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
Arlene Pieper, first woman to finish a US marathon (Pikes Peak Marathon, 1959) March is Women's History Month
The automotive industry is male-dominated, but has opportunities for women who can push past the challenges, learn and listen, and work hard, says Ginger Butz of Morey. "If there's a working team, we need to make sure we're taking leadership roles," she says. Forbes (3/19)
BP executives meet regularly with younger employees for insights on technology and dealing with change. Bernard Looney, BP's upstream CEO, regularly meets with 26-year-old petrophysicist Connor Tann, with both employees benefiting from the different perspective. Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (3/18)
A variety of automation and robotic-assist technologies are helping warehouses become more efficient and respond to a shortage of human labor, says Adam Kline of Manhattan Associates. Robots provide an extra challenge because they are mobile and can get in the way of humans, he notes. Manufacturing (3/20)
If companies are going to invest enough money to adequately defend against cyberthreats, chief information security officers need to approach boards with a clear picture of the risks they are taking if they don't have tight security in place. In meetings, anticipate questions, be transparent about existing vulnerabilities and focus on the potential business impacts of investments in security, as well as the potential risks of inaction. CSO (free registration) (3/19)
Increased connectivity on the shop floor leaves manufacturers more vulnerable to cyberattacks, says Deloitte partner Sean Peasley. "All of a sudden, I've got 12,000 pipeline sensors that are on my network, and I need to treat them as I would any other device" in terms of security, says Matt Watchinski of Cisco-owned Talos. Roll Call (free content) (3/20)
T&S Brass & Bronze Works in Travelers Rest, S.C., is always finding new ways to grow and improve, even though it already ships 89% of orders within 24 hours with minimal inventory. The company's optimizations include using an LED projector to remind employees about forklift traffic, regular employee rotations to prevent ergonomic injuries and the adoption of ISO 9001:2015 certification. IndustryWeek (3/19)
Ford Motor announced plans to build an autonomous-vehicle plant in Michigan as part of its $900 million investment in vehicle manufacturing in the state. The new plant will incorporate commercial-grade hybrid vehicles with autonomous-driving technology to produce autonomous vehicles. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/20)