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Finding new ways of operating and new revenue streams is essential for any OEM dealing with the manufacturing industry. Machines can last a long time and manufacturers don’t t...

Ten trends to watch next year

Manufacturing Global recently put together a list of ten manufacturing trends for 2019. It includes things like Investment / funding for SMEs, better diversity, and companies ...

Using OEE for lean

OEE is a great metric to dig into when working on lean manufacturing initiatives. However, companies that have found success using the metric recommend using it as a baseline ...

The impact of 3D printing

If you're looking for something to listen to on your commute, check out this podcast about 3D printing! It's also transcribed and can be read if you click the link. Richard D'...

Creating a smart shop floor

Advanced Manufacturing said that predictive maintenance is essential to creating a smart shop floor. They reported, that the data can be "invaluable" in preventing breakdowns ...

MachineMetrics Announces $11.3 Million Series-A Funding...

At MachineMetrics, our mission has always been to provide manufacturers with the data they need to increase productivity, win more business, and remain globally competitive. O...

Prepping your staff for Industry 4.0 changes

"Retain, retrain, recruit." Digitalization creates amazing opportunities for businesses to become more efficient and employees to learn new skills. There are serious concerns ...

How Manufacturing Data is Affecting Machine OEMs

Much has been written about the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine connectivity across the globe.  It is estimated that by 2020, there will be more than 34 bil...

Creating a successful lean manufacturing campaign

Want to create a successful lean manufacturing initiative? Learn from others' mistakes. Business News said, "An effective strategy is to start with desired outcomes, normally ...

Reading up on lean manufacturing

What's the best way to learn about something? Pick up a book! Whether you're already well-versed in lean manufacturing or just starting out, there is always something new to l...

What does it mean to be ready for industry 4.0?

It's a common headline across the internet these days - are you prepared for industry 4.0? Are you ready for industry 4.0? But what does it mean to be truly ready? The truth i...

Communication strategies for lean manufacturing

Clear communication can make all the difference when implementing new practices at work like lean manufacturing. There are a few strategies you can use to make this transition...

Why is cybersecurity important?

Why is cybersecurity important? Because with increased use of technology comes an increased risk of your information being compromised. Advanced Manufacturing said, "Both newe...

GM making big changes

The big news in manufacturing is that GM is making cuts. Axios reported that, "General Motors said Monday that it will cut 15% of its salaried workforce, estimated to be aroun...

How does predictive maintenance work?

For anyone associated with manufacturing there is a familiar image that comes to mind when they hear the word “maintenance”.  The image is of a lone mechanic pulling a toolbox...

Starting a manufacturing company

With manufacturing on the rise, there is more interest in starting new manufacturing companies. Axcess News put together some advice and considerations! They said, "Thriving i...

What will manufacturing look like in 2050?

Technology is advancing at a rapid rate, so by 2050 the industry could look vastly different. If that seems like a long ways away, remember that now to 2050 is as far away as ...

How advanced analytics can help you go lean

Advanced analytics are an amazing way that you can get leaner in real time. They can reduce waste by helping you become more efficient. They can also increase your responsiven...

Listen: MachineMetrics CEO Bill Bither featured in Epis...

MachineMetrics CEO Bill Bither was interviewed by Fybr and Mike Green to kick off Season 2 of their The Internet of Things Podcast and it's a must listen!

What's globalization 4.0?

We've all heard of industry 4.0 now, but what is globalization 4.0? The World Economic Forum says we are moving into a new phase of globalization and that, "Globalization and ...

What is MTConnect?

We get a lot of questions about MTConnect: what it is, how it works, and why it's important. That's why today's blog focuses on the emergence of MTConnect and its impact on th...

The seven types of waste simplified

Are you ready for a quick and simple lesson on the seven types of waste in lean manufacturing? The first is the time wasted repairing is a defective item. Then, there is proce...

Lean manufacturing and productivity

The benefits of lean manufacturing are far more than just your efficiency. Employee productivity is also affected. Insights said, "Increased employee productivity means strong...

How IoT Applications are Reshaping Manufacturing

How IoT Applications are Reshaping Manufacturing

The cautious approach to Industry 4.0

It absolutely makes sense to be cautious when approaching a topic as huge as industry 4.0. It can seem intimidating or out of reach. If you haven't jumped on board yet, you're...

IoT - change for the better

Utilizing the internet of things can be a total game changer for manufacturers. Forbes said, "Looking to leverage the latest technological solutions in the manufacturing proce...

Industry 4.0 inspiration

If you want to see proof of industry 4.0's benefits, check out these success stories. Industry Week put together a list of nine companies leading the way! They said, "These be...

Manufacturing jobs rising

The numbers are in and manufacturing jobs are still on the rise. CNS news reported, "Manufacturing jobs in the United States increased by 32,000 in October and have now increa...

How lean manufacturing techniques can help you make dec...

Lean manufacturing streamlines processes, and those principles can streamline decision making too. Principles like eliminating waste and preventing mistakes are very applicabl...

Risk management with cybersecurity

Managing the risks of cybersecurity is important for any business utilizing technology. First and foremost, ask questions. Not everyone can be a cybersecurity expert, so find ...

Industry 4.0 long term

If your manufacturing business is planning for the long term, industry 4.0 should be integrated in that plan. American Machinist claimed that many businesses are focusing too ...

Investing in infrastructure positively impacts manufact...

