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Southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturers get student support

By University of Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH (March 22, 2018) … Small- to medium-sized companies in southwestern Pennsylvania have a friend in the University of Pittsburgh. For the past two years, Pitt Industrial Engineering (IE) students have worked with manufacturing extension partnership Catalyst Connection to make productivity and operations improvements throughout the region. “The collaboration with Catalyst […]

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City URA Invests $7 million in Small Businesses Citywide

By South Pittsburgh Reporter The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, with support from Mayor William Peduto’s administration, invested nearly $7 million in small businesses across the city last year, which supported almost $24 million in neighborhood development projects. The businesses were URA loan clients, facade clients, Neighborhood Business District funding recipients, and manufacturers supported through the […]

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Lean Operations for Increased Order Volume

Lean Operations for Increased Order Volume Acuity Finishing Inc. (formerly Plastikoil of Pennsylvania), located in Cranberry Township, Butler County, is a full service bindery offering a variety of binding solutions, custom finishing, specialty packaging and fulfillment services. Recently, Acuity set a five-year goal to double sales. To achieve this objective, they need to cut lead […]

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Blairsville Middle School teams up with local company Clark Metal Products

By Shanie Denney, The Indiana Gazette Want to know what’s so cool about video manufacturing? Technology teacher Michael Funyak and his eighth-grade video production team from Blairsville recently teamed up with local company Clark Metal Products to make a video for a manufacturing video contest called “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” The purpose of the […]

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Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing by Howie Choset (Video)

Howie Choset, CTO for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute and Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, was the Keynote Speaker at Catalyst Connection’s Annual Manufacturing Reception in Pittsburgh, PA on February 21, 2018. He spoke about advanced robotics and the impact they are having on manufacturing companies. For more information on advanced […]

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