Will Automation Take Away Jobs?

Automation is constantly progressing in many industries and especially in the manufacturing industry. Adopting automation has changed the way the world works by making difficult or repetitive tasks easier and more efficient. Many agree that it has changed the world for the better. However, automation sometimes gets a bad reputation. There is a prevailing school of thought that believes automation will eventually take away employment within the manufacturing industry. It’s a layered concept to consider and it isn't a simple issue. In fact there are actually many aspects to the concept of automation taking away jobs. Let's explore some aspects of automation in manufacturing.

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The Next Generation of Manufacturers at Work

To pique the interest of a new generation of talent and to continue to attract customers, manufacturers must think differently about how to showcase their businesses. Things like joining manufacturing associations and getting ISO certified can help manufacturing operations put their best foot forward. Adopting automation and exploring ways to navigate the new supply chain normal will also go a long way to keeping manufacturing operations fresh and current. Anything manufacturers can do to encourage the next generation of manufacturers to get interested and involved should be explored.

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Building Relationships That Convert to Sales

Every business wants to build good working relationships with current and potential customers. The goal in building these relationships is for sales conversion. With a good growth strategy, business principles can make use of customer information to begin the process of building these positive relationships. It involves establishing trust and credibility within your business community and with potential and current customers.

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How to Respond to A Cyber Attack

Along with the rapid growth of technology, comes the growth of cyber attacks. This is an issue that the manufacturing industry, along with many others, have been facing. Manufacturing is becoming more technology based by the day. Keeping up with the knowledge of cyber security and attacks is crucial.

It is important for companies to acknowledge the possibility of a cyber attack, have strategies of prevention, and have a plan in case they are affected by an attack. Taking the proper steps in a timely manner can save a manufacturing company from finding themselves in a devastating situation.

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Strengthening Alignment by Defined Roles in Marketing and Sales

Defining roles in Marketing and Sales is very important to the success of a business strategy. Without clearly defined roles, Marketing and Sales can work against each other instead of forming a strong alliance that benefits a business.

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Tips for Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of all things manufacturing.  It is a way to highlight what your companies do to spread the word to your community, potential customers, and the next generation workforce.

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How Automated Guide Vehicles Can Help Your Warehouse Operation

Keeping up with the latest technology is beneficial when operating a warehouse. Automation is rapidly improving, and making investments in the new technology will benefit a warehouse’s efficiency and productivity. Automated Guided Vehicles are tools that can be utilized by warehouses to maximize work efficiency.

What is an automated guide vehicle?

Automated guide vehicles, also called AGV’s, are computer-controlled transport systems. These systems are controlled by computer programming, floor markers, cameras, sensors or a combination of these. They don’t require any type of human control; they are able to run completely independently. They are commonly used throughout warehouse and manufacturing facilities in order to streamline operations.

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Returning to Work: Ways to Improve Workplace Reconnection and Safety

After allowing employees to work from home due to COVID-19 global pandemic safety concerns, many employers are now asking employees to return to the office. Some companies are adopting a hybrid approach while others are asking everyone to work back in an office environment full time. For many,  this is a massive adjustment. From integrating back into an office with co-workers to safety concerns, many employees are concerned about a return back to the office.

Felix Nater, the head of Nater Associates in North Carolina, led a discussion for USA Manufacturing Hour Chat on Twitter, discussing some of the ways to improve safety and workplace reconnection. Nater is the head of Nater Associates, an independent security management consulting firm that mentors leaders & trains workforces on how best to mitigate the threat of workplace violence, and the employer against the threat of civil liability through high-level advice; assistance. More information about the firm is available at www.naterassociates.com.

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Blogging for Sales and Brand Awareness

When it comes to building sales and brand awareness, blogging is a great way to strengthen and promote a brand as well as drive sales and increase website traffic. Neil Hussey of Denco Lubrication Ltd in the UK led a discussion for USA Manufacturing Hour Chat on Twitter about the benefits of blogging for businesses.

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The History of AI in Manufacturing

What is AI?

AI, or artificial intelligence, is a science of programming computers to have the ability to make human decisions. AI basically simulates human intelligence. It can be used in a wide range of scenarios. The manufacturing industry uses AI to help with productivity and it can be used on tasks as small as talking to Siri on an iPhone.

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