Matt Minner

Announcing the MATTR Assistance Program

The NIST MEP MATTR service team has identified a number of NIST researchers with various expertise who are interested in offering their expertise to domestic manufacturers. Click here to view the list of the researchers’ expertise. If you have a project and would like the assistance of one of these experts, contact Matt Minner at […]

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SMM Robotics and Technology Adoption Insights

If your company is considering an investment in robotics this year, you’re not alone. That’s a key conclusion from the SMM Study: Robotics & Technology Engagement lead by Catalyst Connection, CMTC, Fuzehub, and Impact Washington under the Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s Advanced Robotics Collaborative. Of the manufacturers surveyed, 49% say they plan to invest in robotics […]

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NIST Robotics Lab Visits SWPA

Over the past three years, PA MEP and Catalyst Connection have lead two NIST funded embedded projects to connect the MEP network (Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, like Catalyst) to Manufacturing USA institutes, namely America Makes in Youngstown, Ohio and ARM in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In addition to forging strong working relationships with the institutes, it has also […]

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Purchasing your First Industrial Robot? Follow these 3 Easy Steps.

The advanced robotics industry is trending towards providing flexible and accessible automation options for small and medium manufacturers (SMMs). That means there are more and more companies looking at robotic implementation for the first time. Following 3 easy steps up front – determining your needs, picking the right robot, and proper preparation and implementation – […]

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Advanced Robotics Working Group Overview – August 1, 2019

Catalyst Connection held a meeting of the SWPA Advanced Robotics Working Group on August 1 at Catalyst’s offices in Pittsburgh, PA.  The session, with nearly 30 attendees, had a wide cross section of manufacturers (10 unique companies represented!), product and service providers, and other regional development groups.  The session focused on autonomous mobile robots with […]

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4 Types of Robots Every Manufacturer Should Know

There is a lot of buzz these days in the manufacturing sector about robots — and how they can help manufacturers address some of the challenges they face in today’s market, such as increased productivity and the scarcity of skilled workers. But what exactly do analysts and automation experts mean when they use the word […]

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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 Recommendations to Avoid Robotics Project Missteps

Every project manager has a checklist of aspects that he or she will watch out for before, during, and after the project.  Things like build a strong team, establish and agree upon objectives & deliverables up front, watch for scope creep, and validate results of project.  Taking that a step further, here are 5 recommendations […]

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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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Are you ready to implement robotics? Answer these 7 Questions First!

Implementing robotics in manufacturing can inject greater flexibility in product customization and increase productivity from the workforce. With simplification being a key trend in this field, robots are becoming smarter, faster, cheaper, and more accessible to a wide variety of SMM operations. Here are a series of questions to consider when determining if the time […]

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