Leading Edge Is AnExclusive Thought Leadership Program
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.
Be part of a discussion that could deliver transformational insights and solutions for your business and stay on the leading edge of manufacturing.
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.
The State of Industrial Internet of Things
Recording. From industry to industry the industrial internet of things is creating tremendous value. This webinar, based on insights from The State of the Industrial IoT, will provide a data driven view into how manufacturers are using IoT to create business value today. This research provides an in-depth analysis of the industries that are leading IoT deployments, how business functions are using IoT, and the types of business value generated.
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
Joyce Brothers, psychologist
More than 2.6 million baby boomers are expected to retire from manufacturing jobs over the next decade. The Manufacturing Institute's Center for Manufacturing Research, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is researching best practices for retaining and upskilling this highly productive and institutional knowledge-rich population. If your company would like to share its experiences with retaining or upskilling workers close to retirement age, please contact Chad Moutray, the NAM's chief economist and the director of the Center for Manufacturing Research, by Feb. 15.
Green manufacturing done right can reduce environmental impact without compromising growth by reducing carbon generation from energy, deploying smart technologies and embracing the circular economy, writes Schneider Electric CEO and Chairman Jean-Pascal Tricoire. Schneider has set a goal to recover all its industrial waste by 2030. World Economic Forum (1/22)
Chemical companies should regularly audit safety systems using IEC 61508/ISA84 standards and, possibly, a third-party consultant, writes Mark Sen Gupta of ARC Advisory Group. "Unlike in years past, it often no longer makes sense for today's resource-constrained chemical companies to maintain in-house expertise for specialized projects like safety system analysis and design," he argues. Chemical Processing (1/22)
Manufacturers are using digital twins to monitor equipment, test new processes, identify potential problems and optimize performance. "Being able to simulate and run what-if scenarios [virtually] vs. doing them in the real world delivers far greater efficiency," says General Electric executive John Renick. Automation World online (1/22)
Wireless sensors measure vibrations at AB InBev's plant in Fort Collins, Colo., and the information they send in real time can identify when equipment needs maintenance without waiting for a failure to occur. Executive Tassilo Festetics says the upgrade cost $20,000 and has saved more than $200,000 in six months. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/23)
Supply chain operators can reduce the expense and disruption caused by product recalls by vetting suppliers and using internet of things sensors to spot problems before they occur, among other tactics. Develop a plan for recalls that involves informing customers, fixing the problem and updating inventory, says Gary Barraco of Amber Road. Supply Chain Dive (1/22)
Novoheart combines stem cells and bioengineered tissue with software and hardware analysis to manufacture human hearts for drug-testing applications. The technology is "the only macroscopic human cardiac tissue model on the market that is capable of mimicking fluid pumping similar to a natural heart," writes Adrienne Selko. IndustryWeek (1/22)
Desktop Metal has raised a $160 million Series E round and says it will continue to develop its metal 3D printing technology. The company has raised $438 million. TechCrunch (1/23)