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NASA picks 9 companies to compete for $2.6 billion in lunar transportation contracts – including Lockheed Martin

By Michael Sheetz, CNBC The National Aeronautics and Space Administration selected nine space companies on Thursday to compete for $2.6 billion in contracts developing technologies to reach and explore the moon. NASA picked Lockheed Martin, Astrobotic, Firefly Aerospace, Masten Space Systems, Moon Express, Draper, Intuitive Machines, Deep Space Systems and Orbit Beyond. The agency narrowed the field […]

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When the Time Comes to Upgrade ERP – Five Key Signs

We of course are referring to Enterprise Resource Planning software, or ERP. For a manufacturing firm, it’s that big software application that plans production materials, takes customer orders, conducts purchasing, production planning, inventory control and much more. And let’s not forget the accounting underbelly. A well-implemented modern ERP is a serious asset. Most notably represented […]

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Catalyst Connection is Offering Digital Manufacturing & Design Assessments

What is Digital Manufacturing & Design (DM&D)? Digital manufacturing & design (DM&D) is the Digital Manufacturing & Design is an integrated approach that brings together software, data, and control systems to model, simulate, analyze, control, and optimize both a product and its manufacturing systems performance.  This can range from implementing simple IoT solutions to gather data […]

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Nine Smart Factories Lighting the Way to a Winning Industry 4.0 Strategy

Original Article: Industry Week, John Hitch The future of manufacturing is a dark place, shrouded in the unknown. As wise Master Yoda once said, “Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.” As in that galaxy far, far away, there are so many variables with which to consider: The skills gap, the aging workforce, […]

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Catalyst Connection is moving to Hazelwood Green

Original Article: NEXTPittsburgh, Bill O’Toole Hazelwood Green, the 178-acre site that houses an economic development program several generations in the making, just signed a new tenant. Catalyst Connection, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization dedicated to helping small manufacturers, will move its headquarters to the Hazelwood Green site in October of 2019. The group will occupy 8300 square feet on […]

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People, not technology, shape the future of manufacturing

By Tobjorn Netland & Lino Guzzella, ETH Zurich These are exciting times for manufacturing. A plethora of recent technological developments creates radically new opportunities for how we develop, manufacture, and deliver products globally. The headlines proclaim that “the robots are coming”, “jobs will be automated”, and “digitalization is revolutionizing production”. Many managers are excited, baffled, […]

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Manufacturers Should Consider Becoming an ‘Employer of Choice’

Earlier this month, Catalyst Connection released the “Manufacturing Employment Demand Study” as part of its Making Your Future initiative to support manufacturing job growth in Southwestern Pennsylvania and gain a better understanding of the current and projected demand for workers and the skill sets sought after the regions’ employers. So what does that mean for employers? […]

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Need for Manufacturing Employees Critical

Industry Today: https://industrytoday.com/article/need-for-manufacturing-employees-critical/ By Petra Mitchell, Catalyst Connection A survey of 111 manufacturers points towards significant hiring over the next five years – but not enough potential employees to meet demand. One of the manufacturing sector’s biggest open secrets is that companies are in serious need of workers. The workforce shortage crisis has been looming for […]

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The jobs are here. Where are the workers?

By Bill O’Toole, NEXT Pittsburgh Between 2011 and 2016, manufacturing employment in the Pittsburgh region dropped by nearly five percent, even as manufacturing sales rose year after year. The jobs are there, but workers with the right training are not. The numbers come from a new report from Catalyst Connection, an Oakland-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting small-scale manufacturers. The report, […]

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Catalyst Connection Releases Making Your Future Manufacturing Employment Demand Study

PGHTECH FUSE Catalyst Connection, which has been helping regional manufacturers grow their businesses for more than 28 years, has announced the release of the Making Your Future™ Manufacturing Employment Demand Study. The study supports manufacturing job growth in Southwestern Pennsylvania and aims to better understand the current and projected demand for workers and the skill sets sought […]

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