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Internet of things

Explore challenges and opportunities of IOT to maximize performance.

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Sustainability

Enable proactive business strategies around resources to optimize results.

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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

And the Winner Is…

Nov 16, 2018

Amazon's announcement this week that two locations would split the $5B capital investment might seem to be a letdown on its face, but is actually a wise business decision. What can manufacturers take from this news? Read this timely blog to learn more about the data collected that led to this decision and how NAM can assist manufacturing members in similar complex decisions.

Video: Personalize the Customer Experience

Nov 16, 2018

How can you capture and put to use real-time customer experience data? NAM is offering access to an exclusive keynote that explores how industry leaders are using IoT to predict customer needs and deliver personalized customer experiences. Watch to learn how you can create a connected customer experience. Watch video.

N.C. county schools, manufacturers partner to engage youth

Nov 16, 2018

Manufacturers and two school districts in Cleveland County, N.C., hosted the annual Making It Work fair on Thursday to educate students about opportunities in the field. "The overall experience is pretty cool, learning about different careers and what you can do with manufacturing and engineering," said high school senior Peyton Humphries. The Star (Shelby, N.C.) (11/16)

Digital can lead to broad safety gains, says Accenture execs

Nov 16, 2018

Safety professionals shouldn't be deterred by the challenges associated with digital; new technologies are a huge opportunity that can deliver broad gains in workplace safety, say Pete Sullivan and Adam Cooper of Accenture. Don't leave digital to IT teams, Cooper adds, arguing safety leaders need to be involved in the process. EHS Today (11/14)

Column: Digital twins must be accurate to be effective

Nov 16, 2018

Digital twins have to be accurate and highly functional to create smart systems of the future, writes Joe Sawicki of Mentor IC EDA. Sawicki explains the importance of integrated circuits in digital twin development. EE Times (11/14)

Sweetwater CEO: Use blockchain to increase supply chain visibility

Nov 16, 2018

Blockchain has the ability to transform supply chains, bringing a new level of transparency to operations that customers will appreciate, writes Sweetbridge CEO and Chairman Scott Nelson. "Perhaps the most effective route to adoption involves two things: clearly showing your suppliers how they will benefit from using blockchain, and providing them with easy and inexpensive means of participating," he writes. SupplyChainBrain (11/15)

Large, inefficient distribution networks can be costly

Nov 16, 2018

Big distribution networks that span large geographic areas and feature separate leadership teams can be a major financial drain for companies, Rob Ruffin, Meghan Shehorn and Debjit Banerjee of Bain & Co. write. To cut costs and streamline operations, develop a long-term strategy that incorporates digital and modeling to eliminate inefficiencies in the system. Supply Chain Management Review (11/15)

Column: False data is a serious IoT vulnerability

Nov 16, 2018

Cybercriminals are using data to target internet of things devices, generating fake data that can misinform a company's operations and lead to other casualties, Dan Swinhoe writes. Observers report that IoT security is lacking, but could be strengthened through regular patching and following best practices. CSO (free registration) (11/7)

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