The state of infrastructure can make a big impact on manufacturing success. First, the manufacturing industry would get a boost by supplying the materials for the infrastructu...

Changing perspectives

The manufacturing industry is going through an image makeover of sorts. This is due to the widespread implementation of cutting edge technology as well as the need for qualifi...

System Synergy: How MachineMetrics fits in an ERP Envir...

Simply put, every manufacturer experiences the same struggle of managing a multitude of customers, delivery schedules, suppliers, manufacturing resources, and factory-floor wo...

Smart manufacturing is a smart move

When is it risky to wait? When everyone else is moving forward. Utilizing smart manufacturing technology sooner rather than later is the smart choice. Industry Week reported t...

NPR segment on manufacturing

Our world is becoming increasingly more connected every day. For some manufacturers, this could mean that your competition is no longer limited to other local businesses, you ...

Analytics are the first step

Before you try to completely overhaul your factory for Industry 4.0, start with analytics technology as your first step. This can not only give you a baseline, but can drastic...

Where the skills gap begins

The skills gap in manufacturing can be traced back to middle schools and high schools. Forbes noted, "In a country where a generation ago shop classes were nearly universal in...

Where manufacturing is thriving

Some US cities are really thriving in manufacturing recently. The Colorodoan said, "In certain pockets of the country, manufacturing jobs are surging, often more than tripling...

Why lean isn't just for huge corporations

It's a common misconceptions that lean strategies are only for big businesses. Industry Week said, "There are rules of thumb to help improve the opportunity for lean success a...

Why lean takes the whole team

Lean manufacturing isn't about just a few employees - it involves the whole team. Each employee knows their job far better than anyone else, and can spot the ways they could d...

Increased efficiency tied to predictive maintenance

Utilizing predictive maintenance is a great way to boost your efficiency. For those that aren't quite ready to fully automate, predictive maintenance is a great way to increas...

Why manufacturing is a great STEM field

Students that excel in STEM should consider a career in manufacturing! Jennifer F. Scanlon told Industry Week, "Reflecting on my path to becoming a CEO in manufacturing, an in...

The importance of cybersecurity

At MachineMetrics, cybersecurity is one of our top priorities. In the past manufacturing companies didn't have any data that was valuable, but that has changed in recent years...

Industry 4.0 is building a foundation

Industry 4.0 is building a foundation for success. The statistics show that this technology is making a positive impact financially. Information Age said, "Manufacturers in EM...

Smart machines can propel your business forward

Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence are taking the world by storm. A study was recently released called Leveraging Industrial Software Stack Advancement For Digital Trans...

More than efficiency

Many people are under the impression that implementing Industry 4.0 techniques is all about the bottom line. While it certainly improves efficiency and OEE, there are other gr...

Working with co-bots

As futuristic as it might sound, working with co-bots is actually not something from a sci-fi movie and robots are not out to take your jobs.  Actually, the use of this techno...

How to enter the manufacturing field

Want a career in manufacturing? That's great! Manufacturing employees - especially those with certain skills - are highly sought after these days. The Seattle Times said, "Peo...

3 Ways Machine Builders Can Leverage IIoT

Finding new ways of operating and new revenue streams is essential for any OEM dealing with the manufacturing industry. Machines can last a long time and manufacturers don’t t...

The Impact of AI and Machine Learning on Manufacturing

  Do you remember HAL from the movie“2001: A Space Odyssey”?

Let's get digital

Industry 4.0 still isn't totally established in the field. Since it means different things to different companies and industries, it can be hard to figure out where you stand....

Meeting employee expectations

The manufacturing industry is changing and so are employee expectations. The younger generations have different expectations for their careers, and if manufacturing companies ...

Machine monitoring is the first step

Modern Machine Shop recently reported on machine monitoring's important role in improving efficiency. They said it's a great first step toward industry 4.0. "Before implementi...

Understanding Industry 4.0

In order to take steps forward with Industry 4.0, you first need to understand the term. It's all about transparency and making information more readily available. Forbes said...

Appealing to a new generation

Bringing in fresh faces and new talent is important - especially with the shortage of manufacturing workers these days. Millennials as a whole reported that manufacturing was ...

What is Industrial IoT?

What is Industrial IoT? If you look at the growth of Industry 4.0, you’ll see that the Industrial IoT—or Internet of Things—is a pillar component. It’s using the internet to i...

This organization wants to see more women in manufactur...

About one out of every three employees in manufacturing is a woman, but many of them are in sales and marketing position. The Women in Manufacturing Trade Association wants to...

IIoT Platforms: To build your own or to partner with th...

When it comes to proprietary data and remaining competitive, it’s no wonder that the first reaction of many companies is to look into building whatever they need, in-house. Th...

Humans and machines working together

There is often concern about machines replacing workers in manufacturing, but the discussion should really be centered around how they will work together for the best outcome....

Learning from failing

Anyone that works in manufacturing knows that projects don't always work perfectly the first time. Failing is part of being in the industry, and that applies to lean manufactu...

AI's positive effects

80% of manufacturing companies expect AI to positively affect the industry. CIO said, "In fact, manufacturers are already using artificial intelligence and machine learning te...

Looking forward in manufacturing

  Industry 4.0 is changing the manufacturing industry rapidly, and technologies that are being developed could potentially drastically impact the future of manufacturing. Forb...

Remote Machine Monitoring: A Game-Changer for Machine B...

