Anna Mancuso

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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5 minutes with Catalyst’s Petra Mitchell: on the state of manufacturing in our region

Bill O’Toole  April 2, 2019  Latest News, Manufacturing In an era when Pittsburgh’s old steel mills are rapidly becoming apartments and movie studios, it’s easy to feel like our city’s manufacturing and industrial heritage is long gone. But local manufacturing expert Petra Mitchell says that while these sectors are diminished, they are far from extinct. And local companies are hiring. “I […]

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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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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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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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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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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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