Lost labels and mislabelled freight result in delays, loss of customer confidence and damage to your business reputation. The knock on effect of one lost or incorrect label is extremely costly. To combat the problem here’s a way to improve freight labeling for transport and logistics management.
Lost labels and mislabelled freight are irritating. Incorrect or missing labels are a source of frustration for packers, handlers, freight forwarders, customs officers, haulers and those receiving the goods. ‘Goods in’ depots are unlikely to receive mislabelled freight, while incorrect shipping details could result in cargo ending up at the wrong delivery address.
Labeling mishaps cost time, money and resources. It’s especially frustrating if goods are traveling overseas by truck or van… it’s a long way back to the depot to print off new labels if they go missing or have the incorrect information on them.
To combat the problem of missing labels and other documentation, haulers have resorted to duplicating the necessary paperwork and storing it inside the freight itself. However, if the information on labels or paperwork is incorrect, putting them inside the cargo makes no difference.
What’s the answer…?
Human error means it’s not possible to completely eradicate the problem of lost labels or mislabelled freight. However, it is possible to remedy such situations while cargo is in transit by equipping truck trailers or vans with .
If labels are lost or contain errors, couriers can update and reprint labels in real time to prevent freight getting rejected, resulting in costly delays.
Having a mobile computer and label printer on board means that if labels go missing, or need vital information adding, couriers can put in a quick call to headquarters, get the necessary details and print a fresh label on the spot. The alternative is to return cargo to the sender and rearrange delivery… an option you most likely want to avoid.
Freight labeling guidelines are strict and the slightest error, or absence of a label, gives receivers the right to refuse delivery. To prevent this, haulage firms and couriers need the ability to reprint labels and documentation immediately.
Mislabelled freight is also prone to damage. If labels have no warning, informing handlers that goods are fragile, they could end up on pallets stacked at the bottom of an entire shipment. If a handler notices that a box says ‘handle with care,’ but the label doesn’t match up, having the ability to relabel goods appropriately will save haulers and couriers money.
It’s estimated that freight labeling mishaps cost companies hundreds of thousands every year. Fuel costs, compensating customers and loss of business are three key areas where businesses lose money as a result of lost labels or mislabelled freight. The extra man hours involved to rectify the situation only adds to the cost.
Exported goods with missing or incorrect labels are likely to be more problematic and costly because freight labeling guidelines are usually stricter. There’s a higher probability of items not even making it through customs, leading to extensive delivery delays and unhappy customers!
Equipping your transport fleet with industrial computers and printers will cut these costs and lessen delays, preventing freight returns and redelivery, while making sure that customers receive goods as expected.
To keep costs down, you can use ‘off the shelf’ computers and printers. They don’t travel well, but to protect them you can use . These heavy-duty systems enable haulage firms to equip entire transport fleets with standard office computers and printers for printing labels and freight documents.
For refrigerated transport fleets, you can use to safeguard equipment. They’re waterproof too, protecting computers and printers from condensation.
PC and are lockable for security and peace of mind for truckers, given that trailers are often a target for thieves.
To justify the cost of kitting out your transport fleet with computers and printers, consider how much money you’re losing as a result of freight returns caused by lost labels or mislabelled cargo.
However, it’s not just a matter of wasting time, resources and losing money! There’s something more at stake – the reputation and reliability of your business to get the job done and deliver goods as expected! If you have to let customers down as a result of absent or incorrect labels, it could prove to be a sticking point in your business relationship.
Ultimately, it will cost you less to equip your transport fleet with computers and printers to reissue labels and documents, compared to what it will cost your business because of lost or incorrect labels!
To discuss industrial computer and printer solutions for your transport fleet, call Armagard on 0121 608 7226 to improve freight labeling for your business.
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During the design phase of an industrial computer enclosure, plenty of planning goes into building a system that protects computer hardware and any peripherals. However, a common question asked by end-users, is ‘how do we power electronics inside a sealed enclosure?’
Industrial computer enclosures with an industry standard rating of IP56 (NEMA 4 in North America) or more are classed as ‘fully-sealed’, , which will not include a traditional split panel for feeding cables into the enclosure.
Instead, most enclosure systems are fitted with cable entry glands that will maintain a seal, while providing a clean, safe entry point for cabling to reach computer equipment. There are varying types of cable gland available to suit specific enclosure applications.
