Leading Edge Is AnExclusive Thought Leadership Program
that brings executives from companies of all sizes together with leading business luminaries to focus on emerging business issues and trends critical in today’s manufacturing landscape. Hear from notable industry leaders and subject matter experts as they deliver the latest perspectives on mission-critical topics impacting manufacturing operations and business.
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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Students who operate a manufacturing business at a Wisconsin high school are creating medals, mugs, keychains and other items for an annual sled dog race. Students designed the items, and some were manufactured on campus. Superior Telegram (Wis.) (2/15)
Manufacturers wanting to hire through social media should hire great communicators to manage those channels, be clear about any hiring legalities involved and use a range of platforms to find new hires, Joy Duce of Sikich writes. "Manufacturers who are new to social media will want to start with a very targeted social media strategy, involving only one or two channels," Duce writes. IndustryWeek (2/14)
Smart manufacturing technology can help companies become more environmentally and economically sustainable while showing that they are socially responsible as well. Productivity can be improved and costs can be reduced through the implementation of analytical technology, and teams can be empowered to make sustainability dreams into realities, John Clemons writes. Forbes (2/13)
From 2012 to 2017, sustainability practices in companies within most industries in MSCI's environmental, social and governance ratings "have converged over time," Harvard researchers found. This implies that corporate sustainability is seen more as a strategic necessity than a differentiator that provides a competitive advantage. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (2/11)
A high level of quality is the key to reducing automotive recalls, according to this McKinsey & Co. analysis. The authors discuss the main types of recalls and four steps manufacturers and suppliers can take to improve quality, while reducing costs related to warranties. McKinsey (2/2019)
The new report "Life Inside the Perimeter: Understanding the Modern CISO" states that approximately 17% of cybersecurity workers are using drugs or alcohol to help cope with on-the-job stress, including the growing need for more cyberexperts. Ninety-one percent of those surveyed said stress was moderate or high, and more than half said there was little separation between their work and home lives. Forbes (2/15)
Private equity investors can be a positive addition to metal fabricating companies if they contribute the right resources and energy, according to Hi-Grade Welding & Manufacturing President and CEO William Downey. Such investors can help organizations think about their financial operations in a new way while helping to identify opportunities for improvement in deliveries, quality and other areas. The Fabricator online (2/13)
Liquor maker Brown-Forman overhauled its digital and data strategy during the past few years and now can use data analytics to monitor everything from pricing to batch production, says Chief Information Officer Tim Nall. "We've really shown how having this information available in real time on any advice gives us a competitive advantage when we're engaging with our customers," he says. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/14)