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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

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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

Madam, you ask me how I compose. I compose sitting down.

Dec 6, 2019

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer

Tech is transforming the oil and gas workforce

Dec 6, 2019

The digitalization and automation of the oil and natural gas industry is starting to disrupt roles, with tech workers and job titles such as data scientist, user experience designer and agile coach becoming ever more common as blue-collar jobs become obsolete. Companies like Enbridge and Baker Hughes are counting on tech pros to streamline operations and boost profits. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (12/5)

Eaton promotes manufacturing career development

Dec 6, 2019

Electrical systems manufacturer Eaton has training centers and labs at colleges in Houston and Pittsburgh that recruit workers for various careers. The company also has training centers for entry- and mid-level employees and is involved with STEM programs. IndustryWeek (12/4)

Column: Utilities are leading the way on decarbonization

Dec 6, 2019

Three of the nation's largest utilities -- Duke Energy, American Electric Power and Xcel Energy -- are leading the way on decarbonization and have set goals to eliminate carbon use by 2050, writes Aaron Larson. While the shift mirrors the views of many lawmakers, their efforts to embrace wind and other renewables indicate the transition is driven by market forces and not policies, he writes. Power Magazine (12/2019)

Many manufacturers think they're trailing in technology

Dec 6, 2019

The majority of manufacturing managers and operations professionals said their companies are pursuing industrial internet of things-related technology modernization to some degree, according to an Automation World survey. Nearly half said they trail their peers in introducing such technologies. Automation World online (12/5)

These 4 steps allow effective use of IIoT with supply chain

Dec 6, 2019

Introducing the industrial internet of things to the supply chain can provide more visibility and improve efficiency, writes Boris Shiklo, chief technology officer at ScienceSoft. He lists four steps to follow, starting with evaluating current visibility, then introducing a flexible IIoT solution. Supply Chain Management Review (12/5)

Nissan announces unpaid furlough for US

Dec 6, 2019

Nissan will put all US employees on an unpaid two-day furlough at the beginning of January and reduce employee travel expenditures as Nissan deals with declining sales. The automaker's US sales are down 7.8% this year through November. Automotive News (tiered subscription model) (12/4)

Surgeon's curiosity led to successful manufacturing startup

Dec 6, 2019

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Justin Saliman combined his medical expertise with entrepreneurial curiosity to create suturing company Ceterix Orthopedics, which he sold to Smith & Nephew this year for $105 million. "The reason I chose to combine business and medicine is I knew I wanted to be able to make a positive health impact on a macro level," he says. Forbes (12/5)

Stratasys' success comes from co-founder's "internal fire to innovate"

Dec 6, 2019

3D-printing company Stratasys, with $660 million in annual revenue, is fueled by co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer Scott Crump's ideas and energy, colleagues say. "Part of why he's so successful as a leader is his open-door policy and his appreciation for every person's role, as well as his internal fire to innovate," says executive Dick Anderson. The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (12/6)

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