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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.
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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: Press 'GO' on Industry 4.0
Recording. Industry 4.0 is an overarching-and unavoidable-movement in manufacturing, bringing plants, processes, products and people together in entirely new ways. Don't let the technology jargon intimidate you: Industry 4.0 offers real ROI for every manufacturer regardless of its size or current level of digital sophistication. For the middle market, the road to Industry 4.0 is less one of digital revolution than it is of intentional digital maturity linked to business value, where disruptive technology is one small part of broader systemic change.
Webinar: Inside the Mind of a Hacker
Recording. The manufacturing industry continues to be a key target for cyber breaches. Risk factors such as third-party access, limited IT and security resources and staff, and no specific regulated guardrails for cybersecurity policies and procedures contribute. While new vulnerabilities present new vectors to target, attack techniques remain fundamentally the same: discover, analyze, attack and exploit. Assuming attackers will continue to find a way through, the key to reducing risk is understanding how they target and execute their attacks.
Webinar: Strengthening Manufacturers against Cyber Shocks
Recording. Businesses are increasingly interconnected, integrated, and interdependent where innovation and technology convergence is creating opportunity and risk. Wireless networks, mobile devices and apps, social media, cloud services and data analytics have created entirely new ways for businesses to improve. Together, these technologies have created a dynamic, hyper-connected business ecosystem that enables companies to share significantly more digital information with a wider range of partners, suppliers, service providers and customers.
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
John Burroughs, naturalist, nature essayist
Identifying all of the environmental, health or safety regulations that apply to a manufacturing plant may be challenging, but not knowing the requirements will not avoid potentially costly fines and penalties. Expert Laura Andrew from Dakota Software gave an example of sugar dust leading to an explosion at a sugar refinery - meaning that the sugar refinery needed to follow regulations for combustible materials. Learn more about how a manufacturer can use a simple decision-tree in plain language to wade through the requirements and more in the full interview.
Collaborative apprenticeship programs involving multiple manufacturers and partners can attract more participants and local investment, but conflict can arise when companies compete for the same people, says Johann Fortwengel of King's College London. IndustryWeek (10/17)
Fluid power manufacturer Kocsis Technologies needed a fresh look, so it changed its company culture to emphasize accountability and went out of its way to hire younger engineering and production employees as well as older, experienced salespeople, writes business development manager Paul Kocsis. The company also improved its brand messaging and offers continuing education opportunities. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (10/17)
Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle, is on a mission to combat the world's plastic waste problem by encouraging consumers to move from single-use to reusable packaging models through an initiative known as Loop. Despite the high risks, Szaky has managed to win the support of companies like Clorox, Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Nestle, and believes the convenience factor will determine the success of the model. CNN (10/11)
Small and midsized businesses such as machine shops are increasingly using wearable biometric security devices to track employees on the job and collect data that managers can use to optimize processes, Marla Keene writes. The devices can also prevent workers from operating machinery they aren't trained for. American Machinist (free registration) (10/17)
Just-in-time manufacturing has become so common that in order to stand out, manufacturers need to excel at timing and customer service, which they can do with the help of key performance indicators, Amanda Loudin writes. Manufacturers should also work with reliable suppliers that can keep up with demand, says reverse logistics expert Robert Lee Gordon. Supply Chain Dive (10/15)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise kept its dealer partners under one roof when it created its e-commerce platform, allowing buyers to shop from partners while remaining on the HP Enterprise website. Over the past two years, the move has led to increased visits, higher average order value and sales leads, and more time spent on site. B2B E-Commerce World (free registration) (10/16)
The lean Six Sigma approach uses the overlap to improve efficiency through greater use of data analysis, Back2Basics principal Jeff Sipes writes. "You can do one without the other, of course, but if you look at them entirely separately, you miss the synergy between them," he writes. The Fabricator online (10/18)