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Internet of things

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Sustainability

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Supply Chain

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Cybersecurity

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Growth

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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

Aging human workforce incentivizes automation

Jan 19, 2022

The imperative to replace older workers is a major factor behind the adoption of industrial robotics, according to a new study. Human aging drives about 35% of the world's automation transition, topping incentives provided by advances in technology for such common areas as welding, assembly and transportation, according to MIT professor and research co-author Daron Acemoglu. ASME (1/18)

ExxonMobil pledges net-zero emissions by 2050

Jan 19, 2022

ExxonMobil on Tuesday unveiled plans to achieve net-zero emissions across its global operations by 2050, bringing its climate goals closer in line with that of BP, Shell and Chevron. The goal does not include consumer use, or Scope 3, emissions. The Hill (1/18)

Shippers struggle as ocean freight rates soar

Jan 19, 2022

Ocean freight carriers earned about $150 billion last year, about nine times as much as in 2020, and that growth is expected to continue, thanks to higher spot and long-term contract rates. Shippers struggling to pay the higher costs are asking regulators to examine carriers' practices, and economists say the increased rates may make inflation worse. SupplyChainBrain (1/19)

COVID-19 cases sideline West Coast supply chain workers

Jan 19, 2022

Dockworkers, truckers and warehouse workers along the West Coast have been hit hard by confirmed COVID-19 cases this month, says Jim McKenna, CEO of Pacific Maritime Association. Separately, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have delayed a fee on idle import containers to Jan. 21, the 11th such delay as officials report progress on clearing aging containers. Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.) (1/17)

3D printing advance may disrupt large-scale manufacturing

Jan 19, 2022

Applying pointillism, a laser technique developed by Seurat Technologies, to 3D printing of metal parts may change how components of cars and airplanes are manufactured. The technique could be used at affordable "print depots," which would have the potential to mitigate some issues the supply chain is facing. Axios (1/19)

Manufacturers share ideas on industry transformation

Jan 19, 2022

Manufacturers pursuing transformation and growth will need to improve beyond the shop floor in areas such as digital, sustainability and employee skill sets. "To capitalize on the convergence of advanced manufacturing and ESG goals, industry leaders must design new business models that are sustainable and inclusive by design, practicing lifecycle thinking, promoting supply chain transparency and enabling operational efficiency," says HP Inc. Chief Strategy Officer Philipp Jung. World Economic Forum (1/19)

Nikola, Honda sign deals for EV batteries

Jan 19, 2022

Proterra will be supplying Nikola with batteries for its electric semi-trucks, with production beginning by the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Honda will develop lithium-metal batteries with SES Holdings, which will go public through a special-purpose acquisition company arrangement. Reuters (1/18)

N.Y. manufacturing index turns negative in Jan.

Jan 19, 2022

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey on current business conditions fell to -0.7 in January from 31.9 in December, the first negative reading in 18 months. The new-orders reading also turned negative, but the capital expenditures reading increased by 2 points, suggesting capital investment outlooks are strong. The Central New York Business Journal (Syracuse) (1/18)

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