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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

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Apr 3, 2020

Francis of Assisi, patron saint of Italy, animals, ecology

General Mills invites office staff to work in plants

Apr 3, 2020

General Mills is allowing office employees to work in its manufacturing plants to help meet increased demand, and the food company is also issuing daily bonuses to production employees for at least four weeks. "Our most important objectives are the continued health and safety of our employees and our ongoing ability to serve our consumers around the world. We see it as imperative that we help ensure a steady and reliable food supply for people and pets," said Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO of General Mills. Twin Cities Business (Minneapolis) (4/2)

What to look for in a self-contained breathing apparatus

Apr 3, 2020

When choosing a self-contained breathing apparatus for responding to fires at industrial sites, manufacturers should first do a site risk assessment and consider the apparatus' material and features, Derek Roy writes. Occupational Health & Safety (4/2020)

E-commerce, e-procurement helping supply chains now

Apr 3, 2020

Manufacturers can mitigate the supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic by making greater use of e-commerce and e-procurement and focusing more on direct-to-consumer sales, says Brady Behrman, CEO of software company PunchOut2Go. "E-commerce and procurement automation radically reduce supply-chain friction and delays, generating the supply-chain agility that manufacturers will need in the coming weeks," he says. Digital Commerce 360 (4/1)

How manufacturers can improve distributor relationships

Apr 3, 2020

Manufacturers need to understand the different kinds of distributors and the cost pressures they face in order to have a good working relationship with them, writes consultant Frank Hurtte. He recommends that both sides use data to make the best-informed decisions possible. Industrial Supply magazine (March-April 2020)

How to guard against insider threats

Apr 3, 2020

Companies performing critical manufacturing are at particularly high risk of cyberattacks by insiders, so they need to "take proactive and ongoing measures" to prevent them, writes Michael Crouse. He recommends going over possible scenarios, enacting dynamic user protection and communicating with employees about risks. New Equipment Digest (4/2)

Merck, Eli Lilly help keep health care workers on front lines

Apr 3, 2020

Merck and Eli Lilly are among the companies rolling out paid volunteer programs for their employees who are qualified medical professionals and want to help provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic. "COVID-19 is one of the greatest challenges the global community will ever face, and our heroic health care professionals are, unquestionably, on the front-lines of that fight," said Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier. The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (4/1)

GE Aviation enacts furloughs; Boeing proposes buyouts

Apr 3, 2020

GE Aviation has announced that half of its engine manufacturing employees will be furloughed for four weeks due to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Boeing is offering voluntary buyouts "to reduce the need for other workforce actions," CEO Dave Calhoun says. CNBC (4/2)

Feb. factory orders remain steady, Commerce Dept. says

Apr 3, 2020

New US factory orders stayed the same in February as in January, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The coronavirus pandemic likely played a role in the lack of growth. Reuters (4/2)

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