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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.
Start Small, Scale Fast: A Phased Approach to Industrial IoT Success
Recording. Learn how HIROTEC, a leading global Tier 1 auto supplier with factories worldwide, is rolling out the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in a series of six-week sprints, and building the business case for each expansion on the quantifiable results from previous phases. This discussion will cover:
Executive Forum: Sustainability as a Value Creator and Growth Generator
Recording. “Sustainability is now a business imperative to ensure the long-term growth of manufacturing operations and the vitality of the communities in which they operate," said Christophe Beck, Ecolab executive vice president and president, Nalco Water. The NAM Leading Edge Executive Forum on Sustainability highlighted how sustainability commitments are transforming manufacturing and driving innovation and positive impacts for manufacturers, their employees and communities.
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
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, writer and actress
The J.P. Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI registered 52.0 in November, unchanged from October and remaining at the slowest growth rate since November 2016. The headline index has decelerated since reaching nearly a seven-year high in December 2017 (54.5), even with a modest expansion overall. There was also continued slippage in economic growth in November in the largest export destinations. In June, all those markets expanded, but the global economy has softened since then. In November, five economies contracted, up from three in October. Those markets were Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, South Korea and Taiwan. It was only the second negative reading for Mexico since July 2013 (with the other, in October 2017, being the result of an earthquake). Read more.
A four-year manufacturing program at Westfield Technical Academy in Massachusetts guarantees that students will have a job available to them when they graduate. The academy also has an early-college agreement with an area technical college. WWLP-TV (Springfield, Mass.) (12/12)
The hierarchy of controls -- a five-step process to reduce exposure to hazards -- can be applied to cold-weather risks, writes Karen Hamel. "Train supervisors to understand that both temperature and wind chill need to be considered when employees will be outdoors," she writes. EHS Today (12/13)
Internet of things devices are creating opportunities and challenges for logistics companies, increasing transparency and visibility while also bringing new security concerns, writes Thomas Schied of TD Bank Equipment Finance. "Ultimately, the decision to implement an IoT platform and transcend its challenges will come down to each company's willingness to adapt to a system that offers unprecedented levels of information and visibility," writes Schied. Industrial Distribution online (12/12)
Executives must take note of digital technologies, globalization and other trends affecting procurement, write Samir Khushalani and Edward Woodcock of McKinsey. "Putting the right operating model in place for procurement can be a game-changer, doubling the impact of even 'successful' sourcing departments," the authors write. McKinsey (12/2018)
Ransomware and spoofing attacks on companies have increased by 350% and 250% respectively this year, writes BDO executive Gregory Garrett, who urges manufacturers to strengthen access controls, hold training for all employees and have a companywide plan for responding to an incident. IndustryWeek (12/13)
Elon Musk was always a temperamental perfectionist, but his decision to fully automate the Model 3 factory in 2016 drastically slowed production at first, leading to fits of rage from Musk and the departure of dozens of executives, writes Charles Duhigg, who spoke with dozens of employees over several months about life at Tesla. Wired (tiered subscription model) (12/13)
Modular robotic technology is changing quickly, which is why companies must be selective when making purchases, writes Florence Acuna of KUKA Robotics. "With thorough vetting and a consideration for future needs, electronics manufacturers can successfully implement modular robots to support their long-term business goals," writes Acuna. New Equipment Digest (12/14)