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Smart Manufacturing – 7 Essential Building Blocks: Industry Report Part Two

This is the second of three Smart Manufacturing Reports from SME. Advancing Smart Manufacturing The top two challenges for manufacturers implementing Smart Manufacturing solutions are finding skilled people and figuring out where to begin, according to SME’s Manufacturing in the New Industry 4.0 Era Survey conducted in March 2018. In this second edition, SME will […]

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Catalyst Connection Celebrates Industry 4.0 – A Bright Future at Annual Reception

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Allison Moux, amoux@catalystconnection.org 412.918.4252 PITTSBURGH, February 21, 2019 — Catalyst Connection, which has been helping regional manufacturers grow their businesses for over 30 years, celebrated the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest at its annual meeting Wednesday night. The program focused on the future of manufacturing related to Industry 4.0 […]

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What’s so cool about manufacturing? Check out the winners of Catalyst Connection’s student video contest.

By Bill O’Toole, NEXT Pittsburgh What’s so cool about manufacturing? For school-age filmmakers in the Pittsburgh region, that’s both a question and an invitation to learn about their local economy. On Wednesday night, the nonprofit workforce development organization Catalyst Connection hosted its annual reception and video contest at Heinz Field. The theme of the evening, attended by more than […]

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Are you ready to implement robotics? Answer these 7 Questions First!

Implementing robotics in manufacturing can inject greater flexibility in product customization and increase productivity from the workforce. With simplification being a key trend in this field, robots are becoming smarter, faster, cheaper, and more accessible to a wide variety of SMM operations. Here are a series of questions to consider when determining if the time […]

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Effective ERP Cost Control – Top five money savers to achieve

By Mark Engleman, Engleman Associates, Inc. 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, accounting, and much more. The average ERP license, or ERP Cloud subscription price, is about […]

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The challenge of filling Manufacturing Jobs goes beyond the skills gap

It is becoming increasingly more difficult to find workers with adequate manufacturing skills. This commonly acknowledged problem – known as the “skills gap” – has led to calls for education and development of the next generation of the skilled trades labor force. While such reform is critical to the future, it doesn’t address the current […]

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Manufacturing PA Innovation Program is awarding $3 million to transform statewide tech & research projects

By Bill O’Toole, NEXT Pittsburgh Students, politicians and business leaders across the Keystone State are joining forces to shape the future of manufacturing. In two weeks, the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will announce the second round of awards for the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program. The grants, which range from $25,000 to $70,000, […]

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Smart Manufacturing – A Competitive Necessity: Industry Report Part One

This is the first of three Smart Manufacturing Reports from SME. Three years ago the world was introduced to Amazon Echo, and its now popular intelligent personal assistant, Alexa. Today, millions of Americans interact with Alexa (or Google Home or Nest) to play a favorite song, turn on the lights, change a thermostat or even […]

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How IIoT Can Fuel Business Model Disruption

Original Article: IoT World Today, Brian Buntz Savvy industrial organizations acknowledge the game-changing potential the industrial Internet of Things has to drive new revenue with new business models, but develop a realistic step-by-step plan to get there. The sales pitch for the industrial Internet of Things and related terms is anything but subtle. One of […]

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Middle school students compete in video contest that asks ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’

By Stephen Huba, Trib Live The winners of a contest that paired 20 Western Pennsylvania manufacturers with 20 middle schools will be announced at Catalyst Connection’s annual manufacturing reception on Wednesday. The middle school students were encouraged to go behind the scenes and interview employees of local companies and submit videos for the “What’s So […]

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