Study looks at effective management in manufacturing | Manufacturing CEO adapts to his ADHD, dyslexia | WannaCry attack reveals cybersecurity concerns for industry
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May 18, 2017
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Study looks at effective management in manufacturing
Management techniques focusing on targets, incentives and monitoring can improve productivity in manufacturing, according to a survey that covered more than 35,000 US manufacturing plants. The researchers found that management was a distinguishable factor in productivity and that management practices are not consistent across companies or even internally.
Vox (Center for Economic Policy Research) (5/17) 
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Manufacturing CEO adapts to his ADHD, dyslexia
Middleby Corp. CEO Selim Bassoul largely avoids email and social media because of his attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, using the time gained to be present for his employees. He delegates detail work to staff members so that he can devote his time to high-level matters.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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Cybersecurity
WannaCry attack reveals cybersecurity concerns for industry
The recent WannaCry ransomware attack could signal a vulnerability for manufacturers' operational technology networks, including those with closed industrial control systems. Manufacturing execution systems and supervisory control and data acquisition are the two most vulnerable components of manufacturing systems, says Thomas Nuth of Nozomi Networks.
Automation World online (5/17) 
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Supply Chain
Research reveals what drives supply chain complexity
The main sources of supply chain complexity are customer demands, globalization and internal processes, research by APICS and Michigan State University finds. Supply chain managers must understand which of these sources of complexity are most relevant to their company, Christina O'Handley writes.
ThomasNet News (5/17) 
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Industrial IoT
IIoT is a boon for factory efficiency
The industrial internet of things can help factories monitor production lines across multiple sites and analyze risk associated with equipment failure, among other benefits, write Pushpak Parmar and Riya Savjani of Softweb Solutions. "Predictive analytics can bring an end to stockpiling [replacement parts] by allowing companies to monitor their equipment and their performance," they write.
Plant Engineering (5/18) 
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Connected vehicles require strategic software development
Software developers who work on vehicle technology need to make their products compatible across all platforms and reinforce consumers' expectations for over-the-air updates, writes Hunter Jensen, CEO of Barefoot Solutions. "For most car manufacturers, moving forward with the IoT mindset isn't a choice -- it's a necessity," he writes.
EBN (5/18) 
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Sustainability
The state of sustainability in manufacturing
Pressure is mounting on companies to adopt sustainable practices, whether to appease the public, stay ahead of environmental regulations or improve returns, Adam Robinson writes. The most common green-manufacturing initiatives include using recycled materials and reducing waste at factories through smart devices.
Cerasis blog (5/17) 
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Workforce of Tomorrow
Sewing machine manufacturer partners with schools
The CEO and chairman of a company that builds sewing machines for Singer Sewing Co. was inspired to provide free machines to schools after a Singer official mentioned a need to teach the art to young people. The company has since donated approximately 300 machines to local family and consumer science programs.
Times Daily (Florence, Ala.) (5/16) 
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