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DMDII DIGITAL DISRUPTION WORKSHOP

December 20, 2017

Digital technology is progressing at a rapid pace while both solutions and challenges continue to emerge and create further complexity for business owners.

Read more from Hyla Soft.

HOW 34 ILLINOIS TECH ORGANIZATIONS ARE WORKING TO CLOSE THE DIVERSITY GAP

December 12, 2017

Diversity is a major topic of conversation in tech, but so far, that conversation hasn’t significantly improved representation of women and minorities in the industry.

Read more in Venture Beat.

DIGITAL DISRUPTION TOOLS PROVIDE A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE FACTORY

November 21, 2017

The DMDII, a UI LABS collaboration, hosted a one-day experiential learning workshop to discuss, display and inspire participants about how digital technologies can impact the factory floor.

Read more in Food Engineering.

DISSECTING DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AT UI LABS

November 21, 2017

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute has been on our radar for quite some time. And it’s no accident – DMDII (a public-private partnership) is working to answer questions that the manufacturing industry is struggling with.

Read more in FB International.

DMDII TO HOST EVENT ON DIGITAL DISRUPTION IN THE FACTORY

October 20, 2017

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute is gearing up for its event, “Digital Disruption: The Factory Floor Transformation” on November 14 at the UI Labs Innovation Center on 1415 N. Cherry Avenue in Chicago.

Read more in Digital Engineering.

ILLINOIS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY'S FOURTH REVOLUTION AWARDS

October 19, 2017

mHUB, IMEC and UI LABS celebrated the inaugural Fourth Revolution Awards this week to recognize regional manufacturing for its leadership and innovation as the industry stands on the brink of a new technological revolution.

Read more in Smart Industry.

CHICAGO'S UI LABS OFFERS INSPIRATION FOR ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE MANUFACTURING CENTER

October 13, 2017

A sprawling former window and door factory on Goose Island has become a beehive of digital manufacturing innovation in a little more than three years, and it’s providing ideas for Rockford leaders who want to make a similar transformation at Colman Village.

Read more in the Rockford Register Star.

SMALLER MANUFACTURERS CAN USE AR TO KEEP EYES ON PRIZE

October 12, 2017

As manufacturing becomes ever more complex, tools that assist workers with difficult or unfamiliar tasks are becoming critical to process efficiency and product quality.

Read more in Advanced Manufacturing.

BUILDING THE FACTORY OF THE FUTURE

October 8, 2017

Hyla Soft has been working together with Siemens on an exciting and challenging project for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago.

Read more from Hyla Soft.

AMPLIFYING UB'S "INDUSTRY 4.0" EXPERTISE WORLDWIDE

October 4, 2017

The University at Buffalo Engineering school marks completion of nation’s first comprehensive ‘specialization’ on digital manufacturing for Coursera online learning platform.

Read more from the University at Buffalo.

NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS NEXT-GEN MANUFACTURING ROLES IN THE U.S.

October 3, 2017

The numbers are staggering: Over 3.4 million jobs will become available in manufacturing over the next decade, of which 2 million may go unfilled because of a skills gap, according to a Deloitte study.

Read more in TechTarget.

CONGRESS MUST KEEP FUNDING THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING

September 27, 2017

Congress is now focused on funding the government for the next fiscal year. While there are many big ticket items to address, important federal programs that bolster U.S. manufacturing competitiveness should not get lost in the shuffle.

Read more from Autodesk.

SIEMENS WORKS WITH DMDII TO INCORPORATE IIOT

August 29, 2017

Siemens has become DMDII’s largest partner, and the two companies are going full steam ahead on developing newer and bolder IIoT technology.

Read more in Power Transmission Engineering.

5 FUTURE JOBS THAT COULD SOLVE THE MANUFACTURING SKILLS GAP

August 22, 2017

Smart factories are a key aspect of the fourth industrial revolution, but a factory can’t evolve into a smart factory unless its workers evolve, too. The skills gap has a lot of manufacturers wondering about what the future holds. Should employers offer more pay to entice existing talent?

