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Collaborative Robotics Enabling Manufacturing Workforce and Productivity Growth

In early 2016, the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) published ISO Technical Specification (TS) 15066, which outlines safety requirements for collaborative robots. The American National Standards Institute, ANSI, adopted ISO/TS 15066 later that year as ANSI/RIA Technical Report R15.606 (RIA is the Robotic Industries Association). These documents outline safety functions that maintain a safe distance between people and […]

Ann Clark Cookie Cutters receives national attention!

In 1989 Ann Clark started out with a pig-shaped Christmas ornament and a dream. After years of painting and creating small gifts for her children to give away she set up shop in her garage and turned a hobby into a business. In 1991 armed with a small amount of start-up cash and a large […]

What’s under your Technology Iceberg?

So many business managers and owners I meet say that their in-house IT person has all their tech needs “covered”.  When I probe a bit further I usually discover that their definition of “covered” is far from complete.  In some cases they’ve found a talented professional who is equally comfortable with everything from servers to […]

From Makers to Manufacturers

Make (n) – to bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc. Manufacture (n) – the making of goods or wares by manual labor or by machinery In the past six weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to see making and additive manufacturing from multiple perspectives. In Niskayuna, NY, it was about companies, […]

One company’s waste could be another’s treasure

It’s one thing to make a great product. It’s another thing to feel good about it. So many Vermont manufacturers make amazing products that are useful, positively promote the Vermont name, better the economy, provide jobs and more. There is just something about making something that someone needs and someone will appreciate that is special. […]

Ransomware on the Rise in Regional Manufacturers

In the past few months I have seen an increase in the number of manufacturers impacted by ransomware. The infection typically starts when an employee clicks on a link or attachment. The email is often a very official-looking message that mimics something they may regularly receive. When activated, the ransomware plants a program on the […]

Innovative AM Competition

Partnering with “America Makes” and Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEPs), Penn State’s Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) is sending an open invitation to SMEs to present ideas for how Additive Manufacturing can revolutionize their business. The challenge will be focused on concepts that utilize additive manufacturing for improving a current product […]

Partnership Has Jobs for Vermonters

Vermont Tech President Dan Smith and GW Plastics CEO Brenan Riehl recently penned an important article that first appeared in the local Times Argus newspaper about the benefits to Vermont of their new, innovative employer-college partnership. The two leaders highlight how a combination of good jobs and effective college offerings that are aligned with local […]

Manufacturing 4.0: Is Your Leadership Team Up to the Challenge?

(Manufacturing Leadership – David Brousell: 9-1-15) The emerging world of Manufacturing 4.0 will offer a host of potential benefits to manufacturing companies, but many firms will have to strengthen their leadership ranks in order to take advantage of this next wave of industrial progress. That’s one of the key findings of a new Manufacturing Leadership […]