Red Compass needle pointing to Digital Transformation

A quick Google search on “digital transformation” this morning netted over 17,000,000 hits!  Wow! There are quite a number of places to gain information regarding this subject.  But where should one start when considering its implementation in manufacturing?  More specifically, its impact on the shop floor?  Or when sharing perspectives with executives about our efforts…

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Hand turning backlit dial turning to Industry 4.0 setting

Think for a moment how you utilized your phone 10 years ago, or even 5 years back.  Mobile phones have surpassed being an accessory and for many are now staples in daily function. Many start their day depending on them as an alarm clock, for calendars & reminders, for podcasts through morning commutes, etc.  Not…

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Manufacturing worker on laptop, with notebook and hardhat also on wood table

Do you remember the hesitation and concern that occurred leading up to New Year’s Day 2000?  Many were second-guessing anything that relied on a computer or a program, as well as how society would fair in the “pending” aftermath of Y2K.  A couple years before that inevitable day, in 1998, there were some who were…

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WMC (WI Manufacturers & Commerce) Manufacturer of the Year Logo

There are 25 nomimations for the 32nd Annual Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Manufacturer of the Year awards. The program aims to recognize area manufacturers of all sizes and industries for good business practices, innovative business processes and productivity enhancements. Winners will be announced Feb. 20. This year’s nominees include (Southeastern Wisconsin Companies) Artemax, Inc. –…

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Suited Man pointing to Trend Arrow graph from group of 8 business icons

  Acuity’s Manufacturing Specialist, Mike Schlagenhaufer, recently sat down with Hossein Davari, Data Scientist at Seismos, Inc., and former research associate at NSF Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) at the University of Cincinnati, to better understand artificial intelligence and its effect on manufacturing.   You and your research team are connected to Center for Intelligent…

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Digital Manufacturing, Industry 4.0. Laptop being used to control robotic arm in background

Acuity’s Manufacturing Specialist, Mike Schlagenhaufer, recently sat down with Hossein Davari, Data Scientist at Seismos, Inc., and former research associate at NSF Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) at the University of Cincinnati, to better understand artificial intelligence and its effect on manufacturing.   What are key process improvements you have seen with AI regarding machine…

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Professional man drawing lines into cloud connection grid pattern

  Acuity’s Manufacturing Specialist, Mike Schlagenhaufer, recently sat down with Hossein Davari, Data Scientist at Seismos, Inc., and former research associate at NSF Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) at the University of Cincinnati, to better understand artificial intelligence and its effect on manufacturing.     Who are you, and how are you connected to…

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Multiple old light bulbs of various sizes with business words in filaments, biggest being "change management"

During my career in manufacturing, I held various positions, and many of them required making changes to the way things were done.   Change can be difficult—and it can be even more difficult to communicate. People come to work and try to do the best job they can. They are proud of their work and…

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Suited Man pointing to Trend Arrow graph from group of 8 business icons

As EPA rules change and sustainability becomes a bigger topic, manufacturing practices are changing. Much of that change is driven by governmental regulations, companies themselves, and end users. Also, a new generation of employees want to work for companies that are socially and environmentally responsible.   Before I go into what manufacturing can do to…

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