Process Improvement http://www.industryweek.com/taxonomy/term/6634/more en Nokia Eyes Mobile Phone Comeback Through Partnership http://www.industryweek.com/information-technology/nokia-eyes-mobile-phone-comeback-through-partnership <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Just a year after selling to Microsoft for $7.2 billion, Nokia looks to get back in the game, perhaps partnering up and hitting the market with a new phone by the end of 2016.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/information-technology/nokia-eyes-mobile-phone-comeback-through-partnership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/information-technology/nokia-eyes-mobile-phone-comeback-through-partnership#comments Companies & Executives Process Improvement Information Technology The Latest Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:01:00 +0000 171541 at http://www.industryweek.com Sean Gallup, Getty Images How To 3-D Print a Steel Bridge http://www.industryweek.com/emerging-technologies/how-3-d-print-steel-bridge <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>'The underlying principle is very simple. We have connected an advanced welding machine to an industrial robot arm.' </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/emerging-technologies/how-3-d-print-steel-bridge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/emerging-technologies/how-3-d-print-steel-bridge#comments Process Improvement Emerging Technologies Robotics The Latest Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:44:00 +0000 169801 at http://www.industryweek.com Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images The Internet of Things (IoT): Opportunities for Smarter Supply Chains http://www.industryweek.com/supply-chain/internet-things-iot-opportunities-smarter-supply-chains <div class="field-byline"> Maha Muzumdar, Vice President, Supply Chain, Products Business Group, Oracle and Margie Steele, Principal Consultant, Oracle </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Every company tries to balance and optimize their supply chain to improve profitability and better customer service. The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling more and faster information across the supply chains for better decisions, planning and execution.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/supply-chain/internet-things-iot-opportunities-smarter-supply-chains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/supply-chain/internet-things-iot-opportunities-smarter-supply-chains#comments Competitiveness Process Improvement Planning & Forecasting Growth Strategies Information Technology Supply Chain IoT The Latest Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:55:00 +0000 168981 at http://www.industryweek.com Are You Overlooking Inventory as a Focus for Process Improvement and Waste Reduction? http://www.industryweek.com/waste-reduction <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Inventory rarely is a focus at the plant level, and it’s not because inventories are in great shape.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/waste-reduction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/waste-reduction#comments Ask the Expert - Lean Leadership Inventory Management Lean / Six-Sigma Process Improvement Leadership Operations Supply Chain The Latest Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:02:00 +0000 164171 at http://www.industryweek.com Thinkstock Obstacles to New Product Growth http://www.industryweek.com/product-development/obstacles-new-product-growth <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Weeding out losing projects early helps get products to market faster and increase profits.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/product-development/obstacles-new-product-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/product-development/obstacles-new-product-growth#comments Process Improvement Product Development Innovation The Latest Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:17:00 +0000 164011 at http://www.industryweek.com It's All in the Numbers – KPI Best Practices http://www.industryweek.com/kpi-best-practices <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>These key best practices will ensure that you and your organization will have a productive and successful KPI program.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/kpi-best-practices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/kpi-best-practices#comments Lean / Six-Sigma Process Improvement Quality Leadership Operations The Latest Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:50:00 +0000 163061 at http://www.industryweek.com Thinkstock A New Face in Industrial Robotics http://www.industryweek.com/technology/new-face-industrial-robotics <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Weighing 42 lbs, Sawyer features an 8.8 lb payload, with 7 degrees of freedom and a 1-meter reach that can maneuver into the tight spaces and varied alignments of work cells designed for humans. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/technology/new-face-industrial-robotics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/technology/new-face-industrial-robotics#comments Automation Process Improvement Robotics Innovation Operations Production Equipment Technology The Latest Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:13:00 +0000 162941 at http://www.industryweek.com Photo Rethink Robotics Design Out Waste and Build Lean In http://www.industryweek.com/build-lean-in <div class="field-byline"> Robert H. Simonis, Senior Consultant, KCE Consulting LLC </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Product and process design drive 80% of the total costs, but most continuous improvement effort is spent trying to reduce the remaining 20% in current production. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/build-lean-in" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/build-lean-in#comments Lean / Six-Sigma Process Improvement Strategic Planning & Execution Operations The Latest Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:40:00 +0000 162561 at http://www.industryweek.com Thinkstock How an American Sock Manufacturer Battled Its Way Back from Bankruptcy to Growth http://www.industryweek.com/companies-executives/how-american-sock-manufacturer-battled-its-way-back-bankruptcy-growth <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>President & CEO Ric Cabot led Darn Tough Vermont through the lean years caused by low-cost offshore competition -- and back to growth. Here's how.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/companies-executives/how-american-sock-manufacturer-battled-its-way-back-bankruptcy-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/companies-executives/how-american-sock-manufacturer-battled-its-way-back-bankruptcy-growth#comments Companies & Executives Process Improvement Strategic Planning & Execution Innovation Leadership Manufacturing Leader of the Week The Latest Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000 161921 at http://www.industryweek.com <p> <style type="text/css"> .pquote { background: url("http://www.industryweek.com/site-files/industryweek.com/files/uploads/2014/08/openquote-iw.png") no-repeat!important; color: #000000; font-style: italic; margin: 10px; padding: 10px 1px 1px 50px; font-size: 24px; } .article-image .image-description p { margin: 0; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.9; } .image-description { background: #F8F8F8; font-size: 11px; padding: 5px 5px 3px; color: #000; font-weight: normal;!important; } .pcaption { padding-left: 20px; padding-right: 20px; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.9; padding-bottom: 2px; } </style> </p> <blockquote class="pquote"> <p>I took a chance on the idea that people would be willing to pay a bit more for a performance sock that was top of the line and guaranteed for life.&quot;</p> <p><em>&nbsp;-- Ric Cabot</em></p> </blockquote> <div class="pcaption"> <hr /> <p><strong>Title:</strong> President &amp; CEO<br /> <strong>Company: </strong>Cabot Hosiery Mills / Darn Tough Vermont</p> <hr /> <p><em>The <strong>IndustryWeek Leader of the Week</strong> highlights the manufacturing leaders, executives and stars who are driving growth in today&#39;s industry and helping to shape the future of manufacturing.</em></p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> GE Optimizing Power and Production at Japan Plant http://www.industryweek.com/global-economy/ge-optimizing-power-and-production-japan-plant <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The Tohoku factory will be the first in Japan equipped with three kinds of energy-saving power systems.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/global-economy/ge-optimizing-power-and-production-japan-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/global-economy/ge-optimizing-power-and-production-japan-plant#comments Competitiveness Education / Training Process Improvement Corporate Culture Global Economy Innovation Workforce The Latest Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:10:00 +0000 160951 at http://www.industryweek.com Joe Raedle/Getty Images