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5 Common Reasons Behind Lean Manufacturing Failure

Lean Manufacturing, by definition, is about reducing non-value-added activities from the workflow. Unfortunately, the implementation of a Lean approach fails more often than not, and can end up as a waste of time and energy if there is not long-term follow through. Below are 5 common reasons why Lean fails: Too many Tools It is […]

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Kids find the cool behind manufacturing

By Gabriella Canales, Butler Eagle The coolest part of manufacturing is creating something from nothing, according to 14-year-old Ryan McLister. “Materials can start bare and turn into something cool and goes through a really long process just to go out in the public,” said the Butler Area Intermediate High School eight-grader. Ryan is a member […]

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Burrell students get high-tech homework assignment from electronics maker

By Mary Ann Thomas, Trib Live Talk about your homework. Burrell High School students took home a robotic arm, a 3D printer and a heavy assignment from a visit to a Harrison circuit board producer. Tuesday’s visit to EPD Electronics by 14 Burrell students wasn’t your typical field trip and, according to school administrators and […]

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RE2 Robotics CEO, Jorgen Pedersen, Appointed to Catalyst Connection’s Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PITTSBURGH, PA – March 12, 2019 – RE2 Robotics, leading developer of humanlike robotic manipulator arms, announced today that the Company’s CEO, Jorgen Pedersen, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Catalyst Connection. Catalyst Connection is a Pittsburgh-based manufacturing consulting firm, a Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, and the Manufacturing Extension […]

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Grant to support development of mobile game to help Pennsylvania residents land manufacturing jobs

By Kevin Randolph, Pennsylvania Business Report Catalyst Connection, an industrial resource center supporting the growth of small manufacturers in western Pennsylvania, will receive a grant to support the development of a mobile game designed to help individuals obtain jobs in the manufacturing sector. Catalyst Connection is partnering with Pittsburgh-based game developer Simcoach Games to create […]

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Mobile Game Preps Pennsylvanians for Manufacturing Jobs

By John Clay, We Are Central PA Harrisburg – Governor Tom Wolf announced that thousands of dollars will be spent on a mobile game, to help Pennsylvanians get hired for manufacturing jobs. “Catalyst Connection” is an industrial resource center that’s creating the game with Pittsburgh developer “Simcoach Games.” The app will allow users to practice […]

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Smart Manufacturing – Building Talent to Accelerate a Digital Transformation: Industry Report Part Three

This is volume 3 of the Smart Manufacturing Reports from SME. NO EXCUSES: Build a Smart Workforce Today According to SME’s Manufacturing in the New Industry 4.0 Era Survey (Smart Manufacturing: 7 Essential Building Blocks, SME’s Smart Manufacturing Industry Report. Vol. 1, No. 2), manufacturers say that two top barriers preventing smart technology are people-related: LACK […]

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New Funding to Support Development of Mobile Game to Help Pennsylvanians Land Manufacturing Jobs

Original Article: Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding to support the development of a mobile game that will help individuals land jobs in the manufacturing sector. The grant will be provided to Catalyst Connection, an industrial resource center that supports the growth of […]

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Integrators Talk about Collaborative Robots: A Roundtable Discussion

Original Article: Jeff Burnstein, A3  Driven by the demands of labor shortages and costs, faster product cycles, and higher product mixes, the integration of cost-effective, flexible collaborative robots (or “cobots”) continues to grow by leaps and bounds. And while challenges remain, innovations by robot manufacturers and a fast-growing ecosystem of peripherals and integrators are helping […]

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