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
It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative.
Michael Collins, astronaut, crew member of the Apollo 11 moon mission
The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte report in their 2018 Skills Gap in Manufacturing Study the skills shortage could risk $2.5 trillion in manufacturing GPD over the next decade. This is a major issue the manufacturing industry can expect to face if changes aren't implemented soon enough to combat the skills gap. The Manufacturing Institute drives programs and research to promote modern manufacturing and jumpstart new approaches to growing manufacturing talent through a series of initiatives--including MFG Day, STEP Women's initiative, and Heroes Make America -- to close that existing gap.
A shortage of technology workers and the growing prominence of remote work mean companies must offer that option to get the best people, writes Roberto Torres. Nearly half of software developers in a Digital Ocean survey said being able to work remotely was their top criteria for choosing a job. CIO Dive (7/18)
Teenagers in Michigan are learning mechanical technology skills in a "You Can Build It" manufacturing camp. The two-week program teaches students skills in welding, design, fabrication and more. WLUC-TV (Negaunee, Mich.) (7/18)
Environmental engineering will be one of the most important ways the world addresses sustainability and problems posed by changing climate. Michael Gigante explores what environmental engineers do as well as their positive contributions to society and the market for their services. G2 Crowd (7/18)
Dell has used 100 million pounds of recovered materials since 2014 to manufacture its products, the majority of which has been recycled plastic, according to a company announcement. Last year, Dell used 7.7 million pounds of post-consumer plastics and over 18,000 pounds of high-density polyethylene that was likely to otherwise end up in the sea. Plastics Recycling Update (7/17)
Manufacturers can increase efficiency with logistics by placing distribution hubs in strategic locations, researching greener packaging options and creating a database of information on what products are most popular where, writes Mark Howard of EU Automation. Staying updated and sharing that information with colleagues is also vital, he writes. New Equipment Digest (7/17)
Once artificial intelligence becomes virtually universal, human interactions, work and even morality will look different, writes Alex Bates. "There's an essential 'unlocking' waiting for humanity right around the corner, and AI is going to help us get there," he writes. CIO (free registration) (7/18)
Aerosport Modeling and Design has expanded its additive manufacturing business over the past four years in response to growing customer demand. 3D printing enables Aerosport to build more complex parts. The Fabricator online (7/18)