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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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3 Questions about XR Technologies

Guest Blogger: Karen Alexander PhD – XRconnectED What Is XR? XR is a term that refers collectively to a range of technologies. Virtual Reality is a completely computer-generated environment that is experienced by wearing a VR headset. Because the environment and the objects within it are digital, they can be manipulated and the user can […]

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Industry 4.0 is all about data: TAKTL Case Study

Guest Blogger: Ben Bird – Director, Information Technology, TAKTL Industry 4.0 is all about data. Data collected from machines, operators, systems, robots, products, customers, and every other process along the value chain. The data is captured, analyzed, and studied, and then it teaches us something about the chain. The generated knowledge drives deliberate actions relative to product […]

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