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Be part of a discussion that could deliver transformational insights and solutions for your business and stay on the leading edge of manufacturing.
Fireside Chat with ABB and Salesforce
What does the future of Industry 4.0 look like for manufacturers? Watch the exclusive sit down with Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB and Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce. Learn how ABB is applying IoT and AI to connect with their customers in revolutionary ways - and why you should too. Recorded live September 2018.
Webinar: Cybersecurity Forum Highlights & Lessons Learned
What is needed to build an effective cybersecurity strategy for the future? How can manufacturers ensure they are taking steps to improve defenses while building a risk mitigation plan? What recommendations do manufacturing leaders and cybersecurity specialists make to their peers?
Webinar-The Digital Transformation in Manufacturing
Manufacturing is experiencing a significant transformation with digital and IIoT solutions enabling a digital thread solution, connecting enterprise applications like CAD, PLM, ERP and MES as well as machine data. This digital thread across engineering and manufacturing creates an unbroken collection of data woven through the value chain and new IIoT solutions bring in new value opportunities with real-time visibility, predictive analytics and augmented reality experiences.
Webinar: Applying AI to Your Factory Today
In this use case and demo-driven session, manufacturers will see how their peers are using AI to achieve their business objectives today, how today's AI tools are enabling citizen data scientists to build & manage AI solutions at scale, and how manufacturers are overcoming some of the challenges of implementing AI to build the factory of the future. Tuesday, September 24, 2-3pm ET Register now
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
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General Mills is allowing office employees to work in its manufacturing plants to help meet increased demand, and the food company is also issuing daily bonuses to production employees for at least four weeks. "Our most important objectives are the continued health and safety of our employees and our ongoing ability to serve our consumers around the world. We see it as imperative that we help ensure a steady and reliable food supply for people and pets," said Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO of General Mills. Twin Cities Business (Minneapolis) (4/2)
When choosing a self-contained breathing apparatus for responding to fires at industrial sites, manufacturers should first do a site risk assessment and consider the apparatus' material and features, Derek Roy writes. Occupational Health & Safety (4/2020)
Manufacturers can mitigate the supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic by making greater use of e-commerce and e-procurement and focusing more on direct-to-consumer sales, says Brady Behrman, CEO of software company PunchOut2Go. "E-commerce and procurement automation radically reduce supply-chain friction and delays, generating the supply-chain agility that manufacturers will need in the coming weeks," he says. Digital Commerce 360 (4/1)
Manufacturers need to understand the different kinds of distributors and the cost pressures they face in order to have a good working relationship with them, writes consultant Frank Hurtte. He recommends that both sides use data to make the best-informed decisions possible. Industrial Supply magazine (March-April 2020)
Companies performing critical manufacturing are at particularly high risk of cyberattacks by insiders, so they need to "take proactive and ongoing measures" to prevent them, writes Michael Crouse. He recommends going over possible scenarios, enacting dynamic user protection and communicating with employees about risks. New Equipment Digest (4/2)
Merck and Eli Lilly are among the companies rolling out paid volunteer programs for their employees who are qualified medical professionals and want to help provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic. "COVID-19 is one of the greatest challenges the global community will ever face, and our heroic health care professionals are, unquestionably, on the front-lines of that fight," said Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier. The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (4/1)
GE Aviation has announced that half of its engine manufacturing employees will be furloughed for four weeks due to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Boeing is offering voluntary buyouts "to reduce the need for other workforce actions," CEO Dave Calhoun says. CNBC (4/2)
New US factory orders stayed the same in February as in January, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The coronavirus pandemic likely played a role in the lack of growth. Reuters (4/2)