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Building a Digital Knowledge Infrastructure

We’ve been hearing for a while about the growing experience gap that manufacturers face, as the longest-tenured operations experts claim their gold pocket watches and head off into the sunset. This is true for engineers, technicians, and operators who represent a trifecta of wisdom that manufacturing companies will be hard pressed to replace.
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Good Team Members are Great Assets

Some of the best things about working 40 hours every week is that we are surrounded by colleagues and friends. And, even better, sometimes our colleagues become our friends! Below is a list of ways to be a top team member and how your team efforts can significantly impact the workplace in a positive way.
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Home Automation: No Engineering Experience Required

Here at Avanceon, we deal with automation on a daily basis. We work with controllers like PLCs to automate the operation of various devices like valves, pumps, and motors in order to help our customers efficiently and safely meet their production needs. In recent years automation capabilities have exploded outside of the manufacturing realm. Home automation is one of the areas where automation is being utilized daily by engineers and non-engineers alike.
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How to Relate to People Through Story-Telling

According to Wikipedia, storytelling describes the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics, or embellishment. Every culture has its own stories or narratives, which are shared for the purpose of entertainment, education, cultural preservation or instilling moral values.  For example, here at Avanceon, in order to share our fundamental of “Appreciate, Celebrate, Enjoy”, we like to tell stories about the time our President dressed up like Snow White- I think he even wore a bra that day!
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Supporting Manufacturing IT Starts with Understanding Others

A common service we provide is assessing all types of manufacturing systems and recommend ways to improve and better support their operations. Over the past few weeks, I have been part of a team that has been digging into a new manufacturing company to understand their IT workflow process and niche software systems. It’s increasingly interesting to me to learn how different companies delegate tasks and utilize different software to run their manufacturing. Every company organizes their people’s contribution a little differently by choosing specific roles for each employee. But, so much of how a company operates their manufacturing systems is dependent on their size, maturity and what technologies and software they use. To the manufacturing novice, you could expect many companies to have an efficient and easy process to perform every operation and solve every problem, but in reality, that is not the case. Every manufacturer is a snowflake in some respect. By assessing a manufacturer’s systems, we take the time to dig in, learn, understand and put ourselves in a position to help them troubleshoot and improve their processes and in some cases their people’s actions.
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