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The Internet of Things (IoT), Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Industry 4.0 – no matter what you call it, digital manufacturing is revolutionizing industry. If you haven’t yet, it’s time to get up to speed on digital manufacturing and how it is impacting maufacturing. What is Digital Manufacturing? Digital manufacturing goes by many names, but they all […]

Maintaining the appropriate level of inventory is a delicate balance for any manufacturing company. On one hand, you want enough stock to meet spikes in demand from customers, which can occur seasonally or sporadically. On the other hand, you don’t want shelves of warehouse space filled with stagnant stock, costing your company money and dragging […]

Benefits of 3D Printing By now, nearly everyone has heard about 3D printing. This is especially true for players in the plastics industry as around 90% of the machines sold for Additive Manufacturing (AM) are for polymer-based materials. However, many companies are investigating how to integrate AM into their businesses. From OEMs to tiered suppliers […]

Because advanced manufacturing (AM) is viewed as such a new technology, many manufacturers believe that incorporating it into their processes today, in what they perceive as an “early stage”, is like installing a beta test version of new software on a computer. It’s buggy. It’s not ready. It’s too expensive today and they’re better off […]

The plastics industry in the U.S. is booming. This is the message found in the Plastics Industry Trade Association’s (SPI) annual report Size and Impact of the Plastics Industry on the U.S. Economy. The report uses comprehensive 2014 data to show how plastics production has influenced the nation’s economy in the past year. Additionally, state […]

Ohio’s network of universities provide an abundance of resources to boost growth and innovation in the polymer industry. However, finding the path to those resources is not always easy. The first step is understanding what resources are available, and where they are. Here is a brief overview of a few of the world-class polymer programs […]

Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is getting a lot of press lately. Why? Lower equipment costs have made it affordable for manufacturers of all sizes while advancements in the technology, such as the development of high-performance polymers and metal-based systems, make the production of end-use parts a reality. Although AM is not […]

On September 25, 2015, the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) announced that it is now accepting applications for the Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program.  See below for the full announcement from ODSA. State Program Helps Businesses in Ohio Grow Internationally Ohio Development Services Agency now accepting applications for the Ohio International Market Access […]

The first annual Tri-State Shale Summit was held October 12-13, 2015 in Morgantown, WV.  The summit was a collaborative effort on behalf of the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio to highlight and discuss development opportunities in the Marcellus & Utica Shale region. As part of the summit, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Pennsylvania […]

Additive manufacturing (AM) technology is developing rapidly, with an expanding range of capabilities and applications. The technology is attracting a tremendous amount of attention as exciting new applications stirs the imagination. According to the Wohlers Report 2015, “the market for additive manufacturing, consisting of all AM products and services worldwide, grew at a compound annual […]

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