When in the market for an industrial computer enclosure, industrial buyers should bear these five things in mind for feeding cables into the unit:
Cable insertion from below an enclosure is recommended.
Ideally, particularly in facilities where water is present, you should insert cables into enclosures from below if the system is wall-mounted. For modular, freestanding systems, cabling should run downwards because feeding wires in from above will lead to water penetration with droplets flowing down cables.
Cables glands required will be determined by the width of your wiring.
The type of cable gland required for your enclosure application depends on the width of the wiring you’re feeding into the unit. Sealed cable glands are available in multiple sizes for different cable diameters. For example, formats exist that allow several wires – ranging from 0.3” ~ 1.5” – to pass through the same gland.
Glands are manufactured using different materials, including:
To determine the ideal cable gland uration for your specific enclosure application, consult an enclosure expert.
Open version cable glands are an ideal solution for industrial computer enclosures.
Finding the right cable gland – particularly for pre-terminated cables – can be challenging. It’s likely that the end of the plug will be significantly larger than the cable width.
Ideally, you should choose a cable gland that is permeable because this allows for quick installation of pre-terminated cables with connectors already attached, while minimizing disruption to the operational function of your computer enclosure system.
For future system changes and upgrades, opt for a flexible cable gland uration.
Computer technology is constantly changing, and will continue to develop at an accelerated rate. On the other hand, a will last several years… decades in some cases. You’re more likely to replace or upgrade computer hardware a few times before your manufacturing facility needs a new enclosure.
With that in mind, opting for a flexible cable gland uration will allow for system repairs, replacement or upgrades… minus extensive downtime. When consulting an enclosure expert, discuss designs that give you versatility.
Computer cable safety is paramount on today’s manufacturing floor.
Health and safety is paramount on the , and in a golden age of computer use across industrial facilities, computer cabling represents a trip hazard. Prior to the installation of your enclosure, it’s worth assessing your options in terms of positioning, factoring in the concealment of cables out of harm’s way.
Operational performance and reliability are central to an enclosure installation. Poor planning for cable entry could compromise the protection of your computer hardware, particularly in wet and humid environments. If you haven’t taken the necessary precautions to seal cable entry points, water WILL find a way in.
A lot hinges on your industrial supply chain operating smoothly, not least the survival of your business. However, computer downtime constantly threatens to derail supply chains all over the world. How then can the humble Industrial Computer Workstation serve to safeguard your supply chain?
Computers of yesteryear would quickly succumb to dust and heat damage, rendering them useless, while severely disrupting industrial supply chains. Then came the Industrial Computer Workstation…
…Everything changed. transformed computer use across supply chains, providing operatives and machinists with a practical, safe, multipurpose solution for using computers without the threat of upsetting the supply chain.
Here’s the story of how the humble Industrial Computer Workstation changed supply chains.
In days gone by, computers were a hazard when used in brutal industrial environments. Prone to overheating, then catching fire or suffering ‘blunt force trauma’ as a result of machinists accidentally bringing computers crashing to the floor after tripping over a bunch of loose cables, computers did more harm to industrial supply chains than good.
Thankfully, the Industrial Computer Workstation has brought an end to computer overheating and the sight of cables dangerously strewn across the workplace. With operatives constantly on the move in large warehouses or industrial workspaces, the likelihood of computer cables becoming a trip hazard is high.
Industrial Computer Workstations house computers and peripherals in such a way that cables are kept out of harm’s way. Meanwhile, computer monitors, printers, keyboards and other accessories are protected from rigorous industrial environments. Not only does an safeguard hardware, it protects staff from serious injury.
Unlike the installation of industrial panel PCs, which can cause major upheaval and disruption to supply chains, computer workstations for use in industrial settings do not require drastic changes to software, processes and infrastructure. In fact, you can customise Industrial Computer Workstations to suit any industrial supply chain.
Industrial Computer Workstations bring computers to the heart of industrial supply chains. In the past, operatives would have to traipse to another part of a facility just to use a computer or printer.
An Industrial Computer Workstation provides almost everything a worker needs to complete or process a project, within their workspace. Ultimately, what used to be a vast warehouse space or manufacturing floor for your personnel, transforms into a highly-efficient, well-organized workspace that will boost their output and performance.
