Industry 4.0: It’s about people

With all the talk about Industry 4.0, sometimes is difficult to separate the value from the hype. As a standalone term, it can seem like a daunting, gigantic concept that can prompt reactive tactics and spending. The average business might wonder if they’re lagging,...

How Manufacturers Stay Productive When Santa is Coming

The holiday season in manufacturing is a double-edged sword. While I’m a sucker for Christmas carols, holiday parties, and general merriment, this time of year can be fraught with seasonal issues in the manufacturing industry. The National Retail Federation predicts...

Lean Healthcare: From the shop floor to the emergency room

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking on a panel at a hospital’s continuing education session for physicians. While normally the event tackles clinical subjects, this one was a bit of a departure. I was invited to speak about artificial intelligence and how it...

Gamifying the Shop Floor (Part 2)

Keeping employees engaged and motivated, especially in manufacturing, can be a steep hill to climb. We already know that engaged workers perform better than the disengaged – organizations with engaged employees outperform those with low employee engagement by 202%....

Transforming manufacturing with gamification

  Employers and managers know firsthand how engagement plays a large role in productivity. Troubling, a recent Gallup poll reports that engagement levels in the U.S. hover around 30 percent, leaving 70 percent of us disengaged at work. Plus, engaged workers tend...
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