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The DOD SBIR 19.2 and STTR 19.B Broad Agency Announcements are Open for Proposal Submission

You may now submit your Phase I proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 19.2 and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 19.B Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) through the Department of Defense (DOD) SBIR/STTR proposal submission website at https://sbir.defensebusiness.org. All proposals for this Announcement must be received by 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday, July 1, 2019.  Important […]

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NASA’s Heat Resistant Materials for Your Business

NASA’s Technology Transfer Program is looking for companies interested in utilizing NASA’s high-temperature materials and coatings to improve their existing products, or introduce new ones to their customers. These technologies, originally developed for exploration and discovery, can help improve damage resistance, increase product lifetimes, and save energy. Click here to browse NASA’s entire portfolio of high-temperature […]

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NASA Offers Superior Insulation Technologies for Your Business

NASA’s Technology Transfer Program is offering a portfolio of novel insulation materials to the public for licensing. From aerogels and organic polymers to powder-filled insulating layers, these breakthrough materials have the potential to help you move toward advanced and sustainable insulation solutions. Click on one of the technologies below to read more! Atomic Number (Z)-Grade Radiation […]

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Selecting New ERP – 5 Key Consultant Weaknesses to Avoid

By Mark Engleman, Engleman Associates ERP software is complicated and difficult for buyers to assess what functions really exist and what constitutes ERP vendor viability. It is even more difficult to arrange favorable initial and ongoing costs and commercial terms for ERP.  Companies purchase new ERP software maybe once a decade or less often—so they […]

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How to Utilize 5S as a tool in Lean Manufacturing

The 5S approach to workplace organization is a tool that operates as a key building block for Lean Manufacturing. 5S stands for Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. Catalyst Connection’s Plan-Do-Check-Act approach to Lean uses 5S as a key foundation for operational excellence. Todd Tommaney, Catalyst’s operational excellence consultant, recently spoke on this […]

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4 Ways Robots Deliver ROI to Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Robots present a common conundrum for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). On the one hand, they can help smaller operations improve efficiencies and become more competitive within their industry. But are they worth the initial investment, time, resources, and risk to implement? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, SMMs (manufacturing organizations with under 500 employees) make […]

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5 Security Woes of IoT

By LEIA SHILOBOD – CEO of InTech Solutions As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more widespread in manufacturing environments to increase productivity and automation, manufacturers must be aware of the security risks or face the potentially catastrophic consequences. Who would think a sensor on a manufacturing line or security camera would pose a threat […]

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Becoming an Employer of Choice: 5 Best Practices to Attract and Retain Superior Employees

No matter the size or focus of an organization, hiring and retaining the best people for the job is crucial to long-term success. Developing a reputation as a desirable place to work will help to attract superior candidates, and creating an organizational culture that meets employee needs will keep people satisfied and engaged in the […]

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5 takeways from the NEXTpittsburgh panel on advanced manufacturing

By Bill O’Toole, NEXT Pittsburgh Even for experts, it can be tough to keep track of the rapid pace of change and innovation in Pittsburgh’s advanced manufacturing sector. Fortunately, Pittsburgh’s manufacturing community had a chance to touch base and catch up on Tuesday morning at Nova Place, when NEXTpittsburgh hosted a panel dedicated to innovators […]

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Local Company Cleans Up During Small Business Week: George Saxon Jr. Lauded as SBA’s Regional and Local Exporter of the Year

PITTSBURGH – Perched on a walkway, cleaning large, steam surface condensers with his family’s patented tube-cleaning products is how SBA’s (the U.S. Small Business Administration) award-winner George Saxon Jr. spent his college breaks. Fast-forward three decades and Saxon, who still lends a hand cleaning up corrosion, is taking the 95-year-old Conco Services Corporation international with […]

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