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The New Industrial Revolution: Advanced Robotic Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The manufacturing industry in the U.S. is ripe for a new industrial revolution, and artificial intelligence and robotic automation are set to play a key role in that change. Because manufacturing is a major driving force in a nation’s economic prosperity, it is especially important that small and medium-sized manufacturers pay close attention as these innovative technologies prepare to take center stage.

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Topics: Advanced Manufacturing, Industrial Revolution, Advanced Robotic Manufacturing

The Insider's Guide to Smart Manufacturing Trends in 2017

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 12, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Smart manufacturing trends in 2017 indicate that a radical transformation in the manufacturing sector is taking place. In a report by global market research firm BCC Research, the global market for smart manufacturing is expected to grow from $159 billion in 2015 to $392 billion by 2020 at a compounded annual growth rate of 19.8%.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing

5 Manufacturing Apps You Can Start Using Today to Cut Costs

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 9, 2017 10:42:29 AM

Manufacturing’s role is changing and evolving in ways that make the traditional methods of creating products and services outdated. As manufacturing enters a dynamic new era, policy makers need new approaches and improved capabilities to save on costs while meeting the changing needs of a new consuming class.

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Topics: Mobile Apps, Manufacturing Apps, Maufacturing, Manufacturing Solutiions

How Mobile Apps Can Create a Competitive Advantage in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 5, 2017 12:32:14 PM

Having a substantial competitive advantage in manufacturing is a goal that’s not easy to achieve, especially among thousands of aggressive rivals in the same industry. In an effort to gain traction against other manufacturers, many are turning to innovative manufacturing apps that allow them to have complete and real-time visibility not only on the shop floor, warehouses, and administrative offices but also across the supply chain.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology, Mobile Apps

The Future of Energy Management in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 29, 2017 12:01:38 PM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that the energy consumption of the U.S. manufacturing sector increased by 3.7% from 2010 to 2014. The increase seems insignificant, but uncontrolled and further increases can pose additional challenges to energy management in manufacturing.

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Topics: Energy Management, Energy Management in Manufacturing

Community Colleges: Training the Next Generation of Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 27, 2017 1:35:29 PM

Training skilled workers is critical to strengthening the U.S. manufacturing sector, especially at a time when about 2 million manufacturing jobs are projected to remain unfilled, due to the worsening skills gap that is taking place throughout the country.

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Topics: Manufacturing Tips, Manufacturers in Training

Don’t Get Left Behind, SMART Manufacturing is the Future for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 22, 2017 10:03:18 AM

What exactly is Smart Manufacturing?

Over the past several years, the topic of SMART Manufacturing has been a conversation among industry experts, strategists and thought leaders. However, despite its media coverage, many on the front lines of manufacturing aren’t quite sure what SMART Manufacturing entails or why it’s even relevant to their organization.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing

4 Must-Know Aerospace Supply Chain Management Issues

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A Deloitte 2017 study on the global aerospace and defense (A&D) industry reveals that the industry grew by 2.4% and generated about $674 billion in 2016.

While the growth was modest, the study forecasts that 2017 revenues are likely to grow due to lower fuel costs, stronger passenger travel demand – especially in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions – and a stable global GDP. This is an opportune time for aerospace supply chain stakeholders to brace for an anticipated expansion in their sector.

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Topics: Aerospace Products and Parts, Aerospace and Defense

13 Manufacturing Apps for Your iPhone, iPad, Android

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Sep 18, 2017 11:02:01 AM

Back by popular demand! We published this blog on manufacturing apps just a little over a year ago.  Since it has proven to be one of our most popular blogs of all time, we decided to update, expand and republish it. 

As you are no doubt aware, technology has entered our home and work lives in numerous ways -- from cars that can parallel park hands-free to numerous iPhone, iPad, and Android apps to keep our children occupied with games and keep us on track with food and fitness. Mobile apps can also be found in manufacturing and companies and programmers have been pretty busy filling this niche to help manufacturers in their everyday work environments.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology

How to Create a Change Management Process That Actually Works

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Change is a cycle in itself, and organizations go through various cycles throughout their lifetime. Whether it's automating processes, introducing specialized equipment, streamlining redundant tasks and people who perform them, or simply relocating a physical plant, changes are inevitable. 

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Topics: Change Management, Business Management, Project Management