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Internet of things

Explore challenges and opportunities of IOT to maximize performance.

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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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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

True love does have the power to redeem but only if we are ready for redemption.

Feb 14, 2019

bell hooks, professor, feminist and author focusing on the intersection of race, gender and capitalism

Global Manufacturing Economic Update

Feb 14, 2019

Similar to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund cut its global economic forecast slightly. The IMF now expects worldwide growth to expand by 3.5% in 2019, down from its estimate of 3.7% growth in October. Meanwhile, the J.P. Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI registered 50.7 in January, down from 51.4 in December and signaling the slowest growth rate since August 2016. The headline index has decelerated since reaching a seven-year high in December 2017 (54.5), even with slight positive expansion overall. Reports also suggested that manufacturing activity in Canada, the Eurozone and Japan also grew at their weakest paces since mid-2016, and China weakened further in January after contracting in December for the first time since May 2017. Similarly, the IHS Markit Emerging Markets Manufacturing PMI contracted in January for the first time since June 2016. Overall activity in the emerging markets weakened across the year, weighed down by softer global growth and a strong US dollar. Read more.

Research: Few workers leave their jobs due to automation

Feb 14, 2019

Only 0.7% of employees in the Netherlands leave their job each year because of automation, according to a Boston University research paper. "The burden that automation places on workers is less than the burden created by mass layoffs and plant closings that arise from things like declining demand or bankruptcies," write James Bessen and James Kossuth. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (2/13)

Manufacturers must be ready for disasters

Feb 14, 2019

Manufacturers can prepare for natural disasters by garnering detailed recommendations from insurers, creating continuity plans and being diligent about logging post-disaster information, writes Katherine Klosowski. IndustryWeek (2/14)

Sensor-derived data reduces motor and drive failure

Feb 14, 2019

Food processors are using industrial internet of things-equipped sensors to gather data and offer predictive maintenance for motors and drive equipment, writes Sharon Spielman. "Everyone is trying to close that loop--insights for end-users and for OEMs to improve their equipment's reliability," says Jim Henry of SKF USA. Food Engineering magazine online (2/13)

Commentary: How to optimize operations to stay ahead

Feb 14, 2019

Supply chains need to measure performance, benchmark it against key performance indicators and share that data across the organization if they hope to identify and solve efficiency issues, writes Martin Verwijmeren, CEO of MP Objects. "If you're only accruing and analyzing data in silos, you're not realizing the full potential of your network," he notes. Manufacturing (2/13)

Tyson seeks stability with packaged and prepared foods

Feb 14, 2019

Tyson Foods has for years been growing its production of packaged and prepared foods, such as nuggets and breakfast sandwiches, to obtain more stable revenue and respond to market conditions. Fifty Tyson plants in the US process an estimated 37 million chickens per week. Morningstar (2/13)

Customization, fast turnarounds help Neb. manufacturer thrive

Feb 14, 2019

McKiney Manufacturing and Sales in Nebraska was able to overcome stagnant demand for hydraulic hoses and enter new markets by purchasing a tube-bending system. The system allows the company to quickly produce custom parts for clients in the oil and gas industry. Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.) (2/13)

Whirlpool prioritizes the consumer's digital needs

Feb 14, 2019

Whirlpool creates value for consumers by offering products at every step of the digital journey, says Global Chief Information Officer Michael Heim. "By shifting our mindset to this consumer journey, we can differentiate ourselves in the marketplace," he says. CIO (free registration) (2/11)

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