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By Jack Van Tiem | Kelly Services, Inc. | 7/11/2018
Step into a corporate boardroom or onto a shop floor, and you’re likely to hear the word “teamwork” uttered by leadership. Leveraging diversity of thought and skills to find smart solutions may not be a new concept, but it has increasingly become a necessary approach for employers and employees in today’s Industry 4.0-centered world. This week on the blog, Jack Van Tiem, Kelly Services' Detroit territory vice president, discusses this new generation of automation, information flow and data exchange in manufacturing and its major impact on job creation and elimination, business cost structures, processes and cultures.
7/10/2018
Automation Alley added 12 new members in June. Click the link below to meet them.
7/10/2018
Ghafari Associates, LLC may be new to Automation Alley, but the company is already seeing the benefits of membership. Learn more about this global engineering and architecture firm and how they’re leveraging Automation Alley membership to share ideas, form stronger client relationships and ultimately bring in more business.
By Pavan Muzumdar | Automation Alley | 6/27/2018
This Fourth of July, Automation Alley COO Pavan Muzumdar shares his American Dream story.
By Kristin O’Neill | Automation Alley | 6/20/2018
“We live in a fast-paced world that expects immediate results with clear and actionable data. It’s tempting for a sales representative to look to technology as a way to help them sell more efficiently. But what are you sacrificing in the name of efficiency?” asks Kristin O’Neill, an Automation Alley business development representative. In today’s data-driven world, more and more companies are seeking out a different type of salesperson: the consultative sales rep. This week on the blog, Kristin takes us through the five basic steps in the consultative sales process.
By Kylee Guenther | Spectalite | 6/13/2018
While plastics have given us a lot—everything from lifesaving medical devices to twisty straws for our summer ice tea—these magical materials present a big problem: There’s really no good solution for what to do with them, after we’re done using the product. To make matters worse, the life expectancy of the average plastic product is less than a year, meaning so many of these items are used once and tossed away. Enter Spectalite, a Michigan-based, women-owned, advanced engineering and materials manufacturer, specializing in bamboo fiber composite plastics. This week on the blog, Spectalite CEO Kylee Guenther discusses how her company is making a difference by helping customers find new and sustainable materials for their products while helping reduce plastic waste.
By Eric Davis | Automation Alley | 6/6/2018
For manufacturers today, technological change is coming faster than expected. But for some companies, customer demand for digitization has already reshaped their industry. This has been the case for New York-based reprographics firm A. Esteban & Company. Read about how the company has learned, pivoted and grown to improve profitability and competitiveness.
6/5/2018
Mike Harris, founder and vice president at Worksighted, describes how his tech company has benefited from Automation Alley’s Tech Takeover event series and other Industry 4.0 involvement.
6/5/2018
Automation Alley added 29 new members in May. Click the link below to meet them.
By Tony Pinho | Duggan Manufacturing | 5/23/2018
Strategic equipment investment is a critical part of staying competitive. Planning a procurement path that will keep your business relevant in an ever-changing landscape can be difficult in the best of times and a truly herculean task during periods of rapid market change like we’re seeing today. In times such as these, even the best laid plans may need to be overhauled. Do you take a chance on a new technology that's heavy on potential, but light on real-world evidence, or stay the course with your current equipment and risk falling behind?

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