue, or improving innovation, hiring and embracing workers of varied backgrounds is the only solution. This article, written by Sheronda Carr, Senior Director of Membership at SME, outlines the importance of DEI initiatives for manufacturers and what SME is doing to foster a culture of belonging in the industry. 

Using AR and VR to Train Workers in Manufacturing [Design News]
The worlds of augmented reality and virtual reality used to be reserved for gamers, but these advanced technologies have the potential to change how manufacturers train their current and future employees. This article explores how companies are using AR and VR to train workers on the job and fight the skilled labor shortage.  

Electrifying All Vehicles: A Guide To Maximizing Market Potential Through Supplier/OEM Partnerships [Forbes]
Electric vehicles are everywhere, from news headlines and tech events to local highways and garages. But this rapid increase in demand is causing supply issues. In this article, an EV parts supplier offers advice on how the industry can evolve and grow. 

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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