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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

SmartBrief will not publish Monday

Jan 17, 2020

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, SmartBrief will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.

What is your biggest organizational focus or concern for 2020?

Jan 17, 2020

Attracting and retaining a quality workforce  46.15% Maintaining bottom line with trade uncertainties  23.08% Addressing rising health care costs  15.39% Ensuring your supply chain is guarded against cybersecurity breaches  7.69% Gaining a competitive edge by integrating new and emerging technologies  7.69%

Why digital training is essential for reskilling the workforce

Jan 17, 2020

World Economic Forum (1/16)

Upskilling is 2020's focus for US manufacturing

Jan 17, 2020

Almost 70% of manufacturers say they will introduce or expand training programs this year, with the industry planning to spend a collective $26.2 billion on upskilling, according to The Manufacturing Institute. "You should know entering manufacturing that your employer is going invest in you, because you are their greatest resource," says Carolyn Lee, the institute's executive director. CNBC (1/17)

Why BIRD technologies should flock together in supply chains

Jan 17, 2020

The four BIRD technologies -- blockchain, the internet of things, robotic process automation and data science -- can benefit supply chain operations if used together, writes Agility CEO Tarek Sultan Al Essa. World Economic Forum (1/15)

4 ways to calculate the cost of making a part versus buying it

Jan 17, 2020

Deciding to make a product can be more expensive for manufacturers than buying it unless all costs are considered, writes Kevin Carson of Firefly Consulting. He recommends comparing the total cost of ownership, considering how making a part fits into a strategic plan, evaluating the real newness of a part and making sure internal costing is accurate. IndustryWeek (1/16)

Firewalls adapt to keep providing strong cybersecurity

Jan 17, 2020

Firewall vendors have kept their products relevant by adding intrusion prevention system capabilities and other security features, writes Tufin Chairman and CEO Ruvi Kitov. Even with the rise in cloud computing, firewalls remain important for on-premises security and the internet of things, he writes. Dark Reading (free registration) (1/15)

Nidec Minster looks to grow through M&A, remanufacturing

Jan 17, 2020

Material forming equipment manufacturer Nidec Minster is looking for companies to acquire that "would be a good strategic fit and help us provide better end-to-end solutions for our customers," says Chief Financial Officer Ron Arling. The company last year spent $8.6 million to expand an Ohio site for remanufacturing. The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (1/16)

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