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Considerations for Evolving your Smart Factory in 2022

Let’s be honest. The past almost two years have been crazy. A global pandemic, supply chain issues, labor shortages, and murder hornets. We may have seen one of these coming, but combine all of them, and it’s what keeps company leadership up at night. We read (and listen) to a lot of information on what’s […]

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Orka In the News | 12.10.21

ORKA IN THE NEWS Orka was featured in a recent article from MiBiz on Automation Industry activity. In short – there’s a lot of automation demand right now, driving longer lead times due to capacity constraints and supply chain issues.  Automation companies sustain growth despite workforce, supply chain challenges     […]

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Supplier Relationships = Innovation

Supply chain difficulties lead headlines in all major publications – manufacturing and otherwise. In addition to pent-up demand, manufacturers continue to experience challenges getting components needed to ship finished products in a timely manner. In addition to ensuring your company has the components you need, when you need them, there’s a hidden opportunity with your […]

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Automation Headlines | 7.6.2021

Welcome to a new series featuring articles, resources, and events we’re reading or visiting to inspire, inform, and ignite new ideas around using automation to create high performance manufacturing environments. Articles Should Talent Be an Extension of Technology, or Vice Versa? Industry Week West Michigan manufacturers see opportunity in automation, Industry 4.0 as labor shortage […]

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Automation Is No Longer Optional — It’s Inevitable

This year has been unusual, to say the least. From lock-downs to masks, toilet paper shortages to daily temperature checks, a lot has been asked of us as individuals, business owners, and workers. Automation has been a growing fixture in manufacturing environments for years, increasing production efficiency and supporting safe environments for workers. Virtually every […]

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Labor Day is About More than Parades and Potato Salad

Most of us are aware that Labor Day celebrates workers and their achievements.  To many of us, it also symbolizes the unofficial end of summer, and the start of the school year.  This Labor Day, I dug a bit deeper to get past the parades and potato salad to the origin of Labor Day.  The Origin […]

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“Local-to-Local” is a trend we can get our energy around!

We just shared a blog post from Prince Manufacturing to our LinkedIn page – and it’s got us thinking about how we can support a more focused “local to local” effort in West Michigan and the Midwest. Manufacturing is moving from China to the United States Ensuring that our customers deliver quality outputs has been […]

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Thinking About Automation? Let’s Answer Some Questions First

Manufacturers today need to run faster, cheaper and leaner to meet customer demands and remain profitable and competitive in a global economy.    If you’ve started to think about automating parts of your manufacturing process, but don’t know where to start or how to justify the business decision, you aren’t alone. While many manufacturers think […]

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