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Leading Edge Supply Chain Forum 2021: Assess
Recording. Content focusing on topics to consider when assessing and adapting your supply chain for maximum agility and efficiency.
Webinar: Applying AI to Your Factory Today
Recording. In this use case and demo-driven session, manufacturers will see how their peers are using AI to achieve their business objectives today, how today's AI tools are enabling citizen data scientists to build & manage AI solutions at scale, and how manufacturers are overcoming some of the challenges of implementing AI to build the factory of the future.
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
Manufacturing employment fell by 18,000 in April, pulling back from solid gains in the prior two months. The U.S. economy adding just 266,000 nonfarm payroll workers in April. This was a disappointing and somewhat unexpected report given the rebound in the U.S. economy, but it should not take away from the outlook for solid employment growth over the coming months. The unemployment rate edged up from 6.0% in March to 6.1% in April, with the number of unemployed workers rising from 9,710,000 to 9,812,000. The labor force participation rate rose for the second straight month, up from 61.5% to 61.7%, an eight-month high. Read more.
Volvo's worldwide Family Bond policy, which grants six months of parental leave at 80% pay within three years of a child, is one effort by the company to be more "diverse, modern and flexible," says Mikael Rampa, HR chief of Volvo Car USA. "When employees who are parents feel supported to balance work and family demands, it brings us closer to minimizing the gender gap, while allowing everyone to thrive in their careers," Rampa says. IndustryWeek (5/4)
The Manufacturing Institute has partnered with the Charles Koch Institute to broaden second-chance hiring by educating and providing resources for companies to attract and retain workers with criminal records, says Carolyn Lee, executive director of The Manufacturing Institute. The retention rate is high for second-chance employees "eager to start a new life," Lee says. CNBC (5/7)
Digital twins have potential to help companies and cities accurately report carbon emissions, according to digital-twin provider Cityzenith. However, "an interconnected ecosystem built around an open platform in which data flows freely" would be necessary for all stakeholders to unlock the full potential of digital twins, according to cloud-technology provider Asite. SmartBrief/Infrastructure (5/10)
Auto parts suppliers including Lear, BorgWarner and Magna International warn that the semiconductor chip shortage and high material costs could affect vehicle production for many automakers, possibly until next year. "We don't expect the supply/demand imbalance to fully recover to normalized levels until 2022," said Joseph Massaro, chief financial officer of Aptiv, another auto supplier. Yahoo (5/7)
Colonial Pipeline, which supplies gasoline for much of the eastern US, has been out of action for four days since hackers launched a ransomware attack. Colonial Pipeline says it is working on a restart, while the FBI has alleged that the culprit is cybercriminal enterprise Darkside, which has reportedly targeted over 40 organizations. Yahoo (5/10)
Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund is investing $45 million in Corning, whose Gorilla Glass is used in Apple's products and Android phones, which means Apple has invested nearly $500 million in the company in recent years. Corning is developing a bendable glass expected to be used on foldable smartphones. The Verge (5/10)
Three electric vehicle startups plan to build their vehicles at plants in Arizona, which could become an EV manufacturing hub. Nikola is building a factory in Coolidge for its trucks, and Lucid will begin EV production in Casa Grande this spring, while ElectraMeccanica plans to manufacture its three-wheeled EVs near the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The Associated Press (5/9)
Leaders at Onex, a family-owned industrial furnace parts maker in Erie, Pa., use coaching instead of barking orders, which helps with implementing lean practices and getting employee feedback on working conditions, writes President Ashleigh Walters. She outlines six strategies Onex used, such as collaboration-focused, aspirational goals for employees and making daily changes to reduce waste and add value. IndustryWeek (5/7)