The Power of Lean Manufacturing

As a systematic way to increase efficiency and better please customers, lean principles run counter to traditional mass-production practices. Yet, they allow small and medium businesses to consistently increase quality while decreasing costs.

Case Study: Programmable Model 25SP Saves the Day!

EPC's Accu-CoderPro™ programmable encoders are specifically designed for the challenges of an industrial environment. Contained within the rugged, industrial housing is an advanced set of electronics that allow the encoders to be programmed to your exact application needs.

Syncfab Presents Blockchain Solution With Sap, Boeing Panel at IOT Tech Expo 2018

Distributed ledgers allow authentication with just one single, unique entry for every part, user, or supplier, thereby increasing accuracy and cost savings when it comes to inventory management.

Automate 2019, the Launch Pad Startup Competition and the Future of Automation

What's really encouraging is the expanded use by small and medium sized companies who are just beginning to automate as a result of their interest in using automation to become stronger global competitors.

Can a 3D Printer Build a Rocket?

NASA has successfully tested its first rocket engine component made through 3D printing. The 3D printed component produced a breathtaking 20,000 pounds of thrust.

Four Key Technology Trends - How Engineering Software Companies Can Capitalize on Them

The exact impact of IoT, AR/VR, mobile, and generative design will vary from company to company, but make no mistake: These trends are already starting to shape the landscape around them.

2018 Used CNC Machine Price: Average CNC Machine Price

In summary, when you are in the market for a used CNC, it really pays to do your research. A good used CNC machine can make you money for many, many years when properly selected and maintained.

How to Effectively Clean and Maintain Manufacturing Equipment

Addressing the wear and tear on equipment is essential for any manufacturing operation, and in this article, we'll detail everything you need to know. We'll walk you through four effective methods of cleaning and maintenance so you can avoid expensive downtime

Polymers, Productivity and Policy: 3D Printing Trends in 2019

For 2019, we expect new users will continue to find their way towards additive manufacturing, and we'll see an increasing number of companies shifting their production to AM or adding AM into the mix. New product introductions will bring success and failure...

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Manufacturing 2019 Predictions

Key themes woven into our worldwide manufacturing top 10 predictions for 2019 include the focus on digital transformation (DX), manufacturing business ecosystems, supply chain management, product and service innovation, and smart manufacturing.

#1 Article for 2018 - Impact of Tariffs on Manufacturing Companies

For the items that can be re-shored, it has been difficult to find talented craftsmen and women to meet the increased and sudden demand. The labor market is tight and we have lost a generation of manufacturers in the USA.

Top Article for 2018 - Machine Automation Explained

Motion control systems are ideal for use in applications that require product positioning, rapid start and stop motions and synchronization of unconnected elements. PLCs have the capability to offer the required signals for commanding stepper systems and servos...

Top Article for 2018 - Protecting Utilities

Minimising cyber security threats on industrial control systems. Without a strong commitment to security, manufacturers will fall victim to the many pitfalls faced by open protocols.

Three Reasons Why Manufacturers Should Work With Secondary Sourcing Partners

These secondary sourcing partners might only be temporary or assume small roles in regular production, but the advantages manufacturers realize from having a reliable backup readily available are substantial

Interview with FactoryFour Co-Founder & CEO Param Shah

In the next 10 years, 4.6MM manufacturing jobs will become open and only 2.2MM are likely to be filled. As this skills gap widens for manufacturing firms, it's going to be critical to run their organizations as efficiently as possible.

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