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Webinar: Cybersecurity Forum Highlights & Lessons Learned
What is needed to build an effective cybersecurity strategy for the future? How can manufacturers ensure they are taking steps to improve defenses while building a risk mitigation plan? What recommendations do manufacturing leaders and cybersecurity specialists make to their peers?
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.
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
Carlos Fuentes, Mexican writer National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
Manufacturers will be looking to hire more process engineers and data analysts, thanks to the rise in smart technology, according to a survey by the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance and the St. Norbert College Strategic Institute. Contract manufacturer J&R Machine is using such technology to save time on preventive maintenance, but President Tim Tumanic says it will likely lead to a demand for new skills rather than a reduction in jobs. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (9/17)
Additive manufacturing is more sustainable than conventional manufacturing in some, but not all, instances, according to MIT professor Timothy Gutowski. He says sustainability can be measured with a "buy-to-fly" ratio of raw material to material in the final product. The Fabricator online (9/11)
PepsiCo has announced a goal of decreasing virgin plastic use by 35% by 2025 by increasing alternative and recycled material usage in beverage packaging. The company plans to reduce single-use plastic waste by growing its SodaStream brand. Food Business News (free registration) (9/13)
A company's process of digitizing its supply chain should have four main components: descriptive, predictive, prescriptive and autonomous, experts said at a recent supply chain management conference. Companies should start with problems that are easy to solve but don't need to wait until their data is perfect, experts added. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly online (9/16)
Warehouses are using automation tools more widely to help meet customer demand for fast delivery, Richard Seel writes. He notes that warehouses may eventually rely more on skilled workers who can interact with automation technology, rather than unskilled workers who perform simple tasks. Supply Chain Digital online (9/14)
Operational technology has been the target of recent cyberattacks, highlighting the need for better security, particularly as OT is being integrated with IT and the industrial internet of things. One solution created by Tempered Networks allows companies to "keep their existing network and security stack in place, but deploy an industrial IoT microsegmentation overlay," David Petersson writes. TechTarget (free registration) (9/13)
US manufacturing production rose more than expected in August, increasing 0.5% after falling 0.4% the previous month, according to the Federal Reserve. Total industrial production for the month rose 0.6%, but production at factories was down 0.4% from the same period last year. Reuters (9/17)
Advanced manufacturing technology could give a much-needed jolt to manufacturing labor productivity, which hasn't grown in the past five years, analysts from Deloitte write. A recent study found that smart technology provides business value to factories in various situations. Deloitte Insights (9/16)