An issue in manufacturing that is singular to machine builders is the speed with which they can respond with service to the machines, in the case of a failure. In the past, th...

Audio story on manufacturing

What's the current state of manufacturing? It's absolutely on the rise. While manufacturing success may seem like a completely positive thing, there are difficulties that come...

Toyota's impact on lean manufacturing

Bloomberg created a video that is a great resource if you are researching the history and benefits of lean manufacturing. The five minute video runs through Toyota's strategie...

Considering CNC

Manufacturing is changing and so are CNC machines! Manufacturing.net said, "Although it’s been around since the early 50’s, recent technological advancements in digital supply...

Working together for lean

Lean manufacturing is takes cooperation. It involves new technology like ours as well as top-notch operational organization. Industry Week says that means getting maintenance ...

MachineMetrics in the news!

Modern Machine Shop recently put out a great article about our partnership with Seco Tools! They said, "With data provided by MachineMetrics, Seco can apply its experience and...

Industry 4.0 impacting manufacturers

The effects of Industry 4.0 are being felt throughout the manufacturing industry. CIO Review said, "Its impact is also due to the advent of new disruptive technologies like th...

How technology can improve employee satisfaction

A good work-life balance can be hard to get right, but Industry 4.0 can help your employees find that balance. Manufacturing.net said, "These technological advancements have c...

Taking the first step

If Industry 4.0 seems like a big, overwhelming topic - it shouldn't! It isn't just for big, fancy production floors with brand new machines. Industry 4.0 can work for you righ...

What does Industry 4.0 mean for you?

IIoT, big data, and cybersecurity can help your business, but it's hard to understand how without first understanding those topics. An example of IIoT would be using MachineMe...

Solving problems with Industry 4.0

The main benefits of Industry 4.0 are easy to understand - increased knowledge turns into increased efficiency which saves you time and money. There are also plenty of lesser ...

Have you heard that manufacturing is dying?

The media seems to constantly be reporting on the "death" of manufacturing. However, the numbers show that is not true! Employment has been rising since 2010 and production is...

SECO Tools selects MachineMetrics for Manufacturing Ana...

 

Lean case study

What would you do if you had the opportunity to completely design a new space for your manufacturing business? HarbisonWalker got to do just that, and they took full advantage...

MachineMetrics launches industry's first AI-Driven remo...

MachineMetrics Launches industry's first AI-driven remote machine monitoring solution for OEM’s and Equipment Providers at IMTS 2018.

Industry 4.0 - not just for IT

Many manufacturers that have not really researched industry 4.0 might think that it's just for IT. In reality, it can actually benefit the business as a whole. Thomas said, "“...

Measuring OEE

Companies measure OEE in slightly different ways, but here are five metrics to check when assessing efficiency. The availability and performance of the machines should be chec...

Manufacturing benefits from Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is a big topic. It's very involved, and many people may feel intimidated which is stopping them from really jumping in. While you might only think of it as a big,...

Machine Monitoring: Your first step in Industrial IoT |...

The first step in adopting Industrial IoT is Machine Monitoring. Industrial IoT is the wave of the future for manufacturing. Why? Because the goal in any plant or on any facto...

How technology is impacting manufacturing

Manufacturing is just like any other industry - it is constantly changing and evolving. Hybrid manufacturing processes and materials are becoming more popular. Industry Week s...

Manage the data you collect

Collecting data is great, but turning it into actionable insights is even better! Manufacturing smarter means leveraging technology to become more efficient to save your busin...

Getting returns from Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is all about leveraging technology to become more efficient and save money. Manufacturing.net said, "In fact, 35 percent of companies that have adopted Industry 4...

What is the MachineMetrics Advantage?

As you probably already know due to our marketing persistence, MachineMetrics is an award-winning predictive analytics platform for discrete manufacturers. Our Industry 4.0-re...

It's time to rethink lead times

Industry 4.0 is causing manufacturers to rethink many parts of their manufacturing process, including lead time. Since IoT speeds up processes and reduces equipment down time,...

How to succeed with Industrial IOT

It's no secret that not every industrial IoT implementation plan does not work. It's not just important to collect data - there needs to be a focused plan on how to use that d...

Industry 4.0 - more reward than risk

Some manufacturers still see Industry 4.0 as more of a risk than a reward. This is not the case anymore. We have proven success helping manufacturers save money by becoming mo...

Robots in manufacturing

Manufacturing.net said, "A manufacturer that saves money on labor by using automation has two options. Lower product prices or generate more profit. Both outcomes can result i...

Manufacturing day October 5

Have you heard about manufacturing day? It's coming up on October 5 this year! Industry Week said, "As of July 30, some 532 events had been scheduled, according to mfgday.com,...

Digital manufacturing's impact on the industry

Smart manufacturing and industry 4.0 are changing manufacturing as a whole. Forbes said, "By digitizing traditional manufacturing methods, including injection molding and CNC ...

Industry 4.0 not all or nothing

Industry 4.0 is definitely not one size fits all. Every manufacturer is different and the technology they choose for their business should vary accordingly. Manufacturers' Mon...

Are you really keeping up with Industry 4.0?

Forbes recently reported some interesting statistics on digital manufacturing. They said, "92% of manufacturers say they are at parity or ahead of competitors on Digital Manuf...

What's driving manufacturing innovation today? | Machin...

