Manufacturing Insights Blog

Make Things Monday: 2015 Detroit Auto Show
The spirit of making things is alive on the floor of the Detroit Auto Show. And all of us at Plex enjoy seeing all the parts, components and assemblies our customers make, showcased in one of the world’s most important automotive events.
The Manufacturing Cloud Solves Santa’s Workshop Woes
It’s Christmas week and in the spirit of the holiday, we wanted to take a moment to highlight one of our dearest customers: Santa Claus.
Make Things Monday: The Antikythera Mechanism
As a toy, LEGO™ is almost miraculous, allowing kids of any age to build toys, even whole worlds of their own imagination. The same LEGO blocks, gears and axles that come together as a gravity-defying robocraft are also brilliant for prototyping and modeling.
Make Things Monday: Big, Big Toys
While slick new device like the Apple Watch or PlayStation are said to have the ‘potential to change the technology landscape’ forever. There’s really nothing more transformative than a big, yellow tractor when it comes to changing the ACTUAL landscape.
The Internet of Making Things: The Connected Torque Wrench
In today’s most advanced factories, a torque wrench is every bit as connected to the web as your smart phone. And by connecting that torque wrench to the cloud, its capabilities grow exponentially.
Why More Manufacturers Are Finding Quality Maturity in the Cloud
Because of its alternative delivery model, cloud-based Enterprise Quality Management Software has emerged as a way for companies with fewer resources to level the playing field with larger competitors. LNS Research Market Analyst shares his thoughts.
Make Things Monday: Shape Corp.
Manufacturing quality can be about precision, fit and even about experience. For Shape Corp., quality is about safety.
Make Things Monday: The Lego Hand
Rather than focus on making his prosthetic arm better, 9-year-old Aidan Robinson imagined what he could do given the right tool. His ideas could change how we think about prosthetics for kids.
Repairing the Clumsy Relationship between People and Technology: Wearables on the Shop Floor at TEDxDetroit
Emerging mobile and wearable technologies are poised to transform manufacturing practices and how people interact with materials on the plant floor.
What A&D Suppliers Need to Know About Quality and Compliance in 2014
Today’s leading suppliers are making strides to demonstrate superior quality and compliance, and ensure contracts continue to be won in 2014 and beyond. LNS Research President and Principle Analyst shares his thoughts.