Manufacturing Matters! 2024 – Navigating the Unknown

By Kevin Kane, President – Southeast Wisconsin Market, First Business Bank This year marked the 26th session of the annual Manufacturing Matters! conference. For the first time in many years, the event shifted to a new venue, the Brookfield Conference Center. While the downtown Hyatt served attendees, WMEP, and its partners well in the past, […]

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Empowering Women Will Create a Culture That Benefits All

May 2, 2024 By: Kristen Goodell Women make up nearly half of the working population in the United States but are underrepresented in the manufacturing industry. According to Women in the Workplace, women constitute approximately one-third of the manufacturing workforce and only 24% of manufacturing C-suite positions.   Manufacturers have been aware of the employment gender gap […]

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Automation and exporting: Two trends manufacturers can’t ignore if they aim to grow

By Katy SinnottVice President of Global Trade and Investment, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Automation and exporting are two trends Wisconsin manufacturers cannot afford to ignore if they seek a path of continued growth. Because of our state’s strong collaboration among private industry, the public sector, and academia, robust support exists for helping manufacturers implement […]

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5 Steps to Prepare Your Organization for an Industry 4.0 Transformation

March 13, 2024 Manufacturers face increasing disruption. From supply network issues to workforce challenges, they face ongoing pressure to innovate their manufacturing strategies. Industry 4.0 offers manufacturers a path to address these disruptions. When it comes to Industry 4.0 initiatives, manufacturing leaders must be able to provide a clear vision to drive transformational change in […]

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Navigating the Unknown – Husco AMG Helps Small and Medium Manufacturers Sail in the Direction of Growth

Manufacturers must navigate multiple challenges on the path to growing their business. For instance, balancing a higher cost of labor with chronic workforce shortages, or growing sales amidst economic uncertainties. The common denominator is that they need to do more with less. And that’s where production efficiency through automation comes in. Husco is a Waukesha-based […]

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Thrive in Today’s Dynamic Professional Landscape

Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Center for Professional Education is dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in today’s dynamic professional landscape. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are revolutionizing the manufacturing industry, profoundly impacting efficiency, productivity and quality. Through advanced analytics, predictive maintenance and smart scheduling, A.I. optimizes production […]

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5 Steps Toward Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

Mar 12, 2024 By: Mo Abuali Industry 4.0 brings us one step closer to the factories of the future. Smart equipment and connected technologies can continually monitor machines and self-diagnose issues, uncovering new ways to widen margins and generate revenue. Despite the benefits of Industry 4.0, many manufacturers have been slow to make the transition. They’re often […]

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Solutions for 3 Potential Pitfalls Regarding Automating Manufacturing Processes

Authors: Stephen Smiley, Colin Wilson Automation has transformed the landscape of manufacturing, promising increased efficiency, precision, and reduced costs. However, beneath the surface of these advantages lie potential pitfalls that can derail automation projects. We’ll explore three reasons why an automation initiative in manufacturing may face challenges and how companies can navigate these pitfalls. 1. […]

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Increasing C-Suite Financial Literacy for Manufacturing Success

January 3, 2024 By: Gene Russell Without a basic grasp of financial concepts at the C-suite (executive) level, small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) may be limited in their ability to compete in an increasingly crowded marketplace. This is why financial literacy is near and dear to my heart. As a former manufacturer myself, I understand how […]

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