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Be part of a discussion that could deliver transformational insights and solutions for your business and stay on the leading edge of manufacturing.
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
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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.
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)