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Retaining talent in manufacturing

Many manufacturing companies are looking for ways to retain their top talent during this labor shortage. How do they do it? Industry Week said, "Companies should assign rockst...

What is Industry 4.0?

 

Work on customer experience with Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 doesn't only have impacts "behind the scenes." It can actually improve your customers' experience! Forbes said, "The delivery phase is a critical aspect of the su...

How industry 4.0 could impact architecture

As with many industries, architecture is trying to lessen their environmental impact. Industry 4.0 could help! The Sustainability Times said, "With the coming of Industry 4.0,...

Why manufacturing needs more women

More women in manufacturing will mean a more successful future for the industry. IndustryWeek said, "Despite making up about half of all workers overall, they account for less...

The latest in manufacturing fashion

Did you know that there was an industrial wearable fashion show recently? Industry Week said, "The ensembles we showed off at our inaugural fashion won't turn heads on a Paris...

Questions to ask yourself when thinking about data

Industry Week says a question you should always be asking yourself is, "Who else can use this data?" They are absolutely right. So much of the data that is collected never goe...

Difficulties with speeding up your timeline

While it's understandable that you might want to complete your Industry 4.0 initiatives as soon as possible, when you accelerate the process you could run into some problems. ...

Sensor Data vs PLC Data: Why Getting Deep Data Is the R...

 

Why data is the base of a smart factory

Data is the base of manufacturing and making informed decisions. Industry Week said, "The advent of digital processes and growth of data as an asset has other, profound implic...

How to manage cybersecurity threats

It's good to be concerned about cybersecurity. There are absolutely security threats when you implement industry 4.0, but you can manage them! Be sure that your systems are up...

Being a good leader through change

Leading is hard, and leading your company through an industry shift can be very difficult. Find the right balance with your time between managing day-to-day improvement and wo...

Preparing for Industry 4.0 problems

Solving problems is easier when you prepare! Sometimes some road bumps come along when implementing Industry 4.0, but if you take the time to prepare they should be fairly eas...

5 Myths- Manufacturing During Industry 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us, and as you may know, this means change. As an industry, it is imperative that manufacturers adopt new technologies and increased c...

Current and future possibilities with Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 technology may already feel like the future, but there are so many more possibilities out there! Technology Decisions said, "The leaps in technological advancemen...

Lean manufacturing principles are multidisciplinary

The principles of lean manufacturing can be used in many areas of business.  KaiNexus said, "Its pillars of continuous improvement and respect for people are universally relev...

If you're just starting out with Industry 4.0, read thi...

Many can agree that implementing Industry 4.0 can be scary and intimidating, but with the right attitude and resources it can be a huge success! Don't be afraid to start small...

Lean manufacturing to improve efficiency

The whole concept of lean manufacturing is centered around efficiency and saving money.  When implementing these techniques, remember that you might not see results immediatel...

Improve Your Manufacturing Processes Using Data

Manufacturing, regardless of what tools, bits or parts the machines are producing, tends to follow decade old processes. There is an element of the 'this is how we’ve always d...

Attract new employees from unexpected places

With the current skills gap, many manufacturers are trying to find ways to attract more talent.  The group of people to target might be younger than you think! Reaching middle...

Focus on quality

Good manufacturing practices are about cutting cost to increase profit. An even better manufacturing strategy is cutting costs in the right places. Manufacturing Global said, ...

How AR is still making waves

Augmented reality has been making waves for a few years now, but it will continue to change the manufacturing industry in the future. Industry Week said, "In the next five yea...

Industry 4.0 trends to watch in 2019

What trends will take over Industry 4.0 this year? 5G is one. With all this information coming in, being able to process it quickly is a priority! Industry Week also said, "Pr...

IIoT and The Analytics Journey- MachineMetrics Presents...

Bill Bither, Co-Founder and CEO of MachineMetrics, had the opportunity to speak at FirstMark’s Hardwired NYC event. In this visually stimulating presentation, he focuses on In...