What’s more, you can customise an Industrial Computer Workstation to be mobile, enabling operatives to take their workstation with them. Each operative can accomplish more in their working day thanks to the convenience of being able to transport their workstation. This represents a massive boost to supply chain productivity.
Equally, by protecting computers, and scanners simultaneously, Industrial Computer Workstations significantly reduce the chances of equipment damage. This prevents incidents of downtime, which can have a knock on effect on other areas of your supply chain.
With the risk of damage to supply chain computers greatly reduced, Industrial Computer Workstations deliver an almost instant return on investment by cutting the cost of IT equipment repair or replacement, while reducing the risk of supply chain disruption.
Equally, enabling the use of computers and peripherals at the heart of arduous supply chains saves on man hours, further reducing the time it takes to get a project from start to finish.
With mobile, static and modular systems on the market, Industrial Computer Workstations are highly versatile and occupy a minimal amount of space. Replacing and upgrading equipment is much simpler, compared with industrial panel PCs, while equipment protection is carried out simultaneously.
Ultimately, will streamline and safeguard your supply chain, resulting in productivity improvements, a reduction in costs, minimal incidents of downtime and fewer workplace accidents involving IT equipment. In the end, your supply chain is much more harmonious.
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Let’s face it, developing an international marketing plan is tedious. Endless meetings, brainstorming and all that talk about ‘strategy.’ That’s not to say it’s not necessary! But, much like redecorating a house, everyone hates the prep they want to get to the fun stuff. Here are some inspirational ideas for an international B2B lead generation to start you off.
Of course, having a plan is key to international B2B lead generation, we’re not devaluing the strategy. After all, it’s during the meetings and while brainstorming that the ideas flow. However, the truth is, you probably just want to get your teeth into executing your strategy and start bringing in leads!
Now, you might be tempted to resort to the methods you use for your domestic marketing strategy. However, put telemarketing or mass email shots out of your mind for a moment [we’re not saying don’t do them, but just hold your horses] and think about this.
How you present your content in foreign markets should have been part of your planning process. Why? Because enticing B2B content that solves customer problems can play a key role in attracting international leads, and not just any old leads, but high-quality prospects who are considering what you have to offer or intend to buy from you.
You need to take these ideas on board. Why? Because the bog-standard B2B blog or white paper just won’t cut it. Again, don’t misunderstand what we’re saying, blogs and white papers have their uses and can aid the international lead generation process, but they require a little more work in terms of translating them for foreign markets.
With that in mind, the following are inspirational ideas for a more effective international B2B lead generation.
SlideShare presentations are an effective way to present engaging content to international audiences. The content you’ve created can easily be re-purposed as a SlideShare presentation, and machine translated into various languages. Eye-catching visuals, combined with persuasive text in multiple languages, not only broadens your international reach but builds trust in foreign markets. Equally, it’s a low-cost, virtually instant route into export markets.
Infographics have become a trendy way to present content, not only in B2C circles but for B2B lead gen too. A combination of striking visuals and easily digestible content make infographics a powerful lead generation tool. Like SlideShare, any existing content can be re-purposed and machine translated into multiple languages.
A little more costly than previous ideas, unless you have a video whizz on staff and personnel who can speak multiple languages, but videos are an effective lead generation tool in export markets. In fact, 76 percent of B2Bs highlighted video marketing as their most effective form of content marketing in 2015.
Combined with other content, videos can drive your international B2B lead generation campaign, but it’s important to get the balance right. Videos offer a ‘shop window,’ while additional content adds substance.
Working with an online, can add to the power of your foreign websites, generating more leads and boosting your organic search engine ranking. That equals more exposure, and what’s more, these services exist to facilitate your growth in export markets.
They offer a quick, low-cost route into international sales by offering key features such as unlimited product and service uploads, plus machine translated content all at the click of a button. Essentially, a B2B lead gen service offers you another platform for presenting your content to the right audience.
Equally, using such a service helps you to quickly identify those territories where demand for what you’re offering is high, without the need to employ overseas agents or visit every single country you’re looking to target. In short, you save yourself and your business a massive expense.
