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Mitigating Vendor & Supplier Risks in the Manufacturing Industry

For manufacturers, now is the time to build on their competitive advantages to accelerate economic recovery and build long-lasting relationships. However, this needs to be balanced with a robust risk mitigation strategy.

Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) Starts Preparing Companies for the Future of Manufacturing

Michigan’s manufacturing sector is crucial to its economy. It accounts for nearly 20% of the total output in the state, generating $102.35 billion and employing 631,000 people. Here’s what MEDC is doing to ensure this critical part of the economy maintains growth.

The New Supply Chain Issues Can’t Be Handled the Old Way

Supply shortages, cybersecurity threats, and a lack of worker digital skills are the top three challenges faced by manufacturers, according to an IDC survey in November 2021.

Increasing Demand for Medical 3D Printed Parts Requires Effective Finishing Methods

As the implementation of advanced manufacturing methods like AM increases, it is important to investigate and apply production methods that can produce intricate, yet reliable parts quickly and cost-effectively.

Adopting These Trends Will Help Manufacturers Reach the Future of Work

To keep pace with economic demands in an increasingly competitive landscape, manufacturers must aggressively adopt strategies that address the industry’s generational skills gap and accelerate digital transformation.

Improving Maintenance in Manufacturing

For those in high volume, low margin industries such as food and beverage or automotive parts manufacturing, preventative maintenance may be wrongly seen as unattainable, due to perceived high upfront costs.

Simplified CMM Inspection Provides a Flexible Approach to More Productive Quality Control

The simplified operator menu lists all the available inspection programs and the exact position the part should be placed on the machine table for inspection, giving operators the confidence to perform measurement tasks in just a few clicks.

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2022 - The Year of Automation

Many businesses have folded, thousands of jobs have been lost, but there is an upside to this – many have managed to ride the wave and come out the other side with a stronger, more resilient business model that will drive them forward despite uncertain times.

6 Emerging Solutions for Industrial Noise Control

Managing an industrial facility means dealing with several hazards. While some of these risks, like repetitive motion strains and machine collisions, may be obvious, some are less evident. Noise control, for example, often goes overlooked in industrial safety.

How Manufacturers Can Deal With Supply Chain Issues and Still Grow

New orders hit a 16-month low in October 2021, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Similarly, 26 commodities were in short supply, some for more than a year. However, despite these setbacks, manufacturers still have a chance to grow.

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Condition Monitoring for Predictive Maintenance monitors drive data to optimize the operational safety and efficiency of machines.

NORD's condition monitoring solution focuses on status-based maintenance to increase service life of components and machines, predict undesirable operating conditions, and reduce unplanned downtimes, service costs, and material costs.

Powered Roller Conveyors Create Flexible, Streamlined Transport Systems

Robotunits has launched its Powered Roller Conveyor family of 24-V components designed to make it quick and easy for plant managers and control engineers to configure and build a complete transport system.

Exhibit Sales Trending Upward for PACK EXPO East 2022

Total exhibit space sales are pacing 15 percent ahead, with a nine percent increase in the number of exhibitors - including 21 new exhibitors signing up in the last two weeks - according to show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

Sciaky, Inc. to Deliver World's Largest Metal Electron Beam DED 3D Printer, a Customized EBAM® 300 Series Additive Manufacturing System, to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI)

The high-deposition EBAM machine will 3D print titanium aerostructures 6 meters (nearly 20 feet) in length

Daemon 3D supply Rollem with MakerBot 3D Printers with a 96% yield rate in print tolerance

Rollem uses both METHOD and METHOD X to successfully create fully custom, one-off parts for the printing of playing, trading and gaming cards for the likes of Monopoly®, Cluedo® & Pokemon®.

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Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series: High Precision Stages with Built-in Controllers and Linear Encoders

Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series: High Precision Stages with Built-in Controllers and Linear Encoders

Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series of linear stages have high stiffness, load, and lifetime capabilities in a compact size. The integrated linear encoder combined with stage calibration provides high accuracy positioning over the full travel of the device. At 36 mm high, these stages are excellent for applications where a low profile is required. The X-LRQ-DE's innovative design allows speeds up to 205 mm/s and loads up to 100 kg. Like all Zaber products, the X-LRQ-DE Series is designed for easy set-up and operation.

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NORD DRIVESYSTEMS

NORD DRIVESYSTEMS

With production facilities in the Midwest and on both coasts, NORD is prepared to serve you with some of the shortest lead times in the industry. We house extensive component inventory, allowing us to assemble and ship 25% of all orders same or next day!