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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: 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: 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
Jhumpa Lahiri, writer
Community colleges in California are addressing the skills gap in manufacturing by offering "stackable credentials" and certifications to help students find a sustainable career path. Programs largely focus on advanced manufacturing, including 3D printing, and online classes offer lifelong learning opportunities to workers who need them. EE Times (11/18)
Johnson & Johnson's Re-Ignite program for people who left the workforce and want to return has successfully helped 40 people pursue manufacturing, design and STEM careers in its first two years. The program has employees immediately enter the workplace rather than be relegated to separate training, and 90% of participants come from outside the company. HR Dive (11/19)
Training workers in ergonomics has to be done more quickly now due to time constraints, and blended learning that involves creating, applying and practicing guidelines in a e-learning format is a good strategy, writes Jeff Sanford of VelocityEHS. EHS Today (11/19)
Step stool manufacturer Safety Step simplified its order processing and cut back on manual data entry by adopting two software systems. The company previously made communication with and shipments to its warehouses easier with a third platform. Digital Commerce 360 (11/19)
Converging operational technology and IT is difficult in terms of technology and language, writes Rick Peters of Fortinet. Doing so requires creating an integrated strategy, analyzing and redesigning OT networks and evaluating and auditing IT systems, he writes. IndustryWeek (11/19)
Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Unilever are forgoing long lag times between product concept and rollout and are instead utilizing "lean innovation" by offering new items to consumers via social media ads and other channels to gauge consumer interest and gather feedback prior to rollout, writes Jack Neff. The technique has been such as success P&G had used it for 180 product launches, including its Charmin Forever Roll, which was tested via Facebook and Instagram ads. Ad Age (tiered subscription model) (11/18)
Executives from the Small and Medium Manufacturers Group identified four areas to watch at a recent National Association of Manufacturers meeting, including finding skilled labor and the factory of the future. The Creators Wanted campaign is "a $10 million dollar effort with the Manufacturing Institute and others in the industry to go on tour and engage youth and their parents, to help change the perception of manufacturing," says HM Manufacturing President and CEO Nicole Wolter. Forbes (11/19)
Manufacturing and supply chain operations have the most to gain from adopting new technology solutions, and the most effective way to do so is by trying them out at a single "lighthouse," according to this McKinsey analysis. Such sites will help industrial companies "redesign processes throughout their organizations and focus on increasing margins by combining the most effective solutions," the analysis says. McKinsey (11/2019)