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Internet of things

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Sustainability

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Supply Chain

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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

Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.

May 29, 2020

Rembrandt, painter, printmaker, draftsman

Fed: Workers reluctant to return to jobs

May 29, 2020

The Federal Reserve's Beige Book report found slow recovery from mass unemployment in the US due to employee health concerns, child care problems and ample unemployment benefits. The Fed also reported the Paycheck Protection Program has helped many businesses limit or avoid layoffs, but many business leaders are uncertain about the potential pace of recovery. CNBC (5/27)

N.Y. manufacturer looks out for essential workers

May 29, 2020

Westerlo, N.Y.-based Hannay Reels has managed to avoid layoffs or furloughs by being declared an essential business and through a small-business loan. The manufactured has deployed automatic hand sanitizers and towel dispensers and enforced social distancing across more than a dozen buildings while some office employees worked from home. The Altamont Enterprise (N.Y.) (5/28)

How to reassess suppliers after the pandemic

May 29, 2020

Checking with suppliers should be the first order of business for manufacturers preparing to return to full operations, writes Plante Moran partner Lou Longo. "Manufacturers need to be prepared for similar questions from their own suppliers, who will have concerns about their viability," he writes. IndustryWeek (5/27)

Data theft by employees spikes during pandemic

May 29, 2020

The use of USB drives to copy company data more than doubled in the early weeks of the pandemic, while malicious network activity and incident-response inquiries also were up, a Digital Guardian report states. Employees appear to be taking data for themselves rather than to sell online, says report author Tim Bandos. Dark Reading (free registration) (5/28)

Laser machining becoming a go-to technology

May 29, 2020

Lasers bring a new level of precision and efficiency to manufacturing as the field advances toward Industry 4.0. Mark Crawford explores standard laser applications, such as texturing, drilling, welding and ablation, as well as newer uses enabled by artificial intelligence. ASME (5/28)

Manufacturing finance leaders need to recalibrate

May 29, 2020

The factory floor, supply chain, customers, operating costs and recovery plans all should be factored in by finance leaders as manufacturers prepare to emerge from the pandemic crisis, writes Motion Industries Chief Financial Officer Greg Cook. "While managing through each of these factors, attempt to over-communicate," he writes. Smart Industry (5/27)

Nissan, Rivian plants gearing back up

May 29, 2020

Nissan and electric vehicle maker Rivian are reopening US factories that were shuttered for the coronavirus pandemic. Rivian's plant in Normal, Ill., has instituted a phased return of employees, and two Nissan plants are due to reopen Monday followed by another June 8. Reuters (5/27)

We can't float through life. We can't be incidental or accidental.

May 28, 2020

Ossie Davis, actor, director, poet, playwright, writer, civil rights activist

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