Devin Partida is a manufacturing and supply chain writer. Her work has been featured on Manufacturing Tomorrow, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! and other publications. To read more from Devin, please visit ReHack.com.

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How Industry & Science Collaborated for Operation Warp Speed

An unprecedented level of collaboration was at the core of Operation Warp Speed’s success in developing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines. The pandemic brought the academic and industrial scientific communities together as nothing has before. Challenges between the two worlds that once seemed virtually insurmountable were overlooked in favor of the greater good. This incredible collaborative…

6 Ways Digitization Is Impacting the Manufacturing Industry

The manufacturing industry is a prime beneficiary of digital technologies. Digitization, also called Industry 4.0, has enormous implications for manufacturers and professionals who buy, sell, design, fabricate, or use electronic components and equipment. Weather, climate and geopolitical events tend to surface weaknesses in the manufacturing pipeline, including electronics fabrication. Chip shortages in 2020 and 2021…

Five 2022 Trends for Predictive Maintenance in Manufacturing

The use of predictive maintenance in manufacturing is not new, but it’s evolving. Staying abreast of the trends is an excellent way to maximize returns on investment. Here are five things that’ll likely shape predictive maintenance in the coming year. Improved efforts to pinpoint problems Some of the earliest predictive maintenance solutions primarily alerted people…

The Medical Supply Chain of the Future: Consistencies and Changes

Supply chain disruptions have widespread ripple effects in many industries, but in healthcare they can be critical. Shortages, delays, and other unforeseen events in medical supply chains can result in patients not having the medication they need or insufficiently equipped hospitals. Such disruptions are a problem in any sector, but in medicine, it can be…

The Future of Remote Patient Monitoring Technologies

Advancements in remote patient monitoring (RPM) mean physicians can get a clear picture of health outside of face-to-face appointments. That’s a crucial advantage, especially for people who live in rural areas or cannot easily travel to doctors’ offices. Telehealth in general has become common during the Covid-19 pandemic. Remote monitoring could further change the future…

Why the Pandemic Has Been Good for Robotics

Due to economic and environmental pressures industrial operations are moving toward a more automated future. This has been happening for quite some time as automation, powered by robotics in manufacturing, provides a host of benefits such as operational cost savings, higher efficiency and faster time to market. The global market for both industrial and non-industrial…

Preparing the Supply Chain for Severe Weather Events

Supply chain and logistics professionals must increasingly prepare for the impact of severe weather events on operations as many scientists agree that climate change will only worsen dangerous weather. Semiconductor companies are still recovering from snowstorms in Texas, and Germany is reeling from devastating floods. Here are five practical ways to minimize the impact of…

Navigating 6 Supply Chain ERP Challenges

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools help supply chain professionals overcome numerous obstacles. However, deciding to use an ERP for improvements brings challenges, too. 1. Choosing an ERP to match your order volume Maybe you’ve noticed an increase in recent orders. Getting more business seems like a good thing, and it’s generally a positive occurrence. However,…