May 16, 2020

The March edition of Manufacturing Global is live

3D Printing
Catherine Sturman
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The March edition of Manufacturing Global
Welcome to the March edition of Manufacturing Global, where our cover star this month is Europe’s largest motorbike manufacturer, KTM Group. Managing...

Welcome to the March edition of Manufacturing Global, where our cover star this month is Europe’s largest motorbike manufacturer, KTM Group. Managing Director, Luca Martin, has been at the heart of the company’s expansion, where it has sought to tap into the flourishing Asian market. He discusses how the business has transformed its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Laguna, right in the heart of the Philippines and much more.

Designing and manufacturing sustainable packaging solutions for supermarkets and retailers, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TrakRap, Martin Leeming, also looks at how its investment in new digital solutions has impacted its packaging systems. Serge Corriveau, Vice President of Supply Chain at Emmerson Packaging, supports this vision, where he explores at how Emmerson’s innovative SmartPack has sought to reduce the company’s environmental impact without compromising on quality or lead times across the manufacturing space.

The explosion of new digital tools has not only impacted traditional manufacturers, but will also bring a multitude of benefits to sectors such as healthcare and automotive. While Ricoh has explored the impact of new printing technologies in European healthcare systems, Desktop Metal takes a closer look at how it continually supports automotive giants, such as Ford and BMW who have turned towards the implementation of 3D printed parts.

Elsewhere, we take a look at the top 10 Fast-Moving Consumer Goods companies worldwide and essential manufacturing events in 2019.

Don’t forget to also check out our company profiles with Flowserve and Rubie’s Costume Design.

The issue can be read here.

Enjoy the magazine, and feel free to join in the conversation on Twitter: @ManufacturingGL



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Jul 13, 2021

SAP Whitepaper: Advantages of Intelligent Assets

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SAP Intelligent Assets
Discover what constitutes an Intelligent Asset, and how they reduce overheads and mitigate disruption in our whitepaper on SAP’s Industry 4.0 strategy

A core pillar in SAP’s Industry 4.0 strategy, Intelligent Assets equip organisations to reduce downtime, empower employees and increase efficiencies across industrial equipment and manufacturing units.  

In a whitepaper produced in partnership between SAP and BizClik Media Group, Rachel Romanoski, Solutions Manager, Digital Assets, SAP, dispels some of the myths surrounding asset intelligent, and shares insight into how even small investment in asset intelligence can pay dividends in minimising cost leakage and realising an asset’s potential. 

As with all innovations, the ceiling for Intelligent Assets is as high as an organisation can dream, afford and implement. But Romanoski says that just a little intelligence can go a long way: “Oftentimes people think Intelligent Assets need to be the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology. They can be super advanced, such as leveraging physics-based engineering simulations to forecast potential failures, and help mitigate them. But it could be as simple as a temperature reading. You can pull a lot of simple information from most equipment, and by enhancing that data through ancillary solutions and digital capabilities, you can create that Intelligent Asset.” 

One of the most immediate benefits is reducing or, in some cases, eliminating unplanned downtime. Equipment failure is one of the most common causes of disruption and can cause chaos throughout the supply chain. 

“The true power of the Intelligent Asset is in changing the basic, reactive emergency work or time-based, planned maintenance and being more prescriptive and tailored to that specific asset and use case,” Romanoski says. “Ultimately, you can reduce the unplanned events that often carry a big price tag.” 

"Oftentimes people think Intelligent Assets need to be the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology... But it could be as simple as a temperature reading"

Other financial benefits include stemming cost leakage and “sweating assets” to the full potential.  “Maybe you can consider the lifecycle of the asset and understand whether you can push it a little bit further,” Romanoski explains. “It might be that the best course of action for a low-cost item is to run it to failure. Having this information that we collect over time empowers those people to make those better decisions, but also has a trickle down effect to building resiliency and efficiency into the entire supply chain.” 

To read the full report, including insight from Intelligent Assets, Intelligent Factories, Empowered People, and exclusive insight from Dominik Metzger, the lead on SAP’s Industry 4.0 programme, CLICK HERE.

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