Emulate3D Ltd.
 
   
MHI Blog—At the 2017 MHI Annual Conference keynote David Roberts will speak on understanding disruptive innovation.The emergence of disruptive technologies and the potential for more rapid deployment of existing, proven technologies all hold the potential to change development models and create new markets and business opportunities for entrepreneurs and those who finance them. The presentation will include technological advancements of autonomous vehicles such as drones, trucks and cars and help define new opportunities for supply chains.
 
EBN—It took three decades for 3D printing to become a disruptive force in the supply chain and it’s still relatively immature, but 4D printing is starting to emerge as a further extension of additive manufacturing. According to Grandview Research, the global 4D printing market is estimated to reach US$64.5 million by 2019 and grow at a CAGR exceeding 33.2 percent from 2020 to 2025.
 
 
   
MHISolutionsmag.com—The Q3 2017 issue of MHI Solutions focuses on digital solutions, from best practices in predictive analytics and wearable technologies to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things to the impact of robotics and automation. These solutions have the potential to deliver massive economic and environmental rewards. They boost productivity and sustainability, drive new markets and encourage innovation. And they are becoming more and more essential for business survival. If you have not done so already, the time to jump into this new digital reality is now.
 
MIT Technology Review—A new competition heralds what is likely to become the future of cybersecurity and cyberwarfare, with offensive and defensive AI algorithms doing battle. It will pit researchers’ algorithms against one another in attempts to confuse and trick each other, the hope being that this combat will yield insights into how to harden machine-learning systems against future attacks.
 
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
Vidir Inc.
The Wall Street Journal—Several companies, including Saks Fifth Avenue owner Hudson’s Bay Co. and Chinese online-retail giant JD.com Inc., have recently begun testing robotic "pickers" in their distribution centers. Some robotics companies say their machines can move gadgets, toys and consumer products 50% faster than human workers.
 
Modern Materials Handling—The second Global Industrial & Logistics Prime Rents report issued by industrial real estate firm CBRE provided a positive, and ongoing, outlook for logistics rents. One of the report’s chief findings was the prime logistics rents in 70 major global markets rose by an average of 2.2% annually during the first quarter of 2017, which the firm said continues a run a "several quarters of growth."
 
MHI Blog—It’s starting to be quite the buzzword. And it has a large potential impact on supply chain. So what is blockchain? That’s... kind of hard to answer. But I finally found a video that helped it all click.
 
Facility Safety: When a Doorway Isn't a Doorway
Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc.
Upper levels of enclosed elevated platforms often feature a set of doors that appear to be a doorway to another area of the mezzanine. However, if you were to open these doors you would discover that they do not lead to a room or a hallway, but instead lead to open space and the ground level below. This is an instance when a doorway isn’t a doorway, but rather a pallet drop area where a lift truck would load material up to these upper levels. Many times, swinging doors are put in place to enclose the mezzanine for climate or air control, and because there is a door in place, it’s often considered safe, but it is not, and can pose great risk to employees.
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RISnews—Many say retail is changing, or that it's evolving too fast for retailers to keep up. But this is just a pixel of the digital transformation picture. The hard truth is shoppers are changing and Generation Z (everyone born after 1995) is giving us a glimpse into the near future of the retail revolution.
 
Gartner—The growth of digital business and the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to drive large investment in IT operations management (ITOM) through 2020, according to Gartner, Inc. A primary driver for organizations moving to ITOM open-source software (OSS) is lower cost of ownership.
 

As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on Next-Generation Supply Chains.

As markets demand more efficiency and agility from supply chains, next-generation models are combining automation and digital technologies to drive performance. These technologies and processes are accelerating the pace of change as firms strive to keep pace with customer demands.


 
EBN—Automation and transportation have come together in the air in the form of drones. On land, many tech companies and automakers are working on self-driving cars. Although we don’t hear quite as much about is the application of the technology to transport over water, we may see it become a reality within just a few years.
 
The New York Times—Americans say they love U.S.-made goods. They are less enthusiastic, however, about paying a premium for them. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released recently found 70 percent of Americans think it is "very important" or "somewhat important" to buy U.S.-made products.
 
Tri-Boro Storage Products
Vada, LLC
Transport Topics—Over the course of the last decades, the trucking industry has seen remarkable growth. With this expansion, however, comes increased regulation. The trucking industry is predicting solid growth in the coming years, but it faces hurdles caused by increased regulation and an ongoing shortage of truckers.
 
Morningstar—CSX Corp. is telling some shippers to brace for growing pains, including additional days of transit times, as the railway implements Chief Executive Hunter Harrison's plan to tighten schedules.
 
Gartner—Market hype and growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI) are pushing established software vendors to introduce AI into their product strategy, creating considerable confusion in the process, according to recent research by Gartner, Inc. Analysts predict that by 2020, AI technologies will be virtually pervasive in almost every new software product and service.
 
MHI’s new Career Forum  enables manufacturing and supply chain professionals to view current job postings of MHI member companies. Go to http://www.mhi.org/careers to find the perfect opportunity for you.
 
Engineering Innovation
Columbia Machine, Inc.
MHI—In this webinar (Friday, July 28, 2-3 p.m. EDT) the Institute of Caster and Wheel Manufacturers (ICWM) will explain why certain manufacturing tests help to ensure your casters are safe and top-notch performers. You will learn the ergonomics of casters and how selecting the right caster can reduce lower back injury and save your company money as injury claims drop. No cost to attend. Register today!
 
SupplyChainBrain—The blockchain concept originally was developed as an efficient and secure way to manage and register transactions made with cryptocurrencies (for example, Bitcoin). Until now, it has mostly been of interest to individuals and financial institutions. But with its distributed-ledger technology (DLT) and smart contracts, blockchain has great potential to benefit all companies across the global supply chain—not just banks.
 
MHI Blog—The supply chain management (SCM) market is predicted to exceed $13 billion in total software revenue by the end of 2017, up 11 percent from 2016. It is also on pace to exceed $19 billion by 2021, as digitalization and software as a service (SaaS) enable new revenue opportunities, this according to new research by Gartner.
 
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