Manufacturing summer camp?

Summer camp is a favorite memory for many people, but the topic usually reminds us of canoes and campfires. Have you ever heard of a manufacturing summer camp? Industry Week s...

How To Select The Right IoT Solution For Your Company

It’s always difficult for a company to choose a new software platform.  From concerns over learning curve to ROI to security to integration within an IT structure, most compan...

Manufacturing industry still looking up

Optimism is a powerful thing. Industry Week reported, "For the nine consecutive quarters, manufacturers like what they see. In the first quarter of this year, 89.5% of respond...

Manufacturing Technology: Keeping with Times

There is no denying that the factory of the future is becoming a reality. Keeping up with the developments of Industry 4.0 can be a difficult task. With advanced manufacturing...

Ford case study: Industry 4.0 can improve safety

If you ask a manufacturing company what their top priorities are, employee safety and overall efficiency will inevitably come up.  Industry 4.0 is a way to get both.  Manufact...

SYNERGY RESOURCES ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH MACHINEMET...

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY, March 14, 2019 – Synergy Resources, a provider of product and service solutions to the manufacturing industry, has strengthened its position in the Industry...

The history of the hard hat

Industry Week reported on the 100th anniversary of the hard hat. They said, "Bullard, the son of a mining equipment supplier, was inspired by the metal helmets doughboys wore ...

Why Industry 4.0 should be embraced

Embracing Industry 4.0 hasn't been an easy process. However, most people in the manufacturing industry are coming around to realize there are so many advantages!  Burrus said,...

What is business 4.0 and how does it relate to industry...

Manufacturing technology is not all that is changing! As technology advances in the manufacturing field, the technology that businesses use to run operations is also advancing...

What you can learn from a high schooler about attractin...

With the current skills gap in manufacturing, everyone is trying to attract young talent!  One high school student said that she still had a very old view of manufacturing. Sh...

Manufacturing strike in Pennsylvania

There is a strike in Pennsylvania involving almost 2,000 manufacturing workers.  Huff Post reported, "Union members with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of Am...

Jobs and Industry 4.0

The truth is that automation will take over some jobs that people are currently doing - but that's not the whole story.  Manufacturing Global said, "The working environment is...

Industry 4.0 keywords you should know

Do you know these Industry 4.0 keywords? Smart Factory - A smart factory is a factory that manufactures and runs using technology like artificial intelligence and robots. Smar...

Getting a good start to your digital transformation

Every digital transformation journey starts somewhere! In fact, you might already be further along than you thought! First things first, make sure your network is ready to han...

How IoT and blockchain will impact manufacturing

The fourth industrial revolution is well underway, so what effect will IoT and blockchain have? As IoT becomes more affordable and blockchain matures, the possibilities are gr...

How lean manufacturing can impact your workplace commun...

Lean manufacturing strategies can help you improve your workplace's sense of community.  One step that's often missed is showing the product that's being manufactured actually...

Machine Monitoring: The Strategy to Achieve Expotential...

  Since the industrial revolution, manufacturers have been churning out goods which have bettered the livelihoods of billions of people. Machines have been fed raw material an...

3D printing "growing up"

IndustryWeek says 3D printing is growing up. They said that the widespread use of this technology is, "Just another example of continuous improvement methods that some compani...

Have you tried these smart manufacturing trends?

You want a factory of the future - but how do you get there? Try digitizing your supply chain or monetizing your data. Digital transformation is the way to go! As Manufacturin...

Lean trends you could utilize this year

When it comes to lean manufacturing, there are a few new trends in 2019 that you should keep your eye on.  The two biggest factors driving change in lean manufacturing are IoT...

Changing perception of the manufacturing industry

There are a lot of misconceptions about the manufacturing industry. Many people don't see all the similarities to tech, they're mentally stuck in manufacturing's past!  The Ma...