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With computer-use on the rise in extreme environments, the shop floor needs PC protection that defends against elevated levels of heat, humidity, dust and debris. Products like the climate controlled industrial PC enclosure are more appealing to industrial buyers. Here’s why a computer enclosure is suitable for your shop floor…
Savvy industrial buyers opt for a sealed, based on the following criteria…
…Why? They get all the benefits of a conventional industrial PC at a fraction of the cost, plus greater flexibility.
As the first and last line of defence for critical computer systems, industrial PC enclosures safeguard the entire shop floor. Where heat and humidity threaten to damage computers, a sealed enclosure prevents downtime, data loss, backlogs, customer grievances, reputational damage and loss of market share.
However, keeping a PC cool in a sealed enclosure is not without its challenges.
Surely enclosing a adds to the risk of overheating, right? You would think so. After all, computers generate their own heat… so how does the hot air escape?
When an open cooling system is not possible – meaning that an cannot draw air from the external environment to aid cooling or vent air through an opening because it’s sealed, to protect against dust and water penetration – a closed loop cooling system that uses forced convection is needed.
There are several closed loop cooling systems available to maintain a safe operating temperature for your enclosed electronics, while isolating them from the external environment.
For cooling shop floor computers at or below the ambient external temperature, air conditioners are extremely effective, particularly in areas of high humidity. Air conditioners aid cooling via the use of refrigerants and forced air.
Regular filter maintenance is required when using air conditioners to ensure that an industrial PC enclosure continues to operate at peak performance. It’s recommended that a filter is changed or cleaned at least once a month. Where elevated levels of dust and dirt occur, switch or clean filters every 1 – 3 weeks.
Use a heat exchanger in an only when computer hardware can function at safe levels ABOVE the ambient temperature. Heat exchangers transfer hot air from inside an industrial computer cabinet to the external environment.
They are useful when there’s a low risk of humidity in the workplace and when heat levels generated by enclosed electronics are minimal. Heat exchangers are extremely efficient at dispersing hot air and have a very low power consumption.
Arguably a more cost-effective cooling apparatus than air conditioners and heat exchangers, filtered fans circulate fresh, clean air around an enclosure to prevent overheating. Fans are ONLY an ideal way to cool enclosures when heat levels are extremely low and where minimal levels of dust and debris occur.
It’s worth noting that filters will need changing regularly to ensure that an enclosure maintains optimum performance. Equally, don’t position hardware directly in front of fans as this reduces their effectiveness. Whatever cooling device is used, there must be sufficient space to allow air to flow between all parts and electrical components.
When installing PC towers, monitors and other peripherals within an , it’s important to ensure that any cables are not causing an obstruction to cooling devices and internal components. Don’t route electric wires and cables over components because it hinders heat dissipation.
Wires have an insulating effect. Consequently, it becomes increasingly difficult to prevent components from overheating. One of the most common mistakes made when positioning cabling in an enclosure is laying them over ventilation grates. Where narrow components are used, this is more of a problem because heat has no way to escape.
The use of climate control in environments, where computers are likely to be affected by heat, humidity, dust and dirt, is commonplace worldwide. While thermal management components are ‘low-maintenance’, they are not maintenance-free.
The long-lasting functionality of climate control components is dependent on having a regular maintenance cycle in place. Where fans and heat exchangers are used, filters will command the most maintenance. Clogged filters can lead to problems with functionality and can compromise components – check and change them regularly.
When changing filters, only use those recommended by your . Certain types of filters are not suitable for cooling an industrial computer enclosure.
To help you select the best industrial PC enclosure for the environment, compile a list of all the hardware that will be housed in the unit. Note down the safe operating temperature for each because this will give you a better gauge of the enclosure system needed for your shop floor.
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Computers used on the shop floor will get hot. Protecting your capital assets from overheating requires air flow management, temperature control, efficient energy consumption and a way to keep computer technology cool… constantly. Here’s why an industrial computer cabinet is right for the job.
If computer technology is at the heart of your shop floor, you might be wary of the risk to your business if it fails. An extended period of downtime can have a knock-on effect, potentially resulting in failure to deliver on deadlines, reputational damage and ultimately, loss of market share as customers turn to your competitors.
The primary threat to computers used in industrial environments is overheating. Why? Computers are working harder and faster than ever before to keep up with the demands of modern manufacturing. With that in mind, an industrial computer cabinet represents a low-cost, long-term way to keep shop floor computers cool.
If you don’t want to lose big contracts and customers to competitors by falling foul of dreaded downtime, here’s how to setup an to prevent overheating…
… 6 practical points to consider when using an industrial computer cabinet
Computers and any peripherals must be setup within an industrial computer cabinet in accordance with manufacturer guidelines. Enclosures can be wall-mounted, pedestal-mounted or freestanding, which is something else to consider when installing your equipment.
The arrangement of components within an industrial computer cabinet should allow air to flow from top to bottom. You can confirm this with your supplier when planning an enclosure purchase.
Leave ample space between electrical components and devices to ensure that air can flow freely.
For effective air intake, avoid obstructing enclosure components with computer monitors, PC towers, or cables. Your climate control computer enclosure should direct air towards any drive units, which is where heat output is at its highest.
Routing air to the drive units enables your industrial computer cabinet to cool them sufficiently enough to prevent overheating.
The recommended internal temperature of your industrial computer cabinet is +35oC. Any lower is likely to result in increased condensation. There are no technical benefits to having the internal temperature of an enclosure below the +35oC threshold.
Implement a regimented cleaning cycle. Using industrial computer cabinets in harsh environments means components such as filters and fans will need sprucing up from time to time. A shop floor facility with a high level of dust is likely to command more regular cleaning of your enclosures.
Computers have a lot to contend with when used in a manufacturing environment, which makes them vulnerable to breakdown. Heat is the tip of the iceberg. Dust, dirt, oil, grease, grime and water each represent a threat to computer functionality.
If you’re the industrial buyer for your business, you won’t want to get your enclosure selection wrong. You need an industrial computer cabinet that can not only handle the heat, but can stand up to the day-to-day brutality of the shop floor, whatever it may bring.
With that in mind, here are a few additional qualities you should look for from a computer enclosure:
Most industrial computer enclosure suppliers tend to ‘self-certify’, which is common practice. However, if you’re after that little bit extra in terms of quality, the trick is to identify those suppliers who have their products independently tested.
Any industrial computer cabinet worth its weight in gold will specify the level of protection it offers when used in manufacturing facilities. Across Europe, you should look out for enclosures that carry an . In the US, look out for the NEMA rating.
An industrial computer cabinet that enables you to switch out or upgrade technology as needed is a must for the modern manufacturing facility. Look for those systems that offer front and rear access, give you the option of using a keyboard or mouse or allow you to customize the unit to suit your shop floor.
The hallmark of a quality industrial computer cabinet is often in the detail. The majority of enclosures that can survive the hostility of the shop floor tend to be manufactured using powder coated or high-grade stainless steel. They will feature high-quality insulation and fans, plus heating and cooling systems to conserve critical computer equipment.
Well-respected brand names, who won’t entrust their projects to just anyone, will use quality industrial computer cabinets and endorse them. Evidence of securing high-profile projects, case studies and positive customer feedback are an indication of a top-spec supplier and quality enclosures.
The right industrial computer cabinet will last for decades, and there’s no reason why your technology can’t last just as long. From an operational perspective, you stand to reduce the risk of downtime on the shop floor, improve efficiency and slash costs, which is sure to please your boss.
Creating your own rugged industrial computer solution for the shop floor, using an enclosure, is a cheaper, less time intensive solution. However, this does not mean that it’s a lesser solution. In fact, a shop floor ready computer cabinet can do the same job as a solid-state , but with greater flexibility.
The single-biggest issue with purpose-built industrial computers is that you’re dependent on the manufacturer for maintenance and upgrades. If something goes wrong or software needs updating, it’s not a straightforward fix, which means you’re in the hands of an engineer and there’s no guarantee of ‘same day service’.
Without the immediate administering of upgrades or repairs, what you’ve got is an expensive industrial computer that’s sat idle. It’s a bit like buying a Ferrari, which develops a fault and sits in your driveway until you can afford to repair it.
Computers are an integral part of gathering to identify productivity improvements. While there is no substitute for backing up your data, we’re all guilty of forgetting to do it. Protecting industrial computer equipment at least prevents the loss of data in the event of irreparable damage to a data gathering computer system.
