How will cheaper, customizable 3D printing affect toy manufacturing? | 6 ways to streamline manufacturing through MES, ERP | Additive printing has potential for metal casting, lightweighting
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July 21, 2017
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How will cheaper, customizable 3D printing affect toy manufacturing?
Consumers could potentially use 3D printers to individualize toys and replace lost parts, which creates a problem and opportunity for toy manufacturers, writes Ian Wright. "Distributed home manufacturing is the future for toys, but also many other products," said Joshua Pearce of Michigan Technological University, who has researched the issue.
Engineering (7/20) 
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6 ways to streamline manufacturing through MES, ERP
Manufacturers that simultaneously use enterprise resource planning and manufacturing execution systems can adjust production in real time and forecast demand accurately, writes Yuval Lavi of Magic Software Enterprises. Integrating ERP and MES capabilities also helps mitigate risks created by rush orders, he writes.
IndustryWeek (7/20) 
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Additive printing has potential for metal casting, lightweighting
Applications of 3D printing are advancing beyond fused filament fabrication to developments such as dissolvable supports that enable large metal printing, Jeff Kerns writes. Altair has subtracted 103 pounds from a piece of agricultural equipment through additive printing, he writes.
Machine Design (7/20) 
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Top 5 Concerns Amazon Business Helps You Address
Amazon Business gives health care vendors and suppliers the ability to deliver the experience customers want without having to make a large investment in digital infrastructure. In this SmartFocus report we explore five critical business challenges currently facing companies in the healthcare space and what Amazon Business is doing to help effectively address them. Read it now >>
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Cybersecurity
Contingency planning for industrial cyberattacks is not optional
Cyberattacks aimed at industrial functions are growing by 20% per year, reports Justin Berman of Check Point South Africa. Risk-based continuity plans are the primary way to start preparing for cyberattacks, says Alex Roberts of Cura South Africa.
Engineering News (South Africa) (7/20) 
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Researchers study interference of AI around autonomous cars
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tested whether artificial intelligence objects around self-driving cars could be hacked; their study concluded that "fake" stop signs could not fool autonomous cars. However, a study from OpenAI challenged this claim, with the research team creating a printed picture in five days that was able to fool an autonomous vehicle.
Quartz (7/18) 
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Supply Chain
Differentiate customer-centric approach with warehouse management
Warehouses may be far removed from final delivery locations, but they play a critical role in providing a customer-centric experience, writes Mark Humphlett of Infor. Strategies such as cross-docking can improve the customer experience by reducing delivery delays, he writes.
Manufacturing Business Technology online (7/20) 
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Warehouse robots will work with, not replace, workers
Warehouse robots are meant to work with people rather than displace them, especially in solving challenges such as mobility and placement, argues Jerome Dubois, the co-founder of 6 River Systems. A key step toward that is making it easy and engaging for human workers to interact with and control robots.
CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly online (7/20) 
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Industrial IoT
Computing's move toward the edge demands collaboration
Collaboration, rather than competition, characterizes the progression of industrial internet of things ecosystems, Susana Schwartz writes. "The challenge -- as millions of IoT devices come onto mobile networks, streaming information to Internet cloud applications -- will be achieving ultra-responsiveness and higher degrees of intelligence in industrial IoT applications," she writes.
Pipeline (7/2017) 
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Workforce of Tomorrow
Texas facility aims to grow technical workforce
The Energy and Manufacturing Institute of the Lone Star College System in Texas provides niche technical training at several campuses for industries including manufacturing.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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