Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), sometimes referred to as M2M (machine-to-machine) is one of the most effective automation technologies and has been progressing at a rapid pace of late. It is touted as the next industrial revolution. IIoT is a network of intelligent computers, machines, sensors, software, and devices that collect and share huge amounts of data.
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Manufacturers are optimistic about their industry and the U.S. economy, but concerned about the ongoing struggle to find qualified workers, according to the 2017 Manufacturing Report from professional services firm Sikich LLP.
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To explain any belt drive system in a simple way, imagine two separate rollers bound by a thread which runs over their outer periphery, which transmits power from the driving member to the driven member. This describes the basic mechanics of a V belt drive system, where the thread is the V belt, and the two rollers are pulleys.
V belts provide the best combination of traction, speed of movement, and service life, while solving the problem of slippage and alignment. Hence, they are the go-to belt for many power transmission applications.
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The evidence is clear. According to eMarketer, for 80 percent of professionals, email marketing drives customer acquisition and retention.
MarketingSherpa reports that 61 percent of consumers enjoy receiving promotional emails weekly. 38 percent of respondents would like emails to come even more frequently. 88 percent of smartphone users actively check email on their phones, states a Pew Research Center report.
These email marketing statistics prove just how valuable email marketing could be for your manufacturing business. Leveraging email marketing, manufacturers can create deeper relationships with a wider audience at minimum cost and better return on investment in comparison to traditional media.
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Manufacturing Day is a national celebration just a few weeks away. It is celebrated on the first Friday in October, which is October 6 this year. We know how important the day is. It started as a way to help change common misconceptions about manufacturing and to get out the word that manufacturing today is clean, well organized, and high-tech.
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Stephanie Louise Kwolek’s research in 1971 resulted in an important discovery, in the form of a liquid crystalline polymer solution. The unusual strength and stiffness of this solution led to the invention of Kevlar®, a synthetic material five times stronger than steel and resistant to wear, corrosion, and flame. That’s why Kevlar is the main component of modern bulletproof vests, which have become invaluable to legions of servicepeople. Not restricted to just this use, Kevlar is used in several other products like skis, safety helmets, hiking and camping gear, and suspension bridge cables.
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We already saw how seemingly small human error has led to huge losses for companies in the past. But what can be done to address human error? We cannot change the human condition, but in manufacturing we can certainly improve the way people work, where they work, and what systems they use.
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Is it possible to accelerate learning? It is, with the new microlearning approach.
Technology and job functions are changing rapidly. In today’s fast-paced digital environment, people need to constantly up-skill, but have little time to learn. Microlearning offers us a solution. Microlearning is a modular delivery approach to online training where content is engineered into a series of short, concise, and dynamic learning moments, each a complete experience on its own while supporting the learning sequence as a whole.
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Big data refers to large volume of data, both structured and unstructured, that businesses generate on a day-to-day basis. Manufacturing organizations have an abundance of operational and shop floor data that can be analyzed for business gains, and with the advent of Industry 4.0, there are manufacturing companies which have already started doing so. By leveraging big data intelligently, manufacturing companies are reducing processing flaws, improving production quality, increasing efficiency, and saving both time and money.
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Employees are human and humans make mistakes. If the reason for an error remains unexplained, even corrective and preventive actions can fail to address the underlying conditions for the failure.
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