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Internet of things

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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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Survey: Older people want part-time manufacturing work

Feb 25, 2020

Manufacturers should offer part-time work to meet the desires of retirees and workers ages 56 and older, according to a survey by the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance. Three in four older workers at least 20 hours a week, while an equal percentage of manufacturer respondents said they can't locate enough talent. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (2/20)

Rethinking work in the age of robots

Feb 25, 2020

Robotics and artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the nature of manufacturing work and require the learning of new skills, writes Adrienne Selko. She notes that manufacturers are ahead of the curve with employee training, educational partnerships and apprenticeships, but smaller manufacturers may struggle to adopt these efforts. IndustryWeek (2/24)

3D printing, other tech can make manufacturing greener

Feb 25, 2020

Additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing technologies can help the industry improve its sustainability performance through flexibility and automation, writes Ric Fulop, CEO of Desktop Metal. He lists four ways this can happen, including assembly consolidation and circular manufacturing. World Economic Forum (2/24)

How manufacturers can benefit from 5G IoT

Feb 25, 2020

Once 5G becomes widespread, manufacturers will use 5G internet of things units for autonomous vehicles, augmented reality and other purposes, this McKinsey analysis predicts. Manufacturers should also be watching how 5G IoT is being used by their B2B customers. McKinsey (2/2020)

Coronavirus hindering global chemical trade

Feb 25, 2020

Uncertainty created by the coronavirus is disrupting internal logistics in China, weakening domestic demand and interrupting global trade flows as companies cancel or re-route shipments going in and out of the country, writes Morgan Condon. "Around 1.5m tonnes of [polyethylene] demand may be lost from the coronavirus outbreak if it can be controlled and downstream industries resume operations at a 70-80% rate by the second half of March," said Amy Yu of ICIS Asia Petrochemical Analytics. ICIS News (UK) (free content) (2/24)

Prefab manufacturer announces self-powered homes

Feb 25, 2020

Prefabricated homes manufacturer Dvele has announced all of its future homes will be self-powered and require 84% less energy per square foot than conventional homes. The homes will generate their own electricity using solar panels and store it in built-in battery storage systems, allowing homeowners to choose not to connect to electrical grids. CleanTechnica (2/20)

Successful TPS requires the pull method

Feb 25, 2020

The Toyota Production System only works when used with the pull method of production, writes former Toyota production leader Phil Ledbetter. He lists several steps to implement this method, including knowing the required production rate and pulling subassemblies, component parts and batch-built parts. IndustryWeek (2/24)

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