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2020 State of Manufacturing

The global manufacturing and supply chain ecosystem has been among the hardest hit by COVID-19. And for the first time in modern manufacturing history, the critical variables of demand, supply and workforce are all impacted globally at the same time. In this power panel, IDC’s Head of Manufacturing Insights, Jan Burian + Fictiv’s COO, Jean […]

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How to Build Physical Products in the New Virtual World

COVID-19 is changing our lives in almost every way. One of the big ones is how we get work done. Working from home might be simple for software engineers, but msgbox( “hello world”) is much different than physically building the world. Parts are designed to exist physically and be assembled.  Is it possible to be […]

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Building Supply Chain Resiliency

The future of supply chain is digital Digitization drives profitability; choice and flexibility; and resilience. Digital manufacturing ecosystems bring the world of optimized manufacturing to you. Read the full webinar recap here: “How we got here: a perfect storm of disruption”, by Dave Evans.‍

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How to Future-Proof Your Supply Chain with Pittsburgh Robotics Network

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major disruptive force for robotics companies of all sizes and sectors. With shelter-in-place regulations established first in China, then Europe, and now sweeping across North America, robotics manufacturers and OEMs alike are forced to navigate mandatory closures, material shortages, importation road blocks, and remote work scenarios. These roadblocks can […]

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The Hidden Costs of Supply Chain Unpredictability

The COVID-19 pandemic is a harsh reminder of the fragile nature of supply chains and the absolute need for those supply chains to be both robust and agile. The coronavirus is not the first major supply chain disruption, and it won’t be the last, but what are the visible and hidden costs of disruption to […]

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How to Automate Robotics Processes in Record Time

If you’ve ever programmed a robot, CNC, or pick-and-place machine, you’ve experienced them doing exactly what you told them to, but not what you wanted them to do. The current state of automating these machines is similar to programming in assembly language. While it’s better than bare metal machine code, the improvement is minimal. Join […]

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2019 State of Hardware

How Teams Stay Agile in the Midst of Tariffs & Increasingly Complex Supply Chains 2018 was full of challenges (old and new) for product developers bringing new products to market. Companies across America, from large enterprises to small startups, have encountered exaggerated supply chain and resource constraints when trying to get to market as a […]

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Design for Scale

Methods for Cost Estimation at Volume For a product to be successful in the market, it’s crucial to understand how complex cost drivers such as tooling, labor, waste, shipping, and tolerances impact manufacturing costs at different volumes. Learn: What variables to consider when estimating manufacturing cost Balancing processing costs with production costs at different volumes […]

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2018 State of Hardware

How Product Innovation is Demanding More from Traditional Manufacturing As hardware developers compete to bring advanced technologies like augmented reality and autonomous mobility to market, development speeds are increasing — yet too often, manufacturing is a source of limiting friction. In a special webinar, Jay Rogers and Mike Geyer discuss the themes uncovered in Fictiv’s […]

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DC Motors and Motion Control Systems

In this on-demand webinar, Simplexity CTO Doug Harriman teaches on DC motors and motion control systems, for mechanical engineers working with motors who want a better understanding of these systems. During the webinar Doug will discuss: Overview of motor types Recommended applications Deep dive on brushed DC motors Important considerations around motor selection