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Green Hydrogen’s Role in Enabling Zero-Emissions Transportation – Part One

Hydrogen is likely to play a key role as we transition to low/zero-emissions transport. While battery-powered vehicles dominate in cars and light trucks, it will be a different story for ocean-faring ships and possibly for long-haul trucks and trains, where the unique advantages of hydrogen-derived fuels are more important.

The Case for Autonomous Long-Haul Trucking

Predictions for rollout of driverless cars have shifted from “before 2020” to “after 2030”. Here we explore the many reasons we will likely see driverless long-haul trucking in a hub-to-hub model well before driverless cars are plying our city streets.

X-Factory: Part Two

PTC’s X-Factory shows a path to Industrie 4.0. Here we examine the assembly, testing and packaging, warehouse, production management, and solution integration for X-Factory.

X-Factory – Part One

X-Factory is a demonstration factory (making real products) created by PTC to help manufacturers visualize a path to the Smart Factory. Here we describe what makes a factory smart and get a look at the engineering, material handling, and chassis manufacturing stages.

IoT Distributed Intelligence Examples

To help visualize the distributed architecture of the Internet of Things (IoT), we explore specific concrete examples of what distributed intelligence looks like in the smart factory, smart building, precision agriculture, and smart mine.

2011 Supply Chain Orchestration: Part Three – Multi-Tier Procurement

Throughout much of its history, Ford was a vertically integrated company, owning its own supply chain assets all the way back to raw materials facilities such as steel mills and rubber plantations. And although they have transitioned to a highly-tiered virtual enterprise model, Ford has sought to “have their cake and eat it too,” maintaining or regaining some of the benefits of their original vertically integrated model. One aspect of this (Ford’s use of supplier parks) is described in “Supplier Parks – Back to the Future.

In the article below, we examine another aspect of Ford’s attempt to get vertical integration benefits from a multi-tier supply chain – specifically, how they buy steel on behalf of their entire supply chain.

Walmart Teams With Suppliers to Buy Raw Materials

In its relentless pursuit for additional cost advantage, Walmart is looking to combine its own spend with that of its suppliers. It raises questions of how much control Walmart can exert over their suppliers, and will other retailers be locked out of that same game?

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