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Optimize Business with Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

3/25/2022 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
As time goes on, we continue to see more and more advanced technology in every aspect of our lives. So why not take advantage of technology within our manufacturing companies? As we work to improve efficiencies, fill talent gaps, increase profitability and stay competitive, a strategic advantage can be found in applying relevant advanced manufacturing technologies.


Sustaining Best Practices with Digital Process Control

3/11/2022 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
Utilizing Industry 4.0 technologies is the future of the manufacturing industry. It is essential for your business to stay up to date with the latest ways to improve your operations and retain your employees.


Industry 4.0 is Coming to a City Near You

2/25/2022 - BY: THE CENTER
Industry 4.0 is the future of manufacturing and Michigan is at the forefront. Utilizing smart technology will transform the industry by allowing manufacturers to design, model and validate products in a virtual world. The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) is here to help ensure your company doesn’t fall behind. Take advantage of upcoming FREE showcases and events throughout Michigan to learn how Industry 4.0 can support your business.


Assisting Employee Performance With Human Machine Interaction

2/11/2022 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
Talent shortages continue around several industries, including manufacturing. Among other challenges, keeping your employees engaged and productive is key to operational success. So why not utilize technology to help make human jobs easier while also cutting waste?


The New “Space” Race

11/19/2021 - BY: JEFF SCHULTZ
Growing up in the era of NASA’s Apollo space program, I was fascinated with space exploration and had my sights set on becoming an astronaut. When the creative side of my brain overtook the analytic side, astronaut as a profession ceased. But my interest in outer space remained. 


How to Maintain Cybersecurity with Industry 4.0 Implementations

10/8/2021 - THE CENTER
As companies look to implement Industry 4.0 technologies in their facilities, information security must be a main consideration to ensure their business stays protected. When planning technology investments, this checklist will help mitigate as much of this risk to information security as possible.


Tax Break Opportunity for Cobot Implementations

9/17/2021 - BY: MICHAEL MCGRAY
In recent years, collaborative robots – or cobots – have gained much attention and interest for the many benefits they provide to manufacturers of all size and type. Now, manufacturers who implement cobots may be eligible for a significant federal tax deduction to help stretch their equipment budgets while improving production. 


How to Achieve Enhanced Operations Management with Industry 4.0

8/27/2021 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
Good decisions require good information – and business agility necessitates that your information provides a clear, concise and current picture of the shop floor. If this sounds nice in theory but in reality you’re wondering how you can achieve the data and analysis necessary with an already task-saturated leadership team, perhaps your business can benefit from Enhanced Operations Management.


Industry 4.0 - Coming to a City Near You!

7/9/2021 - BY: KARA KUCINSKI
As the state starts to reopen for in-person events, The Center is hitting the road to bring Industry 4.0 technologies to manufacturers across Michigan. To learn more about how these innovations can help your company stay efficient, competitive and prosperous, find an Industry 4.0 event near you.


Manufacturing Execution Systems: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

6/25/2021 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
As we continue on the path to a data-driven culture, it is imperative for manufacturers to have systems in place equipped to collect and analyze facility-specific data. Implementing a Manufacturing Execution System is a way to connect your current operations to your output and performance levels, leading to a more efficient and productive manufacturing facility.


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