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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

I'm no longer quite sure what the question is, but I do know that the answer is yes.

Jun 17, 2021

Leonard Bernstein, composer, conductor, pianist

Messaging matters for manufacturers looking to hire

Jun 17, 2021

Manufacturers have to show potential employees that there are clear career paths, work-life flexibility and a commitment to diversity, according to a report by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute. "We need to do a better job of talking about what those skilling and upskilling opportunities are," says Carolyn Lee, executive director of the Manufacturing Institute. Society for Human Resource Management (tiered subscription model) (6/16)

Stanley Black & Decker unites its digital technologies

Jun 17, 2021

Stanley Black & Decker's North Star platform unifies the company's business, operations and commercial technologies into a cohesive and secure system that offers real-time configurable data, says Chief Information Officer Rhonda Gass. "While each area uses digital technology in different ways, the technologies themselves are similar, and these technologies are the core of our business," Gass says. CIO (free registration) (6/16)

Metal 3D printing could help with chip production

Jun 17, 2021

Metal 3D printing can be used to improve existing manufacturing processes, including those related to semiconductors, says Scott Green, principal solutions leader for 3D Systems. Green explains some of the ways metal 3D printing can help fabricators without sacrificing quality. Forbes (tiered subscription model) (6/15)

Survey: Paying ransomware often leads to 2nd attack

Jun 17, 2021

Among enterprises that gave in to ransomware demands, 4 of 5 were hit a second time, finds a survey of 1,263 security pros in countries including the UK, US, Singapore, Germany and France, conducted for Cybereason. About half of respondents suspected the second cyberattack came from the same source as the first. ZDNet (6/16)

Luminar says its lidar could make a car "uncrashable"

Jun 17, 2021

Luminar CEO Austin Russell wants to help build "the uncrashable car," and he thinks his company's lidar can play an important role. Luminar plans to supply major automakers with roof-mounted lidar sensors, which were recently demonstrated on a Toyota RAV4. The Verge (6/15)

Leaf Home drives growth by controlling key functions

Jun 17, 2021

Leaf Home outsources its manufacturing across 13 companies while focusing on its enterprise resource planning system, product design, marketing and sales, a strategy that has helped the company accelerate growth since 2019. "We need to do it ourselves to be as agile as we are," says CEO Jeff Beck. Chief Executive (6/16)

Self-driving car startup Waymo raises $2.5B

Jun 17, 2021

Waymo, a self-driving car startup owned by Alphabet, raised $2.5 billion in its most recent funding round. The company will use the new capital to expand its workforce and continue work on its self-driving vehicle technology. Reuters (6/17)

Bridgestone, Goodyear add AI to delivery-vehicle tires

Jun 17, 2021

Bridgestone and Goodyear Tire and Rubber are developing tires for last-mile delivery vehicles that use sensors and artificial intelligence to detect potential problems. Goodyear's SightLine tires also have a battery to measure temperature and other conditions. The Wall Street Journal (6/16)

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