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.
Fireside Chat with ABB and Salesforce
What does the future of Industry 4.0 look like for manufacturers? Watch the exclusive sit down with Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB and Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce. Learn how ABB is applying IoT and AI to connect with their customers in revolutionary ways - and why you should too. Recorded live September 2018.
Webinar: Cybersecurity Forum Highlights & Lessons Learned
What is needed to build an effective cybersecurity strategy for the future? How can manufacturers ensure they are taking steps to improve defenses while building a risk mitigation plan? What recommendations do manufacturing leaders and cybersecurity specialists make to their peers?
Webinar-The Digital Transformation in Manufacturing
Manufacturing is experiencing a significant transformation with digital and IIoT solutions enabling a digital thread solution, connecting enterprise applications like CAD, PLM, ERP and MES as well as machine data. This digital thread across engineering and manufacturing creates an unbroken collection of data woven through the value chain and new IIoT solutions bring in new value opportunities with real-time visibility, predictive analytics and augmented reality experiences.
Webinar: Applying AI to Your Factory Today
In this use case and demo-driven session, manufacturers will see how their peers are using AI to achieve their business objectives today, how today's AI tools are enabling citizen data scientists to build & manage AI solutions at scale, and how manufacturers are overcoming some of the challenges of implementing AI to build the factory of the future. Tuesday, September 24, 2-3pm ET Register now
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
You know there are moments such as these when time stands still and all you do is hold your breath and hope it will wait for you.
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Attracting and retaining a quality workforce 46.15% Maintaining bottom line with trade uncertainties 23.08% Addressing rising health care costs 15.39% Ensuring your supply chain is guarded against cybersecurity breaches 7.69% Gaining a competitive edge by integrating new and emerging technologies 7.69%
World Economic Forum (1/16)
Almost 70% of manufacturers say they will introduce or expand training programs this year, with the industry planning to spend a collective $26.2 billion on upskilling, according to The Manufacturing Institute. "You should know entering manufacturing that your employer is going invest in you, because you are their greatest resource," says Carolyn Lee, the institute's executive director. CNBC (1/17)
The four BIRD technologies -- blockchain, the internet of things, robotic process automation and data science -- can benefit supply chain operations if used together, writes Agility CEO Tarek Sultan Al Essa. World Economic Forum (1/15)
Deciding to make a product can be more expensive for manufacturers than buying it unless all costs are considered, writes Kevin Carson of Firefly Consulting. He recommends comparing the total cost of ownership, considering how making a part fits into a strategic plan, evaluating the real newness of a part and making sure internal costing is accurate. IndustryWeek (1/16)
Firewall vendors have kept their products relevant by adding intrusion prevention system capabilities and other security features, writes Tufin Chairman and CEO Ruvi Kitov. Even with the rise in cloud computing, firewalls remain important for on-premises security and the internet of things, he writes. Dark Reading (free registration) (1/15)
Material forming equipment manufacturer Nidec Minster is looking for companies to acquire that "would be a good strategic fit and help us provide better end-to-end solutions for our customers," says Chief Financial Officer Ron Arling. The company last year spent $8.6 million to expand an Ohio site for remanufacturing. The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (1/16)