This is part three of the exclusive three-part Manufacturing Sustainability series, intended to delve deeper into the dynamics of sustainable manufacturing, what it means, how it is achieved, the value it can bring to the business enterprise and customers. This article focuses on the integration of people and innovation to drive sustainable manufacturing. Read more
One way manufacturers can improve efficiency and save money in their operations is by integrating enterprise quality management (EQM) software, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) systems. Doing so can maximize the quality of processes and efforts across the value chain. Read more
When a U.S. manufacturing company is ready to expand overseas for the first time, executives frequently underestimate the complexity of international human resource issues. They may not know the right questions to ask or the things they need to think about to avoid the pitfalls that await. Read more
In The Enthusiastic Employee: How Companies Profit by Giving Workers What They Want, David Sirota and Douglas Klein reveal the secret of employee enthusiasm: that special, invigorating, purposeful and emotional state that’s always present in the most successful organizations. Read more
Recently I was invited by Sensus, a global provider of utility infrastructure technology, to tour its research and development (R&D) facility at Research Triangle Park in Morrisville, N.C. As I reported in May, Sensus is a key innovator in the growing field of smart-water management, sometimes referred to as “smart water grid,” with a nod to the metering and grid technologies that are revolutionizing the business of electric utilities.
The 60,000-sq-ft Sensus Research and Development Center is home to about 160 employees working on innovative technologies in advanced metering for water, gas, and electricity. Designers and engineers at the facility work on network architecture, development, testing, product development, and design for software, hardware, and firmware. In the U.S., Sensus has two manufacturing sites, four development sites and the company headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. The company has manufacturing facilities also in Brazil, Chile, Algeria, China, South Africa, the Czech Republic, and other countries. Read more