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Trends that Are Elevating U.S. Manufacturing Operations

For many years, offshoring manufacturing operations was a popular option. While innovation has been strong in the U.S., the production and manufacturing operations were sent overseas where labor costs were lower. Today, there is a movement to keep production in the U.S., thereby keeping global businesses in the U.S., and it’s being driven by these trends: Robotics Manufacturing operation costs...

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The Benefits of Automated Quality Inspection

On your shop floor, who is responsible for verifying product quality? What was once handled by production line operators or quality technicians is now handled by automated quality inspection systems. For manufacturers across all industries an inspection system and process can be highly customized in order to meet specific machinery needs. There are multiple additional benefits of an automated quality inspection system over the outdated, manual process: Improve...

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The Effects of Robotics Sophistication in Manufacturing

Robots have become an integral part of U.S. manufacturing. Per International Manufacturing Technology Trade show, there will be 1.3 million industrial robots operating in factories around the world according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). (Source) Today’s robots are built to do nearly anything on the shop floor including welding, assembly, material handling, and packaging....

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How to Build and Maintain an Awesome Manufacturing Team

A commonly discussed topic in manufacturing today is the perceived skills gap. The younger workforce is overlooking a career in manufacturing while experienced workers are leaving the industry to retire. This is creating a gap that the industry as a whole must work towards closing. As this happens, hiring and retaining the right candidates is critical in order to overcome the gap. Once employees come on board, you don’t want to lose them. Here are 5 ways to build and maintain an awesome manufacturing...

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Key Trends in the Adhesives Industry

In the May 2016 issue of Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine, ASI outlines some key trends that those in the industry need to pay attention to: Performance outweighs direct environmental impact, for now In order to meet the expectations of consumers today, manufacturers are increasingly...

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How Predictive Analytics is Improving Manufacturing

Manufacturers have access to more data today than ever before, and the amount of data available is increasing every day as new data technologies are developed. Yet, many manufacturers have yet to develop strategies to properly utilize this data. Data is only valuable if it is properly analyzed and turned into actionable insights, which is the purpose of predictive analytics....

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Machine Design and Product Development Innovation

As we continue into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, manufacturers must continue to innovate in order to remain relevant and successful. Retailers have become more demanding in order to meet consumer needs which means that manufacturers that supply equipment are tasked with designing a variety of products at a lower cost. Innovation in manufacturing must be built into the overall...

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The Benefits of Smart Manufacturing

If you haven’t noticed, everything today is “smart.” We have our smartphones, smart TVs, and smart watches. It seems to make sense that we also have “smart manufacturing.” Smart manufacturing, or SM, like everything else that’s smart, utilizes connectivity and real-time access to data to improve a process. If you’re looking for a more in-depth definition, the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition...

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3 Important Manufacturing Trends that Will Shape the Future

It’s an exciting time for manufacturers. In fact, manufacturing is “undeniably in the midst of a technological renaissance that is transforming the look, systems, and processes of the modern factory.” (Source) In order to remain competitive, manufacturers must embrace these changes and invest in the processes...

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Key Components of Design Thinking in Manufacturing

Design thinking is the process of focusing on the end user’s experience and matching people’s needs when developing new products. Adopting this process in a manufacturing facility is a way to gain a competitive advantage as factories are becoming more connected. Consumers are accustomed to technology that is easy to use in both their personal and professional lives. The manufacturers that implement design thinking across applications with user experience in mind are at the forefront of innovation...

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