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Supply Chain

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Cybersecurity

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

Monday Economic Report

Apr 22, 2019

Manufacturers produced $2.385 trillion in value-added output in the fourth quarter, an all-time high, with the sector accounting for 11.4 percent of real GDP. Adjusting for inflation (in chained 2012 dollars), real value-added output in manufacturing also set a new record. Overall, manufacturing contributed 0.32 percentage points to real GDP growth in the quarter. Read more.

School, manufacturer partner on technical education

Apr 22, 2019

Quaker Windows and Doors plans to open a $65 million facility in Eldon, Mo., and it has partnered with a school district to help interested students prepare for potential careers. Juniors and seniors who take technical education classes through the Eldon Career Center may apply for paid summer internships with Quaker. News Tribune (Jefferson City, Mo.) (4/18)

How insurance may cover past environmental damage

Apr 22, 2019

Standard general liability coverage can provide coverage for environmental damage for which a company may be held accountable. However, for past problems, the policy must have been in place at the time the damage was inflicted, David L. Elkind explains. IndustryWeek (4/19)

Detergent industry shows how to cut back on plastic

Apr 22, 2019

Companies in an uncomfortable spotlight contributing to the glut of plastic entering the environment may be able to reduce their plastic output while maintaining or even boosting profits, Alexis Bateman writes. The detergent industry, for example, has shifted to concentrated liquid products that require much less plastic packaging and save on shipping costs as well. Supply Chain Management Review (4/18)

Back-saving exoskeleton finds its way to assembly lines

Apr 22, 2019

A device developed to help surgeons tasked with leaning over their patients for hours at a time caught the notice of a BMW executive. Levitate Technologies' exoskeleton is now becoming standard equipment on BMW and Toyota assembly lines. Forbes (4/19)

Column: How quality checks support the supply chain

Apr 22, 2019

Distribution centers tend to follow quality processes that fall into two categories -- inspections and audits. Smart Gladiator's Puga Sankara explores those categories, as well as other types of checks, and how they identify and address points of failure. EBN (4/19)

Profile: How PPG Aerospace improved its supply chain communication

Apr 22, 2019

Different departments in a supply chain may think their operations are running smoothly, but may be marred by a lack of communication. That was the case at PPG Aerospace until the company adopted integrated business planning, a process developed by management consulting firm Oliver Wight that extends the principles of sales and operations planning to the entire supply chain. IndustryWeek (4/19)

Cyberthreats mounting in oil, gas industry

Apr 22, 2019

Modern control systems in the oil and gas industry have become increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, such as denial-of-service. Other challenges the industry faces include dealing with multiple technologies, poor maintenance of cybersecurity standards and inadequate cybertraining among vendors and contractors. Rigzone (4/22)

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