Computerized maintenance management system for manufacturing

How do you effectively track and generate work orders? Do you have a way to verify the projects completed by your workforce? Do you get notifications upon completion of any manufacturing process? How is spare parts inventory managed and controlled on the shop floor? Do you have an organized system to store manuals and warranty information virtually? How are your equipment and systems tracked for maintenance reporting and planning? 

Managing a manufacturing plant or a facility consists of a lot of challenging, complicated, and time-consuming efforts. Manufacturers should consider investigating the benefits of a well-implemented CMMS (Computerized maintenance management system), if they don’t have well-defined answers to the above questions.


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Must-read Monday: A mini-guide to basic foundry concepts

Every now and then we need to brush up on our knowledge. Let’s revisit some of our popular blog posts which are aimed to help reinforce fundamental concepts related to foundries. Controlling raw materials is critical to the success of iron casting production in green sand systems. In foundries, sand and clay play an important role. 

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Manufacturers must accommodate workforce training to bridge skills gap

The manufacturing industry is facing a severe gap between the talent required and what is actually available in the market. It is predicted that this gap will only widen in the future. To bridge the skills gap, the manufacturing industry needs to invest in training their employees with the skills they need in today’s technologically advanced world. 


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Throwback Thursday: Engineer and businesswoman Kate Gleason

Considered one of the most influential woman in engineering, Kate Gleason was an American engineer and businesswoman known both for being an accomplished woman in the predominantly male field of engineering and for her philanthropy. Her unconventional attitude and approach to business and engineering made her a pioneer in the field and paved the way for a growing number of women engineers.

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Using social media as an eLearning tool

As per the Global Web Index in association with WeAreSocial Singapore, the internet has 3.17 billion users with 2.3 billion active social media users as of July 2015. Approximately 1 million new active mobile social users are added every day, or 12 new users per second. These statistics show how extraordinarily important social media has become among all age groups. Social media is no longer just a way to connect and stay in touch with friends and family. With a large section of the world’s workforce hooked on social media, why not use it for eLearning? After all, learning should be in the medium of the learner’s choice.


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Making engineering students manufacturing industry ready

A scientist can discover a new star but he cannot make one. He can have an engineer create something similar for him, though. These are the thoughts of Scottish mechanical engineer Gordon Lindsay Glegg as he emphasizes the importance of the role of an engineer in the world today.

Engineering education today is challenged to prepare technically competent graduates. To be effective, today’s engineering graduates must not only be grounded in scientific and mathematical fundamentals, and engineering principles and design, they must also have a global outlook and a broader skill set to land a good job. If engineering firms want to see an influx of young people showing a true passion for engineering in general, they need to address the significant factor of improving practical skills post-education.

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Manufacturing’s steps towards cybersecurity

The world’s first digital weapon and the most “successful” industrial attack in cyber history was the Stuxnet virus, a 500-kilobyte computer worm that infected the industrial control systems that operate equipment in Iran. The virus was discovered in 2010, compromising at least 14 industrial sites, including a uranium-enrichment plant. Rather than simply taking over targeted computers or stealing digital information, Stuxnet caused the physical destruction of equipment being controlled by the infected computers.


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Leveraging videos for training in manufacturing

With the rapid rise of smartphones, shrinking attention spans, and budget constraints, the way eLearning is designed, developed, and delivered has changed. If organizations want to better align with employees, educational content has to be just-in-time, easy to access, and cut down into shorter, more easily digestible pieces. For these reasons, traditional eLearning methods have given way to microlearning. It is the new way to impart learning and training in almost every industry.

For imparting microlearning-based training, videos can be a highly effective medium.


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