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Six Industries Benefiting from Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 21, 2018 10:42:18 AM

Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, has evolved rapidly in recent years. As new industries have begun to embrace the technology, they are discovering the many ways in which the technology is impacting their business.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Future of Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing, Aerospace Products and Parts, Medical, Automotive, Energy

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

Top 5 Manufacturing Trends of 2018 - Emerging Technologies

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 18, 2018 11:31:25 AM


For manufacturers throughout California and across the country, the new year brings new challenges—and a wealth of new opportunities. But to take advantage of these opportunities, manufacturers of all sizes need to be aware of emerging trends—and willing to adapt to them.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing

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 Technology, Mobile Apps, Manufacturing

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

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

How Has Digitization Impacted Small to Medium-Sized Manufacturers Over the Last Decade?

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 31, 2017 9:30:00 AM

When we talk about digitization in manufacturing, we are referring to the use of digital tools and technologies to create sustainable growth for manufacturers of all sizes. For example, tools such as mobile applications, video conferencing and instant messaging allow for easier communication while other digital technologies like robotics and data storage give small and medium-sized manufacturers the ability to compete in the global marketplace.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology, Smart Manufacturing

5 Unexpected Costs You Can Reduce with New Technology

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 6, 2017 9:15:00 AM

As new technology goes, so goes the trajectory of how we work.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology, Business Management

How to Determine If a New Technology Is Worth the Investment

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 17, 2017 1:58:34 PM

The latest and greatest new technology is something that many of us are prone to want – not just for the workplace, but for the personal aspects of our lives.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology, Technology

How Major IT Trends Are Affecting the Manufacturing Industry

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Sep 13, 2016 1:19:42 PM

Today’s IT trends and technologies are affecting the manufacturing industry in a big way. The convergence of technology and industry is instrumental to today’s ever-evolving supply chain. In the paragraphs ahead, we will discuss four of today’s IT trends that are paving the way to a manufacturing revolution.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology