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Why Smart Manufacturing Is About More Than Just Technology

Posted by Shekhar Chandrashekhar, SMART Manufacturing Practice Lead on Sep 13, 2018 10:21:29 AM

What is smart manufacturing? Essentially, smart manufacturing is the practice of making information about manufacturing processes available when and where it is needed, in the form it is needed, so that smart decisions can be made about the course of critical business operations.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing, digital transformation, Future of Manufacturing, sensors, Internet of Things, IoT, Manufacturing Solutiions

The Role of Smart Sensors in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 15, 2018 9:30:56 AM

Sensors have played a role in manufacturing for years, but until recently they have been largely constrained by issues such as system noise, signal attenuation, and response dynamics. Today, integration of local computing power and the Internet of Things (IoT) has transformed ordinary sensors into smart sensors, enabling them to carry out complex calculations on measured data locally within a sensor module.

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Topics: sensors, Future of Manufacturing, Internet of Things, IoT, digital transformation, Manufacturing Technology, Technology, Manufacturing Information Systems, Manufacturing Solutiions, Innovation, Smart Manufacturing

How Virtual Reality is Changing the Manufacturing Game

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 3, 2018 10:21:51 AM

It’s no longer just for gaming! Virtual Reality (VR), sometimes referred to as Augmented Reality (AR), is shaking things up across all industries, including manufacturing. While the technology is currently being employed mainly by large manufacturers, like additive manufacturing and the cobots before it, growing acceptance of the technology is likely to cause prices to drop, allowing small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to take advantage of its powers as well.

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Topics: Future of Manufacturing, digital transformation, virtual reality, Smart Manufacturing, Safety in Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing

How Good Job Descriptions Help Manufacturers Attract Skilled Employees

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 23, 2018 10:24:37 AM

 

When seeking out a new job, potential employees want to understand what will be expected of them and how they will be evaluated if brought onboard; on the other hand, employers want to be sure they are interviewing the right candidates for the right job, and not wasting valuable time interviewing under- or over-qualified individuals. One way to ensure each party gets what they want is to craft a well-thought-out and detailed job description.  

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Topics: MFG DAY, Workplace Diversity, Diversity Training, job descriptions, recruiting, manufacturing careers, employee retirement, Millennials, digital transformation, Employee Training, motivating employees, Manufacturing Solutiions, Maufacturing, Manufacturers in Training, employee tribal knowledge, networking, Future of Manufacturing

The Drive Toward Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Jun 19, 2018 1:43:41 PM

While manufacturers have traditionally been hesitant to invest in their operations due to cost, a recent National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) survey of more than 500 manufacturers reveals that 65% plan to increase capital spending in the coming years. Where is the money going to go? Experts predict most manufacturers will look toward revamping their facilities in order to adapt to the demands of today’s digital world.

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Topics: IoT, Internet of Things, Smart Manufacturing, Advanced Robotic Manufacturing, 3D Printing, digital transformation