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This is part three of the exclusive three-part Manufacturing Sustainability series, intended to delve deeper into the dynamics of sustainable manufacturing, what it means, how it is achieved, the value it can bring to the business enterprise and customers. This article focuses on the integration of people and innovation to drive sustainable manufacturing.  Read more


In his latest Expert’s Corner, Michael Keating outlines the steps manufacturers can take to ensure that essential data is quickly recovered after a disaster. This is Keating’s first in a series on disaster planning and recovery. Future installments will include preserving the supply chain and social media tools.  Read more


There is a growing trend to reshore manufacturing back to the U.S. as managers re-calculate and compare the true total costs of production. Still, there is a range of hidden metrics that are not factored often enough when determining where to produce goods. Read more


Technical acumen alone is insufficient for engineering career success. “Soft skills” play an increasingly important role in differentiating STEM professionals for employment and advancement. Read more



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Variable speed electric motor. Credit: Baldor

Last week, I reported that a study by Carbon War Room sponsored by AT&T has determined that, by 2020, machine-to-machine (M2M) and information and communication technologies (ICT) could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally by 9.1 gigatons of carbon yearly, a full 18.6 percent of 2011 emissions (see the full report here). Last week’s article focused on the “Industrial Internet” or the “Internet of Things” as a means to integrate renewable energy systems into the electric grid.

Now the focus swings to the possibilities for manufacturing and industrial enterprises. How could an M2M Internet enable large-scale energy savings and GHG reductions in industry? Read more

The Virtual Power Plant. Courtesy of Siemens.

The Virtual Power Plant. Credit: Siemens.

The Industrial Internet, or the Internet of Things, promises to save energy and reduce industry’s environmental impacts through machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, says an AT&T-sponsored report by Carbon War Room, a research organization focused on the climate challenge. The report says that by 2020, M2M and information and communication technologies (ICT) could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 9.1 gigatons (Gt) carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) annually. That’s an impressive figure, equal to 18.6 percent of global GHG emissions for 2011.

The vision of an Internet of Things appeals to Jeffrey Immelt, CEO and Chairman of General Electric, who writes at GigaOM that he expects to see in the near future “an open, global fabric of highly intelligent machines that connect, communicate and cooperate with us.” He believes this “Industrial Internet” is “about combining the world’s best technologies to solve our biggest challenges,” developing “economically and environmentally sustainable energy, curing the incurable diseases, and preparing our infrastructure and cities for the next 100 years.” Read more

Business people raising toast with champagne

It’s that time of year again: deck the halls, light the candles and dread the company office party. While holiday parties are generally considered a perk for employees, a surprisingly large number of workers don’t enjoy them. Luckily, we’ve got tips to help you make it through these annual events, and even turn them to your advantage. Read more

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