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Be part of a discussion that could deliver transformational insights and solutions for your business and stay on the leading edge of manufacturing.
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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Industrial transformation requires forethought and planning to bring people along with the new methods and technology being introduced, writes LNS Research senior associate Mehul Shah. Shah explores the role of organization in the process and concludes that "thoughtful operational architecture ... is the only way to ensure everyone has access to and can apply data from existing assets, people, processes, technologies and products." Automation World online (4/19)
The coming of artificial intelligence has generated high expectations as well as fears that AI machines will displace their human counterparts, writes Mark Buchanan. But it's becoming clear that AI has notable limitations that make the technology critically dependent on the human element and more useful as a help to mankind rather than a replacement. Yahoo (4/22)
Industry 4.0 digital technologies are succeeding the application of various lean philosophies to drive continued improvements in manufacturing. Nukon senior consultant Kim Faddaman explores five competencies central to achieving digital maturity: automated workflow, decision support, mobility, workforce upskilling and change management. Automation World online (4/22)
Digital marketplaces create an ideal opportunity for procurement leaders because they make price and stock comparison across suppliers easy to do, writes Ian Nethercot. There are challenges, however, such as differences in regulations and standards along with security and data dangers, but they can be avoided by managing marketplace selection. Supply Chain Digital online (4/18)
Automation has helped remove silos in purchasing and inventory control, and today, smart warehouse systems are beginning to transform the entire supply chain, Motion Industries' Joe Limbaugh says. "Couple [smart technology] with a practice that unites all supply chain departments under one structure, and you can see how the game has changed," Limbaugh says. Smart Industry (4/22)
Edge devices with their ability to process data locally present advantages in the internet of things over cloud analytics, but also may introduce security vulnerabilities. Nanolock Security Vice President Yoni Kahana discusses how cloud-to-flash technology solutions can thwart software attacks by protecting contents in the flash and monitoring end-point device status. Engineering (4/22)
Manufacturers with valuable proprietary knowledge and vulnerable supply chains are prime targets for cyberattacks also drawn by the convergence of operations technology with information technology networks. To effectively guard against cyberthreats, it's important to understand what motivates the malefactors and concentrate your defenses at the most inviting points, cybersecurity executive Brian Wrozek writes. IndustryWeek (4/22)
Proctor & Gamble has begun selling limited quantities of water-free soap swatches on a new website that offers both laundry detergent and hand soap, and plans to add limited-quantity sets of six more items in June. The products have been under development for years, but the company has not yet decided if they will be available under an existing P&G brand or if a new brand will be created. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/22)