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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

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.

Nov 22, 2019

Elizabeth Lawrence, gardener, garden writer

Manufacturers don't wait till high school to reach students

Nov 22, 2019

Rockwell Automation, Thor Industries and Johnson Controls are among the manufacturers creating school-based educational programs for students as young as 8. "High school is the new 'college,' and middle school is the new 'high school,'" says Cheryl Aquadro of Johnson Controls. Chief Executive online (11/20)

3 essential traits of a successful ergonomics program

Nov 22, 2019

Workplace ergonomics programs succeed when they are usable, useful and desirable, writes Caster Connection President Joe Lyden. "If employees have really felt the difference and are willing to describe their experience as highly positive, then it is quite probable that a company's ergonomic initiatives will have a real chance of succeeding," he writes. Modern Materials Handling magazine online (11/21)

Act now for supply chain advantages next year

Nov 22, 2019

Before year's end, manufacturers should look to secure low freight rates, improve efficiency through digital investment and make speed-to-market improvements, writes Lauren Pittelli of Baker Logistics Consulting Services. Don't depend too heavily on one carrier, she argues, whether on water or land. IndustryWeek (11/21)

Auto manufacturers are suffering cyberattacks, FBI says

Nov 22, 2019

US automakers have been targeted by hackers using techniques including phishing attempts, brute force attacks and ransomware since late last year, according to the FBI. CNN (11/20)

Get good manufacturing results with the proper controls

Nov 22, 2019

Manufacturing production requires oversight at all stages, which can take the form of monitors, analysis and sensors. Bill Frahm writes. He explains how to use controls in materials and supplies, machinery and equipment, and personnel. The Fabricator online (11/21)

Here's a list of essential smart manufacturing metrics

Nov 22, 2019

Metrics that are valuable for smart manufacturing include customer satisfaction, inventory turnover, order cycle time and demand forecast accuracy, writes Louis Columbus, who lists 10 metrics. "Smart factories' analytics strategies are designed to optimize the trade-offs of cost, production flexibility (as measured by scaling for higher and lower production volumes), product & service quality, and time," he writes. Forbes (11/20)

Former DuPont CEO to head 3D-printing company Carbon

Nov 22, 2019

3D-printing startup Carbon has named former DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman as its CEO. Kullman, already a board member, takes over a company that has raised $680 million over several rounds. Forbes (11/21)

IHS Markit data shows faster growth in manufacturing

Nov 22, 2019

US manufacturing activity in November grew at its fastest rate since April, according to IHS Markit preliminary data from its manufacturing and services purchasing managers indexes. The manufacturing PMI of 52.2 indicates expansion. Reuters (11/22)

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