From Dead to Flourishing: 10 Connecticut Manufacturers Changing Their Industry

By Tom McDonald | May 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Connecticut has a long history of manufacturing innovation, starting with furniture and cabinet-making before the Revolutionary War to the manufacture of state-of-the-art aircraft and submarines today. Notably, gun manufacturing started in 1797 with Eli Whitney, and a few decades later, Samuel Colt began making his famous revolver in 1836. Additionally, Connecticut is famous for clocks, originally manufactured by Seth Thomas, and tool makers such as the Stanley Company, which still has its headquarters in New Britain.Today, Connecticut is at the forefront of advanced manufacturing and continues to develop new techniques and technologies to improve production and distribution techniques.

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Why CT Manufacturers Need Agile IT Infrastructure to Remain Competitive

By Tom McDonald | May 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Competing in today’s global market requires agility. Companies need to be able to quickly adjust to changing market conditions and consumer trends to stay ahead of the competition, and as business becomes more globalized, the pool of competitors keeps growing. Despite an economic downturn and increased global competition, Connecticut manufacturers continue to thrive, partly because of agile IT support.

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Unique Challenges Faced by Connecticut's Manufacturing Industry

By Tom McDonald | Apr 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Connecticut’s economy has always relied on manufacturing. Connecticut is host to thousands of factories and is a leader in industries such as aerospace, medical devices, and biotechnology. In fact, the state has more than 160,000 manufacturing jobs and hosts the headquarters for companies such as Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and Electric Boat. However, manufacturing has changed over the years, and smokestacks are being replaced by computerized processes and automated assembly lines. The challenge is finding the personnel needed to run today’s factories.

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How Technology is Solving Advanced Manufacturing Processes

By Tom McDonald | Feb 18, 2016 7:45:00 AM

Manufacturing processes continue to evolve thanks to technology. Automated production systems and integrated business processes make manufacturing more efficient, more cost-effective, and more agile. No matter what the industry or the products, technology is powering new manufacturing processes and the business and supply chain activity behind manufacturing success. Read More >

New Manufacturing Technologies Are Improving The Industry Landscape

By Tom McDonald | Jan 21, 2016 9:45:00 AM

Ever since Henry Ford started making the Model T, manufacturing has relied upon automation and technology. As in any business, harnessing new technologies streamlines operations and reduces the number of steps in the workflow. Computing technology also can monitor operations, measure efficiency, track parts in the supply chain, and provide a host of functions that reduce manufacturing time and costs. Cloud computing and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) are changing the manufacturing industry by giving companies more control over processes, and more profit. Read More >