What is Driving Manufacturing Innovation Today? Innovation, in factories of all sizes, is coming down to technology. Industry 4.0, with the use of big data to manage and grow ...

From soldier to manufacturer

An amazing program that connects soldiers to jobs in the manufacturing field is growing. Industry Week said, "While 80% of manufacturers report difficulty filling open positio...

Manufacturers trying to bring talent to rural areas

Manufacturers in rural areas are trying new tactics to attract skilled workers. The New York Times said, "Although no statistics are available to analyze their effectiveness, ...

Set yourself up for Industrial IoT Success

When we started MachineMetrics, we interviewed over one hundred manufacturers to better understand how the various manufacturing analytics platforms and Industry 4.0 solutions...

Industry 4.0 - food and drink

Industry 4.0 can work for all different kinds of manufacturers, including those in food and drink. Food Manufacture said, "Industry 4.0, the current trend of automation and da...

Industry 4.0 - a bright future

The numbers show that utilizing IoT and Industry 4.0 put businesses ahead of the competition. A recent study found companies that digitally transformed had 16% higher net marg...

Getting ahead with lean manufacturing

There are many reasons to research and implement lean manufacturing techniques. First and foremost, you can lower your costs and reduce lead time which will save you money. Ot...

The real state of manufacturing

Industry Week wrote an interesting article speaking to Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers. They said, "Ask anyone outside the industry about t...

How data can take manufacturing to the next level

There are many ways that data can take a manufacturing business from good to great. Chief Executive wrote that real-time visibility and control can make a dramatic impact. The...

Using the cloud for manufacturing

Cyber security concerns have stopped some businesses from adopting cloud based technology. However, Automation World reported that attitudes are changing. They said, "The impo...

Ways to improve your OEE

Plastics Today wrote about the best strategies for improving your OEE and put together a roadmap. They said, "World-class manufacturers are using real-time monitoring to track...

Lean manufacturing case

One of the best ways to learn about lean manufacturing is to learn from those succeeding. Industry Week put together a slideshow to show you around a forklift plant in Ireland...

U.S. manufacturing output rising

Manufacturing in the United States is showing a solid increase in output. Bloomberg reported, "The latest results indicate a steady advance in the nation’s manufacturing secto...

The Impact of Predictive Maintenance on Manufacturing

  Every single day, in every manufacturing environment, failures and downtime happen. That’s just a reality when you’re dealing with equipment that performs a repetitive task....

Industry 4.0 - striving for perfection

If manufacturing was "perfect" there would be no down time and zero waste. While absolute perfection isn't possible, reaching in that direction is with Industry 4.0. Forbes sa...

Industry 4.0 speeds up decisions

Manufacturing smarter also means flattening out the hierarchy to make decisions faster. Forbes said, "The leaders in smart manufacturing adoption will be those that leverage t...

Millennials need more confidence with Industry 4.0

With the current talent shortage in manufacturing, many are looking to millennials to fill those gaps left by retirees. But what are millennials thinking? Deloitte released th...

Industry 4.0 roadmap

Tech Target has some advice on how to get to Industry 4.0, like a roadmap. The main idea is that you don't have to do a complete overhaul to utilize this technology! They said...

US manufacturing compared to other countries

We know U.S. manufacturing has been on the rise - but how are we doing compared to other countries? "Manufacturing constitutes 27 percent of China’s overall national output, w...

Learn more about what Industry 4.0 has to offer

To those in the know, the benefits of Industry 4.0 seem obvious. However, not everyone in the business knows all that digitalization has to offer. The Engineer UK said, "Accor...

Industry 4.0 creating a change in consumer expectations

Consumers are expecting more from the businesses they choose to interact with. Industry 4.0 can help you meet consumer expectations. "If you employ a smart manufacturing strat...

Don't just collect data, use it!

With more data collection sometimes comes more data hoarding. Big data isn't doing anything for you if it's just sitting unused. Stacey on IoT said, "Like a poorly organized c...

Event with Technical Equipment on 7/19

Cincinnati - come see us at Lunch & Learn on July 19! We will be talking about our technology, along with machine health and remote service. "These programs are designed to mo...

IT preparing for Industry 4.0

With increased utilization of Industry 4.0 comes a greater need for IT assistance. People Matters said, "Some are still reveling in the past glory days of IT boom, not realizi...

Lean manufacturing in the food industry

Lean manufacturing is useful in the food industry, too! Baking Business said, "With so many advances in technology today, it’s easy to assume that automation is the key to str...

US manufacturing still on the rise

Tariffs have dampened the hopes of many that manufacturing activity will continue to rise, but in spite of those tariffs activity is growing. Manufacturing Global said, "The i...

How to get started with Industry 4.0

Thomas listed four critical components to implementing Industry 4.0. There are different schools of thought, but Thomas says to start at the top with executive level sponsorsh...

CRN names MachineMetrics one of the  Top 10 IoT Start-U...

We're excited to share the news that MachineMetrics has been named one of the "Top 10 IoT Start-Ups of 2018" by CRN! Here's portions of the article below from Dylan Martin:

Why some businesses are not transitioning to Industry 4...

Some businesses are trying to transition to Industry 4.0, but are having a difficult time doing so. MPN says this is partially due to the skills gap and lack of flexibility wi...

Learning manufacturing skills in Massachusetts

We love our state of Massachusetts, and we love that the area is creating opportunities to learn valuable manufacturing skills! Mass Live reported, "The Chamber has partnered ...

