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Michigan's Rallying Cry: Early Digital Adoption for SMEs

8/4/2021 - Michigan has been known for its expertise and productivity in manufacturing for more than 120 years. To maintain the state's competitive manufacturing advantage, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is leading a signature Industry 4.0 initative. The partnership with Automation Alley and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) features a multi-pronged strategy to support more than 6,000 of Michigan’s small- and medium-sized manufacturers in the early adoption of automation and digital technology in manufacturing. Read the full article from industryweek.com. 

Reps. Stevens and Meijer Introduce Legislation to Make Major Investments in Manufacturing Extension Partnership Programs

7/22/2021 - Today, Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), introduced bipartisan legislation that would create a new expansion grant pilot program for the Hollins Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and help MEP centers cut through bureaucratic red tape by allowing them to choose how best to use federal funds. Administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the MEP program is a network of public-private partnerships in every state that gives small- and mid-sized manufacturers the services and resources they need to create well-paying manufacturing jobs and thrive in today’s economy. The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Michigan is located in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District. Read the full article from stevens.house.gov.

Re-Envisioning Manufacturing

7/20/2021 - Customers are an open book. They want a quality product at the lowest price possible. Put bluntly, they don’t particularly care if the process to make their parts is automated or manual, complicated or straightforward. Therefore, to earn a potential customer’s business, fabricators must cut the fat in their operations at every turn. Knowing that the competition is likely doing the same, fabricators must play the long game to achieve longterm competitiveness. Read the full article from www.fsmdirect.com.

Putting Industry 4.0 to Work in Michigan

7/14/2021 - Major technology breakthroughs are no longer just the stuff of startups in places like Silicon Valley, Boston or The Research Triangle. Today, technological innovation is happening in every front office and shop floor, and the Industry 4.0 revolution is underway. So what is it? Read the full article from www.mimfg.com

State Funding Nudges Manufacturers Into Industry 4.0

7/13/2021 - At the end of 2020, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved $2 million for the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to solicit regional grant proposals from eligible organizations that are interested in increasing Industry 4.0 awareness and readiness among local manufacturers. Read the full article from www.mibiz.com. 

West Michigan Manufacturers See Opportunity in Automation, Industry 4.0 as Labor Shortage Persists

7/13/2021 - A labor shortage has emerged as the crisis du jour for most industries, including manufacturing, as the pandemic accelerated the trend of Baby Boomers slowly aging out of the workforce. The U.S. manufacturing industry is on pace to have 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030, according to a recent study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute. U.S. Department of Labor data also show that only 9 percent of U.S. workers are employed by manufacturers, a number that topped 20 percent back in the 1980s. Companies are now turning to automation to make roles less cumbersome and more attractive to potential employees. Read the full article from www.mibiz.com. 

Manufacturing Summit Shifts to June 24, Outside

6/21/2021 - Every business has a story about changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The seventh annual Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit will tell eight of those tales as the event takes on a different format during a different time of the year. “Stories of Humility, Agility and Perseverance: Manufacturing in Northern Michigan” is the theme for the 2021 summit, scheduled for June 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at Jacob’s Farm at 7100 East Traverse Highway (M-72 West). Read the full article from www.record-eagle.com.

Robot Helps Romulus Manufacturer Grow Client Base and Improve Work Environment

6/21/2021 - Investing in Industry 4.0 technologies allowed Castino, a Romulus-based, family-owned plastic and polyurethane molder, to recover what it spent, and then some. Since their initial investment four years ago, Castino has continued adding automation to its two locations, including visual inspection equipment that guarantees parts are made to precision specifications required by customers. It's helped the company grow in capacity and revenue, maintain profitability, and continue providing quality jobs while improving the workplace experience for its employees. Read the full article from www.crainsdetroit.com.

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

6/17/2021 - A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is an automated system that utilizes real-time data to assist you in measuring how your production equates with financial performance. 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 an MES is a way to connect your current operations to your output and performance levels, leading to a more efficient and productive manufacturing facility. Read the full article featuring Chuck Werner, Manager Operational Excellence-Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, from IndustryWeek.com. 

Is Your Manufacturing Business Ready to Embrace Technology?

5/6/2021 - Manufacturing continues to evolve and advance at a rapid pace. As some are keeping up by incorporating new innovations and practices into facilities, other more reluctant companies are quickly falling behind. And while manufacturers recognize Industry 4.0 will have a significant impact in the coming years, many are struggling to identify appropriate opportunities for implementation or access the required technologies. Read the full MiMfg Magazine article by George Singos, Business Leader Advisor, from the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center. 

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