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May 2018

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While manufacturing today still involves a number of traditional operations, digital technologies are rapidly becoming more deeply integrated into the manufacturing process. Once limited to the four walls of the manufacturing plant, companies are increasingly susceptible to outside variables.

5 Things We Learned at Hannover Messe

By Noel Nevshehir, Lisa Lasser & Eriola Fishman | 5/9/2018

Innovation is driving industry across the globe, and this was on full display at the recent Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in Hannover, Germany last month. This week on the blog, Automation Alley’s International Business Services team discusses what they learned at this Industry 4.0 showcase and how Michigan companies can capitalize on big opportunities ahead.

From the Backyard to the Board Room: Creating Leaders in the Workplace

By Dave Bann | Leader Dogs for The Blind | 5/16/2018

Here's a staggering fact: 44 percent of 500 managers feel unprepared for their role. Additionally, 87 percent wish they'd had more training before becoming a manager. How, then, do we prepare new managers to take the lead? From automakers, to colleges, to investment firms, to manufacturers, to municipalities, the lessons taught at Leader Dogs for The Blind reign true for every person willing to practice them, explains Dave Bann, who leads Harness the Power of Leadership at Leader Dogs for The Blind. This week on the blog, Bann explains how the foundational principles taught to Leader Dogs translates to leadership, management, communication and team-building in the workplace.

A Case Study in the Cutting Edge

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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