General Motors employees train in smart manufacturing

We've said it over and over - Industry 4.0 is not taking away jobs, it's improving the jobs. Employees are safer and more satisfied with jobs once a business implements Indust...

Think faster with smart manufacturing

Everything takes time, but in manufacturing time is money and there is value in speeding things up! Forbes said, "The leaders in smart manufacturing adoption will be those tha...

When Bringing Equipment Into The Industrial IoT, Choose...

Manufacturing Business Today said, "We all know the benefits of using plant floor data to create valuable insights. The conversation is no longer why, but how. How do manufact...

Predictions for Industry 4.0 this year

Forbes put together some eye opening statistics and predictions for digital manufacturing in 2018. The conclusion? Utilizing smart manufacturing technology can get you ahead. ...

Intelligent manufacturing for industry 4.0

Aerospace Manufacturing said, "Currently, only a small percentage of manufacturers have access to instant, real-time status updates from all systems in their production lines....

What you need to know about Manufacturing Analytics: Pa...

In the past, if you wanted to know how a machine was performing on a shop floor, you would have had to put pencil to paper and note the output, the error rate, the quality, al...

What is going on in U.S. manufacturing

Many Americans see value in buying a product made here in the United States. In fact, there have been massive changes in manufacturing recently leading to more businesses choo...

Predictive vs. preventative maintenance

Predictive maintenance and preventative maintenance are similar, but not the same. Semiconductor Engineering said, "Predictive maintenance relies on the actual condition of th...

Overprocessing in manufacturing

Overprocessing is one of the seven wastes of lean manufacturing because it wastes time and resources. Plus, as Manufacturing Global said, "An offshoot problem from overprocess...

MachineMetrics is the cover story of New Equipment Dige...

Machine Analytics: The Truth is in the Machines By pulling data, not just finished parts, out of their cutting machines, shops are finding they have fewer questions, and somet...

Paving the way for more women in manufacturing

Manufacturing is a great, growing field! "Yet, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014) notes that while women represent nearly half of the total U.S. labor force (47 percen...

Current trends in digital transformation

There are currently some major trends transforming Industry 4.0. One major trend is empowered employees. Forbes said, "Employees become empowered when they are given direct ac...

A case for the value of Industry 4.0

"Industrial Internet of Things, collaborative robots, digital twins and more aren’t just new ways of trying to get you to loosen your purse strings. They bring with them the p...

IoT growth

It's hard to really see how quickly IoT growth is changing our world, but Forbes put together some statistic that demonstrate the change. "By 2020, Discrete Manufacturing, Tra...

How manufacturing can create jobs

• In a new report, researchers from the Century Foundation and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute highlight the opportunity for manufacturers to ad...

Transform your employees' perspective

Some manufacturing employees may be skeptical of Industry 4.0, which is completely understandable. However, to make the transition positive for everyone, it is best to get the...

Interacting with customers using IoT

IoT can be a great tool to help you interact with your customers and make sure they have a positive experience. Unfortunately, not all businesses use this technology in a way ...

Not all millennials sold on Industry 4.0

Due to some negative perceptions in the media, not all millennials are sold on Industry 4.0. However, these jobs are a great fit for young, tech savvy individuals! Crain's Det...

"Operator Insight" feature has been released!

MachineMetrics is proud to announce its latest feature, Operator Insight! Now you will be able to give your operators unique identities within our system and add a new dimensi...

Preventative maintenance can reduce losses

"Manufacturing systems operate under heavy loads, so any stoppage can translate to spiraling losses. Unfortunately, the best solution that many companies have for dealing with...

Scaling machine learning

Unfortunately, scaling machine learning is not as simple as taking what worked in the pilot phase and adding more sensors. "Pilot programs are an important first step, but exp...

What manufacturing is gaining from tech

Many other industries have embraced technology to advance their businesses. Forbes said, "To match more competitive and efficient industries, the hardware community must inves...

Machine Learning and AI are not the same thing

While some people refer to AI and machine learning as the same thing, they are actually different terms. Machine learning actually leads to artificial intelligence. Adweek sai...

Robots benefiting manufacturing

The statistics show that robots are leading to more jobs in manufacturing, not less. The jobs created by automation are safer and more desirable to the tech savvy next generat...

The buzz about the tariffs

New tariffs went into effect at the beginning of the month on steel and aluminum. Companies have strong feelings about these tariffs and are speaking out. The Plastics Industr...

Thinking ahead for IoT infrastructure

The best thing you can do for you business's future is to plan ahead when it comes to IoT infrastructure. It could save a lot of time and money in the long run. DataCenter Kno...

Industry 4.0 - revolution or evolution?

Industry Week argues that Industry 4.0 is an evolution rather than a revolution. They said, "The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is often portrayed as a replacement of le...

IT professionals focusing on IoT

Forbes reported that a recent survey showed 31% of 500 IT professionals listed IoT as their primary focus of new tech projects. "Of companies surveyed, more have IoT workflows...

MachineMetrics and Fastenal

Smart Industry recently published an article where they spoke with Tim Borkowski from Fastenal. He said, "Flexibility and responsiveness. Everyone we had talked to was shying ...

Meeting customer demands

Knowing your customer will help you in this digital age. Automation World reported, "Customer expectations are transforming at speed, upending traditional ways of marketing in...

