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Manufacturers’ Guide to Industry 4.0 Technologies: The Go-To Resource for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Why don’t small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) adopt new technologies more quickly? Studies have uncovered many reasons, but most boil down to a very simple barrier: the lack of time.

Resources are tight and immediate business needs take precedence. You have orders to fill, employees to hire and train, payroll, supply chain disruptions, maintenance, and more. Your smaller shop doesn’t have the budget of an original equipment manufacturer. You can’t hire and train more employees as easily as a large operation.

On the flip side, SMMs have fewer layers. You can get input, develop a business case and make decisions faster than a large shop. Smaller manufacturers also don’t have as many information technology layers to deal with when implementing new technology.

This guide is for SMMs that don’t have time to sort through overwhelming amounts of information about Industry 4.0 technologies. We hope to provide answers to some of your questions and concerns, so you can begin adopting technologies that make sense for your company.

This guide includes unbiased information about technologies that are helping other SMMs. You’ll learn how to assess technologies so you can determine if they’re a good fit for your business. Will the technologies you’re considering work in terms of cost and what they can do to help you meet your business needs? This guide will help you decide.


Impact Washington and our Industry 4.0 resource partners provide unbiased recommendations for applying advanced manufacturing technology to improve your operation. We will work with you to understand your unique needs, identify opportunities where technology will have an impact, and propose solutions that are right for your business.

Our experts:

  • Start by assessing your company’s current situation
  • Identify opportunities and help you prioritize processes where technology solves problems or generates the greatest benefit
  • Help you develop a business case
  • Implement solutions
  • Rigorously measure results

Contact us here to apply advanced manufacturing technology to improve your operation today!

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