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Internet of things

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Sustainability

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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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Cybersecurity

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

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Growth

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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

NAM Shipping Can Take Care of Supply Chain Needs

Oct 22, 2021

NAM members can improve their supply chain efficiency by leaving the shipping logistics to the experts. The NAM Shipping program provides discounts on shipping and freight, UPS supply chain solutions, along with personalized shipping assistance. UPS Capital offers NAM members financing and supply chain insurance services, which can help protect the supply chain from risk and can provide financing solutions. Learn more about the different benefits available through this program that can support your supply chain.

N.Y. high-schoolers learn how to run a manufacturing shop

Oct 22, 2021

The Bulldog Manufacturing shop is operated by students at Alden High School in New York and offers training on how to run a business, interact with customers and manage money. "It's so important that we have these opportunities for these students, to show them new possibilities out there," says Arthur Eggink, the school's technology instructor. WKBW-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (10/22)

PPG's McGarry: Supply chain recovery is under way

Oct 22, 2021

PPG Industries expects "the supply chain to normalize through the end of the year, with more typical supply returning in early 2022," says Chairman and CEO Michael McGarry. Automotive refinishing and airliner builds are bright spots for coatings demand. ICIS News (UK) (free content) (10/21)

Available space in warehouses shrinks amid soaring demand

Oct 22, 2021

Space availability in the industrial market is tightening with the vacancy rate dropping to 3.6% in the third quarter, compared with 4.3% in the same period during the previous year, according to CBRE. "In the last 90 days, supply-chain dislocations have become even more pronounced, with customers acting with a sense of urgency to secure the space they need," Prologis' CFO Thomas Olinger said during a recent earnings call. The Wall Street Journal (10/22)

Ransomware group REvil taken offline

Oct 22, 2021

A multicountry operation involving law enforcement and intelligence specialists has struck back at ransomware group REvil, whose former partners and associates perpetrated the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline that led to gas shortages in parts of the US. Officials were able to hack and force the group offline. Reuters (10/21)

IHS Market: Flash manufacturing PMI is down this month

Oct 22, 2021

IHS Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing managers' output index for the first half of October was 59.2, down from 60.7 in September. The composite reading, which includes services, rose to 57.3 from 55 in September. Yahoo (10/22)

Deloitte: Semiconductor industry must transform

Oct 22, 2021

The global semiconductor industry must innovate to get beyond today's supply chain challenges, as even existing business transformation efforts are frequently changing midstream, according to a survey and report by Deloitte. One opportunity is in growing revenue beyond the chip sale, as "all the data that flows through a chip can be monetized," says Brandon Kulik of Deloitte. TechRepublic (10/20)

Ford's Thai-Tang details company's EV ambitions

Oct 22, 2021

This interview with Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's chief product platform and operations officer, provides insight on how the company is responding to the ongoing consumer and commercial shift toward EVs. This shift is described as the challenge facing Ford since it began building automobiles 118 years ago. Harvard Business Review (tiered subscription model) (10/21)

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