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that brings executives from companies of all sizes together with leading business luminaries to focus on emerging business issues and trends critical in today’s manufacturing landscape. Hear from notable industry leaders and subject matter experts as they deliver the latest perspectives on mission-critical topics impacting manufacturing operations and business.
Be part of a discussion that could deliver transformational insights and solutions for your business and stay on the leading edge of manufacturing.
Webinar: Press 'GO' on Industry 4.0
Recording. Industry 4.0 is an overarching-and unavoidable-movement in manufacturing, bringing plants, processes, products and people together in entirely new ways. Don't let the technology jargon intimidate you: Industry 4.0 offers real ROI for every manufacturer regardless of its size or current level of digital sophistication. For the middle market, the road to Industry 4.0 is less one of digital revolution than it is of intentional digital maturity linked to business value, where disruptive technology is one small part of broader systemic change.
Webinar: Inside the Mind of a Hacker
Recording. The manufacturing industry continues to be a key target for cyber breaches. Risk factors such as third-party access, limited IT and security resources and staff, and no specific regulated guardrails for cybersecurity policies and procedures contribute. While new vulnerabilities present new vectors to target, attack techniques remain fundamentally the same: discover, analyze, attack and exploit. Assuming attackers will continue to find a way through, the key to reducing risk is understanding how they target and execute their attacks.
Webinar: Strengthening Manufacturers against Cyber Shocks
Recording. Businesses are increasingly interconnected, integrated, and interdependent where innovation and technology convergence is creating opportunity and risk. Wireless networks, mobile devices and apps, social media, cloud services and data analytics have created entirely new ways for businesses to improve. Together, these technologies have created a dynamic, hyper-connected business ecosystem that enables companies to share significantly more digital information with a wider range of partners, suppliers, service providers and customers.
The State of Industrial Internet of Things
Recording. From industry to industry the industrial internet of things is creating tremendous value. This webinar, based on insights from The State of the Industrial IoT, will provide a data driven view into how manufacturers are using IoT to create business value today. This research provides an in-depth analysis of the industries that are leading IoT deployments, how business functions are using IoT, and the types of business value generated.
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
bell hooks, professor, feminist and author focusing on the intersection of race, gender and capitalism
Similar to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund cut its global economic forecast slightly. The IMF now expects worldwide growth to expand by 3.5% in 2019, down from its estimate of 3.7% growth in October. Meanwhile, the J.P. Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI registered 50.7 in January, down from 51.4 in December and signaling the slowest growth rate since August 2016. The headline index has decelerated since reaching a seven-year high in December 2017 (54.5), even with slight positive expansion overall. Reports also suggested that manufacturing activity in Canada, the Eurozone and Japan also grew at their weakest paces since mid-2016, and China weakened further in January after contracting in December for the first time since May 2017. Similarly, the IHS Markit Emerging Markets Manufacturing PMI contracted in January for the first time since June 2016. Overall activity in the emerging markets weakened across the year, weighed down by softer global growth and a strong US dollar. Read more.
Only 0.7% of employees in the Netherlands leave their job each year because of automation, according to a Boston University research paper. "The burden that automation places on workers is less than the burden created by mass layoffs and plant closings that arise from things like declining demand or bankruptcies," write James Bessen and James Kossuth. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (2/13)
Manufacturers can prepare for natural disasters by garnering detailed recommendations from insurers, creating continuity plans and being diligent about logging post-disaster information, writes Katherine Klosowski. IndustryWeek (2/14)
Food processors are using industrial internet of things-equipped sensors to gather data and offer predictive maintenance for motors and drive equipment, writes Sharon Spielman. "Everyone is trying to close that loop--insights for end-users and for OEMs to improve their equipment's reliability," says Jim Henry of SKF USA. Food Engineering magazine online (2/13)
Supply chains need to measure performance, benchmark it against key performance indicators and share that data across the organization if they hope to identify and solve efficiency issues, writes Martin Verwijmeren, CEO of MP Objects. "If you're only accruing and analyzing data in silos, you're not realizing the full potential of your network," he notes. Manufacturing (2/13)
Tyson Foods has for years been growing its production of packaged and prepared foods, such as nuggets and breakfast sandwiches, to obtain more stable revenue and respond to market conditions. Fifty Tyson plants in the US process an estimated 37 million chickens per week. Morningstar (2/13)
McKiney Manufacturing and Sales in Nebraska was able to overcome stagnant demand for hydraulic hoses and enter new markets by purchasing a tube-bending system. The system allows the company to quickly produce custom parts for clients in the oil and gas industry. Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.) (2/13)
Whirlpool creates value for consumers by offering products at every step of the digital journey, says Global Chief Information Officer Michael Heim. "By shifting our mindset to this consumer journey, we can differentiate ourselves in the marketplace," he says. CIO (free registration) (2/11)