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Operations Update Regarding COVID-19

To Our Valued Customers:

As everyone is in the midst of unprecedented and challenging times, our first thought is for the safety and well-being of our customers, employees and their families. As the situation continues to affect our world, we wanted to reach out and let you know that we are still operating to serve your electrical terminal needs with limited business hours, Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM in CST until April 30th or until otherwise directed by the local government.

Nichifu is considered an essential business as it provides electrical terminals, connectors and relative tools used to create necessary cables to deliver electricity in many areas of our daily lives. During this crisis, we would like to rise above the unknown situation and contribute to building equipment to help the American and world economy move forward by fulfilling orders in the business to business community.

Please know that we are sensitive to concern of how the virus is spread. We are practicing social distancing, disinfecting high traffic surfaces as well as washing of hands in our warehouse.

Let us know how we can help your business to move forward in your electrical terminal needs.

Sincerely,

Joe Ishikawa

General Manager
Nichifu America, Inc.

New ways to implement continuous improvement in factories

Continuous improvement has long been an important part of staying competitive in manufacturing. As product life cycles become shorter and the number of new product proliferation grows, there is an increased need for continuous improvement.

Some of the new trends in manufacturing that are being embraced include additive manufacturing, cloud-based systems, rapid design and super-fast prototyping, and crowd-sourcing. Here are just a few ways these trends will help factories implement continuous improvement across their supply chains.

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The Industrial Internet of Things is About to Change Manufacturing

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has the opportunity to bring changes across the manufacturing industry in a variety of ways. information will increasingly be generated by machines and things, and that information will be connected to help unveil insights across the supply chain. How exactly will IIoT change manufacturing? No one can predict for certain, however, as information is increasingly generated by machines and things, information will be tracked and captured using sensors, RFID tags, meters, actuators and GPS, among other things. We can expect that inventory will count and manage itself, shipping containers will detect their contents, assembly will be robotic, the entire value chain will be connected and connectivity will mean worldwide networks will plan and make decisions in real time. Some of this is already occurring in manufacturing and things will continue to go in this direction.

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