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Internet of things

Explore challenges and opportunities of IOT to maximize performance.

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Sustainability

Enable proactive business strategies around resources to optimize results.

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Supply Chain

Improve quality and efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance customer service with innovation in this area

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Cybersecurity

Assess and manage risks associated with increasing digitized processes and products.

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Growth

Discover trends and changes that impact workforce, talent, and the intersection with technology

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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

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Feb 15, 2019

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Students make merchandise for sled dog race

Feb 15, 2019

Students who operate a manufacturing business at a Wisconsin high school are creating medals, mugs, keychains and other items for an annual sled dog race. Students designed the items, and some were manufactured on campus. Superior Telegram (Wis.) (2/15)

Social networks can help manufacturers discover talent

Feb 15, 2019

Manufacturers wanting to hire through social media should hire great communicators to manage those channels, be clear about any hiring legalities involved and use a range of platforms to find new hires, Joy Duce of Sikich writes. "Manufacturers who are new to social media will want to start with a very targeted social media strategy, involving only one or two channels," Duce writes. IndustryWeek (2/14)

Smart technology helps manufacturers become more sustainable

Feb 15, 2019

Smart manufacturing technology can help companies become more environmentally and economically sustainable while showing that they are socially responsible as well. Productivity can be improved and costs can be reduced through the implementation of analytical technology, and teams can be empowered to make sustainability dreams into realities, John Clemons writes. Forbes (2/13)

Study: Corporate sustainability practices are converging

Feb 15, 2019

From 2012 to 2017, sustainability practices in companies within most industries in MSCI's environmental, social and governance ratings "have converged over time," Harvard researchers found. This implies that corporate sustainability is seen more as a strategic necessity than a differentiator that provides a competitive advantage. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (2/11)

Vehicle quality is key to fewer recalls, less costly warranties

Feb 15, 2019

A high level of quality is the key to reducing automotive recalls, according to this McKinsey & Co. analysis. The authors discuss the main types of recalls and four steps manufacturers and suppliers can take to improve quality, while reducing costs related to warranties. McKinsey (2/2019)

Cybersecurity pros self-medicate to cope with stress

Feb 15, 2019

The new report "Life Inside the Perimeter: Understanding the Modern CISO" states that approximately 17% of cybersecurity workers are using drugs or alcohol to help cope with on-the-job stress, including the growing need for more cyberexperts. Ninety-one percent of those surveyed said stress was moderate or high, and more than half said there was little separation between their work and home lives. Forbes (2/15)

The right private equity investors can help metal fabricators improve

Feb 15, 2019

Private equity investors can be a positive addition to metal fabricating companies if they contribute the right resources and energy, according to Hi-Grade Welding & Manufacturing President and CEO William Downey. Such investors can help organizations think about their financial operations in a new way while helping to identify opportunities for improvement in deliveries, quality and other areas. The Fabricator online (2/13)

Q&A: Data informs everything for Jack Daniel's maker

Feb 15, 2019

Liquor maker Brown-Forman overhauled its digital and data strategy during the past few years and now can use data analytics to monitor everything from pricing to batch production, says Chief Information Officer Tim Nall. "We've really shown how having this information available in real time on any advice gives us a competitive advantage when we're engaging with our customers," he says. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/14)

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