Leading Edge Is AnExclusive Thought Leadership Program
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Be part of a discussion that could deliver transformational insights and solutions for your business and stay on the leading edge of manufacturing.
Fireside Chat with ABB and Salesforce
What does the future of Industry 4.0 look like for manufacturers? Watch the exclusive sit down with Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB and Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce. Learn how ABB is applying IoT and AI to connect with their customers in revolutionary ways - and why you should too. Recorded live September 2018.
Webinar: Cybersecurity Forum Highlights & Lessons Learned
What is needed to build an effective cybersecurity strategy for the future? How can manufacturers ensure they are taking steps to improve defenses while building a risk mitigation plan? What recommendations do manufacturing leaders and cybersecurity specialists make to their peers?
Webinar: Applying AI to Your Factory Today
In this use case and demo-driven session, manufacturers will see how their peers are using AI to achieve their business objectives today, how today's AI tools are enabling citizen data scientists to build & manage AI solutions at scale, and how manufacturers are overcoming some of the challenges of implementing AI to build the factory of the future. Tuesday, September 24, 2-3pm ET Register now
HBR Article: A Manager's Guide to Augmented RealityAug 7, 2018
How IIoT changes the idea of ownershipMay 22, 2017
PTC: PPT of How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Competition and CompaniesAug 15, 2018
Connected Service Equipment Knowledge as Competitive PowerMar 19, 2017
Leading by Example: Technology Companies Help Save Scarce Water ResourcesJul 5, 2017
Why Manufacturers Need to Rethink How They Value WaterMar 28, 2017
Benefits of Creating a Corporate Water Strategy – and Tips for Ensuring SuccessMar 18, 2017
5 Ideas for Improving Energy UseAug 16, 2018
Powering Innovation in Manufacturing
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
Oprah Winfrey, talk show host, media executive, actor, philanthropist
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People-first practices such as providing flexible work schedules, financial benefits and career advancement are needed to recruit and retain good workers amid the pandemic, says Kylene Zenk, director of the manufacturing practice at HR specialist UKG. Manufacturers have found success by expanding their candidate pool to emphasize "veterans, second-chance workers, individuals graduating from nonprofit job placement programs, persons with disabilities or special needs, refugees, retirees, and others," Zenk says. Area Development online (11/24)
Onsite battery storage and forecasting tools can help industrial companies reduce energy costs, automate energy management and improve resilience, writes Larsh Johnson, chief technology officer at Stem. IndustryWeek (11/23)
McKinsey reviews the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing indirect procurement and how insourcing can be achieved in stages. "Companies can capture most of these gains within 12 to 18 months, and continue to capture annual cost reductions of about four percent after the transformation," the authors write. McKinsey (11/24)
Supply chain and pharmaceutical companies are working on the cold chain that will be needed to transport vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech that will require consistent temperatures from the manufacturer to the clinic. This article outlines the both the innovation as well as the potential obstacles vaccine distribution chains will face. Vox (11/16)
BWX Technologies has developed new 3D-printing techniques for the manufacture of high-temperature superalloys and refractory metals suitable for making nuclear reactor components. BWXT says using refractory metal alloy-based parts could help advanced reactors reach core exit temperatures of 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit and improve plant efficiencies by 50%. 3D Printing Media Network (11/24)
Relativity Space, a startup that aims to use 3D printing to make rockets that will deliver payloads into Earth orbit, raised $500 million in its Series D funding round, led by Tiger Global Management and including an investment from Fidelity Management & Research. The company expects to launch its first rocket from Florida next year. GeekWire (11/23)
The Commerce Department reported a 1.3% uptick in US orders for durable manufactured goods in October, down from September's 2.1% gain. Meanwhile, orders for non-defense capital goods minus aircraft were up 0.7% last month after a 1.9% increase in September. The Associated Press (11/25)