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Are Ontario Manufacturers Ready for Industry 4.0?

November 28, 2019

Manufacturing technologies are changing rapidly. But are Ontario’s manufacturers ready to change?  In the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing’s latest report, Catching the Wave: Lessons from Ontario’s Digital Manufacturing Early Adopters, David Zhang, Paul Boothe, and Alister Smith explore how five Ontario firms adopted or developed some of the digital technologies and processes (DTPs) commonly […]

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Getting Left Behind by Digital Manufacturing?

March 28, 2019

by Omar Imambaccus The digital manufacturing revolution or Industry 4.0 (I4.0) is the latest in a long line of major disruptions in the manufacturing sector. In the past, we called these major disruptions “industrial revolutions”. With each revolution came skepticism and resistance. Yet, as firms began embracing disruptive technologies – steam power, electricity, computers — […]

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Augmented Reality

August 20, 2018

by Jonathan Soriano Augmented reality (AR) has recently emerged as a technology with the potential to greatly improve manufacturing processes. However, there is a common misconception that augmented reality and automation are competing technologies. The reality is these two technologies are complementary and can both be utilized to help firms improve productivity. Augmented reality enables […]

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Impact of Industry 4.0 on Business Models of SMEs: Lessons From Germany

August 8, 2018

by Kevin Madden If you are a small-to-medium enterprise (SME), you have likely heard the phrase “Industry 4.0”. You may not, however, be convinced that it is relevant to your business. Many SMEs understand Industry 4.0 as an initiative that large corporations with exorbitant capital budgets, like Siemens or Boeing, are undertaking. However, regardless of […]

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Part 2: Technologies Used for Big Data Analytics

July 30, 2018

Illustration by Davide Bonazzi (https://www.copyrightuser.org/understand/exceptions/text-data-mining/) By Jonathan Soriano Prior to implementing new technology used for big data analytics, firms must ensure that the collected data is high-quality. Establishing repeatable processes that build and maintain standards for data quality is of the utmost importance, given that data is constantly flowing in and out of an organization. […]

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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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