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4 Types of Robots Every Manufacturer Should Know

4 Types of Robots Every Manufacturer Should Know

There is a lot of buzz these days in the manufacturing sector about robots — and how they can help manufacturers address some of the challenges they face in today’s market, such as increased productivity and the scarcity of skilled workers. Read the full article in NIST.gov.

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Manufacturing

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Manufacturing

Both virtual and augmented reality show potential to decrease manufacturing costs and increase safety and productivity. VR is currently used by forward-thinking manufacturers to improve their approach to predictive analytics, and AR is being used to facilitate maintenance and deliver expert support remotely.

Read the full article in Manufacturing.net.

Best Practices Meant for the Whole Digital Transformation

Best Practices Meant for the Whole Digital Transformation

As with any digital transformation process, the devil is in the details, and there are many potential pitfalls that can derail projects. These include:

  • Proof of concepts (PoCs) not grounded in business issues and lacking definable and measurable business benefits prevent advancement beyond the PoC phase.

  • Scatter-gun technology deployments based on telling a good investor story rather than considering their cumulative effect on the business. This can lead to implementing the wrong technology at the wrong time without any positive material impact on operations or profitability.

  • The lack of organizational technology familiarity and skill sets to effectively manage, implement and control the cost of deployments can lead to spiraling timelines and poor ROI.

  • An unfamiliar provider environment and convoluted technology supplier ecosystem can lead to disastrous partner choices.

Is the Supply Chain Ready for Robots?

Is the Supply Chain Ready for Robots?

Each chapter of the Industrial Revolution reveals a common ebb and flow in the number and makeup of jobs. As early as the steam engine, innovation displaced certain workers with new ones who, for example, had cognitive skills like creativity and problem-solving. This will continue with robots. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2022, the shifting labor division between humans, machines and algorithms will result in 75 million lost job roles, but an addition of 133 million job roles, netting 58 million.

Read the full article in Manufacturing.net.

Next-Generation Manufacturing Technology Sets Early-Adopters Up for Success

Next-Generation Manufacturing Technology Sets Early-Adopters Up for Success

One-third of manufacturers are using management dashboards and 67 percent are using sales analytics for management insight—and the use of analytics is expected to grow 20 percent. The huge opportunity is to leverage operational data for more control and visibility across the organization. 

Read the full article in Industry Week.

How Data Can Be Monetized in Core Manufacturing Operations

How Data Can Be Monetized in Core Manufacturing Operations

In general, manufacturing operations collect more than enough data to form a basis for the initial stages of transformation. The challenge is that many may not have a clear idea of how to use it or cannot easily access it because it is locked in legacy systems. And simply accessing that data is not enough – organizations must be able to monetize it.

Read the full article in CIO.

Interview: Fast Radius’ CEO Lou Rasey on Embracing Industrial Additive Manufacturing

Interview: Fast Radius’ CEO Lou Rasey on Embracing Industrial Additive Manufacturing

Now that 3D printing is moving towards industrial-grade production levels, many companies find themselves excited about the possibilities but not sure how to fully make it part of their operating model. This has created a gap where companies are slow to adopt additive manufacturing. Fast Radius’ CEO Lou Rassey shares his take on industrial additive manufacturing.

Read the full article in 3D Printing Industry.

On-Premises or the Cloud: Which Makes More Sense?

On-Premises or the Cloud: Which Makes More Sense?

In your digital transformation, remember that every plant is different, so you need to find the right balance of local and cloud platforms. When you are choosing a platform to collect and visualize data, make sure the system has the flexibility to meet your particular requirements.

Read the full article in Advanced Manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing Industrializes: A Serious Show Shows A Serious Industry

Additive Manufacturing Industrializes: A Serious Show Shows A Serious Industry

Producing large volumes of product reliably, repeatably and affordably is the increasingly-reachable carrot-on-a-stick for 3D printing as improvements are made in hardware speed and quality, design capability in software and widening portfolios of engineering-grade materials suited for manufacturing environments.