The “Seven Basic Tools of Quality” is a name given to a fixed set of graphical techniques, first emphasized by Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa, a professor of Engineering at Tokyo University, Japan, popularly known as the father of “Quality Circles.” Ishikawa was inspired by the seven famous weapons of Benkei, a Japanese warrior monk who is commonly depicted as a man of great strength and loyalty in Japanese folklore.
Based on the applications for big data and analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT) is all set to create the next generation of manufacturing. IoT can reduce costs and improve productivity across an entire supply chain, optimize distribution, and bring about new types of after-sales service. A data-driven organization will not only streamline its manufacturing operations, but it can forecast or quickly resolve any issues affecting plant performance or customer satisfaction. To become a data driven manufacturing business, an organization must understand some underlying challenges.
Most manufacturing companies tend to ignore blogging, preferring instead to invest in other marketing tactics. What they may not realize is that a blog is the only platform that allows for the frequent creation of new content in order to attract readers without the intrusion of third-party algorithms or apps. A blog also drives every other form of online marketing, like social media campaigns and newsletters.
The manufacturing industry continues to play a critical role in the economic future of many countries. Not only does it drive innovation and technology, one in six private sector jobs are still in or are directly tied to manufacturing. Still, that future is not without its challenges in the form of advanced technologies, new policies, finding and retaining skilled employees, and rising costs.