Thursday, April 2, 2015

Manufacturing workforce concerns in the news again

Rising wage bills, paucity of talent and stagnating workforce productivity are seen as the biggest hurdles before the industry in the next five years, says a survey of industry leaders...

Does this bit of news sound familiar? Where do you think this manufacturing problem is being reported from?

You've probably read similar local news stories in your own newspaper recently. That's because manufacturing productivity concerns are not reserved for high-cost labor markets. These manufacturing woes are an issue in every market around the world.

The skilled workforce continues to shrink and, based on supply and demand economics understood by all business managers, this situation results in only two options for manual manufacturing practices: Either your costs are going to rise to retain good talent or your costs are going to rise by continually acquiring and training low-cost, unskilled labor that has a high turnover and lower productivity.

Here's a better option: reduce your manual labor requirements by utilizing more automation and equipment that yields greater throughput per hour. Besides the obvious labor cost reduction, this also leads to a more consistent workflow and better means to manage inventories and production. All of these things can improve your plant's efficiency and profitability.

See some of these highly-productive options from GSG at Interzum...

EST-501 Flanger/Serger with ergonomic belt table

MattressMaster Elite semi-automatic tape edge

Gribetz V16 quilt machine with WildStitch

If you're experiencing the manufacturing production concerns expressed in that news article or simply need to improve your production efficiencies for improved business performance, you'll want to see these and many more mattress machines being demonstrated in the GSG booth at Interzum.

By the way - it's India. That's where that opening news story comes from. Just a few short years ago it was touted as an 'emerging economy' and today it is already feeling the pressures of worker productivity costs. (read the full story here:

Nobody is exempt of this issue and nobody should overlook the solutions from Global Systems Group.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Outsourced manufacturing can be a risky business

"... when a brittle supply chain snaps, customers don’t get their products, companies lose revenue, brands are sullied, and the company suffers..." - Jefferey A. Burchill, of FM Global
excerpt from a recent article.( )

That's the view of the Chief Financial Officer writing this recent article. He's the CFO of a global industrial property insurer and risk is their business. He outlines in this article some key concerns including a multiplier effect that compounds your problems when one of your key suppliers causes disruption in your manufacturing process.

Some areas of your operations may require outsourced services, but you must protect your business by reigning in as much of the supply chain as you can possibly manage. Reduce your company's exposure to business disaster by manufacturing as much as possible in-house.

In-house production may provide a better profit margin by cutting out the middle man, but perhaps more importantly; it gives you greater control of your inventories and production scheduling. As outlined in this article, a disruption in your production can ultimately cost you more than you think you're saving in outsourced goods!

Porter ZipCutter

The new Porter International ZipCutter machine is one of the most affordable and efficient solutions to in-house manufacturing of specialty mattress covers and other cut material products. Watch how it can "save" your business in the fun video below and have fun watching it live at Interzum along with many more innovative GSG systems!

Liberate Your Production-2015 from Global Systems Group on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mattress manufacturing IS a part of the "new economy"

"Technological developments, reengineered operations, and economic forces are changing the way products and services are conceived, designed, made, distributed, and supported..."  (excerpt from IndustryWeek article read it in full here:
That's the recent conclusion from the US National Academy of Engineering. They went on to explain in a recent statement that new data technology and digital advances formerly reserved for "new economy" tech industries are transforming traditional manufacturing sectors.

This is no new revelation for Global Systems Group (GSG), but it's nice to see this concept reinforced by this respected organization. Cloud computing, data collection and analytics, as well as wireless technologies are being used by GSG to meet  mattress manufacturers' needs for greater throughput and more flexible production methods.

In 2013, we shared this mattress factory robot at Interzum, and we'll be demonstrating this again in May. More importantly we be showcasing much more automation and wireless data products that can eliminate waste in time and labor, and improve your production efficiencies.

Take a look at our GSG Innovations page for some ideas...

Whether you think your mattress business is part of the "new economy" or "old economy," it's going to take innovative technology to make progress moving forward. Visit GSG at Interzum to see the latest innovations that can impact your business.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Innovation Revolution has begun.

Mattress manufacturing is currently experiencing a major shift in methods led by new technology and innovative systems.

Automation and hyper-efficient methods are squeezing waste out of the process and making crucial productivity gains. Global Systems Group will be demonstrating new automation, remote technologies and new systems that elevate your productivity to new heights.

New GSG technology is making this happen in factories around the world TODAY. Take a look at this video for a creative insight about this and start your innovation revolution at Interzum in May.

Innovation-Revolution-WildStitch from Gribetz International.

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