GeoTraq’s modules take the complexity out of the Internet of Things.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

As climate patterns and trade policy become more unpredictable, cost volatility in raw materials remains a significant pain point for manufacturers. For managers, the only way to cope with these fluctuations is to seek new ways that lower risk by eliminating unnecessary costs and waste.

Although the concept of remote monitoring is a familiar topic to most, many view this capability as an application intended for industrial IoT. Las Vegas-based technology company GeoTraq Inc. is developing a simple approach for asset tracking and remote monitoring that reduces the complexity of implementing an IoT solution and delivers the right data at the right time.

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Dispatch plans to help clients internationally with its same-day delivery service.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

Jobsites can be busy, chaotic places where time is money and it can be difficult for even the most skilled laborers to keep things running smoothly. But that is where Bloomington, Minn.-based Dispatch can help, by taking some of the worry and work off of their hands.


Gripnail specializes in fastening solutions focused on lean and cost-effective manufacturers.  

Gripnail Fastening Systems was founded in 1966 in East Providence, Rhode Island by Peter and Peggy Hallock with the help of Peter’s father, renowned inventor Robert Hallock. The product? A revolutionary mechanical fastener that  bites into metal  to form a solid metallurgic bond. The Gripnail would go on to be the standard mechanical fastener for the HVAC duct-lining industry. Not long after that, Gripnail developed a patented line of fasteners and application equipment for the OEM industry. This line of products would lead to broader international success for Gripnail.

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AutoForm Engineering helps clients figure out stamping issues before production even begins.

By Mark Lawton, Knighthouse Media

Imagine that tryout personnel at a press are having issues with manufacturing their stamped panel. Rather than review a digital simulation, they just begin to make changes to the tool. “Some of those changes are irreversible,” Matt Kruithoff, senior application engineer at AutoForm Engineering USA Inc., says about this scenario.


American Photonics strives to build brand awareness as it is the only optics company manufacturing ‘better, faster and cheaper’ in the United States.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Knighthouse Media

Laser optics is an extremely specialized industry with only a handful of players competing for market share. American Photonics filled a gap in the industry in 2000 when it emerged as the only United States-based manufacturer of precision laser optics for the CO2 laser industry, offering the same high-quality products for a much lower cost.

“American Photonics has 15 percent of the market share, so we are better, faster and cheaper because that’s the only way to survive,” CEO Ana Piumbini says. “We take a boutique-style approach to our customer service. My husband, Steve Walters, and I are the owners of the company and are here every day. Our approach is completely different and more personalized than working with a big corporation.”

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