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Benefits of Machine Vision Technology for Food Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand

The government and other organizations have put food manufacturers under a microscope in an effort to ensure they’re following food safety standards and complying with regulations. While practices that ensure safety, quality, and consistency may require an initial investment, they pay off in the long run. After all, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) estimate that the average cost of a recall for food companies is $10 million.

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Topics: Food Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology, Food Safety, Machine Vision

Blockchain: What It Is and How It Can Help Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand

How do you know if your election vote is really counted?

How do you know the person you’re chatting with online really is who they say they are?

And how do you know if a product you purchase has really met quality standards?

These three scenarios may not seem like they have much in common, but there is a common thread: blockchain—a decentralized, open-source ledger—could hypothetically be applied to each to give you the certainty you want in each situation.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology, Internet of Things, Blockchain

Six Industries Benefiting from Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand

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

The Role of Smart Sensors in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand

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

Top 5 Manufacturing Trends of 2018 - Emerging Technologies

Posted by Steven Brand


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, Manufacturing Technology

How Mobile Apps Can Create a Competitive Advantage in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand

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

13 Manufacturing Apps for Your iPhone, iPad, Android

Posted by Marjorie Dunn

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

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

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

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

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Topics: Business Management, Manufacturing Technology