Equally, an industrial computer cabinet serves as a theft deterrent, preventing the loss of data via malicious means. Regularly unattended computers housed in an industrial enclosure improves security.
20 years ago, the idea of using a standard, office PC on the shop floor was inconceivable… not anymore. An industrial computer cabinet allows for the use of common, desktop PCs and monitors in the shop floor realm. Not only is this highly convenient, it’s highly cost-effective.
Manufacturing facilities can make use of existing computer equipment on today’s shop floor and upgrade to newer technologies without having to overhaul an entire built-in system.
Delivered ready to use, the appeal of an industrial computer cabinet is that there’s no extensive set up procedure, they last for years and they’re a low-cost way to computerize the manufacturing floor. This is why they’re widely used by facilities in need of a fast, hassle free solution for computer use on the shop floor.
See for yourself the benefits of the mighty industrial computer cabinet. Help yourself to this downloadable guide, now…
Thanks to advances in the digital world, coupled with an ever-expanding global marketplace, marketing products, and services internationally is no longer exclusive to big businesses. Companies of every size are far more accessible than ever, meaning that this is the perfect time for your business to enjoy export marketing success.
Exporting will enhance the survival chances of your business by 11.4%. You can enjoy this kind of export marketing success, and cement the future of your business, with these 10 key export marketing building blocks:
1. Develop a strategy – The first step on the road to export marketing success is to develop a strategy and be clear about the reasons why you’re exporting. Which of these applies to you?
Identifying your reason(s) for exporting will ultimately help you to put the infrastructure in place to execute your strategy and commit to it.
2. Consider the impact of exporting on your business – Don’t fall into the trap of seeing $$$ signs from increased sales. Before the orders come pouring in, you need to ask if you have the resources, and the commitment, to support your efforts.
You need to identify any new skills needed by your personnel to handle new business and establish to what extent your business can operate in the local currency and language. Equally, you need to be honest about your capability to manage and motivate an overseas sales team.
3. What risks do you need to address? – Language, currency and cultural business practices can all prove to be sales blockers. Equally, distance payments can be lengthy and problematic.
Be aware that delivery cycles could be longer than you’re used to, while the sales chain might also be longer, with banks, carriers, insurers and regulators likely to be involved.
4. How do you want to pursue opportunities?
With each of these options, time and cost implications need to be taken into consideration.
5. Which territories are worth targeting? – Identify your target market and establish which products or services are most likely to perform best on the international stage. Be sure to choose markets that give you scope to grow.
Simply trying to sell into a country that has a very different outlook on business, compared to your domestic market, is not an ideal way to start out in exporting.
6. Determine your objectives and your budget – Be clear on your sales targets and what you’re hoping to achieve in terms of turnover and profitability.
Outline an export budget, which includes how your initial expenses should be allocated and an estimated projection of when you expect to see a return.
7. Come up with a plan on how to manage your exports – Will you appoint someone to head up your export efforts? How much time will you allocate for senior staff to push exporting?
8. Get help – Translators and mother-tongue speakers will prove to be a valuable asset for your exporting efforts. Equally, you can use platforms such as as a route into export.
9. Research your potential markets – Be thorough in your research and keep abreast of international trade figures and identify where demand is highest for your products or services.
Market research also represents an opportunity to assess any competitors. In fact, if there are competitors in the marketplace, it’s a good indication that there’s a market for your type of product or service. Analyze competitor websites and marketing material, using them as resources and lessons in how to market your business.
10. Choose the channel for selling into the market
Can you sell directly from your website, using direct mail or via trade shows? You may look to recruit an agent, which could be an inexpensive option. However, you would have to be careful with the type of agreement you establish.
Alternatively, you can rely on an online marketing platform, which for a fee, you can use and manage yourself, or have the provider manage your account on your behalf. You could also look into selling to a distributor who buys goods from you to sell on to their customers.
The advantages of exporting for your business extend beyond generating new leads and increasing revenue. Exporting exposes your business to a level of growth that’s not necessarily as achievable through selling in one market.
The added value of exporting is that it will increase your credibility and raise the profile of your business. Plus, selling into overseas markets will increase the commercial lifespan of your existing products and services.
Exporting will also open your eyes to new ideas, allowing you to enhance your products or services or develop totally new concepts to suit specific markets. These benefits and more are available to your business. International trade is not as complicated as it appears.
