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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing, Transform Your Business

For many years the world has seen organizations founded to drive progress in environmental sustainability. The list is long, and increasing with new schemes and governance organizations being announced almost daily there are even organizations for ‘eco friendly concrete’ and ‘the sustainable phosphorous alliance!’ What was once a fad that many companies paid lip service…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Business Agility, Energy and Utilities, Transform Your Business

The cost-cutting and downsizing of the last few years in the mining industry is at an end. Now, with global demand for many commodities growing, mining companies and their ecosystem of suppliers are looking at how they can take advantage of this recovery – fast. Analysts are forecasting more investments than this industry has seen…

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by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, IFS Labs, Transform Your Business

At IFS Labs, we do a lot of things. We take our inspiration from consumer technologies and innovative solutions from a range of industries and apply these to IFS products. Some good examples of our work are around technologies like Augmented Reality or Chat Bots. However, we also do research that’s a bit further away…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Mobility, Service Management, Strategy, Transform Your Business

If you believe industry watchers and analysts, the Field Service Management (FSM) market could as much as double over the next five years, to around $5 billion.  That growth is being driven by businesses putting strategic emphasis on selling long-term services and guaranteed ‘outcomes’, as well as hikes in consumer expectations around service quality and…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Automotive, Creativity & Innovation

The impact of electric vehicles on the future direction of the automotive industry is going to be huge. According to new statistics, 291,000 Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) were sold in Europe in Q3-2018, 35 percent higher than the same period in 2017. These include passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. And…

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by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, IFS Labs

Well, at least I don’t believe that. They will definitely change the how we work or, even better, how we work and learn. The aging workforce I wrote this blog on my 40th birthday…and in the older definitions the “aging workforce” was defined as working individuals aged 40 years or older. However, living and working…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Automotive, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing

Fifteen years ago, I was studying for a master’s degree in industrial automation at a technical university. We learned about open systems, industrial internet, old and new programming languages, collaborating robots, software-controlled machine clusters etc. Everything that you needed to build the smart factory. I thought all this was everyday life in the manufacturing industry…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Automotive

The world’s leading trade show for transport, logistics and mobility, The International Automotive Fair (IAA) for Commercial Vehicles, kicked off last week with a focus on innovation in the automotive industry. One of the central themes of this year’s show looks at what the future of commercial travel will be like—from connected vehicles to automated…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Service Management

We are seeing the growing demand to integrate connected devices for field service operations. In a recent study by IFS, 30 percent of product-oriented companies said they are already using IoT for field service to some extent – a few companies are even harnessing IoT data to automatically trigger work orders or technician dispatches. But…

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by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

Over the years there have been many paradigms that claim to optimize production and save the world—bottleneck, forward and backward, finite and infinite scheduling models, DDMRP, Kanban—and almost all failed in some way to deliver manufacturing nirvana. One such stratagem was the Theory of Constraints (TOC). But could a fresh approach to TOC, combined with…

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