Leading Edge Is AnExclusive Thought Leadership Program
that brings executives from companies of all sizes together with leading business luminaries to focus on emerging business issues and trends critical in today’s manufacturing landscape. Hear from notable industry leaders and subject matter experts as they deliver the latest perspectives on mission-critical topics impacting manufacturing operations and business.
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
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The competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in the US has been discussed extensively in the press and economic literature in recent years. This joint study by KPMG and the Manufacturing Institute provides a current assessment of how the US compares to its main trading partners as a location for manufacturing. Specifically, it found that primary costs (compensation, property, utilities, taxes and interest rates) in the US are on average 16% higher than in the other markets -- yet the US ranks fairly high on the list overall at #5.
Oregon State University's Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory now boasts a waterjet cutting machine to help students bridge the gap between computer work and the real world. Paired with 3D modeling software, the waterjet and other machines in the lab allow students to "realize that they can dream something up and have a prototype in the hand in an hour," said lab manager Brian Jensen. The Fabricator online (10/24)
Concerns regarding climate change, the loss of natural resources and globalization have spurred businesses to adopt sustainable practices, writes Pierre-Francois Thaler, co-CEO and co-founder of EcoVadis. He predicts sustainability will be a big focus during the 2020s as companies use it to manage risk and integrate social purpose into their core business commitments. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly online (10/23)
Digital twins, augmented reality and other technological innovations are making inroads in offshore oil and natural gas operations around the world, assisting companies in keeping workers safe and operations running smoothly. "We saw the vast majority of our customers cutting operating expenditure, but not cutting budgets in digitalization," said Paula Doyle, senior vice president of sales and marketing at digital-twin systems provider Cognite AS. Yahoo (10/24)
The coronavirus pandemic and trade disputes have highlighted the supply chain risk of relying on China, and businesses will continue shifting operations out of the country no matter who wins the race for US president, according to PwC US Chairman Tim Ryan. "[W]e're seeing US companies planning to spread that out more, and that's a trend that's been underway for the last couple years that we expect to continue," Ryan says. CNBC (10/24)
Reell Manufacturing is structured under an employee stock ownership plan and has grown since the Great Recession by shifting its manufacturing to the medical and automotive industries. "We have 175 employees today instead of 200 before the cuts in 2009, but we are better diversified with more profitable products," says CEO Kyle Smith. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (10/25)
Harley-Davidson is reducing its dealerships, the number of vehicle models and the number of key markets under CEO Jochen Zeitz, and it's also focusing on core customers rather than marketing as much to younger people. A two-month factory shutdown because of the pandemic, coupled with the reduction in motorcycle varieties, could help reduce supply glut. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/25)
Chipmaker AMD will acquire competitor Xilinx in a $35 billion deal aimed at gaining ground in the data center market. Xilinx has been working on processors that speed up video compression and provide digital encryption, and its acquisition by AMD comes as both companies seek to challenge Intel. Reuters (10/27)