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Industry 4.0 and ISO 9001 Quality Management (Part 1)

1/20/2021 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
The concept of Industry 4.0 has been gradually introduced into manufacturing facilities in recent years, bringing with it operational improvements and countless other benefits. In a two-part blog series, we will explore how these exciting developments can support ISO 9001-based Quality Management Systems (QMS), as well as dive into their impact on the overall Quality department.


Transitioning from Industry 3.0 to 4.0: “To Infinity and Beyond!”

12/18/2020 - BY: JESS CRUZ
I am privileged to meet with and support many small to mid-sized manufacturers in Michigan. They bring great value with their products proudly made in Michigan. However, many of these manufacturers are unaware of the information and opportunities associated with Industry 4.0 technologies. My hope is to provide some insight and encouragement for those who are considering their next steps towards technology adoptions.


Reengineer Your Business for Growth by Improving from Reactive IT to Proactive OT

12/4/2020 - BY: GEORGE SINGOS
In my role as a Business Leader Advisor, I often speak with small manufacturers in Michigan that are looking to grow. Many have found that their growth is stagnant and they don't know why. In situations such as these, the first step is to begin with evaluating the organization’s structure.


You’re (Virtually) Invited: Join the Integr8 Industry 4.0 Conference

10/16/2020 - BY: GEORGE SINGOS
This year’s unique business challenges required manufacturers to be more flexible and efficient than ever before. As companies worked to rapidly adapt by shifting product offerings and implementing new safety practices, one factor emerged as a clear key to success: technology.  To further educate manufacturers on the benefits and uses of a number of Industry 4.0 technologies, Automation Alley will hold its fourth Integr8 event November 9-10, 2020 – this time, it will be completely virtual.


Industry 4.0: Are You Falling Behind or Leading the Way?

7/10/2020 - BY: GEORGE SINGOS
Much like how the concept of natural selection says we must adapt to our environment in order to survive, businesses also must evolve and adapt to new methods and ways of operating if they hope to survive into the future. Otherwise, getting stuck in the past and fearing change could lead to the demise of the organization.


Do You Want to Be an Operator – Or an Expert?

6/26/2020 - BY: TRICIA ONESIAN WITH SPECIAL GUEST BOB JENKINS
As an increasing number of small manufacturers start to invest in innovative technologies, I’ve seen one critical issue arise in several companies: they don’t have the basics in place before implementing advanced technology. To understand the importance of having fundamental training in place, I had a discussion with my friend and colleague Bob Jenkins, Quality Program Manager at The Center, about why the basics are critical in manufacturing.


How to Ensure Business Results with Technology Investments

2/21/2020 - BY: GEORGE SINGOS
As I meet with companies around Michigan through my role as a consultant, I hear a lot of concerns from companies that aren't quite achieving the Return on Investment (ROI) they were expecting from technology implementations. This leads to the question, why do these technology investments fail?


Industry 4.0 & the Continuous Pursuit of Continuous Improvement

10/18/2019 - BY: MICHAEL MCGRAY & CHUCK WERNER
Provided on-time delivery is above 95%, not too much product is hitting a scrap hopper and a little more money is coming in than going out, many leaders assume their business is functioning successfully. Hidden issues (and costs) may well be felt, but are not properly identified in a way that lends to their elimination. Today, many affordable tools are available to help us truly understand the factors that drive profitability. 


Human Resource Technologies: Reaching the Next Level of HR Management

4/26/2019 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
I recently had the opportunity to participate on a panel during an after-hours meeting of local businesses. The ensuing discussion among this diverse group reminded me of an area in business that can greatly benefit through the application of technology: Human Resources.


When Lean and Six Sigma Meet Industry 4.0

1/25/2019 - BY: ANNA STEFOS 
Each day, more manufacturers are implementing new technologies in their facilities in efforts to improve operations, boost efficiency and increase profitability. However, many are still trying to figure out how to best approach these new technologies and what they will look like for their business. One way to better understand how to achieve a “smart” factory is to think of it in the context of Lean Six Sigma.


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