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Leading Edge Supply Chain Forum 2021: Assess
Recording. Content focusing on topics to consider when assessing and adapting your supply chain for maximum agility and efficiency.
Webinar: Applying AI to Your Factory Today
Recording. 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.
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
Kate Chopin, writer March is Women's History Month
The Manufacturing Leadership Council has launched a series of Deep Dive Sessions that are built to continue and expand the learning necessary to be successful with new technologies. They are designed to deal with the many complexities surrounding new technologies and their effects by providing a more in-depth understanding of the technologies, how and where they can be applied, how companies can successfully use them, and how they can lead to the creation of new competitive advantages. Next week's Deep Dive is focused on: How advances in computing and in software technology will evolve the concept of the digital twin. We want to be sure you don't miss out. If you have team members and colleagues who would benefit from this session, we invite you to share this invitation with them. Join us on Friday, March 12, at 11 a.m. ET. Register here.
Investing in diversity, equity and inclusion issues "drives innovation" for teams within manufacturers, says PPG Industries DE&I chief Marvin Mendoza, although the concepts need to be examined at all levels of the organization. Diversity in the workforce "is essential to our ability to be competitive as a sector, and continue to attract the next generation," says Carolyn Lee, executive director of the Manufacturing Institute. IndustryWeek (3/4)
The combination of social distancing guidelines and ambient background noise can make communication difficult in manufacturing facilities, but technology can help, according to Rick Farrell. He writes that headset communication systems are particularly effective and can make it easier for workers to speak with one another while also limiting background noise. Consulting-Specifying Engineer (3/5)
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of workplace safety and helped the demand for smart personal protective equipment, which delivers real-time safety information to workers and managers. Companies "have a thirst for new technologies that can help them keep their workers safe, and they are ready to start exploring what's out there," says Robert Thomma of safety startup Bodytrak. EHS Today (3/4)
Clorox has navigated the pandemic-related productivity push with a culture that empowers open communication between management and their staff, said Kirsten Marriner, executive vice president and chief people and corporate affairs officer. Pandemic pressures have magnified the need to eliminate barriers to communication with "leaders who are showing up with this authenticity and humanity that is different in a very positive way," said Marriner. Business Insider (tiered subscription model) (3/4)
The US trade deficit rose 1.9% in January from a month earlier, to $68.2 billion,, according to the Commerce Department. The 1.2% gain in imports was led by a 39% jump in pharmaceuticals, while imports of services were down by 1%. The Associated Press (3/5)
Anheuser-Busch CMO Marcel Marcondes discusses how the pandemic forced the beverage manufacturer to shift away from Super Bowl and music festival activations toward an agile marketing approach focused on humanity and its customers. Marcondes predicts another marketing shift as consumers become vaccinated and thinks "that by summertime, there is a big chance we are going to a state of euphoria with people feeling comfortable enough about getting out again." Forbes (tiered subscription model) (3/2)
The US manufacturing sector added 21,000 jobs in February, with transportation, machinery and electrical equipment and appliances among the subsectors with growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The total number of seasonally adjusted manufacturing jobs was 12.238 million, down 561,000 from a year earlier. SME (3/5)