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Part 1: Big Data Analytics and its Benefits

July 23, 2018

by Jonathan Soriano Companies have been using basic data analytics long before the term “big data” existed. As far back as the 1950s, firms would discover insights and trends by manually examining numbers in a spreadsheet. Until now, firms could gather information, run analytics, and use the information discovered to assist with future decisions. Today, […]

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Advanced Manufacturing in the Augmented Age

July 17, 2018

by Kevin Madden Much of the discussion surrounding artificial intelligence and robotics, especially when it comes to Ontario manufacturing, pushes the narrative that humans are losing their jobs to machines. As Trillium’s Managing Director, Paul Boothe, writes in an op-ed for Maclean’s magazine published last December, the focus should not be on the jobs that […]

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i-ERP: Intelligent Enterprise Resource Planning

July 4, 2018

by Jonathan Soriano Enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications are common business tools that appeared during the 1990s, evolving from simple applications to customizable software systems. However, with the recent emergence of Industry 4.0 and the increased connectivity required across a business to optimize end-to-end production processes, standard ERP systems are becoming obsolete. At its core, […]

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Cyber Security Part 2: How Firms Can Begin to Address Cyber Risk

June 25, 2018

By Jonathan Soriano According to a joint study by Deloitte and The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), “Cyber Risk in Advanced Manufacturing,” there are six critical themes that manufacturing firms must consider when addressing cyber security threats: Executive and board-level engagement Talent and human capital Intellectual property (IP) Industrial control systems (ICS) Connected […]

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Cyber Security Part 1: Six Critical Themes for Addressing Cyber Risk in Advanced Manufacturing

June 15, 2018

By Jonathan Soriano The Fourth Industrial Revolution (also known as “Industry 4.0”) is characterized by the use of the Internet of Things, big data analytics, digital supply chains, and a number of other technological advancements to improve the efficiency of production processes. Although the benefits of adopting Industry 4.0 technologies cannot be denied, manufacturing firms […]

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Additive Manufacturing

June 13, 2018

Video by Arconic by Jonathan Soriano One of the new and innovative technologies that is contributing to the transformation of advanced manufacturing is additive manufacturing (AM). AM refers to the process of constructing a product, layer by layer, to manufacture an object from three-dimensional (3D) data. Previously, products had to be manufactured using traditional molding or […]

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