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.
Webinar: Press 'GO' on Industry 4.0
Recording. Industry 4.0 is an overarching-and unavoidable-movement in manufacturing, bringing plants, processes, products and people together in entirely new ways. Don't let the technology jargon intimidate you: Industry 4.0 offers real ROI for every manufacturer regardless of its size or current level of digital sophistication. For the middle market, the road to Industry 4.0 is less one of digital revolution than it is of intentional digital maturity linked to business value, where disruptive technology is one small part of broader systemic change.
Webinar: Inside the Mind of a Hacker
Recording. The manufacturing industry continues to be a key target for cyber breaches. Risk factors such as third-party access, limited IT and security resources and staff, and no specific regulated guardrails for cybersecurity policies and procedures contribute. While new vulnerabilities present new vectors to target, attack techniques remain fundamentally the same: discover, analyze, attack and exploit. Assuming attackers will continue to find a way through, the key to reducing risk is understanding how they target and execute their attacks.
Webinar: Strengthening Manufacturers against Cyber Shocks
Recording. Businesses are increasingly interconnected, integrated, and interdependent where innovation and technology convergence is creating opportunity and risk. Wireless networks, mobile devices and apps, social media, cloud services and data analytics have created entirely new ways for businesses to improve. Together, these technologies have created a dynamic, hyper-connected business ecosystem that enables companies to share significantly more digital information with a wider range of partners, suppliers, service providers and customers.
The State of Industrial Internet of Things
Recording. From industry to industry the industrial internet of things is creating tremendous value. This webinar, based on insights from The State of the Industrial IoT, will provide a data driven view into how manufacturers are using IoT to create business value today. This research provides an in-depth analysis of the industries that are leading IoT deployments, how business functions are using IoT, and the types of business value generated.
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
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Manufacturers produced $2.385 trillion in value-added output in the fourth quarter, an all-time high, with the sector accounting for 11.4 percent of real GDP. Adjusting for inflation (in chained 2012 dollars), real value-added output in manufacturing also set a new record. Overall, manufacturing contributed 0.32 percentage points to real GDP growth in the quarter. Read more.
Quaker Windows and Doors plans to open a $65 million facility in Eldon, Mo., and it has partnered with a school district to help interested students prepare for potential careers. Juniors and seniors who take technical education classes through the Eldon Career Center may apply for paid summer internships with Quaker. News Tribune (Jefferson City, Mo.) (4/18)
Standard general liability coverage can provide coverage for environmental damage for which a company may be held accountable. However, for past problems, the policy must have been in place at the time the damage was inflicted, David L. Elkind explains. IndustryWeek (4/19)
Companies in an uncomfortable spotlight contributing to the glut of plastic entering the environment may be able to reduce their plastic output while maintaining or even boosting profits, Alexis Bateman writes. The detergent industry, for example, has shifted to concentrated liquid products that require much less plastic packaging and save on shipping costs as well. Supply Chain Management Review (4/18)
A device developed to help surgeons tasked with leaning over their patients for hours at a time caught the notice of a BMW executive. Levitate Technologies' exoskeleton is now becoming standard equipment on BMW and Toyota assembly lines. Forbes (4/19)
Distribution centers tend to follow quality processes that fall into two categories -- inspections and audits. Smart Gladiator's Puga Sankara explores those categories, as well as other types of checks, and how they identify and address points of failure. EBN (4/19)
Different departments in a supply chain may think their operations are running smoothly, but may be marred by a lack of communication. That was the case at PPG Aerospace until the company adopted integrated business planning, a process developed by management consulting firm Oliver Wight that extends the principles of sales and operations planning to the entire supply chain. IndustryWeek (4/19)
Modern control systems in the oil and gas industry have become increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, such as denial-of-service. Other challenges the industry faces include dealing with multiple technologies, poor maintenance of cybersecurity standards and inadequate cybertraining among vendors and contractors. Rigzone (4/22)