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Unpacking the Forrester Consulting TEI™ Study: What Does 412% ROI Really Mean?

Plex Team July 7, 2021

Picture any tool at your disposal, whether it’s a machine on your shop floor or the phone in your pocket. How much is that tool worth to you? It’s hard to put a value on solutions that can have a wide impact on your operations. It’s also hard to find an objective opinion. We know that the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform can transform your business, but why should you believe us? And why should…

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The 3 PowerPlex Sessions You Just Can’t Miss

Plex Team May 10, 2021

It’s spring. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the premier event for unstoppable manufacturers is about to hit a screen in your home office. PowerPlex is back, which means it’s the time to dive into the latest industry insights, peek into the minds of experts, and uncover the future of manufacturing. But with over 90 sessions, how will you choose which to attend?...

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Plex Acquires Kors Engineering to Drive Automation and Efficiency for You

Nathan Pieri February 24, 2021

I am excited to share that Plex has acquired long-time technology and solution partner, Kors Engineering. This combination will enable manufacturers to take even greater control of their plant floor, machines and business process automation, and get them closer to fully embracing the promise of Industry 4.0....

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What You Should Know about the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP): Up to $100k in Tech and Training Grants

Alena Barreca September 3, 2020

Automotive manufacturers in Ontario, Canada can now receive funding support when they introduce new lean manufacturing or technology to their businesses through the recently opened Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP). Funding via the program is to help modernize Ontario’s automotive supply chain and make it more competitive against national and international markets....

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5 Key Takeaways from the 5th Annual State of Manufacturing Technology Report

Jerry Foster May 7, 2020

The state of manufacturing technology is one that is constantly evolving. What is true one month might not be true the next, and we have seen that volatility with the impact of COVID-19. So how do manufacturers to stay ahead of the curve to drive growth and stay ahead of competition?...

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Making Sense of MES and MOM

Stu Johnson August 20, 2019

If you’re serious about improving your manufacturing operations and have shopped around for systems to help you achieve your goals, you’ve probably run into two commonly used terms: manufacturing execution system (MES), and manufacturing operations management (MOM). Just when you learned what MES meant, you probably discovered that MOM means basically the same thing....

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Canada APMA 2019: Survival of the Fastest—and Most Adaptive

Mike Hart July 9, 2019

I recently had the privilege of speaking at Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Windsor, Ontario and what struck me was the amount of change happening within this industry. One example of this is for the first, time conference organizers added an entire day to the schedule dedicated to technology....

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Romeo Power Innovates for a Clean, More Sustainable Future

Lori Zoellner June 11, 2019

Romeo Power is a battery technology company looking to create an emission-free future. The company designs more energy efficient, lighter lithium-ion battery packs that take electric vehicles (EV) further without gas or emissions. Romeo Power also designs scalable energy storage systems that help businesses and utilities save money, survive and prevent power outages, and harness wind and solar…

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How to Create the Next Generation of Manufacturers

Kaitlin Rebella May 30, 2019

Us technologists solve problems...we can always wait for politicians or lawyers...but why wait? Inventor and entrepreneur and FIRST® founder Dean Kamen closed his keynote at PowerPlex 2019 with this call to action, referencing not only the role of science and technology in solving problems through innovation—but also the astounding shortage of skilled workers manufacturers face today....

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Manufacturers: The Future Workforce Starts with First

Dave Morfas April 25, 2019

It’s no secret: the future of manufacturing depends on workers. And right now, manufacturers are facing an astounding worker shortage. Experts predict the skills gap may leave an estimated 2.4 million manufacturing positions unfilled between 2018 and 2028, putting manufacturers at serious risk of not being able to keep pace with customer demands. ...

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