In aviation manufacturing, the little things can easily become the big things. Yes, you’re producing a massive plane that may take months, or even a year or more, to complete. In an isolated case, a few wasted minutes may not make much impact.
Remember when the very idea of selling your product in Asia or Europe seemed like a pipe dream? It actually wasn’t that long ago for many businesses. Even as recently as 10 or 20 years ago, global distribution was a fantasy for all but the biggest and best-funded businesses.
Summer is nearing its end, which means vacation season is coming to a close. Did you travel anywhere this summer? Perhaps to the beach or a favorite lake or state park? Did you travel by car? If so, how did you navigate your way from point A to point B?
You have parts coming from China and your own domestic vendors and production. You source materials from Africa and Central America. And you have a critical project component that is manufactured in Europe. To complete your industrial project, you need all of these parts, materials, and components to arrive on time and in good condition at your job sites around the world.
You have parts, products, and materials that need to get out the door in a hurry. Perhaps you’re an industrial company shipping to your customer. Or maybe you’re managing a large-scale industrial project that has tight deadlines. You need to ship your products and materials and you need to do it quickly.
Think about the last time you moved into a new house or apartment. Does it ever go as planned? Packing and loading the truck may take longer than expected. The movers may tell you that the cost is higher than estimated. Your stuff may not arrive on schedule. Or it could even arrive damaged.
It’s every industrial company’s worst nightmare. A package containing hazardous materials isn’t packaged securely, or it’s labeled incorrectly and is mishandled. The package is breached and the hazardous material leaks into a warehouse or distribution facility. In the best case scenario, the company faces a fine and inspections. In the worst case, a worker is injured or even killed.
Believe it or not, it’s been more than 20 years since GPS technology became available for use in cars and commercial vehicles. The 1995 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight came with an optional feature called Guidestar. It cost nearly $2,000 and promised step-by-step, voice-guided navigation.
Transparency is a word that gets used a lot in the industrial world. Everyone wants greater transparency — transparency into their manufacturing process, transparency into their supply chain, transparency into every facet of the business.
At first glance, warehousing seems pretty simple, right? You produce your product. You store it in your warehouse. And then you ship it to your customer. There’s not much complexity to the warehousing operation.