SVP and CIO at Oshkosh Corporation. Connecting machines and employees with technology and data to enhance safety, quality, and efficiency.
What Is Digital Manufacturing?
Digital manufacturing, also referred to as Industry 4.0, is an integrated approach to manufacturing, bringing together physical machines, data and human beings to transform the manufacturing process. As a key component of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, digital manufacturing uses sensors, connectivity and advancements in analytics and machine learning, propelling industries forward in a digital age.
This type of manufacturing offers an enticing opportunity for companies. By harnessing digital technology and applying it to existing manufacturing processes, companies can advance productivity in competitive markets while reducing costs. Through the capabilities of digital manufacturing, the potential to improve safety, be proactive in quality and increase operational efficiency has reached new heights.
A workplace equipped with digital manufacturing solutions to improve safety conditions ultimately boosts productivity. Prioritizing the safety of employees and utilizing technology to enhance their experience is a cost-effective solution with endless benefits.
• Smartphone utilization: A smartphone can become a safety tool in the workplace. For instance, companies may consider developing mobile applications to collect safety incident reports quickly and accurately, including near-miss data. Software solutions collect data and help simplify the process, leading to more reporting. Additionally, this data can help highlight areas of opportunity to improve safety in the future.
• Wearable devices: Wearable technology can also aid in workers’ safety on the manufacturing floor. For example, the Kinetic Reflex is a wearable device used to analyze posture and alert the user when they are performing high-risk movements. This safety component reduces lost workdays from injury. Other tools, such as smart wristbands and helmet clips, take similar steps to prevent injuries while keeping workers engaged in their safety.
Drivers are More Likely to Wear a Mask Than Drive Without Using a Cell Phone, According to Survey From National Safety Council and TRUCE Software
ITASCA, Ill., Oct. 6, 2020
During the 10th anniversary of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NSC and TRUCE find far too many risky behaviors – and an unwillingness to let them go
ITASCA, Ill., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — According to a survey released today by the National Safety Council and TRUCE Software, drivers remain persistently unable to disconnect behind the wheel, even 10 years after Distracted Driving Awareness Month brought increased attention to a persistent roadway killer, and nearly all states have some form of legislation prohibiting certain types of distractions.
In the survey of 2,001 registered drivers ages 25 and older across the country, 76% of respondents said they are rightly “very willing” to wear a mask in public – but just 62% are “very willing” to obey a state law preventing cell phone use. The finding speaks to a long-standing behavior change dilemma: Many people will correctly take steps to mitigate immediate risks to their safety – especially if they believe the measure will be temporary, such as wearing a mask – but widespread behavior change that can drive down chronic safety incidents, such as motor vehicle crashes, often takes much longer.
Since October is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NSC and the observation’s lead sponsor TRUCE – a company dedicated to decreasing workplace distraction and improving worker safety – are urging employers to enact distracted driving policies at their workplaces to compensate for many drivers’ unwillingness to adhere to state laws. Further,
BROCKTON – When all things are equal – or at least close to it – council decided priority should be given to downtown businesses over those in nearby communities.
The matter in question was the purchase of 21 computers. Staff had recommended purchasing them from the municipality’s current IT provider, MicroAge in Hanover, because MicroAge’s quote was the lowest, at $894 each.
Two other suppliers were asked to quote on the computers – Joy Source for Sports and HDTV (which does not sell computers and was thus unable to quote). The quote from Joy Source for Sports was $909.60 each. Council chose to go with that quote because it was from a Brockton business.
Coun. Kym Hutcheon said the price difference between the two quotes was small, and that the municipality should go with the Brockton business.
Coun. Tim Elphick agreed, saying when the price difference is so small, “why go outside for savings of about $325? We have a vendor in Brockton.”
Coun. Steve Adams cautioned that both businesses were asked to quote on the purchase, and one was lower. “If you’re not going to give business to a company, don’t ask for a bid.” He suggested if he were in that situation, he might not be inclined to bid again.
Coun. Dean Leifso backed Adams, saying it was a question of how to define “local.” He took a regional view, saying people live and work all over the area. He also said a “dangerous precedent” would be set by not going with the lowest quote. For him, the “tipping point” is that MicroAge will be servicing the computers.
It was noted the quotes were informal ones, not formal tenders.
When the matter was put to a recorded vote, only Adams and Leifso voted against purchasing from Joy Source