A New Way to Access the Gym

Anytime Fitness is improving their customer experience by implementing NFC technology to allow their members gym access with their phone.

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Unplugged – An event hosted by Twin Cities’ Podcasters

Twin Cities Startup Week Lab651 + Justin Grammens participated in a few 2020 Startup Week events, one of them being Twin Cities Podcast Hosts UNPLUGGED. This event’s focus was to share with other entrepreneurs and business leaders how to use podcasting as a sales and marketing tool. This was a part 1 (sales) & 2…

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Learning Particle Photon – With a Motion Sensor

Learning Particle Photon - Adding a Motion Sensor

This blog post has been written by our 2021 summer intern, Renna. Renna has been a great asset here at Lab651 and we are excited to provide Renna with opportunities to further pursue her passions. Be sure to read part 1. (SciTech Internship Program writeup on Renna.) ~~~~~~~~~ Part 2 – A Servo Motor +…

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Enabling IoT Into Wood Pellet Grills

We assisted Memphis Grills with connecting their wood pellet grills by adding useful and exciting new technology. The team at Lab651 designed a board to take data from the grill controller, send it via WiFi to the cloud to allow the customer to interact with their grill via a mobile app and Amazon Alexa skill…

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Learning Particle Photon

This blog post has been written by our 2021 summer intern, Renna. Renna has been a great asset here at Lab651 and we are excited to provide Renna with opportunities to further pursue her passions. SciTech Internship Program writeup. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Since taking an Embedded Devices course at the University of St. Thomas, I have had…

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Maintaining a Competitive Advantage with an Under-Appreciated Industrial Machine; The Paint Mixer

Smart Paint Mixer

Once you select a paint color at your local hardware store, you head to the paint counter to have it mixed. A can of base paint is opened, and colors are added to it, then the can is closed and inserted into a paint mixer. This machine shakes, spins, and rotates the can for around…

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Helping an Old Company Rethink Their Service Model

The Challenge Manufacturers and suppliers of commodities are trying to establish a direct link to consumers and to strengthen their competitive position. The emerging concept known as product as a service (PaaS) transforms a product from a standalone function from a supplier to an integrated product and service offering. Examples of PaaS include a manufacturer using widely available…

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Building an Industrial Grade Smart Level Sensing Application

The Challenge Implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is an expensive proposition, as it should be because an ERP solution typically manages all critical and commercial functions of a business. Automation between processes enables data sharing and enhanced visibility to make better and efficient business decisions. Another form of ERP automation involves the incorporation…

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Just-In-Time Supply Chain Done Right

JIT aims to cut costs by reducing the number of goods and materials that a firm holds in stock. One of the most critical, fundamental, and costly aspects of JIT is knowing real-time inventory levels. So when a large chemical company needed to automate its supply chain in a JIT fashion, it called on Lab651.

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