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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.
Fireside Chat with ABB and Salesforce
What does the future of Industry 4.0 look like for manufacturers? Watch the exclusive sit down with Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB and Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce. Learn how ABB is applying IoT and AI to connect with their customers in revolutionary ways - and why you should too. Recorded live September 2018.
Webinar: Cybersecurity Forum Highlights & Lessons Learned
What is needed to build an effective cybersecurity strategy for the future? How can manufacturers ensure they are taking steps to improve defenses while building a risk mitigation plan? What recommendations do manufacturing leaders and cybersecurity specialists make to their peers?
Webinar-The Digital Transformation in Manufacturing
Manufacturing is experiencing a significant transformation with digital and IIoT solutions enabling a digital thread solution, connecting enterprise applications like CAD, PLM, ERP and MES as well as machine data. This digital thread across engineering and manufacturing creates an unbroken collection of data woven through the value chain and new IIoT solutions bring in new value opportunities with real-time visibility, predictive analytics and augmented reality experiences.
Webinar: Applying AI to Your Factory Today
In this use case and demo-driven session, manufacturers will see how their peers are using AI to achieve their business objectives today, how today's AI tools are enabling citizen data scientists to build & manage AI solutions at scale, and how manufacturers are overcoming some of the challenges of implementing AI to build the factory of the future. Tuesday, September 24, 2-3pm ET Register now
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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Manufacturers should offer part-time work to meet the desires of retirees and workers ages 56 and older, according to a survey by the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance. Three in four older workers at least 20 hours a week, while an equal percentage of manufacturer respondents said they can't locate enough talent. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (2/20)
Robotics and artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the nature of manufacturing work and require the learning of new skills, writes Adrienne Selko. She notes that manufacturers are ahead of the curve with employee training, educational partnerships and apprenticeships, but smaller manufacturers may struggle to adopt these efforts. IndustryWeek (2/24)
Additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing technologies can help the industry improve its sustainability performance through flexibility and automation, writes Ric Fulop, CEO of Desktop Metal. He lists four ways this can happen, including assembly consolidation and circular manufacturing. World Economic Forum (2/24)
Once 5G becomes widespread, manufacturers will use 5G internet of things units for autonomous vehicles, augmented reality and other purposes, this McKinsey analysis predicts. Manufacturers should also be watching how 5G IoT is being used by their B2B customers. McKinsey (2/2020)
Uncertainty created by the coronavirus is disrupting internal logistics in China, weakening domestic demand and interrupting global trade flows as companies cancel or re-route shipments going in and out of the country, writes Morgan Condon. "Around 1.5m tonnes of [polyethylene] demand may be lost from the coronavirus outbreak if it can be controlled and downstream industries resume operations at a 70-80% rate by the second half of March," said Amy Yu of ICIS Asia Petrochemical Analytics. ICIS News (UK) (free content) (2/24)
Prefabricated homes manufacturer Dvele has announced all of its future homes will be self-powered and require 84% less energy per square foot than conventional homes. The homes will generate their own electricity using solar panels and store it in built-in battery storage systems, allowing homeowners to choose not to connect to electrical grids. CleanTechnica (2/20)
The Toyota Production System only works when used with the pull method of production, writes former Toyota production leader Phil Ledbetter. He lists several steps to implement this method, including knowing the required production rate and pulling subassemblies, component parts and batch-built parts. IndustryWeek (2/24)