Avoiding 4 Common Digital Transformation Obstacles

While the fourth industrial revolution began an entire decade before the COVID-19 pandemic, the spread of the virus has only accelerated the changes this revolution has been promising. Manufacturers across the globe have been forced to find ways to maintain productivity in the face of lockdown…


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How Digitization Can Help Small Manufacturers

If you’ve read any manufacturing blogs or publications lately, you will have seen a lot of the same buzzwords pop up again and again. Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, Additive Manufacturing, Smart Factory, etc. It’s a lot to take in and all very confusing for small manufacturers who…


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6 Manufacturing Trends Sure to Pick Up (More) Steam in 2021

It took some doing and a whole lot of adapting, but we’ve finally managed to make it to the other end of 2020. Though many manufacturers can’t say they aren’t worse for wear for the experience, they were able to draw quite a few insights as a result of having their status quo challenged and…


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How to Build a Waste Heat Recovery System Tailored to Your Business

When one thinks of wasted resources, the mind tends to picture certain things: sheet metal, wood, food stuffs, etc. We tend to pigeon hole ourselves into very physical representations of “waste” and focus on mitigating lost profit through eliminating these sources of physical waste. And while this…


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How to Promote Circular Economy in Your Business

Waste is a guaranteed byproduct of manufacturing, plain and simple – all of the optimization, all of the strategies to reduce manufacturing overhead cost, all of the lean manufacturing in the world isn’t going to completely eliminate waste. Thankfully, waste doesn’t need to be completely…


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Why and How to Use Big Data in Manufacturing

With COVID, labor shortages, and compromised supply chains in full swing, the average manufacturer finds themselves grappling with one of two paths to follow. They can either A: pare back and attempt to save money – adopting a more lean manufacturing approach that’s optimized to only deliver…


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Looking for Trustworthy Industrial Equipment Manufacturers? Ask These Questions

Integrating new machinery in the factory floor can be an exciting endeavor. With each new addition of industry 4.0 hardware such as an industrial grade computer or IoT software comes promises of optimization, increased efficiency, and even more increased profits.  However, it goes without saying…


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10 Ways to Reduce Manufacturing Overhead Costs

Manufacturers have been receiving mixed signals as of late. On the one hand, manufacturing has seen a slow rise in activity but, available talent and labor has been dwindling. On one end of the spectrum, peak season and holidays promise increased production but, on the other end, we’re already…


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How Industry 4.0 Will Address the Manufacturing Talent Shortage

There’s been a rather peculiar, seemingly contradictory, trend coming out of the manufacturing industry the last few months. According to a report by the Institute for Supply Chain Management, manufacturing activity rose up to 56% in August, jumping up nearly 2% from numbers recorded in July. Even…


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Ways to Improve Shipping Technology in Preparation for Peak Season 2020

In the freighting, manufacturing, and retail sectors, August through November/December is commonly referred to as “Peak Season.” It is during this chunk of time that shopping, orders, returns, and shipping increase to an alarming degree as the holiday season, and all of its shopping habits, begin…


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