Non-alcoholic Beverage Manufacturing On The Rise Globally

Non-alcoholic beverage manufacturers are finding their niche in the brewing world. With 5% market growth for low and non-alcoholic beer brewers recorded during 2015, things are looking up for suds without the buzz.

Granted these brews don’t typically appear at your local brewpub, but wholesalers and retailers are picking up these brands to serve a population that respects the flavor but doesn’t want a more holistic approach to their consumption habits. Because alcohol is associated with a myriad of health risks, global consumption of traditional beer has dropped over the last few years.

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Virginia Wine And Beer Manufacturers Are Biting Their Nails Over Fungus-Spreading Fly

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The Spotted Lanternfly Has Virginia’s Brewers and Wine Makers Very Nervous.

Virginia’s brewers and winemakers are exceptionally anxious following the recent discovery of an invasive species in Virginia that could potentially threaten hops and grape growing operations throughout the state.

The spotted lanternfly, a sap-eating insect like the large Aphid, first appeared in the state early last month. Native to Asia and notoriously good at stowing away. It is suspected the potential nuisance arrived on a shipment of construction materials from China. In recent years the bug has been spotted in Pennsylvania and Delaware, which hasn’t done much to allay fears that the population is growing in number and reach.

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Encompass And Avalara Meet-Up At Melt Kitchen and Bar

Encompass Solutions’ Greensboro office had a great time last night meeting with Avalara to reconnect after the new year and discuss integration opportunities with clients in need of automated tax compliance in the form of an end-to-end solution.

Melt Kitchen and Bar was the venue, which served up some exceptional appetizers and beverages throughout the evening. The restaurant is known for their crispy Brussels sprouts and after ordering a few plates for our own research purposes we can definitely agree they are a must for anyone visiting. Sampling the craft brews on tap alongside good conversation kept the night’s event flowing smoothly at this local hot spot many of us will be revisiting in the future.

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Space Robots, Machine Vision, And Object Interaction

With the successful launch and reentry of Tesla’s Falcon Heavy rocket, now is an excellent opportunity to talk about robots, machine vision, and their roles in expanding space research and exploration.

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A Stunning View Of Earth Captured Following The Falcon Heavy Launch. Photograph: SpaceX.com Live Feed.

Space robots. Emulated after us in terms of morphology and size, they are superior to industrial robots when it comes to versatility and capability. While right now they may not look as advanced or operate as nimbly as their representations in sci-fi features from the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises, that gap is quickly shrinking. Taking on repairs and other tasks deemed too dangerous for astronauts, these specialized robots are the obvious candidates for many of the precarious activities taking place beyond the relative comfort of Earth.

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Epicor Data Analytics 7.3.0 – Nested Grids, Sync Items Enable/Disable, And Snapshot Data Retention

Epicor Data Analytics (EDA) Release 7.3.0 has gone live and is now available to EDA customers. This release contains several bug fixes, new features, and key improvements. Here are the biggest takeaways to appear in the EDA 7.3.0 update. For more information on the capabilities and functionality of Epicor ERP, click the more info button below.

Nested Grids

The new “marquee” feature for the 7.3.0 release, grid nesting allows users to create an “expand/contract” report within the EDA grid. Grouped by dimension, the nested grid will allow up to three levels of detail to be displayed. This can include everything from customer data, purchase history, and product information. Whatever data you wish to associate in the view, your preferences can be saved, added to the dashboard of your choice, or exported.

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New Tax Cuts For Brewers, Distillers, And Vintners Paves The Way For Expansion

For those unfamiliar with the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, the recently passed tax reform applying to alcoholic beverage manufacturers, the short of it is that the legislation offers two years of heavy relief from federal excise taxes applied to one of the most severely taxed industries in the US. So, what are craft brewers, distillers, and vintners going to do with it? For most, the word is grow.

The tax breaks will translate into substantial annual savings for these craft beverage makers, between $20,000 and $100,000 to be more precise, and allow them to hire more staff, expand operations, and invest in marketing to build their brands.

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Industry 4.0 – Automation, Robots, And Sustainable Job Growth

A new industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, is blending automation and data exchange in ways that have never been possible before. The change has strengthened the concept of a “smart factory” that integrates cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing, and cognitive computing to create an increasingly cooperative relationship between man and machine throughout the manufacturing process.

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Industry 4.0 Connects Cyber-physical Systems To Blend Automation And Data Exchange In Ways That Have Never Been Possible Before.

Some fantastic developments regarding the future of employment in this new landscape were revealed in a report released last week by the Association of Advancing Automation (A3). The document detailed how automation and, more specifically, robots work to create increasingly valuable and necessary work roles, how the skills gap is being addressed at home and abroad, and how worker wages figure into the equation.

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Emerging Technologies In Manufacturing And Industry 4.0

Manufacturers and distributors have access to data on a scale that has never existed before and the two are leveraging the insights gleaned from that access to pursue new innovations in automation and systems that are reshaping the face of these industries. Pairing innovations like these with a robust ERP solution is the most effective way to ensure your business is prepared to address emerging trends that can reshape your industry overnight.

Industry 4.0

First, there was industry 1.0, the emergence of mechanization, as well as water-, steam-, and fossil fuel-powered systems. This was followed by mass production of goods, assembly line manufacturing, and electricity powering it all in Industry 2.0. With 3.0 came computers and automation using robotics. Today, we’ve reached the next milestone in revolutionizing Industry. Connecting established trends and emerging technologies between automation and data exchange in manufacturing is Industry 4.0. Also referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, it is focused on bringing cyber-physical systems into the mainstream and placing them at the forefront of the manufacturing industry.

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US Manufacturers Begin Seeing Benefits From Tax Reform

Following the most recent tax reform legislation passed by the federal government, manufacturers of all sizes have enjoyed success in their sectors. This week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders delivered a daily press brief that highlighted how policies outlined in the new tax law have had a positive impact on businesses. One such success story came from Pittsburg, PA’s H&K Equipment.

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Recently Passed US Tax Legislation Has Had A Favorable Impact On The Nation’s Manufacturers.

H&K Equipment’s Story

The company was founded in 1983 by three entrepreneurs and run out of a garage. Today the company has grown to include 200 employees providing services in selling, renting, and servicing lift trucks, container handlers, railcar movers, personnel carriers, yard trucks, and industrial sweeping and scrubbing equipment.

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