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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

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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

Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.

Sep 17, 2019

Carlos Fuentes, Mexican writer National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

Advanced manufacturing tech can mean new kinds of jobs

Sep 17, 2019

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 sometimes has the edge in sustainability

Sep 17, 2019

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 plans to cut virgin plastic use by 35%

Sep 17, 2019

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)

Supply chain digitization can begin with problem-solving

Sep 17, 2019

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)

Automation transforming warehouse operations, jobs

Sep 17, 2019

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)

Company creates security solution for using OT with IIoT

Sep 17, 2019

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)

Aug. manufacturing production, industrial production up in US

Sep 17, 2019

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)

How smart manufacturing tech could improve productivity

Sep 17, 2019

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)

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