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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

I like the challenges of doing different things. It keeps things fresh for me.

Jun 25, 2019

James Iha, guitarist with Smashing Pumpkins

STEP Forward: Calling All #MFGWomen in Wichita

Jun 25, 2019

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 ajorgenson@nam.org.

Pa. STEM teachers learn about local manufacturing jobs

Jun 25, 2019

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)

Will IIoT lead to higher unemployment?

Jun 25, 2019

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)

Procurement moves out from behind a desk

Jun 25, 2019

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)

How to prepare a critical infrastructure plan

Jun 25, 2019

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)

Ben & Jerry's exhibit focuses on criminal justice system

Jun 25, 2019

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)

U.S. Steel to idle 2 furnaces but maintain production goals

Jun 25, 2019

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 completes upgrades at Chicago plants

Jun 25, 2019

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)

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