Technology Selection: The Latest Updates

Posted by Ken Wunderlich on Apr 26, 2022 10:20:14 AM

There are literally thousands of options that you can pursue in manufacturing, with the potential return on investment varying from a -100% return to a 100%+ return. The challenge for manufacturing companies is to have a process to determine what the next steps should be. IMEC has a basic process that can help you to navigate these waters and bring some clarity to your next step.

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Using Technology to Capture Standardized Work via the TWI-JI Format

Posted by Ken Wunderlich on Jan 7, 2022 12:10:21 PM

This article will focus on technology as well as Training Within Industry - Job Instruction (TWI-JI) module to capture standardized work.

The challenge: The onboarding process is challenging. The primary reason is two-fold.

First, if tasks are documented, they are usually written and describe the steps in the process. However, the onboarding process is much more than tasks. It involves a logical format that often uses more sensory input to be successful (e.g. vision or audio). Only, providing a written document for training has limited effectiveness as it does not consider all sensory input. Different individuals capture knowledge differently. Providing multiple methods or considering different sensory inputs will provide a more effective educational session.

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Cybersecurity Tactics to Take Right Now

Posted by IMEC on Jul 30, 2021 9:32:33 AM

This is an original article from Cre8tive Technology and Design.

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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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Manufacturers Voice Their Priorities Out of The Pandemic

Posted by Linda Su on May 21, 2021 4:00:49 PM

It has been a little over a year since the beginning of the pandemic. As you are rebounding from the global crisis, thinking back to the past year, what a great challenge that was. Now, as you continue to operate with the pandemic, what is next? What steps are you taking to protect your company? To strengthen and to make sure you stay competitive during this chaotic time? The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development and IMEC wondered the same thing, therefore we reached out to manufacturers seeking answers. Using a 10-questions survey aligning with the US Commerce NIST Baldridge Performance Excellence Framework, over 1000 manufacturers responded with their priorities. In which, over half responded with ‘Creating Growth Opportunities’ as the number one priority.

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Beyond Prototyping: Scaling up to Additive Manufacturing for Production

Posted by IMEC on Apr 8, 2021 8:42:32 AM

This is an original article from Fast Radius.

Most are well-acquainted with additive manufacturing (AM) — as a rapid prototyping tool, at least. And while many companies believe and perpetuate the myth that AM is only a prototyping tool, innovators in a range of markets (e.g., aerospace, healthcare, consumer goods and more) are already using AM for production-grade manufacturing when design, performance and cost factors align.

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RealWear HMT-1 Benefits for Manufacturers

Posted by Jeremy Smith on Mar 9, 2021 2:35:21 PM

Knowledge transfer for new employees is often the bottleneck to effective and efficient onboarding and can be a major source of downtime when the right knowledge is unavailable on-site. The RealWear HMT-1 provides solutions to these problems, and more, in an intuitive and safe way.

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Building Global Competitiveness: PedalCell Success Story

Posted by Simone Erskine on Feb 10, 2021 2:04:17 PM

Imagine this: you are on a beautiful bike ride, miles away from any sign of civilization – you may be a casual biker, or you belong to the bikepacking community (people who go on remote bike trips for days or weeks at a time). The essential devices that keep you safe and connected are in a dire state: a cell phone is on the verge of dying, lights are dead, your external battery pack is running low on juice. What do you do?

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Process Mapping Uncovered

Posted by Jim Floyd on Dec 1, 2020 4:12:07 PM

The IMEC Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Services (AMTS) service is the strategic incorporation of nine (9) core Industry 4.0 technologies along with all the enterprise’s other continuous improvement initiatives. Looking at AMTS, we see the confluence of several process mapping tools come to bear, ensuring that the enterprise has a unified, well-coordinated and well-integrated improvement system for achieving their strategic and operational goals / targets.

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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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