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Tim Gray

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Impact of Additive Manufacturing

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At Lora Cecere’s Supply Chain Global Submit 2017, the session on Additive Manufacturing had particularly grasped my attention. I don’t think anybody questions the fact that 3D printing has done and continues to do amazing things. The questions being asked now are about how we can continue to push the possibilities forward. Additive Manufacturing and Material Science are maturing very rapidly, and will transform the manufacturing industry. “Additive manufacturing is a rapidly-expanding field and a national strategic priority in many countries in Europe and North America. “As an emerging manufacturing process, it is a disruptive technology that will both complement…

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Blockchain: The Great Paradigm Shift

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During the 2017 Supply Chain Insights “Imagine Supply Chain 2030 Global Summit” I found myself surprised and confused by a topic I felt I had a strong handle on. Having sponsored my own companies R&D efforts in BlockChain I thought I had a deep and clear understanding of how this technology would mature and become demanded by our client’s clients. I nearly fell over when Brian Tessier (Schneider Electric) began explaining their pilot to use BlockChains to manage the process of onboarding new business partners. I began mental flailing … “Why would you do that” … “Surely that’s the wrong tool…

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Interoperability: Achilles Heel or the Special Sauce

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Everyone from supply chain to healthcare is talking about Interoperability, or the ability of information systems to work together within and across organizational boundaries, by enabling different information technology systems, and software applications to communicate, exchange data, and use the information that has been exchanged. “The dream is to have interoperability between networks. Why is it needed? Business leaders now manage a value chain, not a simple supply chain within their four walls. They need interoperability between networks and technology applications. They know that a traditional focus on standards and integration does not work. The elephant in the room is…

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Impact of New Generation Robots

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I was stunned when I first met the collaborative Robot Sawyer at the Imagine 2030 Supply Chain Insights Summit in September this year.  All I could think was how many jobs will these guys take.  The list of features is awesome but for me the three pivotal features were: Sawyer doesn’t need to be programmed to do a task, you show it. Sawyer can safely operate alongside human workers, without light curtains or guard rails I was expecting Sawyer to cost $300K.  I was shocked to find that he starts at $29K Together with Sawyer’s big brother Baxter, these bad…

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Incubate Your Own Talents, a Critical Part for Successful SCM

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In September 2016 I was lucky enough to attend Lora Cecere’s (founder of Supply Chain Insights) Imagine the Supply Chain of 2030 Global Summit. I found the conference extremely insightful and wanted to share with you some of my key takeaways from the event. This is the first article in a four part series to be published in the coming weeks, “Incubate your own talents”. Talent shortage in the supply chain industry is a known issue, especially with the demand for middle management positions. The rapid expansion and increasing complexity of the industry, the qualifications needed for supply chain professionals…

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