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July 05, 2017

Dispelling 7 Myths About Industrial Robot Integration

A couple years ago I visited one of the Fraunhofer Institute locations in Germany. One of the coolest experiences was interacting with a large robotic arm that seemed to bob and weave around me. It reminded me of a scene from the 1986 movie The Flight of the Navigator.

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July 03, 2017

6 Tips for Creating A More Accurate Demand Forecast

(This post was originally published on March 29, 2017)

If the only forecasting you’ve ever heard of had to do with whether you should carry an umbrella to work, you definitely want to read this post. In the shipping and logistics industries, forecasting has less to do with weather and more to do with what you need and when you’re going to need...

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June 30, 2017

How to Make Your Tool Last Longer: Tool Design + Maintenance

Want to make a great product? Make a great tool! (If only it was that easy!)

Tooling is a crucial and expensive item on the manufacturing to-do list. Think about it this way: Each decision you make about the tool is a decision you’re making about your product. But how well do you understand the process of making a tool?

Let’s take a quick look...

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June 26, 2017

How to Assess the Technical Capability of Your Contract Manufacturer

You think you've finally discovered a company to manufacture your product and you are eager to get production started! But how can you be sure this manufacturer is properly outfitted to produce quality goods to meet your customer’s standards? In other words, how can you assess a manufacturing company's technical capability?

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June 23, 2017

Material Selection in Manufacturing: Plastic or Metal

There are a host of decisions that need to be made when you're designing a new product. One of the first, and biggest, is the question of material selection. 

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June 21, 2017

What Manufacturers Need to Know About Industry 4.0

You’ve heard the phrase, right? Industry 4.0

But do you know what it means?

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June 19, 2017

How A Project Manager Sets You Up For Success

If the Head of Engineering is a surgeon, the manufacturing Project Manager is the operating room charge nurse — making sure all the right players and tools are in the surgical suite, ready for action, managing details and looking for any red flags that might cause delays or problems.

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June 16, 2017

6 Factors That Influence Manufacturing Costs

Can you guess the topic of the questions we’re most frequently asked?

If you said cost or price, give yourself a gold star!
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June 14, 2017

7 Steps to Take Before Finding a Contract Manufacturer

You have a great product idea, and you think it has a real shot at taking off. But you don't just take a drawing to a manufacturer and start production. In fact, there are many essential steps to take BEFORE you even meet with a manufacturer. From design to patent protection, from prototyping to marketing, as with so many things in life,...

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June 12, 2017

5 Technological Innovation Stories You Might Have Missed

When you write for a living, it also means you read — a lot. It's my job to stay informed about manufacturing, specific capabilities, supply chain, logistics and other topics like robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) that fall under the technological innovation umbrella.

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