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Sustainability

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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

Manufacturing's Premiere Workforce Event: Manufacturing Institute Workforce Summit

Aug 16, 2022

Join us at The MI Workforce Summit in Cincinnati, OH on October 18 - 20. The Workforce Summit is the new, annual flagship event for The Manufacturing Institute and is the ultimate convening for manufacturers, thought leaders, educators, economic developers, business association leaders, human resource, and workforce development professionals to identify innovative solutions to today's workforce challenges, and develop new partnerships to implement these best practices for tomorrow. As we focus on "Forging Partnerships," attendees will also have many chances to meet other leaders who are passionate about education and workforce development. Early bird pricing expires after Labor Day. Learn more and register.

Automating some jobs can free humans for skilled work

Aug 16, 2022

Automating necessary but labor-intensive processes like deburring and finishing would free up highly skilled workers to tackle tasks that generate more revenue, writes Brett Reeder of Xebec Deburring Technologies. Cross-training, upskilling and outsourcing temporarily to freelancers are other ways to address the labor shortage, Reeder notes. Cutting Tool Engineering (8/2022)

Student's electric motor wins international STEM prize

Aug 16, 2022

High-school senior Robert Sansone, a robotics enthusiast with an interest in electric motors, has invented an electric-vehicle motor that doesn't require rare-earth materials to operate. Sansone's more sustainable, less-costly motor has attracted plenty of industry attention and won the $75,000 first prize in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. Smithsonian (8/11)

How pharma industry is reducing its environmental impacts

Aug 16, 2022

Nearly 70% of the top 25 pharmaceutical manufacturing companies reporting environmental, social and corporate governance scores have set hard targets for reducing air emissions, half have set hard targets for reducing water consumption, and 28% aim to reduce waste emissions by at least 25%, according to Owen Mumford Pharmaceutical Services. However, none has set concrete targets for reducing pharmaceutical pollution in the environment, and only 13% have set targets for reducing packaging. PMLive (UK) (8/15)

Network convergence boosts smart manufacturing

Aug 16, 2022

Converged networks enable smart manufacturing by letting processes and equipment be managed in one system, aiding communication, writes Thomas Burke, global strategic advisor at CC-Link Partner Association. This enables advanced analytics, simplifies network architecture and cuts costs. Plant Engineering (8/16)

Supply chain woes hitting smallsat producers

Aug 16, 2022

Makers of small satellites are struggling to source components due to supply chain issues caused by the global coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine. "We get surprised sometimes because there are certain things that we think should be available and they aren't," said AAC Clyde Space CEO Luis Gomes. Space News International (8/14)

How tech can reduce cybersecurity skills gap

Aug 16, 2022

The cybersecurity skills shortage can be mitigated with tech measures such as application programming interface integration to reduce errors, says Templafy Chief Information Security Officer Ellen Benaim. Benaim also advises using artificial intelligence-driven tools to reduce the burden on security teams, appointing cybersecurity champions in other units who can uncover bad code and buying products with built-in security. Silicon Republic (Ireland) (8/12)

Automakers invest in South with $45.9B since 2017

Aug 16, 2022

US auto manufacturers are building more plants in the South, due in part to tax breaks and fewer unions, experts say. The Center for Automotive Research found that auto manufacturers have invested $45.9 billion in the region since 2017, compared with $39.9 billion in the traditional manufacturing stronghold of the Midwest. CNBC (8/14)

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