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Survey Finds Manufacturers Afflicted with a False Sense of Cybersecurity

Though manufacturers think they're doing a better job safeguarding data, cybersecurity breaches are increasing. So says a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study, which finds that "while organizations have made significant security improvements, they have not kept pace with today's determined adversaries."  The report adds that many manufacturers "rely on yesterday's security practices to...

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October Is Connecticut's 'Dream it. Do it.' Manufacturing Month

Connecticut. Dream it. Do it. Manufacturing Month," which features industry initiatives aimed to educate a future workforce about industry and manufacturing jobs. The statewide effort, in its third year, was launched by The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) and brings together a coalition of manufacturers, trade associations, and economic development and workforce...

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AMT Viewpoint: Want to Know the Future? Be a Part of Making It

Every October, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, AMT, hosts its annual Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference. This year, attendees will converge on Cincinnati for great networking opportunities, innovative manufacturing business strategies and concepts, and inspiring keynote speakers. But the main reason why people go to this event is to hear the economic and market forecasts...

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Is Industrial Engineering Suffering From a Talent Gap?

If the U.S. is to undergo the hoped-for manufacturing resurgence in the coming years, the sector will need industrial engineers (IEs), the professionals trained to design and optimize factories. Many believe that education in the field is lacking and too few students show an interest in the career.  Mike Duke, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said at the recent Wal-Mart U.S....

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Viewpoint: Smart Grid and Supply-Side Efficiency Hold Keys to Profitable Sustainability

The pathway to alleviate the risks associated with dependency on conventional fuels is the rapid development of a smarter electrical grid. Public and private investments into smart-grid technologies are a critical part of both the business-as-usual scenario and the new business cases like the one developed by Project Butterfly. As the energy industry struggles to cost-effectively meet demand,...

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NAM: Congress 'Prioritizes Gridlock Over Competitiveness'

Congress' move to force a federal government shutdown drew a sharp rebuke from the nation's largest manufacturing trade organization, which labeled the situation "a clear message of dysfunction."  National Association of Manufacturers Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse lambasted Congress for failing to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government and...

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Epic Content Marketing

In Epic Content Marketing: How to Tell a Different Story, Break through the Clutter, and Win More Customers by Marketing Less, Joe Pulizzi offers the critical keys to help businesses cut through the noise, commotion, and bad information that is right now cluttering up your customers' digital space.  Publishing is the new marketing. One of the world's leading experts on content marketing,...

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Expert's Corner: How Manufacturers Can Preserve the Supply Chain After a Disaster

A smart plan that maximizes a manufacturer's supply chain can be a huge advantage in disaster recovery. In his latest Expert's Corner series on disaster recovery, Michael Keating offers advice and resources that can help businesses construct such plans.  Quick planning helped one automotive manufacturer boost its market share following the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami that created a...

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Construction Starts on U.S.'s First Commercial Carbon Capture and Manufacturing Plant

Skyonic Corp. of Austin, Texas, has just broken ground on a new facility in San Antonio that is designed to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) and other emissions from a cement factory and produce chemical products to be sold commercially. Called Capitol SkyMine, the new plant will be "the first commercial-scale facility of its kind that offers a way for emitters to deal with their CO2 and SOx-NOx...

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Promotes STEM

Like many other organizations across the nation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) expresses concerns about the pipeline of college graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. As part of an effort to advance STEM in classrooms and inspire young students to pursue STEM careers, USACE has launched a new partnership with the Department of Defense. STEM occupations...

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