Category: Logistics

Video For Operations – High Resolution

A Revolution in Camera Resolution Most of us have seen the footage from convenience store security cameras … usually in the context of a police report or plea for citizen help. The videos are grainy, have poor color, and often lack the detail necessary to see the suspect clearly, let alone identify them in court. However, […]

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Video for Operations – The Cost Lines are Crossing!

In previous blog articles, I advocated using video monitoring technology in standard production operations. In writing these notes, I often wondered why this hasn’t happened already? The opportunity and benefits seem so obvious, and the costs seem so reasonable. I never found a definitive answer, but I suspect that it may be tied to decision-makers’ […]

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Manufacturing needs a Time Machine – Seriously!

Factories need time machines! It would be really cool if a quality manager could go back in time and watch how (ultimately) defective units were made … their actual journey through production. It might help the maintenance engineer to watch a (later broken) machine as it started to give signals in the minutes and hours before it […]

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Industry 4.0 – Where’s the Video?

A very hot concept in manufacturing is the prospect of “Industry 4.0”. Originating in Germany, it is envisaged as a factory where recently emerged technologies (automation, digital communication, Internet of Things, cloud, etc) are combined to assemble complete, automated production systems that require minimal human oversight and intervention. The following YouTube video makes the concept […]

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Video PROCESS Surveillance?

When most manufacturing companies, indeed most companies of any type, think about “video surveillance”, they automatically think about security, theft and personnel monitoring. Then, they buy security systems and video surveillance systems to collect massive quantities of video like the following examples. Feel free to watch an entire video. You can see that absolutely nothing of interest occurs. … […]

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Videos to Triangulate Nuanced Issues – Concept

Every organization struggles to communicate policies that are important, but require intelligent interpretation at the point of application. In fact, it is likely that most important policy directives apply to situations where there is uncertainty and an opportunity for intelligent choice. Can video help to address these types of challenges? I believe that it can … […]

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