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How Robotics & IoT Help Sustain Triple Bottom Line

POSTED: 10/30/2019

Sustainability in business has become a popular topic as companies increasingly recognize the need to have a firm grip on their triple bottom line – financial, social and environmental. Financial, social and environmental risks and opportunities abound in business, but creating an operations model that speaks directly to aspects of profits,

Wayfair: A Year Later

POSTED: 10/02/2019

It’s been over a year since the US Supreme Court’s ruling in South Dakota v Wayfair[1]overturned the long-standing physical presence standard for imposing a sales and use tax collection responsibility.  Wayfair overturned the requirement for a physical presence in a state that was established in the 1992 case, Quill Corporation v North

Expanding from the U.S. to Mexico

POSTED: 09/27/2019

What are the most important elements in expanding your business into Mexico successfully? Preparation and planning. For U.S. businesses wanting to expand south of the border, we use the experience we’ve gained helping other businesses expand into Mexico to help determine your best course of action. What do most clients

Moving Machine Vision Beyond the Factory

POSTED: 08/08/2019

As more of our clients come to us looking for help solving complex problems that require machine vision as part of the solution, we find ourselves repeatedly pushing against the current limitations of the industry. Often this requires us to work with traditional suppliers to modify their current product line,

Global Challenge: Sparking the Next Agriculture Revolution

POSTED: 08/08/2019

Human progression has forever been linked to our ability to find ways to more efficiently feed ourselves. From hunter gatherer to agrarian to industrial and networked, each advancement in civilization has been led by technological advancement in agriculture.  For a historical perspective, in the United States in 1870, nearly 50% of

Considering a Merger or Acquisition?

POSTED: 08/02/2019

Ensure your understanding of the new tax regulations to get the most return out of your investment! Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), businesses have been impacted in multiple ways. In particular, businesses considering a transaction, such as a merger or acquisition, should be sure to discuss the following: Depreciation How

How do you know if your company is ready for AI?

POSTED: 07/31/2019

Regardless of the size of the company or industry in which it operates, adding automation into a business environment can mean a significant shift in the way an organization conducts itself. Artificial intelligence (AI) and the machines and software that utilize it are no exception; in fact, Deloitte found that 90% of

Pragmatic Robots: How will robots really influence the workplace

POSTED: 07/31/2019

The robots are coming — rolling into our world on a road paved with pragmatism. Working in the field of robotics, I’m often asked by friends about some approaching apocalypse when mechanical beings — somewhere between the joy of R2D2 and the horror of HAL 9000 — will change our lives. When I instead describe

Benefit for Exports: Foreign Derived Intangible Income Deduction

POSTED: 07/16/2019

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has made C-Corporation status much more attractive to business owners, and the 21% flat tax rate has caused many to consider whether converting to a C-Corporation may be worth the switch. For some, however, the administrative burdens that come with incorporating don’t

Audio Interview on AI and Robots in Industrial Applications

POSTED: 06/13/2019

Executive Vice President of OpenSystems Media, Rich Nass, is also responsible for Embedded Computing Design, and recently spoke with NexCOBOT's Director of Global Partner Alliance & Business Development, Kai Wang, on how industrial robots are expanding from automotive assembly to just about any industrial application you can think of. In

Top 5 EDI Documents For Manufacturing

POSTED: 05/17/2019

While Supply chains differ from one manufacturing company to the next, data still needs to be exchanged between suppliers, manufacturers, and customers. This is why Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is such a critical component of modern manufacturing. Electronic data interchange (EDI) is a document exchange process. It involves a company's entire digital

Top 10 Benefits Of IoT For Manufacturers

POSTED: 05/17/2019

Chances are you have come across the terms Internet of Things (IoT) or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). These are networks of connected devices that communicate data to a central system in order to make sense of it all. These networks consist of connected edge devices, terminals, and machines

7 Steps To Budgeting Process Improvement

POSTED: 05/17/2019

What Is Budgeting Process Improvement? When it comes to gauging corporate performance, the less time spent on non-revenue generating processes, the better. Unfortunately, the budgeting process is essential to proper performance and forecasting. That means mistakes can't be afforded. Not only do you want to reduce the time and errors associated with manual

Heriot-Watt Laser System Facilitates Breakthrough In Welding Technology

POSTED: 03/06/2019

The manufacturing industry has experienced a recent breakthrough in welding technology thanks to the efforts of scientists from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. The new Heriot-Watt laser system facilitates the fusing of metal and glass together. These two materials are difficult to join due to their strikingly disparate thermal properties. The

Automate 2019 | Automation And Robotics

POSTED: 03/05/2019

Don't miss this automation event in Chicago, IL April 8-11. Automate 2019 will deliver insights, education and networking opportunities surrounding automation in all its forms. Encompass Solutions will exhibit at Booth #9245 (www.automateshow.com/exhibitors/encompass-solutions)  and deliver an introductory breakout session on automation and robotics (www.encompass-inc.com/automation-and-robotics-presentation-automate-2019) with steps you can take now toward implementing in your facility.


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