“A relentless barrage of ‘why’s’ is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo. Use it often.”
– Shigeo Shingo
1. Martian Gears
The world of gears is a domain of tight tolerances, high surface finishes, and critical components. So, what happens when you need to send gears to space? Now add in the complicated factor of weight. These guys made gears that went to Mars.
2. Increase Profits by Sustainable Manufacturing
Everyone is concerned about the future – at least different aspects of it. Manufacturing can help create a sustainable environment by reducing emissions and recycling materials. The secret is that these improvements increase profits.
3. Don’t Forget Your Identity
I know who I am most of the time, but do your data systems? People and identities are often forgotten about when mapping cybersecurity risks in manufacturing. User authentication is a vital part of a robust data system.
4. Artificial Intelligence and Quality
The world of quality control is ripe with opportunities for artificial intelligence. From dimensional analysis to visual and anomaly inspection, vision systems continue to accelerate manufacturers. Changes in learning techniques and edge computing capability will only allow users to be more agile with this technology.
5. Value of a Production Lab
Have you ever run a manufacturing test at midnight so you don’t interrupt production? Ah, those were fun times. Breakfast pizza from the night before was the best. Audi has a lab to develop, test, and scale up manufacturing technologies independent of the production time crunch. Are the good ol’ days gone?
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