Read more at Engineering.com.

DEFINING ROLES IN A DIGITAL AGE

August 21, 2017

In the 1967 film “The Graduate,” family friend Mr. McGuire has one word of advice for young college grad Benjamin Braddock: “plastics.” That was then; 50 years on, the one word of advice today might be “data.”

Read more in Automation World.

HIGH-TECH JOBS ARE THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING — BUT WHERE ARE THE WORKERS?

August 16, 2017

UI LABS and ManpowerGroup have released a skills analysis identifying165 tech-based jobs that will shape the manufacturing industry in the U.S.

Read more in HR Dive.

WANNA BE A DIGITAL TWIN ARCHITECT?

August 15, 2017

Manufacturing jobs today include machinist, welder and assembler. In the future, the list might add cybersecurity strategist, digital twin architect and collaborative robotics specialist.

Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.

SIEMENS' STRATEGY FOR CAPTIVATING INTEREST IN MACHINES

August 9, 2017

Siemens recently showcased revamped facilities at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago and its Technical Application Center in Elk Grove, Illinois.

Read more in MRO Network.

R&D INDEX: ILLINOIS R&D LANDSCAPE AND PATH FORWARD

July 31, 2017

UI LABS is another organization helping to grow innovation in Illinois. Launched in 2014, UI LABS provides advanced R&D resources in the manufacturing space through its Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII). UI LABS also launched City Digital in 2015, which uses Chicago as a testbed for new urban infrastructure technologies.

Read more in Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.

MAYOR EMANUEL AND WORLD BUSINESS CHICAGO ANNOUNCE NEW COWORKING AND INNOVATION HUB REFERRAL PROGRAM

July 31, 2017

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and World Business Chicago today announced a new Coworking and Innovation Hub Referral Program, which offers companies and entrepreneurs new or relocating to Chicago discounted access to the city’s network of collaboration spaces.

Read more from the City of Chicago.

ANNOUNCING THE 2017 COOLEST COMPANIES NOMINEES

July 19, 2017

Over the past month, Chicago Inno has been accepting nominations for its third annual Coolest Companies Competition, a friendly challenge to find, spotlight, and celebrate the local startups and tech companies with the best culture.

Read more in Chicago Inno.

RAHM WANTS TO LURE STARTUPS TO CHICAGO WITH DISCOUNTED CO-WORKING SPACES

July 18, 2017

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a new plan to entice companies to start up in Chicago: cheap co-working space.

Read more in Chicago Inno.

8 CHICAGO GROUPS LAND $1 MILLION IN GRANTS TO SPUR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

June 9, 2017

Alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and World Business Chicago announced the winners of the first-ever Blackstone Challenge Friday at BLUE1647 in Pilsen.

Read more in DNAinfo.

THE 11 BIGGEST TECH HIRES IN MAY

June 5, 2017

UI LABS announced that it has hired Brenna Berman as the executive director of City Digital, UI LABS’ urban innovation program. Berman was previously the chief information officer for the City of Chicago, where she helped launch the Array of Things project, among other initiatives.

Read more in ChicagoInno.

WOMEN, VETERAN AND MINORITY ENTREPRENEURS TO GET BOOST FROM $1M GRANT

June 5, 2017

A $1 million grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to support entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds in Chicago will go to major players 1871 and UI LABS as well as specialty groups Blue1647, Bunker Labs and i.c. stars.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

CATERPILLAR TURNS TO STUDENTS FOR FRESH IDEAS

June 5, 2017

Karan Patel's parents were puzzled at first when he told them he was working for Caterpillar.

Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.

THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL R(EVOLUTION)

June 5, 2017

In 1981, as an employee for Graco Robotics, Al Hufstetler often visited manufacturing sites to program and service robotic systems. Inside the dark, poorly ventilated facilities, Hufstetler wore earplugs to block out the sounds of welding automation and die machines stamping sheet metal. In these buildings, machines ran around the clock, and emissions poured unchecked from smokestacks.

Read more in I-Connect007.

MANUFACTURERS COLLABORATE ON AUGMENTED REALITY

May 12, 2017

The use of augmented reality technology in manufacturing is often described as revolutionary, and transformational. Now, two organizations have released the first hardware and software guidelines to help AR technology companies develop products for industrial users.

Read more in PE Magazine.

GLOBAL ECONOMIC SHIFTS BRING UNCERTAINTY IN AUTOMATION

May 8, 2017

Brexit. Trump. Cybersecurity. Skills gap. Customer demands. These and other factors loom large as influencers on manufacturers and their automation decisions, and there remains a lot of uncertainty tied up with much of it. Trends already underway will help shape decisions, but how exactly everything will play out is still unknown.

Read more in Automation World.

MANUFACTURERS SHAPE AUGMENTED REALITY'S FUTURE

April 28, 2017

Much of the industrial manufacturing industry is abuzz these days over reports that augmented reality (AR) capabilities will dramatically change how these companies develop, manufacture and service products.

Read more in Digital Engineering.

MANUFACTURERS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF AUGMENTED REALITY

April 27, 2017

The first global functional requirements guidelines document created to introduce and rollout augmented reality (AR) on the manufacturing floor was released this month by the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) and UI LABS.

Read more in Alice Bonasio Tech Trends.

WINTRUST BUSINESS LUNCH 4/27/17: WORK SPOUSES, PRE-K EDUCATION, & UI LABS

April 27, 2017

Suzanne Muchin spoke with Caralynn Collens (CEO of UI Labs) about the real possibilities of smart cities and how Chicago is leading the pack.

Listen on WGN Radio.

DIGITAL MANUFACTURING'S DIGITAL CLASSROOM

April 24, 2017

Early this year, UI Labs launched an educational series focused on harnessing data to make American factories more efficient and competitive.

Read more in Smart Industry.

IS AUGMENTED REALITY FOR INDUSTRIAL WORKERS ABOUT TO TAKE OFF?

April 20, 2017

Augmented reality isn’t just for Pokémon Go. As AR technology matures, it’s increasingly being targeted at the energy and utilities market, as well as manufacturing and other industrial use cases.

Read more in BizTech Magazine.

FACTORY ARCHITECTURE IN THE AGE OF INDUSTRY 4.0

April 19, 2017

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. This new paradigm, known simply as Industry 4.0, reimagines how we make things by changing our relationship to production through digital and advanced fabrication technologies, artificial intelligence, and smart and green machines.

Read more in Metropolis.

USE MACHINE LEARNING TO ADVANCE OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

April 19, 2017

Applying any new technology to business has its challenges. Early adopters must wrestle with nascent and untested methodologies, overcome a lack of understanding and resources, and suffer risks to existing operations.

Read more in Smart Industry.

MANUFACTURERS SHAPE THE FUTURE OF AUGMENTED REALITY

April 18, 2017

Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that is set to radically transform the way OEMs and manufacturers perform maintenance and repair operations. Several large manufacturing companies have already begun using AR in their facilities and in the field to service equipment.

Read more in Automation World.

MANUFACTURERS SPELL OUT AR NEEDS

April 17, 2017

Some of the biggest names in manufacturing are collaborating to ensure the industry fully capitalizes on the potential of augmented reality (AR) technologies. To help AR providers develop products which meet the needs of manufacturers, a set of practical guidelines has been released.

Read more in Innovators Magazine.

UB ADVANCED MANUFACTURING MOOC'S PULL IN 180 STUDENTS FROM 26 COUNTRIES

April 12, 2017

A total of 180 people from 26 countries enrolled in the first three University at Buffalo massive open online courses (MOOC) aimed at using data to support manufacturing operations.

