People of Steel

If you can dream it in high-strength steel, Fortaco Jászberény can probably make it. If it’s made of high-strength or mild steel and weighs between 100 kilograms and 60 tons, Sebastian Kun and his team at Fortaco in Jászberény, Hungary, can probably…

Building New Opportunities

The new factory in Narva was launched this autumn, signifying a milestone in the industrial development of the region. The factory extension project was kicked-off in 2015, when lack of space, capacity constraints and overload of new project…

The Sorcery of Sourcing

Want to optimize costs in sourcing? The best method is to gain an intimate understanding of your suppliers’ products and technologies. It’s perhaps no coincidence that the word “sourcing” sounds a lot like “sorcery.” A good sourcing manager can…

Changing a Culture

When a culture improves, KPIs follow. Anna Młynarczyk-Widomska holds a Master of Engineering degree from Cracow University, though as fate would have it she never worked as an engineer. Right out of school she got a job in selling technical…

From Safety Cop to Safety Culture

Changing the way safety is viewed in an organization. Safety has traditionally been a matter of compliance. Pity the safety specialist, the compliance officer responsible for filling out reports, recording infractions and sending information to…

Residual Value: Beyond the Holy Trinity

How data will eventually impact residual value, total cost of ownership, and transform heavy-equipment financing. “Hours of use, type of use, and maintenance record. These are the three things that matter when calculating residual value,” said a…

Opportunities Beyond Obstacles

Every cloud has a silver lining – Petra Špačková’s motto, and more thoughts about her quarantine times during Corona virus crisis. Special circumstances require special solutions – and those solutions would not be created with ordinary thinking. As…

True Believer

Agnieszka Koziara’s goal is to create conditions that allow teams to play to win, rather than playing not to lose. Fifteen years ago Agnieszka Koziara began her career as an executive assistant. Her direct supervisor was from Sweden. "As a Pole it…

Can safety be measured?

Better Ways to Measure Safety Days Without Accidents posters may be common in industry, but counting accident-free days does little if anything to prevent accidents. "Traditional manufacturing safety programs deal with negative information, says…