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Internet of things

Explore challenges and opportunities of IOT to maximize performance.

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Sustainability

Enable proactive business strategies around resources to optimize results.

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Supply Chain

Improve quality and efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance customer service with innovation in this area

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Cybersecurity

Assess and manage risks associated with increasing digitized processes and products.

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Growth

Discover trends and changes that impact workforce, talent, and the intersection with technology

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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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Powering Innovation in Manufacturing

Cybersecurity workbook for critical topics

Oct 16, 2018

Download this cybersecurity workbook courtesy of eSentire for a how-to guide covering critical topics, including recommendations that all businesses can use to build a vulnerability management program, threat management best practices for a prescriptive look at the five phases of ransomware preparing and event management, and a review of emerging technology. Want more tips and unique insight into how your organization can identify risks that are most prominent within the manufacturing industry and prevent a business-disrupting breach? Register for the Leading Edge Cybersecurity Forum on Oct. 30 in Chicago.

Opinion: 3 key ways to address the skills gap

Oct 16, 2018

Scholarships, public-private partnerships and manufacturing coalitions are just three ways industry can develop young talent, Jim Vinoski writes. One example is the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Commission in Washington state, which offers seven programs involving hundreds of companies. Forbes (10/15)

Study: Fogging is a problem with protective eyewear

Oct 16, 2018

A study from the Vision Council and the American Society of Safety Professionals found that fogging in protective eyewear is a problem, and fixing it would improve the likelihood of workers using such eyewear. "By taking the necessary measures to reduce the fogging of protective eyewear, employers will likely see an increase in compliance with eye-protection recommendations and increased worker safety," says The Vision Council. EHS Today (10/12)

How to better design machines with safety in mind

Oct 16, 2018

Machine builders and users should consider using the Functional Safety Life Cycle, which looks to design at the appropriate safety level starting with the design phase, write George Schuster and Brad Prosak of Rockwell Automation. Risk and safety assessments, and agreement on functional needs are the first two steps in this life cycle. Machine Design (10/15)

Vendors partner to improve IIoT offerings for chemical firms

Oct 16, 2018

Vendor partnerships are helping them offer better industrial internet of things services to chemical facilities, writes Sean Ottewell. Such digitization is important for chemical companies facing a wave of retirements, while trying to innovate their manufacturing, particularly in batch or specialty chemicals, says Gordon Bordelon of Rockwell Automation. Chemical Processing (10/15)

Column: The entire supply chain can benefit from IoT

Oct 16, 2018

Internet of things capabilities are improving multiple areas of the supply chain, and the benefits don't need to be limited to one organization, writes Kevin Heath, chief procurement officer at Georgia-Pacific. "When a company achieves a breakthrough using IoT-enabled technology, there's a wealth of benefits in sharing that development with the world," he writes. RFID Journal (10/14)

With turnover at 96%, fleets are working to improve driver relations

Oct 16, 2018

For the first half of 2018, fleet driver turnover averaged 96%, the highest level in five years, according to the American Trucking Associations. To improve this, fleets are actively working to provide bonuses, expanded benefits and use of mobile freight apps, in addition to refining interview processes. Transport Topics (10/11)

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