Manufacturers have become highly attractive targets for cyber attackers, which can steal and sell the huge amounts of data they produce. But manufacturers can fight back by using Big Data, tying together supply chain systems, functionality, and network information to gain meaningful insight into security flaws and events.
Manufacturers face a dilemma when it comes to equipment maintenance and repair. Should they overstaff technicians to ensure that any problems are fixed as quickly as possible to minimize downtime? Or is it better to keep maintenance staff low, saving on labor costs but risking extensive production loss due to malfunctioning equipment? Read more
An integrated supply chain allows manufacturers to look into business processes across multiple suppliers and across disparate platforms to follow materials and components wherever they are — expanding traditional supply chain management beyond tracking materials, information, and finances as they move from supplier to manufacturer. Read more
When it comes to sustainable businesses, mining is not likely the first industry to come mind. But many mining companies, including Alcoa, are early adopters of sustainable practices. Alcoa is one of the world’s largest producers of aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In sharp contrast to the image of mining as a destructive industry, aluminum is among the most commonly recycled material in the world, and is one of the easiest to recycle.
It’s this image that rings truer to the heart and intentions of Alcoa as it seeks to ensure sustainability in all aspects of its business. IMT Green and Clean Journal recently spoke with Kevin Anton, Alcoa’s chief sustainability officer, about the company’s environmental efforts, and how they’ve managed to balance responsibility with financial benefits. Read more