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7/18/2018

Data indicate that only 2% of lithium-ion batteries in Australia is recycled, with a report suggesting a missed economic opportunity. "We can draw additional value from existing materials, minimise impact on our environment, and also catalyse a new industry in lithium-ion reuse/recycling," said researcher Anand Bhatt of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

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7/18/2018

Independent maintenance, repair and overhaul companies can offer more experience and lower costs when it comes to aircraft maintenance programs, but there is more they can do to set themselves apart from original equipment manufacturers, says James Elliott of IFS. Be diverse in the services you offer, provide a full range of maintenance and support, and give options when it comes to pricing, he advises.

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7/18/2018

Artificial intelligence's potential for reducing electronic waste lies in its applications for developing sustainable materials and reducing the harmful effects of plastics. "We want to develop AI in a way that is sustainable, benefits people and society as a whole, and focuses on solving important challenges such as climate change," says Andrus Ansip, vice president of the European Commission.

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7/18/2018

Energy companies are shifting to prescriptive maintenance to achieve "better-quality data, earlier problem detection, more timely and accurate response, and perhaps of the most importance, less reliance on manual knowledge capture," Sheila Kennedy writes. One example is Devon Energy, which has shifted scheduling for liquid tank haul-offs from manually created spreadsheets to analytics software that fills out spreadsheets automatically.

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7/18/2018

Cyberattacks targeting industrial control systems are on the rise, and those with old equipment are particularly vulnerable, writes Ernie Hayden of 443 Consulting. "[T]he operators of ICS tools need to focus their efforts on improving their threat exposure," he writes.

7/18/2018

Nearly two-thirds of organizations have experienced a threat to employee safety from a breach of supervisory control and data acquisition systems or industrial control systems, according to a Forrester study. Almost 60% of surveyed organizations had a breach during the past 12 months.

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7/18/2018

Smart factory technologies should be implemented on a small scale, with an emphasis on building relationships and a goal of improving business outcomes, IFS Industries President Antony Bourne writes.

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7/18/2018

Energy-efficient processes, carbon capture and storage and a combination of other technologies can help industrial companies decarbonize, according to this McKinsey analysis. "The optimum mix of decarbonization options will vary from facility to facility, even within the same sector, because local factors determine which ones are most practical or economical," the authors write.

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7/18/2018

Autonomous robots will eventually take jobs that are most dangerous for humans, such as inspecting damaged nuclear equipment or setting up facilities on Mars, Kevin Maney suggests. Australian firm Marathon Targets, for example, has developed artificial intelligence-equipped robots that simulate live environments for military training.

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7/18/2018

Consumers now have and want choices -- order online, store pickup, ship and more. Online grocery shopping is transcending the way supply chains distribute product to the store and directly to shoppers. In Rethink Your Automation Distribution Processes for Omnichannel Selling -- Winning Strategies for Both Retail and Wholesale, presenters take a deeper dive into some of the most progressive ways to meet these new challenges by using automation and the latest in warehouse management systems. You'll hear how an automated omnichannel approach works in other retail formats, but also how it adapts to grocery and gain a clear vision on how progressive retailers and wholesalers are tackling new omnichannel warehouse and distribution challenges. Access the session handout or view the video presentation.

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