A new workforce is emerging, and with it, a new way of working. As new employees enter the field, and others retire, a knowledge gap develops between these generations. Anticipating and preparing for potential interruptions to your production is crucial, and finding the means to capture and instill essential manufacturing skills and critical expertise is at the forefront of many companies’ goals. The effective transfer of knowledge to new employees, and cross-training existing employees, has become essential to maintain productivity, efficiency and innovation, and increase agility and adaptability. This week on the blog, Csaba Szabo, Executive Director of Business Development and Global Partnerships at SRI International, shares how to use AI to capture and transfer manufacturing knowledge.

How to Avoid Getting Stuck in a PoC Limbo

By Andreas Hassold and Matteo Dariol | Bosch Rexroth Corporation | 10/14/2020

The productivity gains promised by Industry 4.0 are, without a doubt, desired objectives for many manufacturers. As more and more organizations start their journey into this smart/digital manufacturing world, it is frequent for them to incur into a scenario Andreas Hassold and Matteo Dariol from Bosch Rexroth Corporation call “PoC limbo”. This week on the blog, they will describe how to avoid this type of roadblock.

Five trends automakers must drive to survive

By Mike Szudarek | Marx Layne & Company | 10/7/2020

Business as usual is no longer an option for OEMs. Given the unprecedented uncertainty facing the auto industry, one thing is sure: automakers must recalibrate their business strategies if they plan to survive in a COVID-19 era. To help auto leaders prepare for the “new normal,” Marx Layne has identified five trends expected to impact the market outlook and propel the industry forward in the months ahead.

The notion of shepherd within organizations was popularized by the renowned South African leader, Nelson Mandela. There is no denying that shepherd leadership is a fascinating and unexplored phenomenon in the realm of leadership models in business. We are joined on the blog by Philip L. Fioravante, Ph.D. to discuss how these action-oriented, adaptative and empathetic leaders provide cohesiveness, clarity of orientation, and reassurance.

The Working Adults & A New Education Model

By Jenny Tatsak, Ph.D. | Walsh | 9/23/2020

The benefits of a college degree are well-documented. Including increases in earning potential, job opportunities as well as self-esteem and networking enrichments, the benefits of degrees are irrefutable. These benefits are even more accessible for Michigan’s essential workers under Governor Whitmer’s “Futures for Frontliners” program to provide free tuition. This week on the blog, Jenny Tatsak, Ph.D., Chair of the Business Communication and Marketing department and Professor of Business Communication at Walsh, shares the ingredients needed for an education experience tailored to students managing multiple competing priorities.

The Workplace May Change, But It Still Matters

By Megan Robinson | NBS Commercial Interiors | 9/16/2020

The physical workplace is where connections are made, innovation is fostered and culture is grown. It’s also where employees have access to the people, tools and resources they need to collaborate and innovate most effectively. Megan Robinson of NBS Commercial Interiors joins us on the blog to discuss the changes in workspace design, process and technology that companies should be thinking about to get people back to the workplace safely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 office planning for an uncertain future

By Andy Gutman | Farbman Group | 9/9/2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic altering the public health landscape in profound and possibly lasting ways, business decision makers have been forced to think differently about everything from the design and functionality of their office space, to the procedures, priorities and protocols that will define brick-and-mortar environments in the months and years ahead. Andy Gutman of Farbman Group joins us this week on the blog to discuss what those pandemic-driven changes will look like and preparations you can be doing right now to get ready for whatever tomorrow brings.

Blockchain and the Digitalization of Trust

By Noel Nevshehir | Automation Alley | 9/2/2020

Despite entering our vernacular more than a decade ago, “blockchain” is viewed by many as a painfully abstract and mathematically complex concept to grasp. Automation Alley’s Noel Nevshehir joins us on the blog this week to demystify blockchain and explain how supply chain management, manufacturing, health care, finance, the Internet of Things (IoT) and other sectors of the economy are being transformed by this technology.

5 Steps of Digitization Companies Need to Implement

By Salim Dabbous | SICK, Inc. | 8/26/2020

The cloud is usually the first thing people think about when they hear the term Industry 4.0. However, the cloud is just the tip of the iceberg. The real strength of Industry 4.0 stems from digitization, which begins with connectivity. This week on the blog, SICK shares their five-step process to allow existing machines to become significantly more intelligent with very little effort.

Building the Factory of the Future: Comau’s Approach to Industry 4.0

By Paolo Avagliano | Comau North America | 8/19/2020

Evolution requires transforming the status quo into different production paradigms. Processes must become increasingly reconfigurable, flexible, and scalable. Digitalization is the fundamental enabler of these new manufacturing paradigms, and real-time communication between operators and the manufacturing system. This week on the blog, Paolo Avagliano from Comau shares how digitalization can help you experience higher productivity, faster time-to-market, lower operating costs and prevent risk of operational delays.

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