Internet of Manufacturing Midwest conference coming up

The Internet of Manufacturing Midwest conference is coming up soon on June 6th and 7th in Chicago! Field Technologies Online reported, "With a revamped tracked agenda, this ye...

Factoring in bandwidth requirements

"Industry 4.0 forces us to start thinking in more detail about the vision and back end required to perform the heavy lifting of future machinery and equipment." As you integra...

Cities showing strength in manufacturing

Manufacturing is thriving in the United States - especially in these areas. "The vast majority of Americans are more likely to associate the Orlando metro area with Mickey Mou...

AI in manufacturing

Artificial intelligence is finding its place in manufacturing. "The benefits of AI can include performance enhancement, cost control, optimization of processes, shortened prod...

Choosing the right equipment for Industry 4.0

Supply Chain Dive said, "With machines and parts interconnected with one another, purchasing managers have the added responsibility of thinking about how new parts will integr...

Robots and automation

A writer for Forbes said, "Manufacturers know that more automation is key to breaking the deadlock between today’s status quo and the promise of Industry 4.0." Cobots are one ...

IoT here to stay

"Process-oriented tasks with a series of steps are the perfect candidates for an IoT makeover. For example, a facility manager who controls the energy use of multiple store lo...

MachineMetrics releases Industry-First Benchmarking Rep...

MachineMetrics Releases Industry-First Benchmarking Reports On CNC Machine Performance

Apprenticeships in smart manufacturing

Robotics Business Review said, "Manufacturers face several technology issues around robotics, automation, and modernizing their operations, but the biggest challenge may be fi...

Lean manufacturing for any size business

Toyota may have made lean manufacturing popular, but smaller manufacturing businesses are starting to embrace it as well. Max Friefeid, CEO of 3D printing company Voodoo manuf...

Kanban method

You have probably heard of lean manufacturing, but have you heard of the Kanban Method? Finsmes said, "When it was first introduced, the Kanban method was broken down into thr...

Manufacturing in space

Fascinating news in manufacturing! We often talk about manufacturing space, but don't often get to think about manufacturing IN space! It turns out that space is a viable opti...

Why colleges are adding programs in manufacturing

The Williston Observer reported, "Businesses are seeking workers whose profile is different from that of decades past, when a high school diploma was enough. As robots take ov...

Dip in manufacturing growth not a worry

April saw a dip in manufacturing, but Bloomberg says it's nothing to fret about. They reported, "Even with the April decline, the main index is close to the 57.9 average since...

MachineMetrics announces partnership with Tsugami/REM S...

Northampton, Mass. & Windsor, Conn.: May 9, 2018 -  MachineMetrics and Tsugami/Rem Sales, LLC today announce their partnership to bring predictive manufacturing analytics and ...

Raising your productivity

These days there are so many ways to improve your floor's productivity. One great way to do this is with cobots. They improve both productivity and safety. Manufacturing.net s...

Manufacturing Adds 24,000 Jobs in April

AdvancedManufacturing.org reported that 24,000 manufacturing jobs were added during the month of April. They said, "The durable goods sector added 18,000 with non-durable good...

The Real Cost of Downtime in Manufacturing

For most manufacturers, downtime is the single largest source of lost production time. As you probably already know, Downtime is any period of time when a machine is not in pr...

Options for micro cutting

If your manufacturing business uses micro cutting, you have probably seen the increasing number of features and options. AdvancedManufacturing.org said, "Solid-carbide micro c...

Trends changing manufacturing

Singularity Hub reported that three huge trends changing manufacturing are mass customization, democratized invention, and smart and autonomous factories. They said, "Industri...

Manufacturing turning a corner

Manufacturing is doing extremely well - and growth is expected to continue as long as workers can be recruited. Inside Sources reported, "Manufacturers are looking to better a...

The technologies contributing to Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 isn't one technology innovation or strategy - it is a mix of many parts that is collectively changing the entire industry. Interesting Engineering said, "When you...

Manufacturing jobs returning to the US

Design News reported that 171,000 manufacturing jobs were reshored last year. They reported, "Moser noted that one of the reasons jobs are returning is that the cost different...

Digitalization paving the way for cusomization

Forbes reported, "Consumers today want products that are smarter, more customized and available on demand. The only way companies can satisfy this need is by creating a new bu...

Lean manufacturing and happy employees.

Lean manufacturing techniques can bring more than just a better OEE. Industry Week said, "Any operator or maintenance person I’ve ever talked to has a much better day when the...

Notable technologies

Manufacturing.net put together a list of technologies impacting manufacturing including robotics and wireless connectivity. They said, "For the manufacturer yet to adopt robot...

Why Most Industrial IoT Implementations Fail.

The IoT Revolution is picking up speed and as it does, it is changing the manufacturing world forever. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) brings together machines, advan...

Leaders in Manufacturing

Chief Executive put together a list of movers and shakers in manufacturing. They believe these 20 people are moving US manufacturing in a positive direction saying, "We wanted...

How IoT can work for you

Industry 4.0 is a hot topic, and so is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT for All said, "Service interactions are made more effective with access to machine operational data wh...

Merging different lean strategies

Lean manufacturing is not one size meets all. Industry Week said, "Manufacturing acquisitions, mergers, takeovers and other combinations are inevitable. So too is the eventual...

New cutting tool

If speed is your goal - check out these new tools that cut really fast. Advanced Manufacturing put together a list of advancements in cutting speed. "Another key trend in mode...

