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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

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Jan 15, 2021

Melinda Gates, philanthropist, advocate for women and girls

SmartBrief will not publish Monday

Jan 15, 2021

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, SmartBrief will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.

3D printer gives students a window into real world

Jan 15, 2021

The availability of 3D printing in the University of Cincinnati's fabrication lab is helping mechanical engineering students advance their education while also working on real-world challenges. The printer allows students like Arshad Mohammed to create small models of their projects for testing and avoid the high cost of building full-scale prototypes. WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) (1/13)

PepsiCo accelerates carbon neutrality target

Jan 15, 2021

PepsiCo is ramping up its sustainability goals by targeting carbon neutrality across its supply chain by 2040, one decade earlier than called for in the Paris Agreement. The company plans to increase the use of renewable energy, regenerative agriculture and net-zero emissions technology to hit its goal. Reuters (1/14)

Helping cars and bikes communicate

Jan 15, 2021

Vehicle-to-vehicle technology is in development to improve safety via communication. Ford's driver-assistance system can alert motorists to nearby bicycles using Bluetooth 5, and Trek is developing flashing bike taillights that are triggered by sensors. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/13)

Calif. port struggles cause supply chain bottlenecks

Jan 15, 2021

Ports in Southern California are grappling with rising dockworker illnesses and surging imports, which have led to a backlog of ships awaiting available docks and slowed the delivery of goods to retailers. "The Americans that have not been impacted by COVID will continue to spend, and the surge could go on through late spring," said Mario Cordero, the Port of Long Beach's executive director. FreightWaves/American Shipper (1/14)

Trailer orders reach quarterly high

Jan 15, 2021

December was the fourth straight month with over 40,000 preliminary orders for trailers as manufacturing and demand for consumer goods continued to grow, contributing to higher freight rates, according to ACT Research and FTR Transportation Intelligence. The fourth quarter had a record number of trailer orders, while October and November had record orders for dry vans. FreightWaves/American Shipper (1/14)

Robotic blacksmithing: The next technology?

Jan 15, 2021

Robotic blacksmithing could portend a future in which machines squeeze and bend metal in automated processes that benefit industries such as automotive and aircraft, as well as when companies need speedy production of large parts, says Glenn Daehn, professor of metallurgical engineering at Ohio State University. ""We envision a future that moves from closed die forging to robotically controlled open die forging that uses simple tools incrementally," Daehn says. SME (1/14)

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