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White House Creates Sensor-Focused Innovation Institute, Plans Five More  in Transformative Technologies

The Obama Administration has announced the creation of a Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute which, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, will focus on accelerating the development of smart sensors, data analytics, and advanced cont… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 20, 2016
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Top Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winners Show that M4.0 Is Transforming the Industry  in Transformative Technologies

When the top winners of the 12th annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards were unveiled at a gala celebration on June 8, one thing became quite clear: The digital transformation that the Manufacturing 4.0 era promises is much more than a theory or a me… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 15, 2016
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Small Manufacturers Will Benefit from M4.0, Too  in Transformative Technologies

Why are large manufacturers investing in digitizing their product innovation, supply chain, and production processes? Many would say they recognize the need to respond to rapidly-rising customer expectations by becoming more data-driven and more agil… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 15, 2016
Views: 18079
Are Factories of the Future Sailing Into a Perfect Cyber Storm?  in Cybersecurity

In the Manufacturing 4.0 era, navigating the cyber security waters ahead will not simple, and it must not be thought of as an IT problem, Anthony King, Chief Information Security Officer Director, IT Security Operations/Governance, Risk and Complianc… Read More →

Posted by Sankara Narayanan Venkataramani on Jun 08, 2016
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2016 Manufacturing Leadership Summit: Industry 4.0 Pioneer Calls for Global Standards to Make M4.0 a Reality  in Factories of the Future

The journey to Manufacturing 4.0 is going to be a rocky road unless industrial companies and international bodies act swiftly to deliver useable interoperability standards that allow modular, plug-and-produce, integrated production lines to become a … Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 08, 2016
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M4.0 Will Require a New Leadership Model  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

As Manufacturing 4.0 takes place in their organizations, manufacturing leaders must get better and collaborating, communicating, making data-driven decisions, and even thinking of ways to use new digitally-enabled processes and business models to dri… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 07, 2016
Views: 20801
Energizing Leadership to Drive Business Transformation  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Since 1950, 88% of all Fortune 500 companies have disappeared, victims of competitive challenges that they did not anticipate or respond to. Today, the transition to Manufacturing 4.0 is likely to prove rewarding for some manufacturers and cataclysmi… Read More →

Posted by Sankara Narayanan Venkataramani on Jun 07, 2016
Views: 15986
2016 Manufacturing Leadership Summit: The M4.0 Tidal Wave is Coming – Are You Ready?  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Industry is about to experience more change, across more aspects of the business of manufacturing, and in a shorter time than perhaps any period of transition in the history of manufacturing. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 07, 2016
Views: 14889
Manufacturers Push for Open, Interoperable Control Systems  in

Now is the time for manufacturers to band together to force providers of real time control systems to replace their closed, proprietary technologies with distributed control systems and programmable logic control systems that are open, interoperable,… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 07, 2016
Views: 17018
Five Things Tesla’s New Manufacturing Leadership Needs to Do  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Stung by quality and production snags and needing to dramatically increase output of his company’s expanding line of electronic vehicles, Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk recently parted company with his two top manufacturing executives and publicly invit… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 31, 2016
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One-Third of Production Workers Found to Need Public Assistance  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

In the latest issue of the Manufacturing Leadership Journal, a senior manufacturing executive from a large life sciences company said that the most important leadership qualities for the future will be “the ability to empower all the different levels… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 16, 2016
Views: 20762
Join Us at The Smart Factory World Symposium In Chicago, June 2  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

The Manufacturing Leadership Council's Global Vice President of Research and Editorial Director, David R. Brousell, will deliver the opening session on “The Smart Factory” at the 2nd Annual Smart Factory World Symposium, organized by Forcam on June 2… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on May 10, 2016
Views: 18320
Report: Digitization Means Workforce Disruption, But Jobs Will Be There for Those Who Want Them  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Manufacturing’s adoption of ever-greater levels of automation and disruptive new technologies such as advanced robotics and 3D printing doesn’t necessarily mean ongoing job losses, but it will mean a great deal of disruption, as displaced workers str… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 26, 2016
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Dow Plant Tour: the Right Formula for Safety is One Part Culture, One Part Science  in Factories of the Future

Manufacturing Leadership Council members gathered last week in Freeport, Texas, to tour The Dow Chemical Company’s massive production facility and to hear how Dow has achieved world-class safety performance, a feat that is rooted as much in culture a… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 20, 2016
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M4.0: Optimism Remains High, But Implementation Lags  in Factories of the Future

While manufacturers remain optimistic about the potential for Manufacturing 4.0 to provide their companies with enhanced operational effectiveness, many report having made limited progress implementing M4.0 initiatives, and the vast majority don’t ha… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 12, 2016
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China, India, and Europe Improve, But U.S. and Overall Global Manufacturing Still Struggle for Growth  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

In the U.S., manufacturing sector growth rates remained almost unchanged from its recent 28-month low, with a PMI of 51.5 for March, up only slightly from 51.3 in February. But a faster increase in incoming new work, and the sustained growth of new e… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Apr 05, 2016
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The Future of Manufacturing in Europe  in Factories of the Future

Seven transformative forces are poised to change the fabric of manufacturing and drive economic prosperity in Europe. Read More →

Posted by Muthukumar Viswanathan on Apr 05, 2016
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Report: U.S. Manufacturing Retaining Its Competitive Edge  in Manufacturing Advocacy

Despite significant headwinds brought on by the dramatically strengthening U.S. dollar and upheaval in the oil and gas industry, the U.S. manufacturing sector remains the most competitive worldwide, according to a new report by economics forecasting … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 22, 2016
Views: 18218
Another Additive Manufacturing Standards Group Sets Up Shop  in Transformative Technologies

While makers and other enthusiasts continue to proclaim the transformative potential of additive manufacturing and 3D printing, enthusiasm among many industrial manufacturers remains muted. One reason: The absence of a comprehensive set of standards … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 15, 2016
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The IoT Standards World Readjusts  in Transformative Technologies

At the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s special “Manufacturing 4.0 in Action” event in Nuremberg, Germany, last November, a member of the audience raised the very pertinent question of standards in the M4.0 era. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Mar 08, 2016
Views: 25695