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‘Manufacturing’, a dirty word for most parents. However, as hard as it may be to believe, Mom and Dad have more influence than they know when it comes to children making a career choice. With that in mind, here’s how industrial computing can change the parent perception of manufacturing on the manufacturing floor…
… But first, we appeal to parents. Manufacturing has changed, the days of filthy factory floors and risky, repetitive jobs are over. Manufacturing needs your help to get young people excited about a career in this illustrious industry. You can start by encouraging your child(ren) to consider studying STEM subjects at school, college or university.
There’s no denying that has an image problem, but industrial computing is cleaning up that image. Manufacturers… heed the call, if you want parent perception of manufacturing to change, you need to be prepared to invest in industrial computing.
Parents perceive manufacturing to be tedious, monotonous and soul-destroying. Add to that the belief that it requires very little skill and is unrewarding, you can understand why Mum and Dad dissuade their children from a manufacturing career. How on earth can industrial computing challenge these views?
Industrial computing will enhance the skill set of your current and future workforce.
There’s demand on the manufacturing floor for skilled industrial computer operatives. Look at this list of manufacturing processes…
… Notice a common theme?
It’s rare that you will find a manufacturing operation without a computer controlling some aspect of the production process. As a result, a new generation of computer-savvy young people will need to take the baton and continue to make manufacturing great.
Today’s manufacturing floor equips workers with skills the likes of which didn’t exist 20 years ago, and industrial computing has played a big part in that transition. make manufacturing cool and rewarding.
Manufacturing floors are cleaner than ever before.
The major gripe most parents have with the manufacturing floor is what it represents – a dirty, dingy and sometimes, deadly environment. Industrial computing can’t take all the credit for enhancing the image of manufacturing, but it has played its part.
The presence of computers represents a new age of manufacturing, where production floors have become a showcase for the latest technologies. In order to accommodate industrial computing, manufacturing has had to clean up its act to prevent computer damage.
As a result, many manufacturing facilities are just as clean, if not cleaner, than most medical waiting rooms and offices.
More Young People are engaging with manufacturing as a result of technological advances.
Industrial computing has played a role in developing well-paying careers in manufacturing, to the extent that parents and their children are sitting up and taking notice. The modern manufacturing floor is exciting, stimulating and engaging, which has a lot to do with industrial computing, robotics and appearing on the shop floor.
Manufacturing today stands for innovation and technology. As a result, the industry is growing quicker than other sectors. With an abundance of apprenticeships and training opportunities created as a result of technological advances, which target young people, parents are recognizing the value of a manufacturing career.
Undoubtedly, industrial computing has advanced the world of manufacturing, helping to clean up its image and highlight how far it has come. Changing the parent perception of manufacturing starts with you becoming a pioneer.
To set up your industrial computing network, this guide gives you tips to get started. Download it now…
Computer downtime is the ‘Darth Vader’ of the shop floor, and as the film would say, ‘the saga continues.’ The quest for improving manufacturing floor productivity constantly hits the buffers because of failing IT equipment. If you want the ‘force to be with you’, here are 5 ways to re-purpose office PCs for industrial use…
Computer downtime is a plague on the manufacturing floor, responsible for costing firms hours of lost production time, man hours, customers and revenue. Relying on integrated, industrial PCs is proving to be a problem. Why? When they go wrong, there’s nothing manufacturing floor operatives can do about it.
Advanced industrial computers contain complex components, which means that those manufacturing them are the only ones who can carry out any repairs or software upgrades. They will make you pay for the privilege too (once any guarantees and warranties have expired).
The truth is, standard office PCs can give you all the perks that a purpose-built industrial computer can. Chances are, you already have a PC network which can be re-purposed, giving you a far more cost-effective and convenient way for , without the upheaval of having to install an entirely new system.
#1 – Data Collection – In an age where data is crucial to the manufacturing process, a reliable computer system is needed to gather vital information that’s pivotal to your operation. A standard office computer featuring the right software package can do just as good a job at collecting data as the most advanced industrial computer system.
#2 – Inventory Management – You don’t need the most advanced industrial computer to install the latest inventory management software. You can upload what you need to a standard PC for use on the shop floor, enabling you to monitor all aspects of your inventory and improve manufacturing floor productivity.
