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
James Iha, guitarist with Smashing Pumpkins
Manufacturing Institute and Arconic Foundation present Science, Technology, Engineering, & Production (STEP) Forward: Wichita, a free networking event to promote diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace. There will be a panel discussion with industry leaders to discuss work culture, workplace flexibility and many more topics. RSVP to join us on Wednesday, July 17 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Central time. For more information or to host an event in your region, please contact AJ Jorgenson at email@example.com.
Lehigh Carbon Community College in Pennsylvania brought in a dozen local teachers interested in helping students pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to tour area manufacturing facilities, including Lutron Electronics, Mack Trucks and B. Braun Medical, to see what careers will be available for students when they graduate. The teachers will also be involved in a project aimed at helping them design on-point STEM curriculum. Lehigh Valley Business (Bethlehem, Pa.) (6/25)
Some fear that automation will eliminate the job of the average industrial worker, but only 9% of jobs are predicted to be fully automated, says researcher Georgios Petropoulos. He notes that low-to-medium skilled workers will mostly be affected by industrial internet of things, but new jobs in other sectors will balance out unemployment. Electronic Design (6/25)
The job of a chief procurement officer has evolved and is now less about purchasing and more about working with other C-suite executives, says Marcell Vollmer, SAP Ariba's chief digital officer. "One very important thing that AI does is simply automate certain parts of the procurement process, which frees up CPOs to be concentrated on more strategic activities and look at organizational trends outside their own department," he says. B2B E-Commerce World (free registration) (6/24)
Three of the four last presidents issued directives to create plans to protect critical US infrastructure, of which 85% is owned privately. There are four key steps to preparing your infrastructure in case of emergency, writes Ernie Hayden, who offers a step-by-step guide to registering with the government. TechTarget (free registration) (6/24)
An art installation looking at the effects of mass incarceration will be on display at Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., through next June. "It's rare for companies to have organizing theories, but our way of organizing and trying to drive social impact and systemic change is by increasing awareness around systemic issues, engaging our fan base on those issues, and ultimately encouraging them to take action," says Jabari Paul of Ben & Jerry's. Fast Company online (6/24)
United States Steel will idle two furnaces next month, one in Gary, Ind., and one near Detroit, for maintenance and upgrades. The company says it will still reach a 5% increase in production this year because of upgrades to other plants as part of $1.5 billion renovation program. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/25)
Ford completed $1 billion in upgrades at its two Chicago plants, including new body and paint shops, a revamped cafeteria and break room, and improved parking security. The latest Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles will be produced at the plants, where 500 jobs were added. WLS-TV (Chicago) (6/25)