Lean Principles in Healthcare: Driving Patient-Centric Excellence

Healthcare systems are always looking for ways to improve patient care quality, save money, and streamline how they work. Lean principles have emerged as a powerful solution. Lean ideas started with Toyota to minimize waste and maximize value for car buyers. Applying these ideas to healthcare helps organizations optimize processes, reduce mistakes, and ultimately provide…

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Nvidia Expands Collaboration with Industrial Automation Tech Suppliers

Until recently, Nvidia was a technology supplier whose products were largely used in the automation sector primarily for advanced simulation graphics. And that makes sense because Nvidia is well-known for its graphics processing unit technology, better known by the acronym GPU. Because of this, Nvidia has long been a major player in the gaming industry.…

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3 Predictions for Industrial Robots

The use of robots in industry in 2024 will be marked by “a growing focus on the critical role of AI (artificial intelligence),” said Marc Segura, president of ABB Robotics Division. “From mobile robots and cobots, to enabling new robotic applications in new sectors and creating new opportunities for people to learn and develop, these…

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Siemens Set to Acquire Industrial Drive Business

Nearly a year ago, Siemens sold its low-voltage motor business to ABB, which included Siemens’ line of severe-duty and general-purpose motors. Despite this divestment, Siemens continues to focus on its motion control business. As evidence of this, Siemens has signed an agreement to acquire the industrial drive technology (IDT) business of ebm-papst, which includes battery-powered…

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Process Monitoring Tools, Benefits, and Types

Keeping a close watch on what’s happening within business processes, aka process monitoring, has become really important for making smart decisions. Process monitoring involves regularly tracking, analyzing, and reporting on how everything flows from step to step to make sure it’s working as planned. This helps comply with rules and achieve goals. Using advanced monitoring…

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Calculate and Apply OEE

The topic of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is a perennially hot topic in automation. We see it every month in the traffic search data that leads users to the automationworld.com site. Considering that OEE is a straightforward and decades-old formula, the number of searches being conducted about OEE indicate that workers in industry still have…

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Lean Thinking for Continuous Improvement – Toyota Production System

Modern organizations require modern technology but also a change on the operational side. They require methodologies that transform them from within and drive efficiency, growth, reduce waste, and establish a competitive edge. With lean thinking, the name of the game is always striving for perfection through constant improvement and respecting the people doing the work.…

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