WHIN Education & Supply Chain Summer 2019 Newsletter

Accountability: Everyone Working for Business Advance

Accountability is[1] ‘an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility’. When accountability is low, we get higher rejection-rates, repetitive equipment break-downs and missed customer dead-lines. There is a two-pronged process to increase accountability, to get everyone taking care of their work and taking ownership of the business needs. These processes involve work-culture change and people-skills development. Key work-culture initiatives that work include the following, each with just one of many examples…   Read More. 

Get Stimulated by Technology

If you have not yet visited our Purdue ‘Engagement Center’, then now is the time to book a free slot to see how low-entry level technology is being applied in other manufacturing companies. With technology between about $1K-15K you can see real applications and get inspired to think how new technology can be applied successfully on your own site. The technologies include the use of drones (for inspection, recording current-state of capital assets for example), sensor-rich wearable gloves (so a novice wearer can quickly get up to speed with a new hand-work process),  Read More. 

Dealing with Staff Retention Issues

Staff turn-over (churn) is typically 40% per year and the figure for new-hires can be as high at 90% in 90 days. Manufacturing Inc was running at 30.4% annually in 2017. But, there are small and medium sized companies locally that manage to do much better while paying no more. 83% of companies reported that staff churn is one of their leading concerns. The high cost of churn is not just financial; churn demoralizes other staff. Management tends to firefight.  Read More. 

Local is Best

Local can be best when companies are buying components or sub-assemblies. But local can also be best when non-competitive companies work with one another to build confidence to change, whether work-culture, people skills, systemization on the shop-floor or the adoption of new technology. .. Read More

Supply-Chain in the Area

We identified 279 companies in the ten County area around Purdue and 257 are manufacturing. Of these we have technology information for 85 companies and manufacturing certification status data for 122. Forty percent of manufacturers are in White, Cass and Montgomery, 30% in Tippecanoe. All of this data has been entered into our web and a live version will be available from WHIN expected early September 2019. . Read More

WHIN Manufacturing Education Workshop Series

Save the Date: WHIN Manufacturing Workshop Series

Location: The Indiana Manufacturing Institute
1105 Challenger Ave Suite 100, West Lafayette, IN 47906

8/28/2019 (8:00a-12:00) 
"Transitioning to Industry 4.0"
9/25/2019 (8:00a-12:00)
"On-boarding & Staff Retention" 
"Manufacturing School"
11/20/2019 (8:00a-12:00)
"Digital Tools for Manufacturers" 
Sensors explained, by Dr. Angus McLeod

“I first became interested in sensor technology while forming a consortia of international companies to attract major developmental funding for micro-engineering development of sensors. Back then, these were being fabricated by removal and additive process on 7” silicon wafers. That was in the late 1980s. Since then, the field has moving towards similar productive processes on reel-to-reel substrates, providing ... Read More.  

ERP explained, by Ananth Iyer

ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning. The use of ERP is predicated on the connectivity of smart devices in manufacturing to computers. Software programs monitor, count, calculate, alert and instruct devices and equipment to improve the efficiency of production. One of the most obvious examples illustrating just one part of a full ERP system are the videos showing the picking of Amazon products by robotic equipment in huge warehouses. The warehouses are not static of course and warehousing... Read More. 
4th Industrial Revolution explained, by Roy Vasher

“There is contention about what counts, but the prevailing view is that we are experiencing a new level of connectivity via the Internet of Things that is part of the golden age of the 4th revolution, ‘Digital Technology’. In case you are wondering, the first was regarded as agrarian efficiencies, the second to steam and mechanization including transport, and the third, science & technology including power, motors and plastics.”

Contact us: dunlops@purdue.edu

Save the Date for the annual DCMME Manufacturing Conference

"Managing Manufacturing Agility" 

Hosted at Fowler Hall, Purdue University

Free registration here or at dcmme.org