Hard Brexit May Stop Toyota Production

Hard Brexit May Stop Toyota Production

October 25, 2018

Toyota’s just-in-time production stands at risk with the looming “hard Brexit” in March 2019.

Last year, the Burnaston plant in the U.K. made nearly 150,000 cars, and 90 percent were sent to EU nations.  Normally parts are delivered every 37 minutes but if these parts are held up in Customs in Dover and Calais when Brexit kicks in, production could stop for hours or even months.

Other auto makers express similar concerns and are developing alternatives and contingency plans.


Video Spotlight: Toyota Europe CEO: We face logistics problems in case of hard Brexit


This post is based on The Bloomberg article, Carmakers in Paris Issue Stark Warning on Risk of No-Deal Brexit, by Oliver Sachgua, Elisabeth Behrmann, and Tara Patel, October 2, 2018; and The Newswheel article, Toyota warns “No-Deal” Brexit would lead to unprecedented production stalls, by the editor, September 29, 2018; and the YouTube video, Toyota Europe CEO: We face logistics problems in case of hard Brexit | Squawk Box Europe by CNBC Life, October 2, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / nito.

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Aryballe’s Artificial Nose: Smell The Quality

Aryballe’s Artificial Nose: Smell The Quality

August 13, 2018

The artificial nose, developed by French company Aryballe Technologies, can help manufacturers with quality control and new product development.  This bio-optic smell sensor tests the flavor and fragrance of food.

Human noses will still be needed, but this technology adds efficiency.  In product development, when testing how food aromas change over time, it provides clear points of reference, which is difficult for a human to do.  Testing foods for consistency during the manufacturing process can be assisted with this device as well.


Video spotlightAryballe’s ‘artificial nose’ with bio-sensors can boost quality control and NPD


This post is based on the Food Navigator article and video, Aryballe’s ‘artificial nose’ with bio-sensors can boost quality control and NPD, by Niamh Michail, August 2, 2018. Image source: Ingram Publishing/SuperStock.

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1. How can this new technology benefit manufacturers and play a role in quality control?

Guidance: From raw material sourcing to finished goods, the artificial nose can help ensure batch-to-batch consistency.  This is referred to as quality of conformance.  Manufacturers need to make sure that each batch of product conforms to the specifications developed in the prototype.  Flavor is one component Continue reading

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