8 Types of Waste Within Manufacturing

Guest Blog from Acuity… Lean manufacturing is something nearly everyone in the industry talks about and strives to achieve. Lean manufacturing is a method of identifying and eliminating waste to improve the manufacturing process and give customers only what they are willing to pay for. Before we discuss ideas for reducing or eliminating waste, let’s…

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Interview with Simon Whitton: The Future of Robotics

Guest Blog from Acuity… This is Part 3 in a Series! Read Part 1 here. The world of robotics is constantly changing, and the needs of each industry can be very different. That is why we partnered with consultant Simon Whitton, managing director of SIRO Consulting Ltd, a boutique consulting company focused on the Industrial…

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Interview with Simon Whitton: Starting with Robotics

Guest Blog from Acuity… This is Part 2 in a Series! Read Part 1 here. The world of robotics is constantly changing, and the needs of each industry can be very different. That is why we partnered with consultant Simon Whitton, the managing director of SIRO Consulting Ltd, a boutique consulting company focused on the…

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Interview with Simon Whitton: What is Robotics?

Guest Blog from Acuity… The world of robotics is constantly changing, and the needs of each industry can be very different. That is why we partnered with consultant Simon Whitton, the managing director of SIRO Consulting Ltd, a boutique consulting company focused on the industrial robot and automation markets. He has more than 35 years…

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IoT in 2021 (infographic)

The “Internet of Things” is exploding. It is made up of billions of “smart” devices—from miniscule chips to mammoth machines—that use wireless technology to talk to each other (and to us). Most IoT smart devices aren’t in your home or phone—they are in factories, businesses, and healthcare. Why? Because smart objects give these major industries…

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What Have Manufacturers Learned in 2020

Guest Blog from Acuity… This year has been a stressful year for many, including manufacturing company owners and leaders.   Many thought that 2019 was a tough year, with the trade war and skilled labor shortage. Then, in early spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the entire world economy. Some manufacturing areas, like food…

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Machine Learning (infographic)

The nature of manufacturing systems faces ever more complex, dynamic and at times even chaotic behaviors. In order to being able to satisfy the demand for high-quality products in an efficient manner, it is essential to utilize all means available. One area, which saw fast pace developments in terms of not only promising results but…

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The History of IoT (infographic)

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been around for some time now.  Simply described, IoT is a system of interrelated devices with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human interaction.  Because of recent advances in architecture, hardware and software technology IoT is no longer just a buzzword.  It is changing how we…

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Planning for the Future

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Guest Blog from Acuity… Even as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers need to think about technology and the future of their businesses. Here are five technologies every manufacturing leader should be considering.   Mixed reality (MR) Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have combined into mixed reality. Application and acceptance…

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6 Simple Steps to Experiencing “Next Gen” XA – Part 2

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By Sherry Widrick & Stephanie Wickstrom. Welcome back!  In Part 1 of this 2-part blog, we uncovered the first (3) simple steps in getting started with the new, next-gen XA User Experience (UX).  These preliminary steps highlighted the progression towards a transition away from standalone client-based “green screen” and Power-Link to a unified platform portal. …

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6 Simple Steps to Experiencing “Next Gen” XA – Part 1

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By Sherry Widrick & Stephanie Wickstrom. The Infor XA Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite has a LONG history – over 40 years in the marketplace.  Evolving FROM “green screen” AS/400 interfaces TO “web-based, graphical interfaces” that also incorporate tools for automating & monitoring business processes. Infor XA customers who have endured the older interfaces with…

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Guest Blog – Hossein Davari: The Future of Artificial Intelligence

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

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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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