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Supply Chain

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Cybersecurity

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Growth

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Resources

HBR Article: A Manager's Guide to Augmented Reality

Aug 7, 2018

How IIoT changes the idea of ownership

May 22, 2017

PTC: PPT of How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Competition and Companies

Aug 15, 2018

Connected Service Equipment Knowledge as Competitive Power

Mar 19, 2017

Leading by Example: Technology Companies Help Save Scarce Water Resources

Jul 5, 2017

Why Manufacturers Need to Rethink How They Value Water

Mar 28, 2017

Benefits of Creating a Corporate Water Strategy – and Tips for Ensuring Success

Mar 18, 2017

5 Ideas for Improving Energy Use

Aug 16, 2018
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May 7, 2021

Troy Polamalu, professional American football player, philanthropist May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable on May 14

May 7, 2021

The Manufacturing Institute is committed to supporting manufacturers' efforts to build diverse and inclusive workplaces and strengthen equal opportunity in the United States. Thanks to the support of the Arconic Foundation, the next event in the D&I Roundtable series will showcase the efforts of another MI initiative -- Heroes MAKE America. Join the next D&I Roundtable discussing "Recruiting and Retaining Talent from the Military Veteran Community" on Friday, May 14, from noon to 1 p.m. EDT. Please RSVP here.

N.Y. manufacturer steps up its recruitment

May 7, 2021

Manufacturers such as Bestar-Bush are trying to recruit and retain skilled workers by offering more incentives, increasing training and offering a workplace mentor. These additional steps are needed in a difficult hiring environment, which also includes competition from warehousing and other occupations. The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (5/6)

Ford eyes post-pandemic amenities for factory workers

May 7, 2021

Ford's expansion of remote working after the pandemic doesn't transfer to factory jobs, and the automaker is considering how it can make factories and other job sites more amenable. "When you finish your shift what if, rather than having to do a stop at the grocery store to pick up food for your family, we had food available that you could preorder a meal to take home to your family?" says Kiersten Robinson, Ford's chief people and employee experiences officer. National Public Radio (5/6)

New Balance sells shoes made from leftover materials

May 7, 2021

New Balance's sustainability push includes the recently released Made Responsibly line, a limited run of sneakers made from a mix of scrap and new material. "You set it as a guiding principle, then product and marketing teams will use it as inspiration, and that's how you end up with something like Made Responsibly," says marketing executive Jeff McAdams. Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (5/4)

Digital tech helps build resilience, responsiveness

May 7, 2021

Resilient supply chains need digital tools, writes Jan Burian, head of IDC Manufacturing Insights EMEA. "Building a resilient supply chain requires precise forecasting, the ability to rapidly adapt to short-term situations, supply chain flexibility, and being able to detect problems at an early stage," Burian writes. IndustryWeek (5/6)

IT security is more effective when it's user friendly

May 7, 2021

Manufacturers that add security to their IT operations also must ensure it is easy for employees to implement, says Rob Williams of furniture maker Herman Miller. Turning on multifactor authorization requires educating workers "as to how it works, how it protects the organization and how they should have it on every single one of their personal accounts as well," Williams says. IndustryWeek (5/4)

New Shepard's first crewed flight planned for this summer

May 7, 2021

Blue Origin plans to launch its first crewed mission July 20, coinciding with the date in 1969 when NASA's Apollo 11 mission reached the moon. Space (5/5)

Novavax to supply COVAX with 350M vaccine doses

May 7, 2021

An agreement has been signed between Novavax and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance for the manufacture and distribution of 350 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for participant-countries under the COVAX initiative. Yahoo (5/6)

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