Cybersecurity and AI

The Next Web said, "Businesses should already be thinking about replacing reactive solutions with always online protection that is continuously learning emerging attack method...

Cutting tools and lean manufacturing

Woodworking Network said, "High quality, innovative tool manufacturing and servicing companies can be a partner in these lean initiatives both now, with more basic tool manage...

What you need to know about updating safety

With Industry 4.0 comes a lot of changes, and safety is definitely one of them. EHS Today said, "The first step is to become more familiar with emerging technologies for safet...

New auto manufacturing tech

Automation World reported on The Newest Robotics in Car Manufacturing. Many of these robots drastically improve safety for auto manufacturing employees. They quoted Dan Griesh...

Tesla's unique strategies

Forbes contributor Jim Collins certainly made a statement with his headline - What is the World is Tesla Doing? He said, "To see a rack of die castings sitting outside exposed...

Want to know more about machine learning?

Do you want to learn more about machine learning? Are you lost in all the terminology? We have the list for you! Entrepreneur put together a list of some open source libraries...

You don't just need data - you need GOOD data

Having lots of data is great - but having quality, actionable data is better. The Harvard Business Review said, "Machine learning has incredible power and you need to learn to...

Industry 4.0 - the first step

Control Engineering said, "We need to start talking about Industry 4.0 in terms of small, but meaningful, changes that can be built upon gradually, not as an entire all-encomp...

MachineMetrics Announces Partnership with The Robert E....

PRESS RELEASE: MachineMetrics Industrial IoT Platform partners with The Robert E. Morris Company and Tsugami/Rem Sales, LLC. to simulate a real-world manufacturing environment...

What can make manufacturing smart

Leyuan Shi has been to over 400 manufacturing companies around the world. She told Phys.org, "By giving manufacturing companies the ability to track the progress of their sale...

Industry 4.0- not just for huge businesses

Industry 4.0 can be extremely beneficial for businesses of any size. Woodworking Network said, "The connected factory is useful for both large and small companies, but there a...

Mobile and Industry 4.0

What does mobile have to do with Industry 4.0? Quite a bit! TechRadar said, "If communications are at the heart of Industry 4.0 then 5G’s low latency, high capacity and gigabi...

The new lean

Lean manufacturing has been a hot topic for some time, but the methods are adapting to new technology as it becomes available. ISA wrote about choosing the right techniques an...

Predictive maintenance with big data

The Internet of Things, big data, and machine learning are instrumental to predictive maintenance in manufacturing. Artificial intelligence and augmented reality can also help...

Introducing the MachineMetrics Industrial IoT Dictionar...

In the age of Industry 4.0, there are so many buzzwords being thrown around the world of manufacturing that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. What’s the difference bet...

Getting important data in the right hands - faster

Smart manufacturing isn't just a broad buzzword. It has specific characteristics that contribute to its success. One important characteristic is making important data availabl...

Save money with 3D printing

3D printing can save manufacturers money while opening up customization options. For example, "At the recent ARPA-e conference, organized by the U.S. Department of Energy, sci...

Jobs in manufacturing growing

It is a good time to be looking for a job in the manufacturing field. Anyone thinking of making a career change should absolutely consider this industry. Bloomberg reported, "...

Get leaner

BGC.com spoke to Daniel Küpper, and he gave five areas that companies can work on getting leaner. "This included using sensors and software to facilitate more efficient change...

MachineMetrics Manufacturing Transformation Tour 2018 :...

Do you have questions about MachineMetrics, our Industrial IoT machine monitoring platform, manufacturing analytics, or just like saying hi in person? If yes, the good news is...

Machine Learning this year

Manufacturers taking advantage of machine learning are seeing benefits. Forbes reported that, "Machine learning algorithms, applications, and platforms are helping manufacture...

Lean leadership

Lean manufacturing techniques are often used on the production floor, but they can apply to leadership just as well! Supply Chain Management Review said, "This concept has bee...

Machine tool orders so far this year

2018 has seen some mixed results in machine tool orders. Advanced Manufacturing reported, "Orders totaled $371.62 million in January. That was down 20% from a revised $463.29 ...

How smart manufacturing can improve your productivity

Arconic turned to MIT for education on smart manufacturing, MIT News reported, "A team of faculty and graduate students in the School of Engineering, who created a program in ...

The evolution of automation

Though automation has been used in manufacturing since as far back as the 1970s, the advancement in this technology has expanded exponentially over time. Robotics Business Rev...

Factors impacting Industry 4.0 implementation

Individual businesses around the world are choosing to industry 4.0 implementation but what will it take for that change to happen more quickly? Aerospace Manufacturing and De...

Benefits from Industry 4.0 in the United States

Industry 4.0 is already benefiting many businesses in the Unites States, large and small. With investment increasing from both the government and private companies, there is a...

US manufacturing growing fastest in 14 years

It has been almost 14 years since manufacturing in the USA has expanded at this rate. The factory index was at 59.1 in January and grew to 60.1 in February. Bloomberg reported...

The root of Industry 4.0

Many, many companies and executives are confused by Industry 4.0. At the root of that confusion is that many think that Industry 4.0 is the future. In fact, it is happening no...

Leadership during the fourth industrial revolution

The manufacturing field is changing rapidly due to Industry 4.0, and good leadership is vital during these changes. Human Resources Online said, "It is the role of leaders to ...

