Leading Edge Is AnExclusive Thought Leadership Program
that brings executives from companies of all sizes together with leading business luminaries to focus on emerging business issues and trends critical in today’s manufacturing landscape. Hear from notable industry leaders and subject matter experts as they deliver the latest perspectives on mission-critical topics impacting manufacturing operations and business.
Be part of a discussion that could deliver transformational insights and solutions for your business and stay on the leading edge of manufacturing.
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.
Webinar: Inside the Mind of a Hacker
Recording. The manufacturing industry continues to be a key target for cyber breaches. Risk factors such as third-party access, limited IT and security resources and staff, and no specific regulated guardrails for cybersecurity policies and procedures contribute. While new vulnerabilities present new vectors to target, attack techniques remain fundamentally the same: discover, analyze, attack and exploit. Assuming attackers will continue to find a way through, the key to reducing risk is understanding how they target and execute their attacks.
Webinar: Strengthening Manufacturers against Cyber Shocks
Recording. Businesses are increasingly interconnected, integrated, and interdependent where innovation and technology convergence is creating opportunity and risk. Wireless networks, mobile devices and apps, social media, cloud services and data analytics have created entirely new ways for businesses to improve. Together, these technologies have created a dynamic, hyper-connected business ecosystem that enables companies to share significantly more digital information with a wider range of partners, suppliers, service providers and customers.
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
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Attracting and holding on to qualified workers is the top concern for Minnesota manufacturers surveyed by Enterprise Minnesota, outranking worries about the cost of providing insurance and paying for energy and materials. One possible solution is working closely with state schools to develop skills in youth, said Erik Hokuf of AirCorps Aviation. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (5/22)
Companies should set sustainable packaging goals to improve their reputation and stay ahead of any regulations, writes Tristanne Davis, senior manager for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Sustainability goals will improve a company's position in the marketplace, as many millennials are attracted to companies that want to improve society. GreenBiz (5/21)
Warehousing and distribution centers are looking for older workers to fill labor gaps, and technology is helping them bear the physical burden more safely. Loading docks are a key part of this development, writes Rite-Hite Product Manager Chad Dillavou. Manufacturing (5/22)
Wearable devices can help workers and improve efficiency in the supply chain, but the data they collect for employers is raising privacy concerns. Experts reflect on these issues and say that employers could begin requiring workers to use wearables. Supply Chain Dive (5/21)
When Sandra MacQuillan took the chief supply chain officer role at Kimberly-Clark four years ago, she aimed to shift the company's supply chain so it created value "from source to shelf," which she did by partnering with other business units and ensuring that the right talent was in place. "We could achieve this through three processes: standardization, simplification and collaboration," she said. Material Handling & Logistics online (5/22)
Offshore wind is an incredible job creator and economic opportunity for US states, with 1 gigawatt of capacity translating to 8,000 jobs, says IHS Market executive Philippe Frangules. "This is a big job-creation story," he says. SouthCoastToday (New Bedford, Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (5/23)
The purchasing managers index for US manufacturing this month is at its lowest level since 2009, although still expanding at 50.6, IHS Markit says. New orders shrank for the first time in nearly a decade. CNBC (5/23)