4 Smart Energy Ideas for Manufacturers in California

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 26, 2017 11:58:04 AM

Although manufacturing has long been considered an energy-intensive industry, this trend has begun to change. Between 2010-2014, U.S. manufacturing energy consumption is estimated to have increased by 4.7%, according to the Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS) released in October 2017.

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Topics: Energy Management, Smart Manufacturing, Manufacturing Tips

The Insider's Guide to Smart Manufacturing Trends in 2017

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 12, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Smart manufacturing trends in 2017 indicate that a radical transformation in the manufacturing sector is taking place. In a report by global market research firm BCC Research, the global market for smart manufacturing is expected to grow from $159 billion in 2015 to $392 billion by 2020 at a compounded annual growth rate of 19.8%.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing

Don’t Get Left Behind, SMART Manufacturing is the Future for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 22, 2017 10:03:18 AM

What exactly is Smart Manufacturing?

Over the past several years, the topic of SMART Manufacturing has been a conversation among industry experts, strategists and thought leaders. However, despite its media coverage, many on the front lines of manufacturing aren’t quite sure what SMART Manufacturing entails or why it’s even relevant to their organization.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing

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

Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) is the Next Big Thing in Manufacturing: An Entirely New Platform for Electronics

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 16, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) is an innovative process that combines elements of the electronics industry with that of the high-precision printing industry.

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Topics: Research and Development, Smart Manufacturing

Smart Manufacturing – A Bird’s Eye View (Part 6 of 6)

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Oct 19, 2015 11:38:48 AM

This post is the sixth and final installment in our series about Smart Manufacturing (SM). Our goal for the series was to inform manufacturers of SM’s components, how it affects business productivity, economics and plans, its importance in the value chain, and how it changes the workforce and the overall future of manufacturing. We also would like to thank the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) for their assistance and the availability of their experts who are currently working on Smart Manufacturing.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing

Smart Manufacturing Infrastructure, Data & Security (Part 5 of 6)

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Oct 5, 2015 1:30:00 PM

This post is the fifth installment of six regarding the concept of Smart Manufacturing (SM). This series aims to inform manufacturers of SM’s components, how it affects business productivity, economics and plans, its importance in the value chain, how it changes the workforce and the future of manufacturing overall. This series is written in conjunction with the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC).

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing

Smart Manufacturing Requires a New Kind of Workforce (Part 4 of 6)

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Sep 24, 2015 11:57:00 AM

This post is the fourth installment regarding the concept of Smart Manufacturing (SM). This series aims to inform manufacturers of SM’s components, how it affects business productivity, economics and plans, its importance in the value chain, how it changes the workforce and the future of manufacturing overall. This series is written in conjunction with the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC).

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing

Benefits of Using Smart Manufacturing in the Value Chain (Part 3 of 6)

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Sep 1, 2015 3:00:00 PM

This post is the third installment of six regarding the concept of Smart Manufacturing (SM). This series aims to inform manufacturers of SM’s components, how it affects business productivity, economics and plans, its importance in the value chain, how it changes the workforce and the future of manufacturing overall. This series is written in conjunction with the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC).

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing

Smart Manufacturing: The Business Case (Part 2 of 6)

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Aug 11, 2015 11:16:00 AM

This post is the second installment in a six part series regarding the concept of Smart Manufacturing (SM). This series aims to inform manufacturers of SM’s components, how it affects business performance, economics and plans, its importance in the value chain, how it changes the workforce and the future of manufacturing overall. This series is written in conjunction with the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC).

Part 1 of this series detailed the definition of Smart Manufacturing, the benefits of SM, the concept of an open platform and a cloud-based Marketplace. Manufacturers are likely curious to know more business details before they start implementing SM in their organization. The main question a small or medium-sized manufacturer (SMM) may ask is: what’s in it for me and my organization?

And that’s where we’ll begin.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing

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