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Making Manufacturing Easier for the Makers

Ayah Bdeir and her five-year-old company, littleBits, have become stars of the maker movement by emphasizing simplicity and ease-of-use. The company, which makes color-coded, interchangeable parts that snap together to form ready-to-use electronic circuit…
Ayah Bdeir and her five-year-old company, littleBits, have become stars of the maker movement by emphasizing simplicity and ease-of-use. The company, which makes color-coded, inte… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/making-manufacturing-easier-makers/

GE’s Immelt is Right: Manufacturing 4.0 “Infects” Everything

As GE CEO and 2015 Manufacturing Leader of the Year award-winner Jeff Immelt commented in a recent two-part interview with Mckinsey; “Industrial companies are [now] in the information business - whether they want to be or not.” He makes a good point. But …
As GE CEO and 2015 Manufacturing Leader of the Year award-winner Jeff Immelt commented in a recent two-part interview with Mckinsey; “Industrial companies are [now] in the informa… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/ges-immelt-right-manufacturing-40-infects-everything/

ML Council Explores Strategies for Accelerating Innovation and Supply Chain Performance at Flex Plant Tour

Last week, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered in Milpitas, CA, to tour the campus of electronics manufacturing services company Flex (formerly Flextronics) and to learn from each other how to accelerate innovation and speed up their …
In a world of mobile access to ubiquitous e-commerce sites and free overnight shipping, consumers have come to expect practically unlimited product choice and nearly instant grati… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/ml-council-explores-strategies-accelerating-innovation-and-supply-chain-performance-flex-plant-tour/

Are Changing Business Models the Key to Manufacturing’s Future?

If manufacturing leaders hope to be ready for the major transformational shifts that lie ahead over the next few years, they will need to adopt business models that are a lot more collaborative and agile and that boost their ability to innovate.
If manufacturing leaders hope to be ready for the major transformational shifts that lie ahead over the next few years, they will need to adopt business models that are a lot more… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-changing-business-models-key-manufacturings-future/

Dow Chemical and GE CEO Among Top Winners At Manufacturing Leadership Awards Celebration

At the 11th annual Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Awards ceremony, produced by the Manufacturing Leadership Community, part of Frost & Sullivan, standout companies and individuals received top honors for their breakthrough achievements.
CARLSBAD, Calif—June 5, 2014— At the 11th annual Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Awards ceremony, produced by the Manufacturing Leadership Community, part of Frost & Sullivan, s… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/dow-chemical-and-ge-ceo-among-top-winners-manufacturing-leadership-awards-celebration/

Manufacturing Transformation: From Product to Experience

Today’s pace and scale of change across the high-tech manufacturing is a once-in-a-century transformation. The resulting convergence and disruption, affecting every corner of the manufacturing sector, is profoundly and permanently altering the industrial …
Today’s pace and scale of change across the high-tech manufacturing is a once-in-a-century transformation. The resulting convergence and disruption, affecting every corner of the … http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-transformation-product-experience/

Hannover Day 2: Companies Say the IoT is Very Real Already

PTC, the product design and service software company, held a press conference on the second day of the huge Hannover Fair in Germany yesterday, but it was unusual compared with other technology vendor press conferences being held here this week. Instead o…
PTC, the product design and service software company, held a press conference on the second day of the huge Hannover Fair in Germany yesterday, but it was unusual compared with ot… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/hannover-day-2-companies-say-iot-very-real-already/

2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners Announced

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council today recognized world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as winners of the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Mar. 3, 2015 — Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council today recognized world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as … http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/2015-manufacturing-leadership-award-winners-announced/

DMDII Launches Seven Digital Manufacturing R&D Projects

What are the core technologies, process, and skills that manufacturers can employ to assess cyber security vulnerabilities they may face, increase the productivity of shop floor workers using wearable devices and augmented reality, and create a digital t…
What are the core technologies, process, and skills that manufacturers can employ to  assess cyber security vulnerabilities they may face, increase the productivity of shop floor … http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/dmdii-launches-seven-digital-manufacturing-rd-projects/

Manufacturing Leadership Awards Deadline Extended

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards has been extended to December 12, 2014. “We wanted to give manufacturers ample time to prepare their nominations for this year’s ML Awards program, which we expect to be …
The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards has been extended to December 12, 2014. “We wanted to give manufacturers ample time to prepar… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-leadership-awards-deadline-extended/

