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Internet of things

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Supply Chain

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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

The Center for Manufacturing Research: Combating the Baby Boomer Brain Drain

Jan 23, 2019

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.

Schneider Electric CEO: Manufacturers can have growth, sustainability

Jan 23, 2019

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)

Column: Chemical companies should outsource some safety checks

Jan 23, 2019

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)

Digital twins can help manufacturers avoid downtime

Jan 23, 2019

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)

AB InBev prevents equipment failure with sensors, analytics

Jan 23, 2019

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)

Have a plan in place for product recalls

Jan 23, 2019

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)

Technology powers experimental "heart in-a-jar" manufacturer

Jan 23, 2019

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)

Latest funding round nets $160M for Desktop Metal

Jan 23, 2019

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)

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