May 17, 2020

3M: Driving business value with’s innovative tech

Jack Grimshaw
3 min
We take a look at’s artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, and how they’re driving success for 3M in the manufacturing industry.’s m...

We take a look at’s artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, and how they’re driving success for 3M in the manufacturing industry.’s manufacturing solutions’s industry-leading portfolio of solutions includes: inventory optimisation, predictive maintenance, energy management, sensor health, and CRM capabilities. By using real-time data, AI, machine learning and other advanced technology tools, the company strives to increase its clients’ throughput, supply chain efficiency, and service revenue.

Other features include scenario planning, asset risk management, real-time analytics and improved revenue forecasting providing a portfolio that is unmatched for manufacturers looking to drive operational excellence.

From inventory management to helping to reduce operational through to optimisation algorithms manufacturers are choosing as their partner of choice. Companies like 3M, who adopted’s technology to provide fast value to its vendors and partners.

“Within 6 months, we were already seeing value from the application. We need to work with vendors and partners, partners being the keyword with C3.” - 3M’s Manufacturing & Supply Chain Analytics Solutions Implementation Leader, Jennifer Austin. The seamless integration of’s solutions has provided 3M with the priceless capability to move quickly and understand the things it doesn’t know. 

“We have thousands of legacy systems, we’ve been on an almost 10-year journey to go to a global enterprise ERP, and the C3 platform helps us organise and ingest that data in a reasonable, trusted way.” With the company’s applications in place, 3M has been able to engage its team and create better processes and user-friendly applications to empower its data scientists. With the combined data provided by and 3M’s data scientists, the companies were able to develop insights and conclusions to drive business value.

With 22 years of experience under her belt, not many 3M employees are better positioned to comment on the benefits that is bringing to the company. As the company’s leader in analytics solutions and their implementation, Austin is a key figure in the success of the rollout of C3’s applications. 


 3M’s manufacturing operations combating COVID-19

Away from its work with, 3M has been working closely with Ford during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to increase the production of its powered-air purifying respirators. 

Respirators and ventilators are in great demand as the number of cases continue to grow by the day, and a partnership with Ford enables 3M to further expand its capacity and get healthcare supplies to areas in desperate need as quickly as possible. 

"3M is providing vital personal protective equipment for medical workers and we’ve empowered our engineers and designers to move as quickly as possible to help 3M grow PAPR production using common parts to speed this up.” Said Ford’s CEO, Jim Hackett. The partnership between the two comes as other manufacturers around the world turn their efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic whilst normal manufacturing lines are halted. 

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Jun 16, 2021

Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution

Macmillan Education
Grupo Espinosa
3 min
A proudly Mexican company servicing the publishing industry with best-in-class printing, storage and distribution facilities in the heart of Latin America

Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand. 

So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes,  basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”

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