Leading Edge Is An Exclusive 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.

Events

See All Events

Topics

Internet of things

Explore challenges and opportunities of IOT to maximize performance.

Internet of things
Sponsored by

Sustainability

Enable proactive business strategies around resources to optimize results.

Sustainability
Sponsored by

Supply Chain

Improve quality and efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance customer service with innovation in this area

Supply Chain
Sponsored by

Cybersecurity

Assess and manage risks associated with increasing digitized processes and products.

Cybersecurity
Sponsored by

Growth

Discover trends and changes that impact workforce, talent, and the intersection with technology

Growth
Sponsored by

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
See All Resources

Powering Innovation in Manufacturing

How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.

Oct 18, 2019

John Burroughs, naturalist, nature essayist

Avoiding Fines and Penalties for Non-Compliance

Oct 18, 2019

Identifying all of the environmental, health or safety regulations that apply to a manufacturing plant may be challenging, but not knowing the requirements will not avoid potentially costly fines and penalties. Expert Laura Andrew from Dakota Software gave an example of sugar dust leading to an explosion at a sugar refinery - meaning that the sugar refinery needed to follow regulations for combustible materials. Learn more about how a manufacturer can use a simple decision-tree in plain language to wade through the requirements and more in the full interview.

When to consider shared apprenticeship programs

Oct 18, 2019

Collaborative apprenticeship programs involving multiple manufacturers and partners can attract more participants and local investment, but conflict can arise when companies compete for the same people, says Johann Fortwengel of King's College London. IndustryWeek (10/17)

Manufacturer mixes experience and youth in its hiring

Oct 18, 2019

Fluid power manufacturer Kocsis Technologies needed a fresh look, so it changed its company culture to emphasize accountability and went out of its way to hire younger engineering and production employees as well as older, experienced salespeople, writes business development manager Paul Kocsis. The company also improved its brand messaging and offers continuing education opportunities. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (10/17)

One man's quest to solve the world's garbage problem

Oct 18, 2019

Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle, is on a mission to combat the world's plastic waste problem by encouraging consumers to move from single-use to reusable packaging models through an initiative known as Loop. Despite the high risks, Szaky has managed to win the support of companies like Clorox, Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Nestle, and believes the convenience factor will determine the success of the model. CNN (10/11)

Biometric security devices provide actionable employee data

Oct 18, 2019

Small and midsized businesses such as machine shops are increasingly using wearable biometric security devices to track employees on the job and collect data that managers can use to optimize processes, Marla Keene writes. The devices can also prevent workers from operating machinery they aren't trained for. American Machinist (free registration) (10/17)

What's needed for excellent just-in-time manufacturing?

Oct 18, 2019

Just-in-time manufacturing has become so common that in order to stand out, manufacturers need to excel at timing and customer service, which they can do with the help of key performance indicators, Amanda Loudin writes. Manufacturers should also work with reliable suppliers that can keep up with demand, says reverse logistics expert Robert Lee Gordon. Supply Chain Dive (10/15)

HP Enterprise boosts web traffic with e-commerce platform for partners

Oct 18, 2019

Hewlett Packard Enterprise kept its dealer partners under one roof when it created its e-commerce platform, allowing buyers to shop from partners while remaining on the HP Enterprise website. Over the past two years, the move has led to increased visits, higher average order value and sales leads, and more time spent on site. B2B E-Commerce World (free registration) (10/16)

Lean Six Sigma uses data analysis for far-reaching improvements

Oct 18, 2019

The lean Six Sigma approach uses the overlap to improve efficiency through greater use of data analysis, Back2Basics principal Jeff Sipes writes. "You can do one without the other, of course, but if you look at them entirely separately, you miss the synergy between them," he writes. The Fabricator online (10/18)

Subscribe to NAM Leading Edge SmartBrief