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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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Monday Economic Report

Aug 19, 2019

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.

Shipping containers are converted to mobile STEM labs

Aug 19, 2019

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)

Sikorsky, Teamsters create aerospace pre-apprenticeships

Aug 19, 2019

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)

Prologis, other companies race to expand solar capacity

Aug 19, 2019

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)

Make sure tech purchases can scale

Aug 19, 2019

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 is making a difference

Aug 19, 2019

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)

Report: Wyo. wind industry stands to generate 4,700 new jobs

Aug 19, 2019

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)

Commentary: Manufacturers need to embrace blockchain

Aug 19, 2019

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)

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