The scoop on standards

Automation World reported on multiple case studies arguing that automation standards can actually help manufacturing companies save money. They concluded, "Manufacturing plant...

Valuable new skills

If you have skills in 3D printing, cybersecurity, or computers, you are in high demand! WVNews said, "Part of the “skills gap” problem is that many people have an inaccurate, ...

Still confused about Industry 4.0?

If you're still confused about Industry 4.0, you're not the only one! Automation World reported that CPG companies are still confused as well. However, they did say,"Most of t...

Capitalizing on the benefits of the cloud

Automation World said, "Cloud-based software is gaining traction in the industrial world after years of resistance as companies realize the benefits of reducing upfront costs,...

Michigan manufacturing jobs show growth

Manufacturing jobs in the state of Michigan are on the rise! Cadillac News reported, "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, manufacturing jobs in the state are reaching...

Big data and cybersecurity

These days big data is often a point of cybersecurity concern. However, it is actually boosting cybersecurity in significant ways. Big data can play an important role in emplo...

Cloud computing in manufacturing

Manufacturing Business Technology reported, "With application user interfaces that can be configured to their needs and speed of deployment, these cloud solutions are in many ...

The truth about big data

BBN put together five myths about big data, the first being that big data is too big! They said, "Big data does not mean that all the data that is being stored in a system has...

Don't miss MachineMetrics on the digital transformation...

The good people at Fastener Fair USA have invited MachineMetrics to speak on their Digital Transformation keynote panel that kicks off an exciting week in Cleveland; thanks gu...

Women in manufacturing

Women currently represent a small percentage of those working in the manufacturing field, but Lakeshore Technical College is doing something about it. On March 9 they are hold...

3D printing medicine

3D printing is changing so many aspects of manufacturing, including pharmaceuticals! A new method could use 3D printing to create drugs. Automation World reported, "The digita...

Canadian manufacturing doing well

CBC reported, "Statistics Canada said manufacturing sales in the fourth quarter of last year rose by about 2.8 per cent to $164.8 billion, driven in part by higher sales of pe...

China and United States investing in Industry 4.0

The United States is currently the world's second largest manufacturer and it wants to overtake China to be number one. In order to make that happen, they are investing in Ind...

Industry 4.0 benefits and challenges

Smart Industry said, "Industry 4.0 should boost production flexibility, enabling a facility to rapidly adapt its operations to market changes. For instance, a plant control sy...

What you can gain from lean manufacturing

There are some well known benefits of lean manufacturing such as saving money and improving efficiency. There are also some lesser known benefits like reflecting the needs of ...

Download our new guide to digital manufacturing transfo...

Despite producing perhaps the most data, manufacturing is ranked last in digital transformation efforts compared to all other global industries. Very few companies have create...

Security with Industry 4.0

With more connected devices comes a need for increased cybersecurity. The Engineer said, "It is imperative that manufacturing plants looking to adopt Industry 4.0 take steps t...

What executives think about Industry 4.0

Executives worldwide have varying views on Industry 4.0. Many seem to agree that businesses have a large role in its development, that the education system will prepare studen...

High tech jobs in manufacturing

Manufacturing is on the rise and job openings are increasingly related to Industry 4.0! Fox & Hounds reported, "There is a myth that technology comes at the expense of manufac...

Adient's Industry 4.0 experience

Instead of choosing their worst performing plant to test out Industry 4.0, automotive seat maker Adient chose a high performing plant. They told Automation World, "It was one ...

Elon Musk focusing on Tesla lean manufacturing

Toyota is known for being great at lean manufacturing - but Elon Musk has set his sights on Tesla becoming even better. Forbes reported, "By simplifying car design to make the...

MachineMetrics in Bostinno

We recently spoke with Bostinno about what we do and about our goals for this year. They spoke about our technology and said, "The result is that manufacturers can increase ma...

You can benefit from Industry 4.0!

  If you are questioning, know that you can absolutely benefit from Industry 4.0! With the right mindset, any business can. Eureka! said, "Even a simple pump, tasked with dist...

Widespread investments in Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is being implemented at a rapid rate worldwide, and the U.S. is one of the countries leading the charge. Manufacturing.net said, "Industry 4.0 has become synonymo...

Making a plan for Industry 4.0

The transition to Industry 4.0 implementation doesn't have to happen all at once. You have to start somewhere! Beginning the process can be as simple as taking an inventory of...

MachineMetrics Launches Production Waste Calculator

In a time when the bottom line has never been more meaningful for companies, waste elimination is one of the most effective ways to increase the profitability of any business....

Tech giants using Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is taking the world by storm - including tech giants! Cision PR Newswire reported, "The Industry 4.0 market is forecasted to reach $1 trillion by 2030, dominated ...

Building your confidence

At this point everyone is confident Industry 4.0 works, but not everyone is confident with the "how" and that's OK! Deloitte released a report that stated senior executives do...

Industry 4.0 for process control optimization

Industry 4.0 and machine monitoring have proven to increase efficiency. Control Engineering said, "Properly implemented, creating a more connected process control system has t...

IoT growing

IoT and Industry 4.0 are very interconnected, and IoT growth projections are looking good. Many know that Industry 4.0 is having a huge impact on modern manufacturing, but so ...

Department of Energy investing in green manufacturing

According to Modern Materials Handling, "The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $35 million for 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies an...