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Internet of things

Explore challenges and opportunities of IOT to maximize performance.

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Sustainability

Enable proactive business strategies around resources to optimize results.

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Supply Chain

Improve quality and efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance customer service with innovation in this area

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Cybersecurity

Assess and manage risks associated with increasing digitized processes and products.

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Growth

Discover trends and changes that impact workforce, talent, and the intersection with technology

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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

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.

Apr 23, 2019

H. Jackson Brown Jr., author April is National Volunteer Month

Bring your team along when introducing transformation

Apr 23, 2019

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)

AI far from a replacement for human beings

Apr 23, 2019

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)

5 competencies key to digital maturity

Apr 23, 2019

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 could be ideal for procurement industry

Apr 23, 2019

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)

Tech catching up with the supply chain

Apr 23, 2019

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)

Cloud-to-flash protects IoT edge devices

Apr 23, 2019

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)

Column: The importance of knowing your cyberattack enemy

Apr 23, 2019

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)

P&G launches website for water-free soap swatches

Apr 23, 2019

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)

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