Manufacturing Execution Systems: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Posted by IMEC on Jun 17, 2021 1:07:58 PM

This article is written by Chuck Werner,  Manager of Operational Excellence at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center - part of the MEP National Network, and originally published in IndustryWeek.

Smart Manufacturing is the manufacturing of the future, and, at its core, works to save time, money, and resources. One valuable tool in the move toward Smart or Smart(er) Manufacturing is the implementation of a manufacturing execution system. A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is an automated system that utilizes real-time data to assist you in measuring how your production equates with financial performance.

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4 applications you should produce with additive manufacturing

Posted by IMEC on May 28, 2021 1:40:49 PM

This is an original article from Fast Radius.

When people think of additive manufacturing (AM), the first thing that often comes to mind is prototyping. When you need to iterate on a design quickly without the constraints of traditional manufacturing runs, AM works well because there’s no hard tooling involved, making rapid iteration possible.

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Five Simple Digital Applications That Are Changing Manufacturing

Posted by IMEC on Dec 22, 2020 10:19:18 AM

Written by Michael Taylor, Mechanical engineer and project manager at NIST MEP.

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High-Mix/Low-Volume Manufacturers Are a Sweet Spot for Collaborative Robots

Posted by IMEC on Aug 12, 2020 2:47:00 PM

Written by Andrew Peterson, NIST.

Collaborative robots are increasingly attractive to manufacturers who require flexible solutions for their growing product mix but may not have the scale of work or capital resources needed to justify larger investments in automation systems.

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How to Seize a Digital Transformation Opportunity in COVID Times

Posted by Hanoz Umrigar on Jul 21, 2020 3:25:48 PM

The COVID-19 crisis is rapidly accelerating our need to prepare for a digital transformation and creating a digital strategy will be a roadmap for the transformation. The “new norm” of navigating the digital landscape in COVID times, highlights the reality of moving past the buzz words and catchy phrases, to aspiring to undertake a digital transformation agenda with both near and long-term strategic objectives in mind. This crisis presents its challenges to digital transformation planning: while certain sectors of the manufacturing industry are thriving, others are battling the fast-paced changes, challenges, and constraints.

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What Is Manufacturing’s Greatest Challenge?

Posted by IMEC on Mar 9, 2020 12:22:18 PM

An original article by Nico Thomas, Performance Analyst for the Program Evaluation and Economic Research  group of NIST MEP.

Technology is the single greatest challenge (and opportunity) for the manufacturing industry … or is it? It’s true that technology has evolved and changed how manufacturers—especially small and medium-sized manufacturers—operate their businesses, in ways that even a few years ago didn’t seem possible.

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Kane County Partners with IMEC to Ignite Manufacturing Innovation and Productivity in Kane County

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jan 30, 2020 2:22:04 PM

Manufacturers across the state are taking advantage of IMEC’s Illinois Manufacturing Innovation Voucher program! Just last November, IMEC announced a leading-edge economic development program to help small and medium-sized manufacturers accelerate technology adoption in their products and processes. Awarding up to $25,000 in matching funds, Illinois manufacturers can obtain external technical assistance to solve technology adoption challenges.

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Industry 4.0 Can Solve the Productivity Gap: Five Actions for Leaders of Small and Mid-sized Manufacturers

Posted by David Boulay on Jan 28, 2020 8:30:00 AM

It is awe-inspiring to walk into today’s manufacturers and see the efficient and productive way things are made. Yet, even though the United States remains one of the most productive countries, manufacturing productivity has remained flat over the past decade. This should be a major concern. Productivity is a vital foundation for stronger companies, rising standards of living, and vibrant communities.

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5 Ways to Embrace Industry 4.0

Posted by IMEC on Dec 17, 2019 8:10:00 AM

This is an original article written by Shekhar Chandrashekhar of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, part of the MEP National Network.

You may be adopting advanced manufacturing technologies but how do you deploy them at scale to realize true business results? Here’s how.

Embrace Industry 4.0 and start reaping the rewards new technologies promise — no matter what size your company.

Today, most manufacturers are engaged in activities that could be considered part of “Industry 4.0.” (70% according to the World Economic Forum’s [WEF] white paper, “Fourth Industrial Revolution: Beacons of Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing”).

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Why You Know More About Industry 4.0 Than You Think

Posted by IMEC on Dec 5, 2019 9:48:13 AM

This is an original article by Aaron Fox, President of Oregon MEP.

If industrial manufacturing had a buzzword of the decade, it might be “Industry 4.0.” The concept is inescapable, yet it can be hard to define, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). After all, SMMs’ capabilities, needs, and budgets look very different from the large companies who often drive the latest innovations and trends. However, Industry 4.0 is so pervasive that many smaller manufacturers know more about the technologies than they might think. Below, we define Industry 4.0, then explore ways that SMMs can and do implement it already.

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