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Displaying items by tag: Michigan Manufacturing Technology CenterWest

Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:30

State programs aim to boost talent needed for Industry 4.0 adoption

Economic development organization Lakeshore Advantage Corp. launched an Industry 4.0 readiness poll last year to get an idea of how small and mid-size manufacturers viewed and used advanced technology within their operations.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 24 October 2021 17:00

Experts: Few manufacturers are paying attention to looming cybersecurity requirements

Manufacturers that supply the defense industry will need to adhere to a new set of uniform cybersecurity standards in order to bid on contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 07 October 2021 10:34

West Michigan economic development groups launch Industry 4.0 campaign

West Michigan economic development organizations have launched a campaign aimed at preparing local manufacturers to adopt Industry 4.0 technology and practices.

Published in Manufacturing

Friday, 30 July 2021 14:36

West Michigan organizations to partner on Industry 4.0 workshops for companies

A partnership among West Michigan organizations supporting advanced manufacturing has announced an opportunity for area companies to learn more about Industry 4.0.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 04 July 2021 17:30

West Michigan manufacturers see opportunity in automation, Industry 4.0 as labor shortage persists

Dowagiac-based Lyons Industries Inc. has long been notorious for dirty, thankless work.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 11 October 2020 19:15

Manufacturers explore Industry 4.0 as possible solution for talent shortage

As executive director of the Manufacturing Growth Alliance, Jennifer Deamud helps connect small and medium-size manufacturers across Michigan with necessary resources to conquer challenges in the marketplace.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 13 September 2020 18:10

Manufacturing Growth Alliance helps firms seek new ideas to weather COVID-19

Jeff Brennan is hungry for new ideas and best practices that might help his manufacturing business slog its way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 30 August 2020 18:28

Michigan Israel Business Accelerator’s new initiative to help local companies harness innovation

In a business climate in which manufacturers are pressured to stay up on the latest technology, there is little wonder why Michigan-based companies might look to Israel for best practices.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 07 July 2019 20:23

BETTER, NOT BIGGER: As Industry 4.0 evolves, Michigan’s premier advanced manufacturing expo gains favor among attendees, exhibitors

Grand Rapids & Detroit, MI—Mark Ermatinger never would have guessed a customer-appreciation event would evolve into one of the fastest-growing advanced manufacturing shows in the Midwest.

Published in Sponsored content

Monday, 12 February 2018 16:55

Closing the Gap: As automation spreads through the manufacturing sector, many companies struggle on where to begin

Fifteen years ago, Micron Manufacturing Co. made a bold gamble. The Walker-based manufacturer invested substantial resources into replacing more than 60 lathes and other outdated equipment with 19 state-of-the-art CNC lathes featuring autonomous capabilities. At the time, the new automation equipment was relatively unknown, and represented a big step toward what company executives thought would be the future of manufacturing for their business.

Published in Sponsored content
Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:50

Burdette lends problem-solving skills to MMTC-West

Justine Burdette took over leadership of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West early this year after the organization’s long-time director, Bill Small, departed to pursue a career in education. With a background in liberal arts and art history, Burdette — who worked as an executive assistant to Small — brings a new perspective and problem-solving skills to guide MMTC-West through the next evolution of manufacturing. Burdette believes manufacturers will need to integrate new connected technologies, cybersecurity and other measures to compete in the future. She spoke with MiBiz about what skills she brings to the table and her long-term outlook for the organization.

Published in Q&A
Sunday, 25 December 2016 20:36

Despite uncertainty, talent concerns, manufacturers remain bullish on economy

Even with the underlying uncertainty caused by the presidential election, West Michigan manufacturers remain generally optimistic about the year ahead. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 13 November 2016 13:47

Starting Block diversifies model to offer training, services to existing food companies

HART — After operating for a decade, The Starting Block has helped the West Michigan craft food movement grow from an idea into the fledgling industry it is today.

Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:11

Going 3-D: Manufacturers say tech drives sustainability, revenue

West Michigan office furniture manufacturers could soon be incorporating scrap wood into the production of their products through a new partnership with Michigan Technological University.

Published in Manufacturing