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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

What you are thinking, what shape your mind is in, is what makes the biggest difference of all.

Oct 27, 2020

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Cost of Manufacturing Operations Around the World

Oct 27, 2020

The competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in the US has been discussed extensively in the press and economic literature in recent years. This joint study by KPMG and the Manufacturing Institute provides a current assessment of how the US compares to its main trading partners as a location for manufacturing. Specifically, it found that primary costs (compensation, property, utilities, taxes and interest rates) in the US are on average 16% higher than in the other markets -- yet the US ranks fairly high on the list overall at #5.

University lab pairs computers, hands-on machinery

Oct 27, 2020

Oregon State University's Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory now boasts a waterjet cutting machine to help students bridge the gap between computer work and the real world. Paired with 3D modeling software, the waterjet and other machines in the lab allow students to "realize that they can dream something up and have a prototype in the hand in an hour," said lab manager Brian Jensen. The Fabricator online (10/24)

Sustainability to be top of mind for supply chain execs

Oct 27, 2020

Concerns regarding climate change, the loss of natural resources and globalization have spurred businesses to adopt sustainable practices, writes Pierre-Francois Thaler, co-CEO and co-founder of EcoVadis. He predicts sustainability will be a big focus during the 2020s as companies use it to manage risk and integrate social purpose into their core business commitments. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly online (10/23)

Pandemic accelerates digitization of oil, gas industry

Oct 27, 2020

Digital twins, augmented reality and other technological innovations are making inroads in offshore oil and natural gas operations around the world, assisting companies in keeping workers safe and operations running smoothly. "We saw the vast majority of our customers cutting operating expenditure, but not cutting budgets in digitalization," said Paula Doyle, senior vice president of sales and marketing at digital-twin systems provider Cognite AS. Yahoo (10/24)

Supply chains expected to continue exodus from China

Oct 27, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic and trade disputes have highlighted the supply chain risk of relying on China, and businesses will continue shifting operations out of the country no matter who wins the race for US president, according to PwC US Chairman Tim Ryan. "[W]e're seeing US companies planning to spread that out more, and that's a trend that's been underway for the last couple years that we expect to continue," Ryan says. CNBC (10/24)

Minn. manufacturer thrives under employee ownership

Oct 27, 2020

Reell Manufacturing is structured under an employee stock ownership plan and has grown since the Great Recession by shifting its manufacturing to the medical and automotive industries. "We have 175 employees today instead of 200 before the cuts in 2009, but we are better diversified with more profitable products," says CEO Kyle Smith. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (10/25)

Harley-Davidson chooses back-to-basics strategy

Oct 27, 2020

Harley-Davidson is reducing its dealerships, the number of vehicle models and the number of key markets under CEO Jochen Zeitz, and it's also focusing on core customers rather than marketing as much to younger people. A two-month factory shutdown because of the pandemic, coupled with the reduction in motorcycle varieties, could help reduce supply glut. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/25)

AMD reaches $35B deal for Xilinx

Oct 27, 2020

Chipmaker AMD will acquire competitor Xilinx in a $35 billion deal aimed at gaining ground in the data center market. Xilinx has been working on processors that speed up video compression and provide digital encryption, and its acquisition by AMD comes as both companies seek to challenge Intel. Reuters (10/27)

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