Manufacturing has long formed the backbone of the U.S.’s economic engine, but the industry has undergone enormous change in the last 20 years. Manufacturing is increasingly globalized and decentralized. Parts used in assembly are themselves made all over the country and the world. The machines and robots that are used in manufacturing are made elsewhere and their replacement parts may not be located in the same place as the functioning machine. Factories and plants are often not located near corporate headquarters or there are multiple facilities spread over large geographic differences. People, pieces, parts, products — all are in constant motion between facilities that make, manufacture, pick, pack, and ship. This complexity requires innovative solutions and resources to keep the manufacturing lines rolling. When those lines shut down for a broken machine, a missing part, a late inspection, or a breakdown of communication, millions of dollars in losses can result in a very short period of time.

KeepManufacturingLinesRolling

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