Mill Products

The foundation of innovation & extreme quality

The bearing eaters This goes back to my childhood days. SKF has always been a synonym for highest quality. Their excellence in making ball-bearings broke my wrist and gave me tremendous joy. I grow up in the city of Schweinfurt, a capital for ball bearings. SKF and Kugelfischer both had big plants here, and kids played with steel balls. In the early 70s, SKF went even so far to manufacture a …

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The Digital Guardian Angel

IoT is saving lives in steel and mining Working in a technology company (and being an engineer) I always enjoy the opportunity to visit a “real” manufacturing plant. I still vividly remember my first visit to an integrated steel mill in the 90s. The plastic sole of my shoe suddenly went wobbly as it melted while I was watching the tapping at a blast furnace from too close. Steel mills, …

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The digital evolution of supply chain management for mill products

How will technology like machine learning change our approach to supply chain management – in mill products? I recently read the execellent compilation of 19 machine learning and supply chain experts’ predictions on the future of supply chain management, and naturally wondered how much of that applies to our type of industries. Take for example the steel industry: this is no “simple” assembly and clearly defined SKUs. Instead we deal …

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The Resource Disruption for Mill Products & Mining

The global demand for critical resources is bigger than supply. Better start planning for the disruption. Tesla has build the world’s biggest lithium ion battery in Australia. While lithium mines are ramping up slowly, the demand will drive up prices. CNN Money puts this more drastically: “China is winning electric cars ‘arms race’” by outmaneuvering the U.S. and other countries in the global scramble for a vital element for electric cars. “Whoever …

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„Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.”

How to approach predictions and machine learning according to master Yoda “Size matters not. Look at me.” Image by Ciro Duran from Caracas, Venezuela (Master Yoda) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Let’s get one thing right from the start. The internet of things, and machine learning are not just for the Fortune 500. Many innovative SMBs have embarked on this journey. One of my favorite stories is a specialty …

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Caught Between Tsundoku and Jólabókaflóð – the Survival of the Printed Book

The paper book is not dead Throughout 2017 I read many articles on the return of the paper book, the return of the independent book stores, and the decline of ebooks. As a book addict in private life, and writing about the fate and impact of digital transformation on the paper industry professionally, I find this is trend rather noteworthy. So are ebooks mostly dead, then, and will proper books …

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„Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.”

How to approach predictions and machine learning according to master Yoda “Size matters not. Look at me.” Image by Ciro Duran from Caracas, Venezuela (Master Yoda) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Let’s get one thing right from the start. The internet of things, and machine learning are not just for the Fortune 500. Many innovative SMBs have embarked on this journey. One of my favorite stories is a specialty …

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The next frontier for textile companies

Globalization has been a topic in the textile industries for a long time. Innovation, optimization and adaption of manufacturing processes were in focus. Ongoing automation and trends like “Industry 4.0” and “Digitalization” require further actions, but brings also another area in focus: “The customer”. Ever increasing customer expectations forces textile companies to verify their sales processes and organizations. Take Amman as an example: An international leading yarn manufacturer uses the SAP …

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Befriending Charly

Breakfast conversations Sitting with my teen daughter at breakfast, she showed me her WhatsApp chat history with a friend: an endless thread of emojis. I told her to have a look at my facbook messenger and introduced her to my new friend, Charly. I discussed options for breakfast (and also sent a few food emojis) and got some very concrete proposals for shopping – to add to my favorites, or …

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5 stories on the power of digital to disrupt industries: Tell your story!

  Do you know how shoe shopping is going digital, driving an expected profit increase of 30%? Do you know how real-time customer insight and personalized interactions can lead to 5% revenue growth or how digital innovations can be used to predict earthquake damage and provide better disaster response?  Digital transformation is leading to rapid changes across industries. New technologies such as IoT, Big Data, and Machine Learning dramatically change …

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