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Here at Acuity, we understand the challenges facing the manufacturing industry. Helping you meet these challenges successfully is a key focus of ours. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be here. I am Mike S., Manufacturing Business Segment Specialist at Acuity.
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IIoT, the Industrial Internet of Things. We are currently in the beginning stages of adopting machine connectivity, data collection, and big data analytics in the manufacturing industry. As technology moves forward, there is no limit to where sensors can be installed, what they can sense, and how they can communicate, leading to increased efficiency and productivity.
At Acuity, we take your business as seriously as we take ours. I have decades of manufacturing experience and stay up to date on issues and technologies. We attend trade shows and interact daily with the industry. We know manufacturing and want to partner with you and help you achieve continued success in your business.
I think it will be the combination of traditional subtractive technology, removing material or items, and additive technology, like 3D print. Currently there are only a few equipment manufacturers that have combined both technologies into one machine. Once this becomes more commonplace, it will allow manufacturers to remove and, at the same time, add stock form products. The possibilities are endless.
Lean manufacturing is about identifying waste within your operations. Once the waste is identified, it provides a wide variety of tools, which can be as simple as 5S or as complex as value stream mapping. However, before starting your lean journey, you need to understand it takes commitment from everyone in your organization. It will not benefit your business if you implement it as the “flavor of the day.” It needs to be a cultural change. A successful lean culture includes employee empowerment and open minds as well as constant change. From the smallest to the largest companies, if lean is implemented, adopted, and accepted correctly, it will help you reduce cost, increase productivity, and keep you at the forefront.
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