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What is “Industry 4.0”?


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“Industry 4.0” is a term now in common use generally to describe the “fourth industrial revolution”, a term that it is used interchangeably with. But what does it mean, on a high level and specifically for what impact it might have on your business?

To get us all on the same page, let’s first go back to “Industry 1.0” and be clear about the other distinct eras of industrial revolution:

Topics: Technology Manufacturing Trends

Wasted Steps at the North Pole

Last week the Washington Post did some excellent work calculating a number of key statistics around the logistics of Santa’s big night of Christmas Eve (See “The Breathtaking Scale of Santa Claus’ Task on Christmas Eve - by Philip Bump”).

Topics: Productivity Metrics Warehouse

Warehouse Labor Best Practices

In October, Newcastle Systems’ own Kevin Ledversis was on a team of presenters in a webinar that dug into the challenges managers are facing with labor issues – sourcing, hiring, training and retaining in addition to things like performance and pay.  We’ve covered labor and staffing as a regular topic here over the years, and think the data that was assembled for this webinar is worth sharing widely.

Topics: Warehouse Staffing Cost Reduction Research

Bad Battery Design And Breaking All Our Rules

It’s not in our culture here to talk about ourselves too much, nor our products. We especially don’t like talking about OTHER products because we like to think ours can speak for themselves. That’s why nearly everything we publish here in our blog and white papers are about the things we know that help our readers the most – things like process, automation, warehouse management, lean practices, and more. And we always enjoy the feedback we get year-to-year that tells us you want more content like that, especially in regards to process and measurement.

Topics: Nucleus Nucleus MINI Battery

They Won a Nobel Prize for Choosing Lithium, And Now You Benefit Too.

Yesterday morning we woke up to see a familiar name in the news as John B. Goodenough was announced by the Nobel Prize Committee, along with two others, as the recipients for this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry. We’ve written about John in earlier posts (See “A Week For Gratitude”) and can say we’re thrilled to see the recognition he, M. Stanley Whittington and Yoshino Akira received for the work they did over two decades in three countries that led to what one committee member referred to as “a highly charged story with tremendous potential”!

Topics: News Trends Lithium Iron Phosphate Lithium Power

Is The 2019 Android Migration The Tipping Point For Mobility?

If you’re at all plugged into the pulse of the industry, you probably recognize your facility as one of the following:

  • Ultra-modern and already migrated to Android, with devices and plans for more of them.
  • In transition or planning to transition from Windows to Android, and hoping to use your existing devices a bit longer
  • Convinced that Android is only a phase, and adamant that your current green-screen devices are all you’ll ever need.
Topics: Mobility Warehouse Research

How Green is Your Warehouse?

Twenty years ago, making a DC/warehouse “green” was almost universally a very low priority if it made the list of near or long-term goals at all. As the digital age was just starting to ramp itself up with the advent of e-commerce, managers were more focused on the building blocks needed to transform their facilities to raise the volume, speed and variety of services they perform. But while the last twenty years have been almost exclusively a race for adapting the business into a speedier, direct-to-customer version of it’s pre-internet self, prioritizing factors like energy use, reduced packaging, etc. is becoming a desirable skill-set and focus of KPIs.

Topics: Productivity Warehouse Efficiency

Things to consider when you shop for a Portable Power System

A portable power pack equipped cart with a wireless computer is really a mobile workstation. Capitalizing on the benefits of auto-ID technologies, it integrates the facility's software with devices on the cart to establish a mobile on-demand label printing station, a mobile shipping/receiving station, etc.

Topics: Portable Power Planning

How to save time and labor in a Warehouse

Mobile Powered Solutions reduce footsteps and errors in typical warehouse and factory floor applications that use PC’s, laptops, printers, scales, etc.

Topics: Mobile Powered Workstation Carts Warehouse Process Improvement

Prevent Theft in your Warehouse - (Inspired by Amazon News)

Theft from the supply chain is an old problem that even the newest facilities can’t entirely eliminate. A recent arrest in the Seattle area showed just how big a dent a small group of industrious thieves can make in even the biggest player in the industry.

Topics: Warehouse Management Supply Chain Security