Connie Palucka

Strategies for Managing Industrial IoT Talent

By Brian Buntz, IoT World Today With industrial IoT talent in short supply, having a proactive strategy to fill the gap is a necessity.  While many industrial companies have launched smart factories and other digitally enabled industrial projects, most struggle to find qualified workers. With unemployment in the U.S. hovering near a 50-year low, talent […]

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A sudden change only made the Kurt J. Lesker Co. and Kurt Lesker IV stronger

By Jane Gest, Smart Business In 2015, when Kurt Lesker IV became the third leader of the company his grandfather started, the biggest doubts he heard were in his own head. “There are 7.5 billion people in the world,” he says. “Am I the most qualified person out of 7.5 billion people to run the […]

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Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal (DSIP) is Now Live

The DoD Small Business and Technology Partnerships Office is pleased to announce the official opening of the Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal (DSIP), the new website for DoD SBIR/STTR Proposal Submissions. DSIP is now LIVE at https://www.dodsbirsttr.mil/submissions/login and is accepting Phase II Proposal Submissions. The DoD SBIR/STTR Submissions Website is slowly being replaced with the new […]

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5 Ways to Embrace Industry 4.0

Article from Industry Today Today, most manufacturers are engaged in activities that could be considered part of “Industry 4.0.” (70% according to the World Economic Forum’s [WEF] white paper, “Fourth Industrial Revolution: Beacons of Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing”). But only 29% of those companies are deploying new technologies at scale, granting them opportunities to realize […]

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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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