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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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Last week, the spread between 10-year and 2-year Treasury bond yields inverted briefly for the first time since June 2007. This spread is an important barometer, as it has historically signaled that a recession could begin in 12 to 18 months. It is important to recognize, however, that the inversion of the yield curve does not necessarily mean that a recession is imminent. The US economy continues to show strength, particularly for consumer spending and in labor markets, and it should grow 2.3% in 2019, with 1.8% growth forecast for 2020. Read more.
STEM labs are sprouting up in shipping containers that Maryland education nonprofit Learning Undefeated has repurposed as Drop Anywhere Labs. The 22- by 8-foot containers can accommodate up to 12 students and host lessons on STEM topics including career paths. Technical.ly (8/16)
An aerospace apprentice program created by Sikorsky Aircraft and the Teamsters union is helping high school and vocational students get experience. The students must maintain their grades, provide letters of recommendation and have good attendance, says Sikorsky executive George Mitchell. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (8/19)
Corporate solar adoption has "surged" over the last few years, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, with companies such as Prologis, Apple, Amazon, Google and Walmart installing solar capacity in the US. Prologis, has just under 127 MW of installed solar, and Matt Singleton, the company's senior vice president of global energy, notes that the REIT is "on pace to surpass our goal of 200 MW of solar capacity by 2020." CNBC (8/14)
Spending on industrial technology needs to include a focus on how pilot projects will scale, says Joachim Breidenthal, a partner with Bain's Advanced Manufacturing & Services practice. Make sure vendor offerings make sense for the business and addresses root causes of the problems being solved, he says. Bain & Co. (8/16)
Reusable transport packaging has the potential to decrease costs while increasing efficiency and being a sustainable solution at the same time, says Mike Hachtman, president and CEO of Relogistics Services. He states, "Thankfully, transport packaging, including reusable containers, pallets and totes, functioning in a mindfully constructed closed loop, can produce efficiencies that transition away from the traditional cost center model." Multichannel Merchant (8/13)
Wyoming has $7.1 billion of wind projects under various stages of development, which will result in 4,700 new jobs, says the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy. "It's really reviving life -- especially in the northeast part of the county, like in Medicine Bow and Elk Mountain," says Carbon County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Cindy Wallace. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (8/17)
Manufacturers are caught up in asking "what" and "why" about blockchain instead of taking action, argues Lisa Caldwell of EY. "Whichever use case you decide upon, the key is to move quickly through the planning phase and get directly into actually piloting something," she writes. Forbes (8/18)