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CHINA JOURNAL: After the Trip, Reflections on China

After a 16-day, four-city trip to China, ML Council co-founder David R. Brousell reflects on what he saw and learned about China and the country's manufacturing direction.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 – After a 17-hour flight from Hong Kong, the last leg of our 16-day visit to China, we arrived in Boston early Monday morning on October 9, the flesh we… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/china-journal-after-trip-reflections-china/

CHINA JOURNAL: Analytics, Digitization, and AI Dominate Day 2 at MIF2017

The second and final day of MIF2017 focuses on analytics and digitization, and includes presentations from ML Council members and an award winner.
Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Forrest Lin, the Deputy Director of Tianjin’s Municipal Industrial and Information Technology Commission, put it bluntly yesterday at the start of d… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/china-journal-analytics-digitization-and-ai-dominate-day-2-mif2017/

CHINA JOURNAL: Shanghai is the First Step on the Journey

David R. Brousell, the Co-founder of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, begins a 16-day trip to China, where he will speak at the MIF2017 manufacturing conference in Tianjin on the subject of Manufacturing 4.0.
Monday, September 25, 2017 – The American Airlines plane touched down at Pudong Airport in Shanghai at about 1:30 pm on Friday, nearly 30 minutes ahead of schedule. It was the… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/china-journal-shanghai-first-step-journey/

Plant Tour: At LAI, M4.0 is a Multi-Step Journey

Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council last week toured LAI International's 75,000-square foot plant in Maine, and heard about how the manufacturer of precision-engineered parts devised its roadmap to Manufacturing 4.0.
For LAI International, the creation of a roadmap to Manufacturing 4.0 started with putting customers at the center of the company’s thinking. A motto grew out of this orientation:… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/plant-tour-lai-m40-multi-step-journey/

GE Plant Tour: Shaping the Factory 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.
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 … http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/ge-plant-tour-shaping-factory-future/

Manufacturing 4.0: Invest Now or Risk Falling Behind, Report Warns

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 landscape an…
Manufacturers across all vertical industries are poised to dramatically ramp up investments in smart products, digitized processes and related technologies, skills, and training o… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-40-invest-now-or-risk-falling-behind-report-warns/

One-Third of Production Workers Found to Need Public Assistance

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 in t…
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 … http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/one-third-production-workers-found-need-public-assistance/

Do Manufacturers Need Chief Digital Officers?

On a recent Manufacturing Leadership Council Roundtable call, Dr. Dean Bartles, Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute and a member of the Council’s Board of Governors, laid out his vision of manufacturing’s digiti…
On a recent Manufacturing Leadership Council Roundtable call, Dr. Dean Bartles, Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute and a member of the… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/do-manufacturers-need-chief-digital-officers/

At Lockheed Plant Tour Event, Digital Factory Roundtable Focuses on the People Factor

In its first plant tour and roundtable discussion of 2015, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered recently at Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet fighter factory in Fort Worth, TX, to see how the $100 million plane is made and to discuss what for…
In its first plant tour and roundtable discussion of 2015, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered recently at Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet fighter factory in Fort … http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/lockheed-plant-tour-event-digital-factory-roundtable-focuses-people-factor/

Manufacturing Renaissance: Reality or Hype?

Is all the talk in the popular media about a “manufacturing renaissance” actually working against the manufacturing industry? A report issued this week by the Washington, DC-based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think tank concludes that,…
Is all the talk in the popular media about a “manufacturing renaissance” actually working against the manufacturing industry? A report issued this week by the Washi… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-renaissance-reality-or-hype/

Is Your Organization Ready for Digitization?

Today, businesses are realizing more and more value through investments in digitization, but the trajectory is anything but smooth or predicable. A recent McKinsey survey on digitization, for example, says that many organizations are not realizing the ful…
Any time a new, pervasive technology is injected into an organization, something transformational happens. We’ve seen it with enterprise resource planning systems, customer relati… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/your-organization-ready-digitization1/

Digitization: Pick Your Shots, But Don’t Miss the Big Picture

One of the more interesting findings from the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Factories of the Future (http://bit.ly/188uFh2 ) project this year is what manufacturers are saying about digitizing their business processes.A strong majority, 59.4%, say th…
One of the more interesting findings from the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Factories of the Future (http://bit.ly/188uFh2 ) project this year is what manufacturers are… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/digitization-pick-your-shots-dont-miss-big-picture/

Digitization: A Powerful Trend That's Picking Up Speed

The trend of converting analog information to digital form has been around for a long time. Who doesn't interact with some form of digital information today in their business and personal lives? Mail, business records, financial transactions, ticket purch…
The trend of converting analog information to digital form has been around for a long time. Who doesn't interact with some form of digital information today in their business and … http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/digitization-powerful-trend-s-picking-speed/

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