Industry Digest 641e47dc31cd0

Building a stronger, more reliable manufacturing industry

April 7, 2023
Here are this week’s industrial trends and perspectives, including how companies can use decarbonization legislation to their advantage.

The internet is a vast space that is filled with rabbit holes, endless search results, and adorable cat videos that will consume your entire day in a flash. Finding the information and insights you need to improve productivity and efficiency at your facility can be daunting. Luckily, Plant Services is here to help. We search the web and curate the industry perspectives, trends, and topics that will affect you and your industry. Here are a few of our favorite stories from this week.

Five Ways To Revitalize American Manufacturing [Forbes]
It’s undeniable that America needs to strengthen its manufacturing sector if it wants to stay competitive on the global stage, but deciding exactly how to accomplish this goal is far less clear cut. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to revitalizing manufacturing in the U.S. It will take time, resources, and a multi-pronged approach to return American industry to its glory days. This article highlights five potential paths towards a stronger, more reliable manufacturing industry. 

Recent legislative changes create a massive market opportunity for decarbonization [Fortune]
Combating climate change isn’t just an altruistic act; it’s good business. New legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), and the CHIPS and Science Act are helping decrease the cost of climate technologies, making implementation more affordable and attainable. This article demonstrates how companies can use decarbonization legislation to their advantage.

3 Ways Industrial Companies Can Build Resilience [Thomas]
Over the past few years, the manufacturing industry has faced and overcome countless obstacles, but the fight is not over yet. There are other concerns, like the ever-widening skills gap and the constant threat of supply chain disruptions, that keep manufacturing executives up at night. The only solution seems to be improving resiliency, but what is the best way to achieve this goal? This article highlights three strategies companies can employ to build resiliency into every aspect of their business. 

4 Ways to Apply PLCs in Manufacturing [Manufacturing Business Technology]
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have countless uses in the manufacturing industry. With the rise of industrial connectivity and digitalization, PLCs are become as essential as the assets and technologies they oversee. This article highlights how PLCs can be implemented in manufacturing facilities to improve productivity and support workflows. 

Technology Must Deliver More Than Just A Green Sheen For Manufacturing [Forbes]
Manufacturers must make sustainability a priority if they want to stay competitive and relevant. Pressure from governments, investors, and customers has led many companies to invest in new technologies that promise to make processes leaner and increase visibility into operational workflows. However, manufactures need to do their due diligence and select a technology partner who has a passion for and commitment to sustainability practices if they want to achieve their ESG goals. This article shows why investing in sustainability can help manufacturers improve their reputation and profitability.

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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