Read more in Buffalo Business First.

DUCKWORTH VISITS UI LABS, HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF ILLINOIS'S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CAPACITY

April 12, 2017

Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) visited UI Labs and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) with Million Women Mentors Illinois State Chair Jenny Kopach to discuss DMDII’s critical work to support advanced manufacturing in Illinois.

Read more in River Bender.

MANUFACTURERS UNITE TO DEVELOP AR GUIDELINES FOR SMART FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE

April 12, 2017

Chicago’s manufacturing innovation accelerator UI LABS and the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance headquartered in Wakefield, MA, have released the world’s first augmented reality (AR) guidelines for industrial use.

Read more in 3D Printing Industry.

HERE'S WHY P&G CREATED GUIDELINES FOR "AUGMENTED REALITY" EQUIPMENT

April 11, 2017

Procter & Gamble Co. played a lead role in the development of the world’s first guidelines on functional requirements for augmented reality hardware and software, which were revealed today.

Read more in the Cincinnati Business Courier.

FUNCTIONAL GUIDELINES FOR MANUFACTURERS WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF AR TECHNOLOGY

April 11, 2017

The first augmented reality hardware and software functional requirements guidelines have been released today by UI LABS and the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA).

Read more in Next Reality.

NEW GUIDELINES POINT TO AN AUGMENTED FUTURE

April 11, 2017

Lockheed Martin, Proctor & Gamble and Caterpillar have joined with 62 other organizations to create hardware and software guidelines for using augmented reality (AR) on the manufacturing floor. The guidelines are designed to guide AR technology vendors in developing future products for industrial businesses, both large and small. UI Labs and the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) announced the guidelines in a document released on Tuesday.

Read more in Network World.

DISTRICT 211 STUDENTS SEE BRIGHT FUTURE IN MANUFACTURING

April 7, 2017

"Augmented reality," the increasing use of Internet-connected equipment and a peek into a life of financial security were among the aspects of a career in advanced manufacturing students from Palatine and Schaumburg high schools sampled Friday.

Read more in the Daily Herald.

WHO'S THAT SITTING IN THIS PENNY? IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU

April 6, 2017

Did you know there are two Abe Lincolns on many pennies?

A super-high-tech machine showcased during a recent tour of UI Labs revealed a little-known fact about the back of a U.S. penny: an extremely tiny President Abraham Lincoln sitting in his chair in the middle of the Lincoln Memorial.

Read more in DNAinfo.

WHAT’S THE SECRET TO MANUFACTURING 4.0?

April 1, 2017

The U.S. Manufacturing Sector has had an incredible run over the past few decades. Fueled by technological progress and automation, our factories today produce more than twice as much as they did in 1984 and their value-added output is at an all-time high. But there are signs that all is not well. Since the so-called Great Recession of 2007-2009, the decades-long, meteoric rise in industrial output per worker has plateaued and productivity growth has stalled. It is a challenge that can’t be solved with better technology alone. Fundamentally, it is about people and skills.

Read more in the Manufacturing Leadership Journal.

DIGITAL MANUFACTURING GETS ITS FIRST OPEN ONLINE COURSE

January 27, 2017

Engineers and scientists can do all the research and development in the world on digital connectivity in the factory, but it won’t have much impact if manufacturing executives don’t understand its reach and how to apply it to their own shop floors. “Part of the process is to make sure we build an awareness of what do we mean by digital manufacturing,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, CEO of UI Labs, a public-private innovation accelerator. “What does it mean to have a connected supply chain, connected factory?”

Read more in Industry Week.

TECH IS CHANGING MANUFACTURING. THESE CLASSES COULD HELP PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES ADAPT.

January 23, 2017

Experts agree that automation is coming to American manufacturing, but many employers and workers still have to learn how to adapt.
An upcoming online course on digital manufacturing and design aims to address questions about the future of manufacturing.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.