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

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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

You can put things off until tomorrow but tomorrow may never come.

Sep 16, 2019

Gloria Estefan, Cuban-American singer, songwriter, businesswoman National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

Monday Economic Report

Sep 16, 2019

Retail sales rose by 0.4 percent in August, increasing for the sixth straight month. Spending was buoyed by solid growth at motor vehicle and parts dealers, which jumped 1.8 percent for the month. Excluding auto sales, retail spending was unchanged in August. Over the past 12 months, retail sales have risen a solid 4.1 percent. Retail strength matters because consumer spending has helped to prop up economic growth, enough to offset drags from business investment and net exports. While Americans continued to spend at a healthy pace overall, growth in August was more mixed than we might prefer. Read more.

US needs to train, find more skilled technical workers, report says

Sep 16, 2019

The US is facing a shortage of welders, electricians and other skilled technical workers whose jobs don't require a four-year degree, according to a National Science Board report. The trend may be exacerbated by society's emphasis on bachelor's degrees and people's fears about such jobs being replaced by automation, observers say. Inside Higher Ed (9/10)

Manufacturers can profit from buying, using recycled materials

Sep 16, 2019

Manufacturers stand to benefit from recycling by buying recycled materials from processors such as the Lycoming County Resources Center in Pennsylvania. "We try to sell to local manufacturers if we can," said Lycoming County recycling coordinator Lauren Strausser. The Daily Item (Sunbury, Pa.) (9/15)

Analysis: Drone strike in Saudi Arabia could be foreshadowing

Sep 16, 2019

The drone attack on Saudi Arabia's oil production shows the security risks for high-value sites globally, writes Alan Levin. The successful use of drones in this case "enables attacks that previously weren't able to be conducted with that level of stealth and detachment from the attacker," says aviation management professor Jeffrey Price of Metropolitan State University of Denver. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (9/15)

How to scale up with advanced manufacturing tech

Sep 16, 2019

Many manufacturers are in "pilot purgatory" when it comes to launching next-generation technology, according to a McKinsey report. To overcome that, the report's authors recommend focusing on people rather than tools and starting small with infrastructure before scaling it. McKinsey (9/2019)

Aerospace machining firm gains efficiency from CAD/CAM software

Sep 16, 2019

Kencoa Aerospace is saving time in its machining business by using CNC Software's Mastercam CAD/CAM software. The software can also be used in other areas of operations and was chosen because it worked with the company's machines. Advanced Manufacturing Media (9/16)

Fight off cyberattacks with a solid "security posture"

Sep 16, 2019

Companies should ensure they have a sufficient "security posture" to safeguard themselves from cyberattacks, James Carty of the FBI said at a seminar for businesses in Pennsylvania. He noted that the National Institute of Standards and Technology has an online guide for businesses on how to thwart hackers and other threats. The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (9/12)

Doctor-turned-manufacturer applies science to women's shoes

Sep 16, 2019

A Virginia doctor is using her knowledge of the human body to manufacture women's dress shoes that provide better support and fit than conventional ones. The shoes are made using customized machinery and include 3D-printed parts. The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.) (9/15)

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