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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

SmartBrief will not publish Thursday and Friday

Nov 25, 2020

In observance of Thanksgiving in the US, SmartBrief will not publish Thursday and Friday. Publication will resume Monday.

Q&A: How manufacturers can meet employee needs

Nov 25, 2020

People-first practices such as providing flexible work schedules, financial benefits and career advancement are needed to recruit and retain good workers amid the pandemic, says Kylene Zenk, director of the manufacturing practice at HR specialist UKG. Manufacturers have found success by expanding their candidate pool to emphasize "veterans, second-chance workers, individuals graduating from nonprofit job placement programs, persons with disabilities or special needs, refugees, retirees, and others," Zenk says. Area Development online (11/24)

How to improve onsite energy management

Nov 25, 2020

Onsite battery storage and forecasting tools can help industrial companies reduce energy costs, automate energy management and improve resilience, writes Larsh Johnson, chief technology officer at Stem. IndustryWeek (11/23)

In-house vs. outsourcing options for indirect procurement

Nov 25, 2020

McKinsey reviews the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing indirect procurement and how insourcing can be achieved in stages. "Companies can capture most of these gains within 12 to 18 months, and continue to capture annual cost reductions of about four percent after the transformation," the authors write. McKinsey (11/24)

The challenge of creating a cold chain for vaccines

Nov 25, 2020

Supply chain and pharmaceutical companies are working on the cold chain that will be needed to transport vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech that will require consistent temperatures from the manufacturer to the clinic. This article outlines the both the innovation as well as the potential obstacles vaccine distribution chains will face. Vox (11/16)

BWX using 3D printing for superalloy reactor parts

Nov 25, 2020

BWX Technologies has developed new 3D-printing techniques for the manufacture of high-temperature superalloys and refractory metals suitable for making nuclear reactor components. BWXT says using refractory metal alloy-based parts could help advanced reactors reach core exit temperatures of 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit and improve plant efficiencies by 50%. 3D Printing Media Network (11/24)

3D-printed rocket startup Relativity Space raises $500M

Nov 25, 2020

Relativity Space, a startup that aims to use 3D printing to make rockets that will deliver payloads into Earth orbit, raised $500 million in its Series D funding round, led by Tiger Global Management and including an investment from Fidelity Management & Research. The company expects to launch its first rocket from Florida next year. GeekWire (11/23)

Commerce Dept.: Oct. durable goods orders up 1.3%

Nov 25, 2020

The Commerce Department reported a 1.3% uptick in US orders for durable manufactured goods in October, down from September's 2.1% gain. Meanwhile, orders for non-defense capital goods minus aircraft were up 0.7% last month after a 1.9% increase in September. The Associated Press (11/25)

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