It shouldn’t be news that bad work designs can spell major problems for employers in terms of lost production time, workers’ compensation claims and injuries. All of these take deep cuts out of the bottom line. But poor design can hurt you where you least expect it such as in turnover rates, damage to your brand and bad rankings in best place to work surveys.
In Europe, they call it Internet 4.0. In the US, the buzzword is “Internet of Things.” Whatever you call it, smart manufacturing is the future of industry, and it will be in the spotlight at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 28–30; Las Vegas Convention Center).
JBT Corporation, an American food processing machinery company, has signed an agreement to purchase A&B Process Systems (A&B), a leading provider of processing systems for the beverage and food industries, for $102 million.