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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

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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

They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.

Jul 23, 2021

Charlie Parker, jazz saxophonist, band leader, composer

Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable on July 30

Jul 23, 2021

The Manufacturing Institute is committed to supporting manufacturers' efforts to build diverse and inclusive workplaces and strengthen equal opportunity in the United States. Join their next D&I Roundtable discussing Recruiting & Retaining Employees with Differing Physical Abilities on Friday, July 30, from noon to 1 p.m. EDT. Please RSVP here.

Why manufacturers need to hire more women

Jul 23, 2021

Gender diversity encourages innovation, problem-solving, and operational and financial success, and manufacturers need to work harder to hire more women at all levels of their organizations, writes Sandvik HR leader Johan Kerstell. Sandvik has set measurable targets for hiring female managers and incorporated gender diversity and inclusion into leadership training. IndustryWeek (7/22)

Exec: Drone inspections are safer, more accurate

Jul 23, 2021

Industrial drones, cloud-based analytics and high-resolution imagery make the technology ideal for use in smart inspections, says Kespry CEO Krishnan Hariharan. "Industries such as mining and aggregates, insurance and industrials can now experience completely touchless surveys and inspections in half the time, while keeping employees safe and keeping organizations compliant to their respective industry standards," Hariharan says. ZDNet (7/23)

Execs: Chip suppliers, automakers need deeper ties

Jul 23, 2021

Automakers and chip suppliers need to revisit their risk-management strategies and potentially focus development on automotive needs, according to a panel discussion involving executives from Analog Devices, Aptiv, Ford and GlobalFoundries. "What it requires is strategic relationships all the way down the chain," says Aptiv President and CEO Kevin Clark. IEEE Spectrum (7/21)

How companies can defend against ransomware attacks

Jul 23, 2021

Ransomware attacks are increasing in frequency, and companies need to safeguard industrial control systems and operational technology both to protect themselves and to avoid regulatory scrutiny, experts say. Grant Geyer of Claroty recommends organizations adopt the "three lines of defense" model, run real-time security exercises and understand where to focus safeguards. TechRepublic (7/22)

Va. county OKs rezoning for Rocket Labs site

Jul 23, 2021

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport plans to build a 150,000-square-foot facility in Accomack County, Va., for manufacturing Rocket Lab's Neutron rocket after receiving zoning approval. The facility would create at least 250 jobs and also manufacture the Electron rocket. The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) (tiered subscription model) (7/23)

Rivian could add a 2nd factory

Jul 23, 2021

Rivian Automotive is already considering a second factory ahead of its Illinois facility's planned production this year of a commercial delivery van for Amazon, an electric pickup truck and an SUV. Engadget (7/22)

Whirlpool monitors prices amid supply, inflation concerns

Jul 23, 2021

Whirlpool reported a 31.7% year-over-year increase in second-quarter sales on Thursday while warning that it could raise prices again on certain products because of inflation worries, says Chief Financial Officer Jim Peters. "We have been pretty predictable in terms of raw materials and pretty stable in terms of our outlook," says Chairman and CEO Marc Blitzer. Yahoo (7/22)

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