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Internet of things

Explore challenges and opportunities of IOT to maximize performance.

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Enable proactive business strategies around resources to optimize results.

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Supply Chain

Improve quality and efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance customer service with innovation in this area

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Assess and manage risks associated with increasing digitized processes and products.

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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

It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative.

Jul 19, 2019

Michael Collins, astronaut, crew member of the Apollo 11 moon mission

MFG Fact Friday

Jul 19, 2019

The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte report in their 2018 Skills Gap in Manufacturing Study the skills shortage could risk $2.5 trillion in manufacturing GPD over the next decade. This is a major issue the manufacturing industry can expect to face if changes aren't implemented soon enough to combat the skills gap. The Manufacturing Institute drives programs and research to promote modern manufacturing and jumpstart new approaches to growing manufacturing talent through a series of initiatives--including MFG Day, STEP Women's initiative, and Heroes Make America -- to close that existing gap.

Recruit the best talent by letting people work remotely

Jul 19, 2019

A shortage of technology workers and the growing prominence of remote work mean companies must offer that option to get the best people, writes Roberto Torres. Nearly half of software developers in a Digital Ocean survey said being able to work remotely was their top criteria for choosing a job. CIO Dive (7/18)

Teens learn manufacturing skills at camp

Jul 19, 2019

Teenagers in Michigan are learning mechanical technology skills in a "You Can Build It" manufacturing camp. The two-week program teaches students skills in welding, design, fabrication and more. WLUC-TV (Negaunee, Mich.) (7/18)

How environmental engineering will build the future

Jul 19, 2019

Environmental engineering will be one of the most important ways the world addresses sustainability and problems posed by changing climate. Michael Gigante explores what environmental engineers do as well as their positive contributions to society and the market for their services. G2 Crowd (7/18)

Dell reaches recovered material use milestone

Jul 19, 2019

Dell has used 100 million pounds of recovered materials since 2014 to manufacture its products, the majority of which has been recycled plastic, according to a company announcement. Last year, Dell used 7.7 million pounds of post-consumer plastics and over 18,000 pounds of high-density polyethylene that was likely to otherwise end up in the sea. Plastics Recycling Update (7/17)

Manufacturers can speed operations with logistics

Jul 19, 2019

Manufacturers can increase efficiency with logistics by placing distribution hubs in strategic locations, researching greener packaging options and creating a database of information on what products are most popular where, writes Mark Howard of EU Automation. Staying updated and sharing that information with colleagues is also vital, he writes. New Equipment Digest (7/17)

How AI will transform what it means to be human

Jul 19, 2019

Once artificial intelligence becomes virtually universal, human interactions, work and even morality will look different, writes Alex Bates. "There's an essential 'unlocking' waiting for humanity right around the corner, and AI is going to help us get there," he writes. CIO (free registration) (7/18)

Aerosport increases size, intricacy of 3D-printing business

Jul 19, 2019

Aerosport Modeling and Design has expanded its additive manufacturing business over the past four years in response to growing customer demand. 3D printing enables Aerosport to build more complex parts. The Fabricator online (7/18)

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