What to do when lean manufacturing gets tough

If you have been working toward lean manufacturing initiatives for a while, you're bound to get stuck at some point! First, remember that while you can learn from others' expe...

Guest Blog: Industry 4.0 — Reinventing the Factory Stac...

If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you’re going to wake up today as a software and analytics company. Jeffrey Immelt, former CEO of General Electric, nail...

Production Efficiency, Automation, and IoT

Every manufacturing company pursues optimized production efficiency as its primary goal.  It is one of the oldest and most common terms used. But what does production efficien...

Which Industry 4.0 leadership style do you have?

Deloitte identified four styles of leadership that work best for Industry 4.0. Human Resources listed them as; Social Supers — Commitment to do good; Data-Driven Decisives — D...

How Industry 4.0 can really help with safety

Safety is a top priority of manufacturing companies, and for good reason! Industry 4.0 has a lot of benefits, but improving safety for employees is definitely one of them. Kno...

Why the tech at work should be similar to personal tech

Industry Week reported, "Nearly half of employees (48%) wish their workplace technology performed just like their personal technology, according to a recent survey by The Work...

MachineMetrics Service awarded 2019 Smart Manufacturing...

MachineMetrics Service Platform for Machine Builders Recognized for Smart Manufacturing Innovation with 2019 IoT Breakthrough Award

MachineMetrics: The Monitor, January Edition

  January, 2019: We've started the year with a BANG! What a year 2018 was for MachineMetrics! We released two all-new solutions: MachineMetrics Health, our predictive analytic...

How Industry 4.0 can help you achieve sustainable growt...

With ecommerce growing quickly, sustainable growth is very important for many manufacturing businesses. Customer expectations are also rising because of the "Amazon effect" so...

How Industry 4.0 makes your factory smarter

Industry 4.0 and IoT can make your factory a smart, efficient machine. It can empower your employees to make them more efficient with more job satisfaction. These initiatives ...

Breaking it down when there are too many possibilities

Sometimes the possibilities can seem overwhelming. When you're trying to work on Industry 4.0 initiatives and get stuck in all the information - what do you do? Deloitte says ...

Why is Industry 4.0 so important?

Why is Industry 4.0 so important? Because you can have the information you need when you need it. You might not initially realize how inefficient your shop could be until you ...

The current strength of manufacturing in the United Sta...

The manufacturing index dropped in December 2018, but Forbes still argues that the industry is stronger than you think. They said, "Manufacturing activity keeps expanding, alb...

How to move toward Industry 4.0 right now

Industry 4.0 can often seem like a big, daunting challenge. To make it a little easier, Industry Week put together a list of a few things you can do right now to move toward I...

Do this if you want to be successful in Industry 4.0

If you want your Industry 4.0 initiative to succeed, industrialized data is vital. The bottom line is that if your data isn't safe and accurate it's not helping you. Forbes sa...

Can lean manufacturing help you retain employees?

Lean manufacturing can make your business more efficient, but it can also help you retain employees. With large amounts of job openings in the manufacturing field, some compan...

Why veterans fit the manufacturing field so well

While many businesses are having trouble with the skills gap in manufacturing, some are finding that veterans have the right skill set. One business owner said the main releva...

Driving Measurable ROI with IoT Solutions

Return on Investment (ROI) means different things to different groups.  For consumers it is more a matter of satisfaction and perception. But for businesses, it comes down to ...

What to focus on for success in manufacturing

With so many strategies taking over manufacturing, which are the most important? Manufacturing Global reported that Lisa Anderson of of LMA Consulting Group Inc. thinks there ...

Making your IIoT transition the best it can be

Transitioning to IIoT? You can learn from those before you to make your transformation smooth and successful. First of all, you don't need to break the bank right away. Indust...

Why lean manufacturing is a powerful strategy

Lean manufacturing is a powerful strategy that will help you reduce waste and increase efficiency. It was developed by Toyota during WWII when supplies were low and efficiency...

