Trends are interesting, especially at the beginning of a new year. If you Google health you’ll see headlines that tell you oat milk will be the new almond milk, prebiotics will be the new probiotics and fats will be the new protein. If you look up fashion for 2019, bamboo bags and statement sneakers are all the rage. Artificial intelligence is slated to grow while pure cable TV is expected to die a slow death.
In the 1989 film “Dead Poets Society,” an English teacher played by actor Robin Williams, inspires his students by teaching poetry. Williams character, John Keating also teaches them life lessons. In the first scene in the film Keating stands on his desk. In the final scene his students do. The acts symbolize seeing the world from another point of view. In our last blog we gave you a snap shot of the marketplace for 2019. This week we thought we’d give you a different perspective from ThomasNet. The 120-year-old company is a data, platform and technology organization that has become the leading resource for the industrial marketplace.
ThomasNet delved into some data to look at products and services with the highest procurement rates in 2018. Here’s what they found.
Since AIMS ranks customer service right next to superior product quality, I was interested to come across a new survey emphasizing the importance of both. The survey, conducted by iBASEt, targets lean champions, continuous improvement leaders, senior manufacturing execution system (MES) administrators and senior manufacturing engineers. The results are worth exploring.
We’ve all seen the commercials. You know. A driver enters a packed shopping space, sees a lone parking place and breaks out into a sweat trying to maneuver his or her vehicle into that tiny bit of real estate, all while other drivers wait impatiently behind them. A number of manufacturers are eliminating that headache with technology called active park assist or auto park. This self-help aid allows a vehicle to navigate its way into a parallel or perpendicular parking space while its driver just sits back and enjoys the ride. While driver assist technologies like this one hint at a future where cars could become their owners’ metallic chauffeurs, innovation is also spreading to the interiors of vehicles.