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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

Having just the vision's no solution, everything depends on execution.

Nov 30, 2021

Stephen Sondheim, composer, lyricist 1930-2021

Manufacturers Retirement & Savings Plan: Information Session

Nov 30, 2021

Improving workforce retention and quality of talent is an ongoing challenge for manufacturers. One way employers are attracting and retaining workers is by offering more robust benefits, including a retirement plan. Hear about the newest offering for NAM members, a multiple-employer 401(k) and savings plan that saves time and simplifies administration for you as the offering manufacturer but maximizes potential retirement planning for your employees. Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 2-2:30 p.m. ET. Learn more and register here.

Analysis: Manufacturing certificate holders earn more

Nov 30, 2021

Adults who completed entry-level manufacturing certifications enjoyed higher salaries afterward, on average, although only 40% ended up employed in manufacturing, according to an analysis of more than 100,000 certifications issued by two groups from 2005 to 2018. An analysis of the data was recently presented by the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Student Clearinghouse. The Hechinger Report (11/29)

Tackling the tough problem of recycling Li-ion batteries

Nov 30, 2021

Common methods of recycling struggle to recover the valuable lithium in used-up Li-ion batteries that may soon begin to burden the world's junkyards. However, efforts are underway to make the process more efficient and develop standards that can help manufacturers produce batteries whose materials can be more readily recycled. ASME (11/29)

Digital twins offer better predictions, outcomes

Nov 30, 2021

Digital twins not only have the potential to predict maintenance needs, but they can also simulate the effects of different equipment setups, product designs or materials, write CV Ramachandran and Vignesh Ramesh of PA Consulting. "It's important to understand that while accuracy isn't always 100%, especially in the beginning, even at 80% to 90% the digital twin can easily improve outcomes, and will continue to get better as it receives and analyzes more data," they write. SupplyChainBrain (11/28)

Commentary: Auto supply chain faces myriad challenges

Nov 30, 2021

Global auto suppliers are focusing on inputs, labor and logistics to keep costs down during the ongoing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Michael Robinet, executive director of IHS Markit. "Unfortunately, the industry is grappling with the critical near-term challenge of supply chain outages, labor shortages and the unprecedented economics for virtually every raw material input," Robinet writes. SAE International (11/29)

How small US manufacturers are faring in strange times

Nov 30, 2021

Salt Lake City-based DPS Skis had to scramble to find a domestic source of the Paulownia hardwood it uses in its skis after supply chain delays cut off its supply from China. Similarly, many small manufacturers in the US are enjoying strong demand for domestic products while struggling to source the materials they need, factors that are driving up costs and, often, consumer prices. The New York Times (11/29)

Texas manufacturing data in Nov. is mostly positive

Nov 30, 2021

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' November survey of Texas manufacturing showed increases from October in production, new orders, shipments and capacity utilization, though general business activity fell. The raw materials reading hit an all-time high. MarketWatch (tiered subscription model) (11/29)

Looking at Haier's GE Appliances buy 5 years later

Nov 30, 2021

GE Appliances has simplified its organizational structure, increased local decision-making power, added headcount and grown market share since being acquired in 2015 by Haier Group. "You see a real winning spirit with the employees now," says GE Appliances CEO Kevin Nolan. The Wall Street Journal (11/30)

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