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Supply Chain

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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

Texas tech center to offer free STEM workforce training

Aug 5, 2020

A new tech training hub for jobs in STEM industries, such as cybersecurity, aerospace and robotics, is set to open in San Antonio, Texas, to help create a qualified pipeline for available opportunities at Port San Antonio. No prior experience is required to receive the free training, which initially will be targeted toward individuals who are unemployed. KENS-TV (San Antonio) (8/4)

Chevron plans 500-MW renewable energy spree

Aug 5, 2020

Chevron plans to add 500 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity over the next four years, with a focus on Texas, New Mexico, Australia, Kazakhstan and Argentina. Wind and solar costs continue to decline while maintaining grid reliability, making the energy sources a great fit for Chevron's oil and gas operations, says spokesperson Veronica Flores-Paniagua. Greentech Media (7/30)

Cummins' commitment to digitization

Aug 5, 2020

Field service operations is one example of how diesel manufacturer Cummins is digitizing core operations, Chief Information Officer Sherry Aaholm says. The company is also expanding its IT footprint to product engineering, which is part of shifting "the IT organization from buying and installing software packages to building software as intellectual property," she says. CIO (free registration) (8/5)

How warehousing will change due to the pandemic

Aug 5, 2020

The logistics and warehouse sector has been "writing a new script each and every day" during the coronavirus pandemic, with changes in warehouse site selection and greater adoption of robotics, writes consultant John Boyd. He also predicts accelerated reshoring and greater demand for cold storage. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly online (8/3)

US steel production rebounding

Aug 5, 2020

The 1.33 million tons of US steel produced last week represented 59.3% of capacity, a marked improvement from the pandemic-related low of 51.1% in the week ended May 2. However, the latest measure from the American Iron and Steel Institute was down sharply from the year-earlier 79.3% figure. Recycling Today online (8/4)

American Leather pivoted to overcome the pandemic

Aug 5, 2020

American Leather quickly switched from producing made-to-order furniture to making thousands of hundreds of thousands of protective masks and gowns, says President Veronica Schnitzius says. She also discusses her career path in manufacturing and the value of working in many departments. Forbes (8/4)

Bicycle manufacturer helped its retailers survive

Aug 5, 2020

Trek Bicycle expected business to plummet because of the pandemic but instead saw the opposite, sparking a rush to level up production and also help small businesses that sell Trek products. "The company developed a comprehensive guidebook of operational instructions for retailers called 'How to Survive the Season,' offering signage, floor plans, traffic directions, safety precautions, and other tips for doing business at a time of social distancing," writes Larry Kanter. Medium (tiered subscription model) (8/4)

June factory orders up, says Commerce

Aug 5, 2020

New orders received by factories in the US rose 6.2%, according to Commerce Department data, while shipments of goods increased by 9.8%. Motor vehicles and transportation equipment were leading categories for the month. Reuters (8/4)

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