The pace of advancement for enabling technologies that are intertwined with traditional manufacturing processes is accelerating at lightning-like speed. Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) like additive manufacturing, robotics, and digital manufacturing and design are equipping today’s manufacturers to take their operational performance to the next level.
A common perception among small and medium manufacturers is that advanced robotics and automation are out of reach – expensive and time consuming implementations that are simply not a fit for their high-mix/low-volume operations. While that was the case decades ago, the ongoing industry trend to address those challenges has made that more perception than reality.
Smart Manufacturing, a facet of Industry 4.0, integrates cutting-edge technologies like IoT, big data, and system integration to enhance operational efficiency through data utilization. Amidst the vast array of technologies, pinpointing your challenges empowers you to harness these tools to optimize throughput, minimize downtime, elevate quality, and expedite decision-making using real-time data, trends, and analytics.
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), more than 2.5 million cybersecurity incidents were reported in 2021. That represents an increase of more than five times over 2016. The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), under the department of Homeland Security, reports that while 43% of reported cyber attacks target small businesses, only 14% of those businesses are prepared to defend themselves.
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""Catalyst reached out to us with a service that was free because of a grant. This service pushed us to start the process of reaching our NIST / CMMC goals. Because of this push we've invested in improving our cybersecurity & have made significant improvements. We continued our contract with the s/w that Catalyst suggested to track these changes. It was a great suggestion, and we find the s/w to be very useful. Overall Catalyst was instrumental in the push to improve our cybersecurity. They were knowledgeable, helpful & incredibly professional. Mark Sewell specifically guided us through our training & always made himself available when we needed him. He did an incredible job and is a great asset to the Catalyst team. We had a terrific experience working with him and Catalyst.""
| Premier Automation
""I joined my company with the relationship already established & Mark Sewell did a great job getting me up to speed, walking me through critical aspects of IT security upgrades that needed to be made to get us to the point we needed to be to receive a major government grant. Appreciate the effort from Mark & the vendor he helped to source to support our business.""
| Core Power Magnetics
""Catalyst has been instrumental in growing our company. They have helped us meet current cyber security requirements and guided us though ISO certifications. ""
| DJ Machining, LLC
""Matt and the team at Catalyst were vital in helping us with our automation project. Essentially filling the role of a project manager by helping us scope, connect with solution providers, & vetting proposals to make sure all key deliverables were satisfied. Matt made sure the process stayed on track and accomplished the established objectives. We could not be more satisfied with the work that was done and look forward to working together on future opportunities.""
| JSP International
""Catalyst has been extremely valuable in our automation efforts. Their knowledge of local, skilled integrators in our area gave us a huge head start on our project. Having someone like them who has firsthand working knowledge of these vendors & experience with so many different integrations really streamlined the process. It allowed us to make quick connections with reliable, proven companies that could help us. Finding the right help is often one of the more difficult steps in getting a project like this off the ground.""
| Diamondback Covers