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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
Adam Goldstein, DJ known as DJ AM
After four months of disappointing data, there were signs of stabilization in the latest manufacturing production report. Output in the sector increased 0.2%in May after falling 0.5% in April. Yet, the data also reflect the toll from slowing global activity year to date. In fact, manufacturing production has risen just 0.7% over the past 12 months. Looking ahead, the current forecast is for manufacturing production (NAICS) to rise 1.2% in 2019, down from 2.7% in 2018. This would suggest some improvement in output data in the coming months, but at a pace that remains somewhat soft. Read more.
After adding robots on the factory floor, forklift manufacturer UniCarriers added jobs instead of cutting them by insourcing work and retraining employees to think about the job as a series of tasks. "When we're looking to develop a new application or a new process, we always involve the shop-floor employees and supervisors early on because they're the experts," says operations executive Dale Mark. IndustryWeek (6/13)
Companies are finding industrial internet of things analytics easy to generate but difficult to use, says Michael Schuldenfrei, corporate technology fellow at Optimal Plus. Data needs to be clean, connected to other datasets and analyzed with the tools preferred by data scientists, he argues. Semiconductor Engineering (6/17)
Companies are starting to look to robotics for improved warehouse efficiency and forecasting, particularly as technological advances allow robots to navigate warehouses autonomously with a high degree of safety, writes Frank Cavallaro. Automated guided vehicles can often replace conveyor belts or loading vehicles, while other robots can reduce the need for human workers to perform repetitive tasks. EBN (6/11)
Bringing artificial intelligence to supply chain management is more than automating repetitive tasks, argues this Deloitte analysis. "[W]orkers could now have the opportunity to take on new, value-added roles, including those that add more human elements to the supply chain: qualities such as the formation of relationships, coaching, and nuanced thought," the authors write. Deloitte Insights (6/14)
The group Xenotime, believed to be the first to use Triton malware, is expanding its efforts and probing utility grids in the US and the Asia-Pacific region, Dragos says. The group is using network scans and credential-stuffing attacks while being known for targeting critical infrastructure's safety instrumented systems. Ars Technica (6/15)
Autonomous in-space manufacturing is in the early stages, but advances in 3D printing, robotic assembly and autonomous inspection might make it a possibility. Made In Space partnered with NASA in 2016 to develop the ability to build components while in orbit, and says that a space demonstration is a few years out. IEEE Spectrum online (6/14)
Emotion has a role in B2B marketing because industrial purchases carry their own significant risk, says Victoria Morrissey, brand and marketing executive at Caterpillar. Customers of Caterpillar are "doers," she says, so its marketing has focused on showing how the company enables people to overcome inaction. Chief Marketer (6/13)