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
Conan O'Brien, talk show host
Manufacturing production rebounded strongly in December after some softness in the prior three months, jumping 1.1% for the month. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing production has risen 3.2%. More importantly, manufacturing capacity utilization soared from 75.8% in November to 76.5% in December, the best reading since November 2014. Meanwhile, total industrial production rose 0.3% in December, inching down a bit from the 0.4% gain in November. On a year-over-year basis, industrial production has risen 4% -- a solid reading -- and total capacity utilization edged up from 78.6% to 78.7%, which was the highest since January 2015. Read more.
General Electric's foray into additive manufacturing presents an example of the communication and collaboration needed for a successful smart factory, Tony Kontzer writes. Manufacturers can attract the best possible workers for smart factories by making manufacturing more appealing and striving toward a culture of ongoing improvement. TechTarget (free registration) (1/17)
Dell is well on its way to achieving its goal of incorporating 100 million pounds of reused materials into its computers and other products by 2020, doubling the original goal of 50 million pounds, which it realized in 2017. "We've made a really good run at making electronics recycling convenient and easy, but there is an opportunity for the entire IT industry," Dell's Scott O'Connell said. Sustainable Brands (1/21)
Manufacturers can't use artificial intelligence to optimize equipment without access to consistent data on failures and other aspects of performance, writes Manifold Chief Technology Officer Sourav Dey. Dey recommends identifying a specific problem and ensuring sensors and other tools are in place to gather relevant data. TechTarget (free registration) (1/21)
Industrial companies should be getting ready now for how artificial intelligence will affect decision-making, lead times and inventory management, writes Jonathan Wilkins of EU Automation. "AI does not only hold potential for machine builders but also for resellers and distributors of industrial equipment," he explains. Industrial Distribution online (1/18)
Xometry has introduced Xometry Supplies, a marketplace where manufacturers can order tools and equipment with same- or next-day shipping. "One of the most important things we can offer is to expedite how manufacturers buy a sheet of aluminum or a drill bit," says Xometry Supplies President Drura Parrish. B2B E-Commerce World (1/21)
Industrial robots may boost productivity, but as more of them are put in use and connected to the Internet, cybersecurity risks are rising, experts say. "There's no concept of antivirus for your robot," says Yossi Naar, co-founder of Cybereason, a Boston-based company that focuses on cybersecurity services for connected devices, "so protection tends to be very lax to nonexistent." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/21)
Boise, Idaho-based Prefab Logic is leading the way on $102.5 million in prefabricated housing units in nearby Nampa. A 400,000-square-foot factory, which will be operational next year, will use automated volumetric modular manufacturing to create 1,600 units annually. BoiseDev (Idaho) (1/17)