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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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