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Manufacturing Vision 2020

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 already looking ahead to 2020.  In particular, they were hoping to predict the direction of manufacturing in decades to come. ...
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WMC Manufacturer of the Year Nominations

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 ...
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Holiday Edition : How does Santa Claus recruit elves to work in his factory?

Everyone knows that there's a workshop up at the North Pole that churns out a good percentage of the toys, cookies and candy canes received every Christmas, but you may not have realised that as the world's population grows, more ...
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Guest Blog – Hossein Davari: The Future of Artificial Intelligence

  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 ...
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Guest Blog – Hossein Davari: The Current State of Artificial Intelligence

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 ...
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Guest Blog – Hossein Davari: Artificial Intelligence and Why It Matters

  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 ...
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Guest Blog: 7 Tips to Implement 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 ...
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Guest Blog: Sustainability Trends for Manufacturing

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 ...
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Guest Blog: Cyber Security for Manufacturers

  At a high-level, what is cybersecurity, and why should manufacturers care? Are there benefits to utilizing an active versus passive protection system for manufacturers?  Cybersecurity is about protecting your industrial computer systems from unauthorized access, preventing theft, damage, or ...
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Guest Blog: How to Create Positive Relationships with Your Suppliers

  W. Edwards Deming once said, “End the practice of awarding business on the basis of a price tag. Instead, minimize total cost. Move toward a single supplier for any one item, on a long-term relationship of loyalty and trust." ...
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