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These are the biggest hurdles on the path to clean energy

By Noel Nevshehir | Automation Alley | 2/24/2021

Innovation is often more about chasing after the shiny and new rather than improving on existing technologies. Nevertheless, the looming challenge of evolving from fossil fuels to renewable energy faces the immutable laws of physics and chemistry – and, ironically enough, environmental hurdles – that may be overlooked by today’s energy experts and policy-makers.

3D Printing Network Project Diamond Cuts Costs, Lead Times for Companies

By Brian Sciackitano | Firebolt Group | 2/19/2021

The Firebolt Group was recently selected to be a part of Project DIAMOnD’s PPE Resilience Grant Program. Automation Alley, funded by Oakland and Macomb counties, created Project DIAMOnD—which stands for Distributed, Independent, Agile, Manufacturing On-Demand—to address the urgent need to move companies into the digital manufacturing age of Industry 4.0 as fast as possible to help improve manufacturing agility and response to future disruptions.

Analytics: Driving Growth, Boosting Marketing, Personalizing Experiences

By Benjamin Smith | Clayton & McKervey | 2/10/2021

In our mission to work smarter, analytics tools provide a level of optics into data that helps manufacturing leaders predict and understand critical business trends. While “analytics” has become one of the digital buzzwords of the past few years, it’s more than just a trend. Using the right analytics software can bring many benefits to businesses.

Automation Alley is no stranger to the events game. From small networking events, to lunch & learns, to galas, golf outings, conferences and expos, we have presented a wide range of gatherings and experiences throughout the years. The one thread that tied all these event experiences together was that they were in-person. In March of 2020, like many of you, we were pushed into the virtual world. In doing so, we have learned many lessons along the way that we thought would be valuable to share with our readers as we continue to navigate this new frontier together.

Restoring Michigan Central Station with 3D Scanning Technology

By Cullen Williams | Computer Aided Technology (CATI) | 1/27/2021

This week on the blog, the engineering and manufacturing experts at CATI explain how they are helping Ford Motor Company bring Michigan Central Station back to its former glory using 3D scanning technology.

Keeping Automated Vehicles on Track with 2D LiDAR Localization

By Jeff Graupmann | SICK, Inc. | 1/20/2021

Vehicle tracking and localization software within a manufacturing setting is essential in order to safely collaborate with robotic vehicles. As a result, one challenge associated with the tracking of these autonomous vehicles is a loss of tracking guidance that leads to the potential for unplanned vehicle stops and fleet jams. Jeff Graupmann of SICK joins us on the blog to explain how, in the near future, this will be a thing of the past for automated industrial trucks in the area of intralogistics.

Advanced recycling, circular economy can benefit Industry 4.0 and the environment

By Don DeMallie | Great Lakes Rubber Company | 1/13/2021

As our nation contends with waste and its environmental impacts, the business community, especially those who are part of Industry 4.0 here in Michigan, is stepping up and doing its part to promote circularity, a model through which we’re finding effective ways of recycling and reusing products again and again. This week on the blog, Don DeMallie of Great Lakes Rubber Company shares his thoughts on how circularity will translate into long-term success and returns on investment for Industry 4.0 businesses, while promoting a cleaner environment for generations to come.

Enhancing Lean Supply Chain Execution Results

By William Crane | IndustryStar | 1/6/2021

For the first blog post of 2021, we are joined by William Crane, CEO of IndustryStar, who will share how proven Lean methods pared with a practical digitization framework and focused collaborative productivity Supply Execution Systems software stands to empower your team to drive supply performance in the days ahead.

3 Ways to Retrofit Your Meeting Spaces to Enhance Virtual Collaboration

By Megan Robinson | NBS Commercial Interiors | 12/16/2020

As we return to our workspaces many of us are quickly realizing that the functionality of conference and huddle rooms may no longer be up to par given the new reliance on virtual collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, WebEx and other video conferencing software. The need to create effective spaces, whether enclosed or open, to support video calls with remote participants is essential today. This week on the blog, Megan Robinson of NBS Commercial Interiors brings us three ideas to retrofit your current meeting spaces to get individuals and teams up and running for virtual conference calls.

Four Talent Attraction & Retention Strategies for Finishing 2020 Strong

By Jack Van Tiem | Kelly Services, Inc. | 12/9/2020

There’s no way to sugarcoat this – these past six months have been the toughest for workers and employers since the Great Recession. We’re in Q4 of a year that for most of us presented unforeseen challenges and setbacks. Whatever ambitious goals your business may have had for 2020, they most likely went out the window some time in Q2. This week on the blog, Jack Van Tiem of Kelly discusses effective talent strategies to position your company for a more successful 2021 and set your business apart from competitors.

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