AAM Plant Tour: Don’t Underestimate Incremental Innovation, Says ML Council

Breakthrough innovation is what keeps you ahead of the curve. But the message from members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, who convened earlier this week to discuss the many dimensions of innovation as part of a special plant tour at American Axl…
The idea of coming up with a breakthrough innovation that can create competitive advantage captivates many companies these days. The success that companies such as Apple, Amazon, … http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/aam-plant-tour-dont-underestimate-incremental-innovation-says-ml-council/

Designing for the ‘Internet of Things’

The high tech industry and its supporting cast of research firms and consultancies are all abuzz these days with the idea of the “Internet of Things”. The trend they think they have identified is that every conceivable physical object in the world will li…
The high tech industry and its supporting cast of research firms and consultancies are all abuzz these days with the idea of the “Internet of Things”. The trend they think they ha… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/designing-internet-things/

GM Carves Out Space for Innovation

Most manufacturing engineers live in a very predictable, repeatable world. Standardized work is the goal, and engineers work very hard to eliminate exceptions. So how can you encourage engineers on your team to break away from standard ways of thinking an…
Most manufacturing engineers live in a very predictable, repeatable world. Standardized work is the goal, and engineers work very hard to eliminate exceptions. So how can you enco… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/gm-carves-out-space-innovation/

Innovation: How Disciplined Is Your Company?

Most manufacturers would tell you that innovation is one of their most important activities. Without innovation, growth is stymied, the future becomes uncertain. Yet, according to a new Manufacturing Leadership Council poll on innovation-- primarily focus…
Most manufacturers would tell you that innovation is one of their most important activities. Without innovation, growth is stymied, the future becomes uncertain. Yet, according to… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/innovation-how-disciplined-your-company/

Tapping into a Culture of Innovation

What good is a manufacturing renaissance if it doesn’t produce lots of jobs for unskilled or semi-skilled workers? That’s the backlash reaction we so often hear following reports that U.S. manufacturing activity continues to rise. It is certainly true …
What good is a manufacturing renaissance if it doesn’t produce lots of jobs for unskilled or semi-skilled workers? That’s the backlash reaction we so often hear following repor… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/tapping-culture-innovation/

CES 2014: 3D Printers Proliferate And Everything’s Connected

If you were ever in any doubt that the next big waves of technology innovation would be the pervasive connectivity of devices and the proliferation of 3D printers, look no further than this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) in Las Vegas.
If you were ever in any doubt that the next big waves of technology innovation would be the pervasive connectivity of devices and the proliferation of 3D printers, look no further… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/ces-2014-3d-printers-proliferate-and-everythings-connected/

Are Digital Tools the Future of Manufacturing Innovation?

When Booz & Company published its latest Global Innovation 1000 rankings last week, one thing was abundantly clear: digital tools are now beginning to radically transform the entire innovation process. A prime example emerged earlier in the month when Loc…
When Booz & Company published its latest Global Innovation 1000 rankings last week, one thing was abundantly clear: digital tools are now beginning to radically transform the … http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-digital-tools-future-manufacturing-innovation/

Innovation Urgency: A Framework For Success?

The stark reality of today’s highly competitive markets is that if you don’t innovate rapidly, effectively and continuously – well, you probably won’t be around very long. Angel Mendez, Cisco’s Senior Vice President of Transformation and a member of the M…
Today’s speed of business waits for no leader. The stark reality of today’s highly competitive markets is that if you don’t innovate rapidly, effectively and con… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/innovation-urgency-framework-success/

Are Franchised, Micro Factories in Your Future?

If U.S. manufacturing is to continue its revival, manufacturers will need to begin creating innovative new business models as well as leveraging new technologies such as advanced robotics and 3D printing.
If U.S. manufacturing is to continue its revival, manufacturers will need to begin creating innovative new business models as well as leveraging new technologies such as advanced … http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-franchised-micro-factories-your-future/

It’s Time For Manufacturing To Drive Innovation: GE Research

“Manufacturing must change to drive growth in today’s more competitive environment,” said Christine Furstoss, technical director for manufacturing and materials technologies at GE Global Research during her keynote speech earlier today at the 2013 Manufac…
“Manufacturing must change to drive growth in today’s more competitive environment,” said Christine Furstoss, technical director for manufacturing and materials … http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/its-time-manufacturing-drive-innovation-ge-research/

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