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Topics

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

We can't name it, but we can sing along.

Jun 18, 2021

Carrie Brownstein, musician, actor, comedian June is Pride Month

Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable on June 25

Jun 18, 2021

The Manufacturing Institute is committed to supporting manufacturers' efforts to build diverse and inclusive workplaces and strengthen equal opportunity in the United States. Join their next D&I Roundtable discussing Sexual Orientation on Friday, June 25, from noon p.m. ET. Please RSVP here.

Tesla partners with college to grow worker pipeline

Jun 18, 2021

Tesla is partnering with Austin Community College in Texas to launch the 14-week Tesla START program. Participating students will be able to work at Tesla while completing college courses. Community Impact Newspaper (Texas) (6/16)

Mars heads supply chain sustainability coalition

Jun 18, 2021

Mars has teamed with sustainability consultancy Guidehouse to create the Supplier Leadership on Climate Transition to engage more members of the consumer packaged goods global supply chain with climate-friendly action. McCormick & Co. and PepsiCo have also joined the coalition, which aims to "reward the right behaviors and shift things," said Kevin Rabinovitch, Mars' vice president of global sustainability. ConfectioneryNews (France) (6/16)

Why manufacturers need deep reinforcement learning

Jun 18, 2021

Some startups are applying deep reinforcement learning to industrial control and logistics automation. Deep reinforcement learning could potentially deliver "immense increases in efficiency and cost savings in manufacturing products and operating supply chains, leading to decreases in carbon emissions and worksite accidents," writes Pathmind CEO Chris Nicholson. TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (6/17)

Crises require a long view to address weaknesses

Jun 18, 2021

Organizations need to be less reactive to supply chain crises and create long-term strategies for managing volatile business conditions, write Paul Ericksen and Tim Biggs. "Collaboration, both within an organization and with strategic suppliers, is the most effective approach to making the types of changes needed to transform purchasing from a transaction-based tactical function to one that has a more strategic outlook," they argue. IndustryWeek (6/15)

Why IT-OT networks need extra attention to security

Jun 18, 2021

Cyberattacks on organizations where operational infrastructure is connected with IT can disrupt linked operations and affect suppliers and customers, writes Greg Valentine, senior cybersecurity director for Capgemini North America. "For an OT environment, preventative controls include leveraging identity and access management (IAM), practicing a zero-trust architecture, utilizing a vulnerability management solution, and properly segmenting the network," Valentine writes. Dark Reading (free registration) (6/16)

Danaher buys out Aldevron in $9.6B all-cash deal

Jun 18, 2021

Danaher, a medical equipment maker, will acquire Aldevron in a $9.6 billion all-cash deal. Aldevron, a producer of mRNA and proteins, is a supplier of plasmid DNA for Moderna's COVID-19 mRNA vaccine. Reuters (6/17)

Startups take separate routes to solid-state batteries

Jun 18, 2021

QuantumScape and Solid Power have attracted investor interest with their early-stage work on lithium-metal anodes with solid electrolytes for electric vehicles, but QuantumScape plans to make the cells itself and Solid Power will make electrolytes but license cell designs. Both companies have years of work to do, and both have received funding from major carmakers. The Wall Street Journal (6/16)

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