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Leading Edge Supply Chain Forum 2021: Assess
Recording. Content focusing on topics to consider when assessing and adapting your supply chain for maximum agility and efficiency.
Webinar: Applying AI to Your Factory Today
Recording. In this use case and demo-driven session, manufacturers will see how their peers are using AI to achieve their business objectives today, how today's AI tools are enabling citizen data scientists to build & manage AI solutions at scale, and how manufacturers are overcoming some of the challenges of implementing AI to build the factory of the future.
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
Charles Darwin, naturalist, geologist, biologist
Manufacturing production slowed significantly in August, edging up 0.1% for the month after rising by 1.6% in July. Much like the larger economy, manufacturing production has softened likely due to supply chain disruptions, workforce shortages and rising raw material costs. Still, manufacturing production has increased 5.9% over the past 12 months, or 3.2% year to date, with output in the sector the strongest since January 2019. Similarly, manufacturing capacity utilization edged up from 76.6% in July to 76.7% in August, also the best reading since January 2019. Looking at annual average growth rates, I would expect that manufacturing production will have risen by 6.8% in 2021, with 4.2% growth in 2022. Read more.
The pandemic has led more Generation Z workers consider a manufacturing career, and what motivates them is feeling fulfilled, happy and appreciated, says Parsable CEO Lawrence Whittle. "You just need to change a little bit why they've come to work, things like reskilling, upskilling, feeling that they're part of a very ESG-friendly type of organization on top of salaries and on top of benefits," Whittle says. Plant Services online (9/16)
Strong demand from airlines coupled with prospects for a supportive policy environment is prompting US refiners to consider including sustainable aviation fuel in their plans for renewable diesel production. However, government subsidies for SAF production will need to be higher than those for renewable diesel to encourage investments by refiners, according to Turner, Mason & Company analyst Robert Auers. S&P Global (9/16)
Hyundai and Boston Dynamics have created a factory robot that can conduct safety inspections using thermal cameras and lidar sensors and operate via remote control or autonomously. Hyundai plans to continue working with Boston Dynamics "to create smart services that detect dangers at industrial sites and help support a safe work environment," says Dong Jin Hyun of Hyundai. TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (9/17)
General Motors is getting more involved in its semiconductor sourcing, including direct relationships with chipmakers, says CEO Mary Barra. "It's a solvable problem, but it's going to be here a little longer," Barra says. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (9/17)
The world's first 3D-printed car is just one of the advanced manufacturing technologies that the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has explored under the leadership of Lonnie Love, an ASME fellow. In an ASME TechCast, Love discusses what's next on the agenda, including 3D printing on a very large scale for a wide variety of industries. ASME (9/20)
Mercedes is optimistic about its electric vehicle launch despite working through many of the same supply chain issues that other automakers are facing. "We say, 'Now electric has its Mercedes,' because so far the options for EVs -- especially on the top end of the market -- have been very limited," says Mercedes-Benz USA chief Dimitris Psillakis. Chief Executive (9/15)
Brooks Automation has agreed to sell its semiconductor automation unit to private equity group Thomas H. Lee Partners for $3 billion instead of spinning out the business. The unit provides manufacturers with automated solutions. Reuters (9/20)