Connie Palucka

2019 TransTech Energy Pitch Competition Winners Announced

First Place, $10,000 – Conservation Labs, Brownsville, PA – Mark Kovscek, CEO, presenter Conservation Labs’ H2knowTM system is a smart water technology for homes, apartment buildings and other properties that uses an app, a $1 easy-to-install sensor, and machine learning to understand water flow by interpreting the sound of water and deliver actionable water insights, leak alerts, and […]

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8 Common Questions Manufacturers Have About Additive Manufacturing

Manufacturers seem to have split into two groups when it comes to additive manufacturing (AM): Large companies that were early adopters and evangelize its transformative benefits Smaller manufacturers who are cautiously trying to determine if AM is worth the investment. During my work at Catalyst Connection, a nonprofit manufacturing consultancy that’s part of the MEP National NetworkTM, […]

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How to Identify Production Use Cases for Additive Manufacturing

By Connie Palucka, VP of Consulting at Catalyst Connection When many people think of additive manufacturing (AM), they think of rapid prototyping. After all, 3D printing is synonymous with AM, and 3D printers have increasingly appeared in schools and homes as the technology has matured and become more affordable. But the technology hasn’t just become […]

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DoD Update on Cybersecurity Requirements

If your company is in the Defense supply chain, you are aware of the cybersecurity requirements outlined in DFARS 252.204-70212, as well as the NIST SP 800-171 framework for cybersecurity. What you may not be aware of are the changes that are being developed and will be rolled-out in 2020: NIST 800-171A – This is […]

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NCDMM and Catalyst Connection Announce AMNOW Program to Support Additive Manufacturing Technology Insertion into the U.S. Army Supply Chain

Blairsville, Pa. — April 30, 2019 The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) with its National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, America Makes and partner Catalyst Connection proudly announce the launch of AMNOW, a new program to support additive manufacturing (AM) technology insertion into the existing U.S. Army supply chain.  “Logistically, military supply chains […]

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Advanced Manufacturing Technology Adoption

As modern manufacturing moves into the fourth industrial revolution, technology plays an increasingly important role in all levels of production. And while technology increases capabilities, it also increases the complexity of each subsystem. With advanced manufacturing technology adoption becoming vital to compete and stay relevant in the Industry 4.0 world, companies are seeking out MEP’s […]

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Cyber Security Best Practices

Data breaches are costly and oftentimes devastating attacks for small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). Even if the quantity of information available is less than a larger company, many SMBs are targeted because their networks are vulnerable and easy to attack. While not every company has the benefits of an IT security expert on staff, or […]

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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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University of Pittsburgh and General Carbide Receive $57K to Accelerate 3D Printing Using Tungsten Carbide

By Tia Vialva, 3D Printing Industry The University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and General Carbide, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of compound metals, have received a $57,529 grant to research the use of tungsten carbide in additive manufacturing. This grant was financed from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the first round of the PA Manufacturing […]

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