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5 Ways to Increase Capacity Despite Talent Shortages with Digital Manufacturing Technology

Ken Koenemann, Shannon Gabriel | March 18, 2021 | 

What a difference a few months make. With vaccination roll out accelerating and a new stimulus bill just signed, the U.S. economy looks likely to heat up soon. And when it does, talent shortages will remain a challenge. Multiple factors will drive the ongoing challenges. People looking for a change of pace and better opportunities…

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Preparing Manufacturing Operations for Industry 4.0

Ken Koenemann | March 15, 2021 | 

Industry 4.0. Factory of the future. Manufacturing 4.0. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Artificial intelligence. Robotics. Big data. Expert systems. Intelligent instruments. Cloud. Fog. Edge computing… The buzz about all of the different strategies and technologies that are reshaping manufacturing operations is enough to make your head spin. At the same time, it doesn’t take…

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Why the Lights Out Factory is Not an Immediate Reality

Ken Koenemann | March 2, 2021 | Uncategorized

Could COVID-19 be the catalyst for a “lights-out” factory? While 67 percent of manufacturing decision makers say their adoption of digital technologies has accelerated as a result of the pandemic, one expert in particular believes this doesn’t mean fully automated factories are in our near future. Manufacturing.net recently spoke with Ken Koenemann, Vice President of…

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How IIoT Data Can Drive Significant Productivity Gains in Manufacturing

Ken Koenemann | February 17, 2021 | 

Economic projections are forecasting that it is just a matter of time before economic growth will accelerate again and to that end, worker productivity is at the forefront of manufacturers’ minds.  Whether they are trying to find ways to make up for productivity losses from 2020, or developing new strategies to swiftly navigate around future…

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How to Increase Productivity in Manufacturing Operations with Digital Technology

Ken Koenemann | February 17, 2021 | 

Before COVID-19, manufacturers were already struggling with a dip in productivity due to staffing challenges. As COVID-19 worsened this trend, it has become particularly clear that digital technology needs to be used to offset manufacturing productivity trends. Post-pandemic, it should only be a matter of time before economic growth accelerates again. When it does, staffing…

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The Pandemic Is Making Work Harder – So Make Workforce Productivity Easier

Ken Koenemann | February 17, 2021 | 

From consumer-packaged goods to heavy industrial production, COVID-19 has hit manufacturers particularly hard. Many simply don’t have the option of working remotely, and they’ve been plagued by shortages and bottlenecks across the spectrum, from supply chain to production to distribution. Of course, the health and safety of personnel is paramount, but staff shortages make it…

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5-Step Phased Approach For Digital Transformation In Manufacturing Operations

Ken Koenemann | February 15, 2021 | 

“We want our machines to talk to us.” This isn’t a line from the latest science fiction blockbuster. It’s a real comment from a business leader looking for ways to take advantage of the latest digital transformation in manufacturing technology trends. Given the advancements being made in areas such as machine learning, prescriptive analytics, and…

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An Early Warning About Early Warning Systems in Manufacturing

Ken Koenemann | November 18, 2020 | 

Manufacturing organizations pursuing industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) initiatives have an ever-growing list of intriguing solution options to consider. And while many IIoT solutions make a lot of sense in concept, as with virtually everything in manufacturing, things are more complicated in practice. Early warning systems are a case in point. We’ve talked with many…

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