Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mattress Manufacturing post-2009

Each year, IndustryWeek Magazine asks U.S. manufacturers, "What is the greatest challenge you face?" 2009 was a scary time for many global manufacturers and the survey responses from that year reflect many stark concerns. Here is a small handful of those responses:

"...The economy!
remaining competitive with foreign suppliers
increased pricing for materials
material cost fluctuation, energy cost
skilled labor with proper attitude
The global credit crunch
lack of orders
Recession
outsourcing
Finding & hiring qualified employees
large fluctuations in customer demand..."
(Read all 1300 Industry Week survey responses here: http://www.industryweek.com/articles/industryweeks_2009_salary_survey_comments_on_manufacturings_biggest_challenge_the_economy_18475.aspx)

Do you recall experiencing any of these challenges in 2009?
Many manufacturers learned alot during those lean times and survived by getting smart about their manufacturing processes. Those lessons have taught us all a great deal about the importance of productivity, operational efficiencies and the premium value of labor demands.

GSG Greenlight XT control panel for OEE
Faced with surviving a difficult manufacturing environment in 2009, many lean initiatives were accelerated and labor productivity measures were given sharper focus. It gave rise to the concepts of Industrie 4.0, the next industrial revolution. Cyber-physical systems of Industrie 4.0 are yielding greater efficiencies through greater connectivity of humans and machines through networked computer systems.

Learn more about Industrie 4.0 before the next recession threatens
If you survived the manufacturing challenges of 2009 you are ready for Industrie 4.0 and GSG is ready to share our mattress manufacturing systems with you at Interzum 2017 (Hall 9, Stand C-020).



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