5 of the First Manufacturing Companies in the United States

The manufacturing industry has a long and storied history in the United States, beginning at the turn of the 19th century and continuing through the modern era. Though the modern manufacturing industry barely resembles the manufacturing companies of old, there’s still plenty of knowledge to be gained by learning more about the companies that started…
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Success Through Communication – The Don’ts of Having a Machine Down

Having a machine go down, especially one that is critical to a process, is a very stressful event. Let’s face it – machines are what makes the money and every minute lost can add up to a huge loss. But being down is a situation that we in the service center get see customers handle…
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READY – 3D, High Definition Mapping & Driverless Cars

If you’ve ever noticed an autonomous vehicle out on the road, it was probably hard to miss the plethora of high tech cameras and equipment attached to the vehicle. Cameras, radar, lidar (light detection) and other technologies are used to help driverless cars see all of their surroundings and driver safer, but up until now…
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Industry News: Foxconn Wisconsin Plant Announcement

Foxconn, a Taiwan-based company that supplies screens to global leader Apple for iPhones, announced it will build a new manufacturing plant in Wisconsin — its first large plant in the country. In the Wednesday evening press conference with President Donald Trump, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, as well as House Speaker and Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan,…
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Cybersecurity and the Impact it has on Manufacturing

Increased transmission of data across the world has allowed not only our day to day lives to be moved at a relatively fast pace, but it allows communication with data centers globally. For the past 20 years, the world has witnessed the uprising of the internet, instant video and audio with people in other countries,…
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Moving to the IoT: What Should You Look for when Choosing Devices?

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the increasing number of connected devices and systems that share data to provide optimal results for specific tasks and processes. The IoT is creeping into many aspects of our lives from consumer appliances to merchandising and farming. One area that has been a bit slower on the uptake…
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How Can You Avoid Fake Manufacturing Parts?

Counterfeiting is more common than many in the manufacturing industry might think. While counterfeits in the art or fashion worlds can set collectors back a pretty penny, real danger is possible when manufacturers buy fake parts or don’t take proper steps to prevent their end users from doing so. But what can those in the…
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How to Properly Clean Printed Circuit Boards

Of all the failure modes, the most preventable in our line of work is contamination. Dirt, dust, debris, oil and electronics simply do not mix. There are two main effects that contamination has on the lifespan of delicate circuitry. Insulation – When you add a layer of debris to a printed circuit board you are…
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STEM-ing the Gender Gap

In recent years the shortage of qualified workers in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics or STEM fields has not only caught the attention of industry leading companies, educational institutions but also policy makers. Initiatives have begun all over the world to increase the number of females enrolling and pursuing careers in these…
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The Pros & Cons of Lean Manufacturing

Several months ago, we discussed the pros and cons of implementing a just-in-time system to handle your business’s manufacturing needs. A common mistake is treating the JIT system and the lean system of manufacturing as the same process. Both systems revolve around eliminating waste in the production system. Where the JIT system focuses on production…
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