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Public Perception of Manufacturing Mixed but Improving  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

The good news: Americans continue to believe that the health of the manufacturing industry is vitally important to the health of the country’s economy. And, increasingly, Americans believe that manufacturing jobs of the future will require high tech … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jul 17, 2017
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Manufacturing Industry is Embracing IoT & Digital Transformation  in Transformative Technologies

Recently, I was lucky enough to have been invited to attend Frost & Sullivan’s 13th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit. The Summit brings together C-suite executives and leaders from some of the largest manufacturers in the US—such as GM, Nike, R… Read More →

Posted by Shahram Mehraban on Jun 29, 2017
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It’s Time for Action on Tax, Trade, and Regulatory Reform, Manufacturers Say  in Manufacturing Advocacy

Manufacturing leaders are encouraged by the Trump Administration’s early willingness to prioritize, protect, and support the industrial sector but, they emphasize, the industry needs positive, legislative action on tax and trade policies and regulato… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 27, 2017
Views: 12102
Lockheed Martin Explodes the ‘Digital Tapestry’  in Transformative Technologies

Two years ago, at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Vice President of Production Dennis Little laid out his company’s “Digital Tapestry” strategy which, he said, would reduce product cycle time, decrease costs, and fu… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 21, 2017
Views: 13117
Manufacturers Must Pick Up the Pace on Digital Transformation  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Manufacturing leaders must lift their sights above day-to-day operational challenges and embrace three types of significant change if they are to capitalize on the transformational opportunities presented by the digitized, Manufacturing 4.0 era, Manu… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 19, 2017
Views: 13568
2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Program Honors Trailblazers of Industry Transformation  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

On June 14, at the 13th Annual Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Awards Gala, produced by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, top honors were presented to Industry 4.0 founding father Dr. Detlef Zühlke who was named Manufacturing Leader … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 19, 2017
Views: 16769
Seeking an Engaged Workforce? Don’t Forget about Contingent Workers  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

In a recent “Factories of the Future” study, we asked manufacturing leaders how their factories would be managed five to 10 years from today. The largest group—39%--said the predominant management approach will be collaborative, “with greater emphasi… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 08, 2017
Views: 16553
Five Ways Manufacturing Execs Should Lead on Cybersecurity  in Cybersecurity

The one piece of good news coming out of the recent WannaCry ransomeware attack, which infected over 200,000 computers worldwide and at least temporarily crippled hospitals, shops, and schools, is that it does not appear to have directly targeted th… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 19, 2017
Views: 15719
SAP Sapphire Day 1: Accelerating Digital Transformation  in Transformative Technologies

Nearly 30,000 SAP customers, partners, and media representatives converged at the Orlando Convention Center in Florida yesterday to open the software company’s annual Sapphire conference, and the message they heard was loud and clear – companies need… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on May 16, 2017
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Study: Women Are Becoming More Positive About Manufacturing Careers  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Employers and educators have made measureable progress over the past two years in attracting, recruiting, and retaining women to work in the manufacturing industry. But, as a recent study by Deloitte, the Manufacturing Institute, and APICS shows, a g… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 05, 2017
Views: 14520
Exact Unveils Major Software Architectural Change  in Transformative Technologies

Exact Macola, a developer of business software for small- and medium-size companies, has unveiled a new release of its flagship Macola enterprise resource planning product that emphasizes greater usability, including its use on tablet computers. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 27, 2017
Views: 13482
Augmented Reality is Center Stage at AGCO Plant Tour  in Transformative Technologies

Agriculture equipment maker AGCO Corp.'s pioneering efforts with Google Glass was the subject of a Manufacturing Leadership Council tour at the company's Jackson, Minn., facility last week. More than 70 ML Council members and invited guests toured th… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 11, 2017
Views: 16214
New “Factory of the Future” Study Foresees Dramatic Changes by 2030  in Factories of the Future

The transformative effects of four global megatrends are interacting to reshape the vision of tomorrow’s factory, according to a newly-released study by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council. (https://go.frost.com/forms/mlc_fof) Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 03, 2017
Views: 20594
M4.0 Success Will Require Adoption of a Digital Culture  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

The transition to Manufacturing 4.0 will be more demanding than any previous era of industry transformation, a panel composed of senior manufacturing leaders told the Manufacturing Leadership Council recently. That’s because, for most manufacturers, … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 14, 2017
Views: 16973
Meet the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winners  in Manufacturing Advocacy

The 91 manufacturers announced today as winners of the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards, in fact, are proof positive that M4.0 is much more than a theory or future vision. These ML Awards winners are putting M4.0 into practice today and are well … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 01, 2017
Views: 20115
Proto Labs CEO Vicki Holt Joins the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the foremost global business network for senior industrial executives, announces the election of President and CEO of Proto Labs, Inc. Vicki M. Holt, to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 23, 2017
Views: 2504
Scaling Digitization Projects into an M4.0 Strategy  in Transformative Technologies

It’s one thing to take on a small, well-defined project aimed at proving the potential of digitizing a process such as maintenance on a single line or in an individual plant. It’s quite another to take the experiences gathered from such small project… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Feb 02, 2017
Views: 18490
Trump Panel: New Administration Must Embrace Comprehensive Strategy to Bolster U.S. Manufacturing  in Industrial Policy

The incoming Trump Administration must move beyond one-off “name and shame” actions aimed at influencing large, global manufacturers to preserve domestic production and, instead, develop an aggressive and comprehensive manufacturing strategy focusing… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 12, 2017
Views: 22701
10 Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2017  in Manufacturing Advocacy

As the New Year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead. Contributors to this blog include David R. Brousell, Jeff Moad, Sankara Narayanan, and Paul Tate. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jan 06, 2017
Views: 37191
Industry Thought-Leaders To Debate Trump Options for U.S. Manufacturing  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Thought leaders from NAM, ITIF, Smart Manufacturing, Dow & PMA join a special Manufacturing Leadership Council panel discussion on the future of U.S. manufacturing under a Trump Administration on January 11. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Dec 23, 2016
Views: 20716