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Internet of things

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Sustainability

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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

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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

Automation, training can lead to fulfilling careers

Sep 29, 2022

The downside of automation is the loss of some jobs, but the upside is the creation of at least 12 million more than those that will disappear by 2025, the World Economic Forum says. Robotics can make jobs more accessible, for instance, by eliminating "ability to lift" requirements, rescuing people from repetitive tasks and offer safer and more rewarding jobs and career paths, writes Flex CEO Revathi Advaithi, who advocates robust training programs. World Economic Forum (9/26)

Stanley B+D, TerraCycle team up on free recycling

Sep 29, 2022

Stanley Black & Decker is working with TerraCycle to offer free recycling to its customers for products under nine brand names, including Craftsman, Bostich and Dewalt. Consumers can get prepaid mailing labels or shipping kits via the TerraCycle website, and the company will sort, clean and capture usable materials to be recycled. Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (9/27)

GM aims for sustainable future for EVs, exec says

Sep 29, 2022

Kristen Siemen, chief sustainability officer for General Motors, discussed the automaker's plan to produce only electric vehicles by 2035 by investing in innovation. "We are continuing to innovate on our Ultium battery in looking for more technologies that are using less metals, higher efficiency, higher range, less cost," Siemen said. The Wall Street Journal (9/28)

Hurricane Ian forces closures, supply chain disruption

Sep 29, 2022

Amazon closed warehouses in the Tampa and Orlando areas in Florida ahead of Hurricane Ian's landfall and plans to reopen them Friday. Resilinc estimates more than 4,500 factories, distribution centers and warehouses are in the storm zone, and supply chain experts expect Ian to stall production and freight movement at ports and airports and along highways and rail lines. FreightWaves (9/28)

Report: US most popular target of ransomware strikes

Sep 29, 2022

Nearly 50% of 5,200-plus ransomware incidents worldwide from 2020 through January 2022 involved US targets, with small businesses accounting for almost 65% of attacks, according to a report from NordLocker. The Conti ransomware was the most common source of attack. FCW (9/27)

Robots pushing the boundaries in harsh environments

Sep 29, 2022

Robots have served to keep human beings out of harm's way for a wide variety of tasks. However, growing capabilities are expanding the roles robots can play even further and beginning to take them where even robots face hazards. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (9/25)

Modular construction gains ground in pandemic

Sep 29, 2022

An estimated $200 billion worth of modular construction made up about 5.5% of total construction in pandemic-stricken North America last year, with much of that occurring in the western US and Canada, according to the Modular Building Institute. Detached homes and smaller apartment buildings prevail in the West, but modular is now making wider inroads, with developers using the method for a greater variety of projects. Commercial Observer (9/27)

Timmons: Va. area poised to be modern manufacturing hub

Sep 29, 2022

The Danville, Va., area's "unrivaled" commitment to the dignity of work and "amazing can-do spirit" are laying the groundwork to become a regional advanced manufacturing hub, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons says. Savvy local investment, a top-notch workforce and complementary education efforts through the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research are part of the regional effort, Timmons says. Danville Register & Bee (Va.) (9/27)

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