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Manufacturing Blog: How Manufacturers Can Implement Digital Transformation.  ASME 6/14
“As the digital economy grows, manufacturing companies will need to embrace the steps taken by direct-to-consumer businesses to keep pace. . . .”


Just-in-Time’s Skewering Is Undeserved.  IndustryWeek 6/11
“The recent pandemic affected Americans and businesses in many ways. In business, the most revealing issues that were exposed were the problems with Just-In-Time (JIT, or the pull method) supply chains. Lean took a lot of blame for many of the resulting shortages. But the problems weren’t attributable to JIT systems. . . .”


Goierogle Research Reveals Where and How of AI Utilization in Manufacturing, and Barriers.  ARC Advisory Group 6/10
“While the promise of artificial intelligence (AI) transforming the manufacturing industry is not new, long-ongoing experimentation hasn’t yet led to widespread business benefits.  New research from Google Cloud, however, reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic may have spurred a significant increase in the use of AI and other digital enablers among manufacturers. According to their data—which polled more than 1,000 senior manufacturing executives across seven countries—76% have turned to digital enablers and disruptive technologies, such as data and analytics, cloud, and artificial intelligence due to the pandemic.  Another 66% of manufacturers who use AI in their day-to-day operations report that their reliance on AI is increasing. . . .”


Why Are Women More Likely to Quit Jobs in Manufacturing? IndustryWeek 6/9
“Women are more likely to leave their jobs if they work in manufacturing compared to men in the same field. Women are also more likely to leave manufacturing compared to other industries. . . .”


3 Pandemic Productivity Hacks This Clothing Company Will Keep in the ‘New Normal’.  Inc. 6/1
“Gihan Amarasiriwardena doesn’t believe in multitasking. The 32-year-old president and co-founder of Boston-based business apparel company Ministry of Supply says using the same part of your brain to do similar tasks–like reading emails during meetings–makes it hard to get anything done. . . .”