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What’s Next for U.S. Manufacturing Under Trump? The Lobbying Intensifies…  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

With just over a month to go before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, things are heating up amongst a host of eager advisors to the new administration about how it should improve and stimulate the future of U.S. manufacturing. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Dec 13, 2016
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ML Awards Submission Deadline Extended to January 13  in Transformative Technologies

We at the Manufacturing Leadership Council are thrilled with the number and quality of nominations we have already received for the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. It’s clear from the projects nominated so far that Manufacturing 4.0 and the tra… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Dec 12, 2016
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GE Plant Tour: Shaping the Factory of the Future  in Factories of the Future

Nearly 100 members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered in Greenville, South Carolina last week to see first-hand how General Electric’s 1.5-million square foot heavy duty gas turbine factory is embracing digitization. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Nov 15, 2016
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Five Steps for Creating a Data-Driven Decision-Making Culture  in The Adaptive Organization

Recent conversations among members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council show that effectively using real-time data and analytics to make better decisions is not just a technology issue. In a very real way, effectively embracing data-drive decision… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Nov 04, 2016
Views: 27056
Updating Lean for the Manufacturing 4.0 Era  in The Adaptive Organization

With the current intense focus on IoT, digital transformation, and real-time data leading to transformative change, it sometimes seems as if manufacturers have moved on from more traditional and continuous approaches to operational improvement—such a… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Oct 11, 2016
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A "Cathedral of Manufacturing" Opens in Brooklyn  in Transformative Technologies

New Lab, an independent, interdisciplinary place for entrepreneurs working in robotics, artificial intelligence, connected devices, and other areas, officially opens in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Oct 11, 2016
Views: 22977
Where Are the Best Places in the U.S. to Be a Manufacturing Worker?  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

After many years subjected to job losses due to outsourcing, offshoring, and automation, are U.S. manufacturing workers finally in store for some good news? Yes and no. While manufacturing employment is up since the end of the Great Recession—as is o… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Sep 27, 2016
Views: 23016
Leadership Development Is a Key Theme at Women in Manufacturing Summit  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

More women in key manufacturing leadership positions would help companies improve their business performance, including decision-making and even profitability and shareholder value, panelists at the 6th Women in Manufacturing Summit said.. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Sep 23, 2016
Views: 20490
Identifying a Path to Manufacturing 4.0  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

The Manufacturing Leadership Council's new Critical Issues agenda identifies a set of business and technology issues and subjects that will enable manufacturers to establish a clear focus and approach to Manufacturing 4.0. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Sep 13, 2016
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Unique Nike Partnership Aims to Rebuild Domestic Supply Base  in Redefining the Supply Chain

We often hear manufacturers based in the U.S. and Europe say that, even if wanted to bring production back from Asia and other low-cost locations, they couldn’t because the very specialized supplier networks that they would need have atrophied or dis… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Sep 12, 2016
Views: 20325
Can Competency-Based Education Help Solve the Manufacturing Skills Shortage?  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

We frequently hear manufacturers complain that recent graduates who they hire often turn out to lack the kind of knowledge and workforce readiness required to for them to become productive on the job quickly. A diploma from a community college, a car… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 30, 2016
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Connectivity is Emerging Theme at Jefferies Industrial Conference  in Factories of the Future

Manufacturing company executives say that a technology trend that will contribute to their growth is connectivity and the use of the information that is generated from it. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Aug 16, 2016
Views: 25143
Manufacturing 4.0: Invest Now or Risk Falling Behind, Report Warns  in Factories of the Future

Manufacturers across all vertical industries are poised to dramatically ramp up investments in smart products, digitized processes and related technologies, skills, and training over the next four years, significantly altering the competitive landsca… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 16, 2016
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Are You a Manufacturing 4.0 Leader? Make Your Case by Entering the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards  in The Adaptive Organization

Is your company a leader or an also-ran in the race to Manufacturing 4.0? One way to answer that question is to benchmark against a few competitors to determine if your latest digitally-enabled project or process is world class or just table stakes… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 08, 2016
Views: 18182
Green Manufacturers Are Taking the LEED  in Sustainability

Perhaps one of the most uncharted implications of the journey to Manufacturing 4.0 is how new digital technologies, pervasive sensor networks, lean production models, smart products, and advanced new materials can help the global manufacturing indust… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jul 26, 2016
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Is Big Brother Coming to the Factory Floor?  in Transformative Technologies

Manufacturers invest lots of money and intellectual capital defining and documenting the philosophies and standard practices under which they want their plants to operate. Operations bibles such as the legendary Toyota Production System not only lay … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jul 22, 2016
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Can Under Armour Reinvent Customized Innovation with Manufacturing 4.0 Approach?  in Factories of the Future

Sportswear maker Under Armour has come up with a new, Manufacturing 4.0-inspired, customized manufacturing model based on a powerful combination of creative design, rapid innovation, extensive digital automation, in-house strategic partners, and loca… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jul 19, 2016
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BREXIT Panel: With Political Uncertainty Still Hovering, It Is Business As Usual in the U.K.  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

In the weeks since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, much uncertainty about the political, economic, and social implications of the decision remains. But manufacturers are pressing ahead with business as usual, adopting a “wait an… Read More →

Posted by Sankara Narayanan Venkataramani on Jul 18, 2016
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BREXIT: Ten Things Manufacturing Companies Should Know  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

In an effort to provide some clarity in the midst of the confusion, here are 10 things that manufacturers should know about when trying to assess the future of manufacturing in the U.K., and some of the potential implications of BREXIT on their busin… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 28, 2016
Views: 21356
What the BREXIT Vote Says About the Individual vs. Society  in High Tech

The British vote to leave the European Union is a reaction to a perceived lack of sovereignty, frustration with the EU's ability to deal with various crises, immigration, and even globalization. At a societal level, it raises questions about the bala… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jun 28, 2016
Views: 16001