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Sunday, 13 February 2022 18:06

Robot sales surge to unprecedented levels with interest from non-automotive sectors

Manufacturers in West Michigan and across the continent summoned robots to their shop floors at an unprecedented pace last year as non-automotive sectors warmed up in big numbers to automation.

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Sunday, 30 January 2022 18:04

Manufacturers get creative to out-maneuver automation supply chain delays

When Shawn O’Farrell couldn’t find a standard turnkey component for an automation system, he shopped around for it on eBay as a last-ditch effort.

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Friday, 20 August 2021 15:31

Education a focus at this year’s Advanced Manufacturing Expo

The upcoming Advanced Manufacturing Expo will feature more educational opportunities than in past years, one of the more noticeable differences to an event entering its sixth year.

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Sunday, 08 November 2020 19:30

Pandemic poised to usher in automation industry boom

Paramount Tool Co. Inc. in Holland has been in business since 1967, giving its team a front-row seat to the automation industry’s evolution over the last five decades.

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Sunday, 12 April 2020 19:31

Automation providers see an opening during production pause

 As businesses have been forced to pause operations in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, manufacturers are using the opportunity to explore and research new technologies that could change their future processes. 

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Sunday, 12 April 2020 19:27

Automation helps manufacturers adjust operations to serve health care needs

In late March, two days before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a stay-home order for all state residents, General Motors Co. approached Esys Automation with a challenge. 

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Sunday, 19 January 2020 15:15

STILL PROCESSING: Overloaded with big data, manufacturers struggle to extract valuable information

The ongoing Industry 4.0 revolution has the potential to transform how companies organize, operate and profit. At the same time, manufacturers are struggling to pinpoint and extract value from this new ability to gather seemingly limitless amounts of data.

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Sunday, 10 November 2019 19:00

Tight labor market drives ‘disruptive’ automation in plastics manufacturing

The desire to continue to grow and keep production in West Michigan despite a crippling labor shortage remains the principal driver for Byrne Electrical Specialists Inc.’s adoption of automation.

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 20:03

RISE OF THE ROBOTS: Automation sector continues growth spurt

Robotics and additive manufacturing markets have entered into a new phase of growth, ripened by an era in which maintaining the status quo is no longer viable for manufacturers who struggle to secure quality labor. That’s because robotic systems are enabling manufacturers to deliver higher quality parts and maximize throughput, said Mark Ermatinger, vice president of sales at Zeeland-based Industrial Control Service Inc., who does not see the “rise” of robots stopping anytime soon.

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 19:04

Crystal Ball 2019 Manufacturing Roundtable: Manufacturing execs shift focus to internal operations, efficiencies in 2019

West Michigan-based manufacturing executives think 2019 marks a good time to take a pause from the recent breakneck pace of capital investments and acquisitions to focus on operations. That’s the general consensus from local manufacturing leaders across a range of industries who participated in a forward-looking roundtable discussion with MiBiz earlier this month. 

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 11:12

Technical knowhow: West Michigan evolves as hub for automation

Michigan’s role in improving manufacturing efficiency has come a long way since the invention of the assembly line.

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 12:28

Robotics to the rescue: Office furniture makers increasingly adopt automation technology amid struggle to find talent

Office furniture manufacturers have been late adopters of automation, particularly inside their West Michigan-based factories.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:32

Automation shifts workforce needs for West Michigan manufacturers

Manufacturers in West Michigan have turned to automation in recent years to get jobs done quicker and cheaper, and their investments in the technology shows no signs of slowing down.

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Monday, 24 July 2017 09:12

Advanced Manufacturing Expo 2017

Join us for the Advanced Manufacturing Expo, Aug. 22 and Aug. 24, 2017.

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 14:08

Advanced Manufacturing Expo expands to 2 days, sites in Grand Rapids, metro Detroit

Manufacturers from high-tech industries will again have the opportunity to put their products on display at this year’s Advanced Manufacturing Expo.

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:18

Perception or reality? Economist questions whether manufacturers actually embrace automation

Ask West Michigan manufacturers how they’re addressing the challenges of finding qualified workers, and many of them likely will cite automation equipment as a key part of their solution.

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Sunday, 07 August 2016 13:00

Q&A Mark Ermatinger, Vice President of Sales, Industrial Control Service Inc. Host of the Advanced Manufacturing Expo

West Michigan’s Advanced Manufacturing Expo is going big for 2016. 

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Sunday, 06 March 2016 14:27

Robot Revolution: Manufacturers embrace automation to hedge against future downturns

Backed by a string of profitable years, many West Michigan manufacturers are investing in labor-saving technology and providing themselves a hedge against future softening in the market. 

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