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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

Panel Discussion | M4:0 Cloud Enabled Digital Business Transformation

Mar 4, 2021

Cloud is a fundamental component of Manufacturing 4.0, but many manufacturers are still in the midst of transformation to M4.0 and embracing a cloud-first strategy. This panel discussion webinar, part of a M4.0 series with the Manufacturing Leadership Council, will take a deep dive on the latest cloud technology and business model developments and how they are enabling both the streamlining and improvement of business operations from the shop floor through the supply chain. This interactive panel discussion with provide you actionable insights on: Re-engineering cloud as an enterprise business platform versus simply a hosting technology Integrating digital technologies more easily using a cloud-first approach Enabling insights and powering better business decisions with data Join us on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET. Register here.

John Deere exec outlines alternative fuel strategy

Mar 4, 2021

John Deere Power Systems' Nick Block said the manufacturer is looking at alternative fuels for its heavy equipment. "We support the use of biodiesel and renewable diesel because we recognize the importance of biofuels to our customers and to the environment," Block said, adding, "At the same time, we believe diesel power has a long life ahead due to the power density requirements of heavy-duty machinery." SAE International (3/3)

AI tools help miners find ore deposits, alternatives

Mar 4, 2021

Miners and researchers are using artificial intelligence to find sustainable solutions, including metal alternatives and ore deposits in safer locations. Mining exploration startup Kobold Metals is developing an AI tool and data platform with Stanford University's Center for Earth Resource Forecasting that helps companies analyze multiple possible sites simultaneously. IEEE Spectrum online (3/4)

Walmart to focus on American-made with $350B investment

Mar 4, 2021

Walmart is planning to spend $350 billion in the next decade buying plastics, electrical appliances, medical supplies and other products that are made in the US. The company projects the investment will create 750,000 new jobs, and Walmart US CEO John Furner said "[m]ore businesses are choosing to establish their manufacturing operations in the United States, and the result is more jobs for Americans -- a lot more jobs." CNBC (3/3)

Firms take security provisioning beyond factory walls

Mar 4, 2021

Provisioning security credentials on chips can now be done outside the wafer fabrication facility thanks to technology advances. "More [internet of things] chipmakers are securely provisioning device keys and certificates in the supply chain and establishing strong bindings between device data and the keys used to authenticate the devices," says Joe Gow of Rambus. Semiconductor Engineering (3/4)

Texas wafer fabs still working to get back online

Mar 4, 2021

Chipmakers with Texas facilities including Samsung Electronics, NXP Semiconductors and Infineon Technologies are facing a prolonged restart process after winter storms forced shutdowns, with near- and long-term effects on supplies. "We are now looking at about one month of lost production," says Risto Puhakka, president of VLSIresearch. Reuters (3/2)

Analysis: Chiplet tech moves from the few to the many

Mar 4, 2021

Chiplet technology is confined to a select few semiconductor companies, and there needs to be a strong ecosystem and industry standards for chiplets to gain wider adoption, Brian Bailey writes. Marc Swinnen of Ansys says, "It's a sound technical idea, and there are organizations trying to make it happen." Semiconductor Engineering (3/3)

US factory orders up in Jan.

Mar 4, 2021

New orders at US factories rose 2.6% in January, up from 1.6% in December and 1.3% a year earlier, the Commerce Department reported. Nondefense capital goods orders minus aircraft increased by a revised 0.4% in January, down from the 0.5% initially reported. Reuters (3/4)

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