Industry Insights

Labor Shortage—Robots, Millennials, Government Interference and Rethinking Work

I started researching this article on labor shortages to find out why they are an increasing and dangerous thorn in the side of supply chains. What I found was a ton of contradictions. Opinions ran the gamut from political ones along party lines, others involving an “us vs. them” view of age-related approaches to work,

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Automotive Semiconductor Shortages Courtesy of COVID and a Perfect Storm

In a recent Fox Business report, Elon Musk cites major industry-wide supply chain price pressure for raw materials and semiconductors for a string of price hikes on his Tesla Model 3 and Model Y. Tesla instituted production suspensions earlier this year based on parts shortages. Tesla is not alone. Expectations are that the automotive segment

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Elon Musk and the Three Little Pigs Preview Neuralink

Amidst much anticipation, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk presented a live demonstration of NeuraLink technology.  Neuralink launched in 2016 with the goal of creating implantable brain-machine interfaces. Such technology could ultimately help humans obtain symbiosis with Artificial Intelligence (AI) but, could have many practical applications even before it reaches that level. Neuralink implants, theoretically,

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Living in Interesting Times: Procurement 2020

We’re not even at the end of the first quarter of 2020 and already tariff wars seem to be the least of our problems. Even before the coronavirus started to disrupt supply chains, procurement analysts had identified several things to watch out for and necessary transformations that need to happen within the procurement world. Here

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How to Keep Your IT Equipment Cool and Avoid Expensive Disruption

The phrase “up-time” is an oft-repeated phrase for IT professionals, reflecting the fact that a key measure of their success is service availability. Modern climate control systems support “up-time” but to understand why, you first need to consider the impact of poor climate control in order to decide which equipment to employ to take an

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6 Types of Manufacturing Processes and Where We’re Headed with Them

As supply chains become increasingly complex, with components sourced globally regardless of where manufacturing takes place, the manufacturing processes used to create goods have developed a variety of permutations and combinations as well. Until recently, there were five primary manufacturing processes. But the growth of 3D printing increasingly impacts manufacturing and can be considered not

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9 Key Definitions Related to Smart Manufacturing

Smart manufacturing is a broad concept and is not something that can be implemented in a production process directly. It is a combination of various technologies and solutions which collectively, if implemented in a manufacturing ecosystem, is termed as smart manufacturing. All these technology and solution can be categorized under three broad categories as connectivity,

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What Does a Wireless Power Future Look Like? [Interview with GaN Systems CEO, Jim Witham]

Our parent company, Insomnicat Media, interviews special guests from time-to-time, looking for people who are truly changing industries. In this video, Bryan and Nicolette talk with Jim Witham, CEO, GaN Systems, about the future of wireless technology. GaN Systems is making strides in this department. Twenty years ago everything was wired, he says, and the

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Creating a Competitive Edge with Emerging Technologies: Q&A with Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing

The non-profit Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) launched in 2017. Its goal is to accelerate the adoption of new technologies and ensure the U.S. workforce has the skills required to work with emerging technologies. On September 4, 2019, ARM became one of the anchor tenants at Carnegie Mellon University’s innovation hub Mill 19 at Hazelwood

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Why Smart Sensor Tech In Building Design Should NOT Be An After Thought

When we think about the tech-related additions that are made possible due to smart sensors, such as lights turned on automatically when you walk into a room or air conditioner in a conference room turned on when a certain number of people enter the room, it’s safe to say these extras are becoming common and

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