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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

Challenge yourself; it's the only path which leads to growth.

Apr 2, 2020

Morgan Freeman, actor, narrator

How Frito-Lay supports women entrepreneurs

Apr 2, 2020

With only 3% of venture capital funding allocated to women-run startups last year, Frito-Lay is partnering with an artificial intelligence-enabled network for women entrepreneurs, according to Ciara Dilley, vice president of marketing for Frito-Lay Transform Brands & Portfolio Innovation. The online platform called Alice features a "WomanMade" section that offers free resources, such as mentoring and other support. FoodNavigator (4/1)

TechnipFMC innovates to curb cracker emissions

Apr 2, 2020

TechnipFMC has patented two new radiant coil products for steam cracker furnaces that may be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Powering crackers with renewables such as wind and solar also has the potential to reduce emissions and lower costs, writes Gerald Ondrey. Chemical Engineering magazine (4/2020)

Survey: CFOs more interested in supply chain diversity

Apr 2, 2020

Chief financial officers are concerned about supply chain disruptions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic and are considering suppliers in more countries, according to a PwC survey. However, CFOs are uncertain as to whether they will actually do so, the survey found. Supply Chain Dive (3/31)

CEOs: Focus on containment, health care manufacturing

Apr 2, 2020

Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky says until a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is available, the only thing that will bring confidence to Americans is knowing the virus can be contained, so the emphasis must be on hygiene, quarantine and social distancing to stop the spread. Henry Schein CEO Stan Bergman, whose company provides products to dentists, office-based providers and clinics, said the US needs to expand production capacity because other countries are restricting the movement of health care products. Fortune (tiered subscription model) (3/31)

Texas-based company makes face shields with local parts

Apr 2, 2020

San Antonio-based plastics manufacturer Helmy Associates & Co. has sold 5,000 face shields for health care workers in the first week of production. The shields are made of components from local companies, and CEO Mona Helmy has hired temporary workers to meet demand. The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (4/1)

Under Armour creates no-sew masks for medical workers

Apr 2, 2020

Apparel manufacturer Under Armour has begun producing disposable face masks at a Baltimore lab-turned-factory to be used by health care workers. The one-piece masks are made without sewing, and the company hopes to produce 100,000 each week. Fast Company online (4/2)

3D printing helps meet need for coronavirus equipment

Apr 2, 2020

Manufacturers large and small, as well as organizations such as NASCAR and even individuals, are using 3D printing to make protective masks, ventilators, respirators and other equipment needed to combat the coronavirus. "I can't make N95 masks, I can't make ventilators, but I sure as hell can make face shields," says Adam Gainer, a graduate student and engineer. Fox News (4/1)

If you can't go straight ahead, you go around the corner.

Apr 1, 2020

Cher, singer, entertainer, actress

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