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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

How to Determine If a New Technology Is Worth the Investment

Posted by Steven Brand

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

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

Big Data in Manufacturing: 5 Game Changing Use Cases

Posted by Marjorie Dunn


For leading manufacturers, the ability to collect, manage, and assess large volumes of data is critical to successful operations. However, as companies grow and diversify their offerings, the type of data that is required becomes increasingly more complex as well. Big data solutions can be used to improve operational efficiency and provide a greater view of how the organization is functioning.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology

How Can Manufacturers Get Started with E-Commerce?

Posted by Marjorie Dunn

A lot of manufacturers aren’t selling directly to end users either because they lack the capability, or because they don’t want to hurt the relationships they have with resellers. Brands who do not utilize E-Commerce are missing out on several benefits such as:

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology, e-commerce

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

Posted by Ellen McKewen

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

3 Signs You Need Help with Your Manufacturing Technology

Posted by Ellen McKewen

Technology has progressively improved over the past few decades. According to businessdictionary.com, manufacturing technology can be defined as:

"The field of study focused on improvement of manufacturing processes, techniques, or equipment in order to reduce costs, increase efficiency, enhance reliability, or to incorporate safety and anti-pollution measures."

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology

Beyond Silicon Valley: 4 Reasons to Celebrate CA Manufacturing

Posted by Carrie Pittman

In the last two decades, California has become synonymous with the technology boom.  Silicon Valley offers the latest and greatest in electronics, providing headquarters for tech juggernauts like Google, Apple, Cisco and more. Well, with all do respect to Silicon Valley, it can be all too easy to get distracted by the latest innovations and miss out on the real mover and shaker of California: manufacturing! Here are some reasons why you should keep an eye out for the Golden State’s hottest industry:

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Topics: Manufacturing, Exporting, Manufacturing Technology