Ways to motivate your manufacturing employees

There are many ways to motivate your employees, but Industry Week says prizes are not the best choice. The skills gap is a concern for many companies right now, so attracting ...

Applying lean manufacturing to warehouse operations

The eight wastes of lean manufacturing can be beneficial when applied to warehouse settings. Bastian Solutions posted examples of each one! Their examples of transportation wa...

How Industry 4.0 can help with the skills gap problem

The manufacturing industry is currently dealing with a skills gap. This has happened before - during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century and there was a positive out...

OEE Software and the Case for a Multi-Metric Approach

Modern manufacturing environments produce an enormous amount of data.  And as systems and platforms develop to monitor and manage this volume of information, many companies ar...

When big data is too big

It's right there in the name - big data is big! Unfortunately, sometimes that can mean it becomes very difficult to sort through and find the actionable insights you need. For...

The current impact of machine learning

Big data and machine learning are making a big impact on manufacturing, but they are also important in society as a whole. Forbes says big data is, "The realization that there...

Do these four things to succeed in IoT

IndustryWeek claims there are four "essential truths" that will help you find success in your IoT initiatives. The first is to make security and privacy your top priority. It'...

How lean manufacturing helps you access your potential

Implementing lean manufacturing techniques can help you unlock your business's potential and take it to the next level. Becoming more efficient saves time and money as Toyota ...

Catch up on the lean manufacturing articles you missed ...

If you're hoping to improve your lean manufacturing strategies, look no further than these great articles from last year! This collection of IndustryWeek's best lean manufactu...

The True Business Value of IoT in Manufacturing

There’s an old proverb that says the “proof is in the pudding”.  The original meaning was that you had to try a food before you could decide whether it was good.  These days, ...

Current technology trends in manufacturing services

Technology is not just impacting production floors, it is impacting services in manufacturing as well! Manufacturing Global listed ta few standouts in this area. The first the...

Technology trends to watch in 2019 manufacturing

2019 is here! What trends are going to take center stage this year? 5G is definitely a hot topic and could greatly impact smart manufacturing. Automation will also likely incr...

Retaining great employees

With the current status of the skills market in manufacturing, it's important to retain your great employees! From millennials to those close to retiring age, it's a good idea...

Have you fallen for these Industry 4.0 myths?

There are a lot of rumors floating around about Industry 4.0 and not all of them are true! One major myth is that robots will replace humans in the manufacturing workforce. In...

5 Ways Data Can Improve The Way We Make Things

Modern society has come a long way since the arrival of the Model T in 1908.  From the early days of hand-cranking, no heat, unreliable mechanical performance and loud dirty e...

Manufacturing jobs increased in November

The numbers are in and manufacturing jobs increased by 27,000 last month in the United States. That's a year-to-date increase of 288,000! Many of the jobs created were in dura...

Download our latest E-book for OEM's and Equipment Dist...

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 initiative

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...

Lean communication strategies

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

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 in understanding Industry 4.0, you first need to understand the term itself. It's all about transparency and making information more readily ava...

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...

 TROY, Mich., May 17, 2018 –  As part of a global initiative to ensure the continued success of its customers, SECO Tools is expanding their customer service capabilities thro...

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 use OEE measurements in slightly different ways, but here are five metrics to check when assessing efficiency. The availability and performance of the machines shoul...

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 and you sh...

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

Consumer expectations are changing, and those consumers are expecting more from the businesses they choose to interact with. Industry 4.0 can help you meet changing consumer e...

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 ...

GM training employees 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...

Embracing the digital revolution

It's time to embrace the benefits of participating in the digital revolution! Manufacturing Business Technology said, "Given the incredible potential software creates for phys...

Best states for manufacturing jobs

Manufacturing professionals are in high demand these days! Industry Week put together a list of the top states for manufacturing jobs based on NAM’s state data report from 201...

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...