Siemens is building on its long history of technological innovation in the US by pursuing research and development in artificial and augmented intelligence and building relationships with startups, says Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton. "We serve society by using our know-how to tackle those kinds of big problems, problems that others aren't able to address," she says.
Lean tools can improve operational performance, but they don't render soft skills such as respect and humility obsolete, writes Jeff Sipes. For best results, employers must balance the tools side of lean manufacturing with the soft skills necessary to keep employees engaged, Sipes notes.
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Insider attacks threaten industrial internet of things technologies slightly more than outsider ones, and companies need to guard against both, writes Michael Rothschild of Indegy. He suggest several best practices for reducing cybersecurity risks.
Companies could generate more revenue growth from their supply chains and make them more agile if they used digital investments and customer-focused techniques and ecosystem strategies more widely, according to an Accenture report. Those that do so have seen supply chain executives gain influence.
Machine learning and the industrial internet of things can assist manufacturers with predictive maintenance, and original equipment manufacturers now offer their own machine learning services, writes Abhinav Khushraj. When choosing a machine learning program, manufacturers should consider the time it takes to implement it, which vendor aligns with their strategy and the needs of their industry, he writes.
Schneider Electric has launched its first smart factory in the US in Lexington, Ky. The site uses the industrial internet of things-enabled EcoStruxure platform to increase efficiency and connectivity.
The energy-intensive process of wine production is sparking some wineries to mitigate their environmental impact by using lighter bottles. Jackson Family Wines began looking for methods of reducing its carbon footprint in 2008, resulting in such measures as decreasing bottle weight, resulting in the ability "to reduce our overall emissions by 4%," Senior Vice President for Corporate and Social Responsibility Katie Jackson said.
The transportation, warehousing and utilities sector had 60,000 fewer job openings in May, in line with national trends, according to a Labor Department report. Nationwide, job openings fell by 49,000 to reach 7.3 million, and demand for workers stayed strong.