#3 – Shipping Records – You can keep track of your distribution using office PCs on the shop floor – all you need is the right software.
#4 – Staff Working Hours – A less popular use of PCs on the shop floor, but a necessity for your business as a whole. Connect computers to a clocking-in system for an effective way to log records showing the working hours of your staff. Being able to track man hours identifies gaps that you can plug for improving manufacturing floor productivity.
#5 – The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – Office computers can connect to the internet, you don’t need the latest industrial PC to get your manufacturing floor hooked up to the web. Being able to do so will revolutionise your shop floor, making it smarter and more efficient, leading to a vast improvement in productivity.
Obviously, you can’t just take an office PC and place it in an environment as hostile as the manufacturing floor – that would be crazy. It wouldn’t last five minutes, either dust chokes it, liquids drench it or it ends up overheating, leaving you back at square one – facing downtime.
That’s where the mighty comes in. It transforms your office PC into a shop floor ready computer that can withstand brutal manufacturing environments. Here’s what makes an enclosure so great…
… You stay in control. Where a purpose-built industrial PC requires a specialist engineer to repair or replace it, an enclosure allows you to replace or upgrade equipment on your terms. Rather than having to wait days, weeks or months to get vital IT systems up and running again, you can be back on track in hours.
The value of being able to do this is that you keep downtime to a minimum, reducing the impact of lost production, wasted man hours, customer complaints and loss of revenue. Enclosures are far more cost-effective too, cutting maintenance fees and improving your manufacturing firm’s bottom line.
It’s easy to get sucked into buying an over-engineered system equipped with the latest technology, when actually, you’re probably only using it for 10 percent of tasks. The truth is, your average desktop computer can help to improve manufacturing productivity just the same as a £10,000 industrial PC network.
Apparently, US manufacturing needs a ‘messiah’. Industry 4.0 and services are being touted as potential ‘saviors’, but hold your horses, why is there this perception that manufacturing in the USA needs rescuing? It’s time to get to the crux of this…
It’s a sad statement to have to make, but US manufacturers are often their own worst enemy, with many industry insiders ‘attacking’ rather than championing this valuable sector.
Consequently, sensationalist claims are spreading across social media like wildfire, bloggers are blasting the industry, and all these voices are ‘shouting’ the same thing – “US manufacturing is in need of a savior.” Some manufacturers have felt inclined to agree, boldly stepping forward to pitch their products and services as potential ‘saviors’.
All the while, the world is watching on, witnessing US manufacturing tear itself apart and for what? A ‘belief’ that this powerful industry needs saving from global competitors. Those condemning US manufacturing are right, it does need saving…
…But, they’re wrong in thinking that it needs saving from ‘outside’ influences. In fact, it needs saving from itself – namely those slamming the very industry that helped to shape the America we see today. We need to stop buying into the scaremongering headlines and hearsay that depict US manufacturing as powerless and ‘on its knees’.
Is this not the nation long seen as the leader in manufacturing innovation? Is this not the country that exports USA made goods to global consumers? Is this not the nation where many of the world’s leading manufacturers call home? Is this not the land that commissions its manufacturers to go out to all the world and spread US pioneered ideas?
We say, yes. has survived for hundreds of years and today, we would argue that it’s stronger than ever. In fact, we’d go as far as saying that manufacturing is saving us, as opposed to the industry needing a savior.
Is the sector perfect? No. But manufacturing is far from needing a ‘messiah’ and it’s foolish to think that it does. It’s our duty, as manufacturers, to uphold the industry – in good times and bad.
Criticizing the state of manufacturing in the US only serves to empower other global superpowers. They’re watching on, hoping to capitalize on the uncertainty created by the US manufacturing sector itself.
Every time we put out – in the public domain – that US manufacturing is in crisis, it gives other countries the opportunity to poach staff worried about their futures. It tempts American-based companies to offshore their manufacturing processes, fearing that the industry is on the brink of collapse.
It’s time to cut out the manufacturing trash talk and go back to the root of what makes the industry great and how valuable it is, not just to the US, but to the global economy. ‘USA made’ carries weight and that’s what we need to be echoing in the public domain.
Let’s make strides to in the US and not be the authors of the industry’s demise.
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