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How the Internet of Things is Transforming Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on May 16, 2018 10:02:01 AM

From creating the first machine tools during the Industrial Revolution to welcoming robots onto factory floors in the early 1960’s, manufacturers can be quick to adopt new technologies. They are employing more advanced robotics, embracing 3D printing, and more. Now, another technology has captured the attention of manufacturers—the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Topics: Advanced Manufacturing, Internet of Things, IoT

Tax Reform Has Manufacturers Investing in Their Future

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 2, 2018 12:15:52 PM

 In an increasingly competitive marketplace, most manufacturers understand the importance of investing in their business. But, investing means spending money, something many manufacturers can be hesitant to do. This is a dangerous trap to fall into, however, as the long-term benefits of investing can far exceed the short-term hit on the balance sheet.

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Topics: Advanced Manufacturing, Employee Training, Tax Reform, Manufacturing Information Systems

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

5 Cybersecurity Tips to Keep Manufacturers Safe in 2017

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 6, 2017 10:15:00 AM

No industry is immune to cyber attacks. According to the 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, the manufacturing sector was the second highest industry that experienced cyber attacks in 2016. The recent WannaCry ransomware attack is just one revelatory example of rising cyber crimes and the increasing velocity, magnitude, and scope with which hackers carry out their craft.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology

Is Your Manufacturing Plant Ready for Supercharged Growth?

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 6, 2017 2:08:23 PM

As the U.S. and the global economy bounces back, manufacturing continues to be on the rise. Therefore, companies are looking to open new facilities, domestically and internationally, and expand their existing operations to drive future revenue.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Business Management

Actionable Advice for Reducing Operating Expenses in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 5, 2017 1:45:51 PM

Much has changed in recent years with regards to manufacturing intelligence. While manufacturing issues have become more complicated in nature, new technologies have emerged to manage those challenges.

With speed-to-market becoming such a critical aspect of the supply chain, manufacturers are pressed to meet the delivery date, regardless of any issues, using the most cost-effective methods.

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Topics: Advanced Manufacturing, Operating Expenses in Manufacturing

Uncovering the Benefits of Robots in Manufacturing [Part 2 of 2]

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Aug 9, 2016 7:30:00 AM

As industrial robots become faster, smarter, and cheaper, more and more companies are beginning to integrate this technology in conjunction with their workforce. This doesn’t mean that robots are replacing humans, though. While it is true that some of the more undesirable jobs are being filled by machines, this trend has several more positive outcomes for the manufacturing industry:

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Topics: Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology, robots

How the California Manufacturing Sector Compares to Other States

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Jan 5, 2015 2:29:00 PM


We thought you might be interested to know about the current state of California manufacturing and how it measures up against manufacturing sectors in other states. Does California lead with its manufacturing over other states or does it fall behind? How do the many facets of the industry (human capital, worker’s benefits, taxes, etc.) in California compare to other states? Answers to these questions are covered in this blog post! 
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Topics: Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing

A Simple Guide for Manufacturers on When to Choose a Robot

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Jul 22, 2014 10:20:00 AM

When considering automation, the first thing that many people will imagine is a robot. As a result, many of us who work in the design of automated systems find that we receive a lot of questions about robots, some of which suggest an inaccurate understanding of the full capabilities or best applications of robots. At other times, many manufacturers, especially those who are new to automation, may never have even considered integrating a robot because they often think that a robot would be too expensive or inappropriate to their needs, when in fact a robot may be perfect for their purposes.

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Topics: Advanced Manufacturing