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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
Antonio Gramsci, political theorist
Retail sales softened in November, up 0.2%, with reduced gasoline station sales (and lower prices) serving as a bit of a drag on the headline number. Despite the smaller increase for the month, consumer spending remained strong overall, continuing to be one of the bright spots in the U.S. economy. Over the past 12 months, retail sales have risen by a relatively healthy 4.2%. On a year-over-year basis, the clear winner was nonstore retailers, with retail sales growth of 10.8% since November 2017. In contrast, department store sales decreased 0.2% year over year. As such, the brick-and-mortar versus online retail dynamics continued to play out in the sales data. Read more.
Siemens has changed its process for recruiting, onboarding, training and retention in recent years, taking a proactive approach that entails identifying specific skill sets and subsequent talent pools, writes company executive Mike Brown. Siemens has hired more than 2,5000 veterans over the past five years, thanks to its partnership with Orion, and the initiative has helped the company meet a need in federal markets. Area Development magazine (12/2018)
A group of 43 organizations, including brands such as Target, H&M and Adidas, have vowed to reduce the climate impact of their supply chains through a new effort called Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. The group will identify strategies to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Supply Chain Dive (12/11)
Cybersecurity attacks on industrial assets put workers at risk and should be addressed in safety programs, write Tony Baker and Pat Barry of Rockwell Automation. They champion a three-pronged approach to risk management based on compliance, culture and technology. Plant Services online (12/14)
Unexpected downtime, capacity issues, worker delays and rising field-servicing costs are signs that a manufacturer may need to improve its strategy for managing industrial internet of things devices, writes Bsquare Vice President Dave McCarthy. Smart Industry (12/13)
Digital supply chains streamline business processes required for product sales, and the disruption they have brought to the industry means businesses need to adapt. From a logistics point of view, it is about improving forecasting accuracy and enabling process automation across the company, writes Hans Thalbauer of SAP. SupplyChainBrain (12/13)
Radio frequency identification tags are a low-cost, highly accurate way to keep track of inventory at every step of the supply chain, writes Gary Wollenhaupt. Enterprise resource planning systems and other management tools are now able to scan 100 RFID tags at once in real time, adds Jason Ivy of Impinj. Supply Chain Dive (12/11)
Manufacturers can succeed in direct-to-consumer sales without damaging existing distributor relationships by offering products or services that support downstream partners or hook consumers in ways distributors can't ignore, write Ned Calder, Shahriar Parvarandeh and Michael Brady of Innosight. They also suggest reaching out to consumer segments that are underserved or ignored by most distributors. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (12/14)