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
Devean George, former NBA player
In the second quarter of 2019, about four out of five manufacturing respondents said that they were either somewhat or very optimistic about their own company's outlook. While that was down from nearly 90% who said the same thing in the first quarter, it continues to reflect a mostly optimistic sentiment in the sector. In the nearly 21-year history of the survey, the average is 75.0% positive. Interestingly, small manufacturers were more optimistic about their own company's outlook than their larger counterparts. Read more.
Camps offered by the Summer Manufacturing Institute seek to teach girls about STEM subjects related to careers in manufacturing. In Ohio, the institute teamed up with a local YWCA chapter and OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science and Technology to offer camps with a transportation theme. Tribune Chronicle (Warren, Ohio) (6/24)
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/21)
Procter & Gamble is in the middle of its Ambition 2030 project, which will eventually use 100% recyclable or reusable packaging for major brands, cut greenhouse-gas emissions in manufacturing in half, and use "circular sources" for its water. "P&G's new ethos puts environmental stewardship among its top priorities," writes Dale Buss. Chief Executive online (6/21)
The industrial internet of things will require manufacturing systems to use machines that integrate different systems to support a unified view of products from design to manufacturing, according to a study from McKinsey. The study found that current inconsistencies between company levels are slowing innovation. Business 2 Community (6/23)
Companies are migrating to omnichannel retail supply chains, where moving product from the plant to distribution center to the retailer requires coordination, writes Andrea Nottestad of reusable packaging manufacturer ORBIS Corp. Using reusable carts and wheeled pallets "can reduce product damage, require less repacking or downstacking, increase the number of turns, and reduce costs per trip," she writes. Material Handling & Logistics online (6/24)
With raw material costs rising, companies are reluctant to raise prices for fear of alienating customers, but experts at McKinsey say being proactive is the solution. "[W]hen companies do act, it's frequently when bottom-line pressures have reached a breaking point, at which time they're forced to rush through hikes with inadequate preparation and a skeptical sales force," write Alex Abdelnour, Christopher Angevine and Jeremy Seeley in a look at how to navigate cost inflation. McKinsey (6/2019)
GE Healthcare Service Shop's website now has more product inventory and improved search to make hospital supply ordering more "Amazon-like," says Tim Erickson of GE Healthcare. The site will also offer more than GE products, including Siemens, Philips and Toshiba health care products. B2B E-Commerce World (free registration) (6/21)