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Small Manufacturers Will Benefit from M4.0, Too

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 agile.
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-… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/small-manufacturers-will-benefit-m40-too/

M4.0 Will Require a New Leadership Model

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 drive re…
As Manufacturing 4.0 takes place in their organizations, manufacturing leaders must get better at collaborating, communicating, making data-driven decisions, and even thinking of … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/m40-will-require-new-leadership-model/

Five Things Tesla’s New Manufacturing Leadership Needs to Do

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 invited th…
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 part… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/five-things-teslas-new-manufacturing-leadership-needs-do/

Volkswagen Pays the Price for a Culture of Arrogance

It’s sometimes tempting to think of all of this focus on collaboration and engagement as a soft “nice to have,” something that makes employees feel better about their workplace and their bosses but that has no demonstrable impact on the bottom line. But n…
Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council are always telling us they want to transition their companies to become more collaborative and get more of their employees engaged … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/volkswagen-pays-price-culture-arrogance/

GM Plant Tour: Culture Really Does Drive Results

So, in 2013, when GM decided to resume hiring at the St. Catherine’s plant in response to an improving automotive market and rising retirements among its highly stable workforce, the company decided to rethink the type of plant floor worker it needed to c…
In 1991, the last time General Motors’ engine and transmission plant in St. Catharines, Ontario hired production workers, gas was $1.16 a gallon, annual tuition at Harvard was $23… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/gm-plant-tour-culture-really-does-drive-results/

Why Is it So Hard to Transplant Lean in Low-Cost Countries?

After rushing to offshore production in pursuit of lower-cost labor, many manufacturers have spent the past few years rethinking that decision. They’ve learned that, while offshoring production bound for core markets to lower-cost countries can bring chea…
After rushing to offshore production in pursuit of lower-cost labor, many manufacturers have spent the past few years rethinking that decision. They’ve learned that, while offshor… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/why-it-so-hard-transplant-lean-low-cost-countries/

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://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/do-manufacturers-need-chief-digital-officers/

Can Manufacturing Incubators Help Drive the Next Wave of Manufacturing?

If you want to start up a new hi-tech software business, all you really need is a powerful laptop, a fast network connection, a desk (and even that’s optional), and a good idea. Easy, right? But if you want to start up an innovative new manufacturing busi…
Popular Discussions If you want to start up a new hi-tech software business, all you really need is a powerful laptop, a fast network connection, a desk (and even that’s optiona… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/can-manufacturing-incubators-help-drive-next-wave-manufacturing/

Millennials to Manufacturers: Get Better at Collaboration

If manufacturers want to attract, engage, and retain the best and the brightest of the Millennial Generation, they need to do a better job of embracing collaboration, and they need to be prepared to give Millennials a wide range of on-the-job experiences …
If manufacturers want to attract, engage, and retain the best and the brightest of the Millennial Generation, they need to do a better job of embracing collaboration, and they nee… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/millennials-manufacturers-get-better-collaboration/

Employee Engagement is Key Topic at Pepperidge Farm Plant Tour

Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered at Campbell Soup’s 611,000-square foot Pepperidge Farm plant in Denver, PA, last week to see how the state-of-the-art facility makes such iconic brands as Milano cookies and Goldfish crackers and al…
Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered at Campbell Soup’s 611,000-square foot Pepperidge Farm plant in Denver, PA, last week to see how the state-of-the-art faci… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/employee-engagement-key-topic-pepperidge-farm-plant-tour/

Collaboration: Many Firms Are Playing Catch-Up

As theories go, few have questioned the soundness of the collaborative idea, or at least the value of a properly-balanced collaborative model. More brains concentrated on generating new ideas or on solving problems would seem to offer a greater likelihood…
For a number of years now, manufacturing companies have been trying to act more collaboratively with their employees, customers, and partners. The theory is that by unleashing the… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/collaboration-many-firms-are-playing-catch/

New Generation of Robots Will Force Cultural Change

A new generation of smart, mobile, autonomous, and relatively inexpensive robots is about to hit the manufacturing plant floor and supply chain. These include telepresence robots that let supervisors and engineers thousands of miles away see what’s going …
Popular Discussions A new generation of smart, mobile, autonomous, and relatively inexpensive robots is about to hit the manufacturing plant floor and supply chain. These includ… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/new-generation-robots-will-force-cultural-change/

‘Activation’: The Next Step in Customer-Centricity

Putting the customer at the center of your business model may sound like an obvious thing to do. After all, what sort of business would you have without customers? But the idea of customer-centricity goes way beyond being responsive to customer demand, ac…
Putting the customer at the center of your business model may sound like an obvious thing to do. After all, what sort of business would you have without customers? But the idea of… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/activation-next-step-customer-centricity/

Collaboration: More Decision-Making Structure is Required

Last week, the Manufacturing Leadership Council held a special meeting and tour of the historic Ford River Rouge plant—now known as the Dearborn Truck Plant—where the dramatic changes that have come to automotive manufacturing over the past 85 years were …
Last week, the Manufacturing Leadership Council held a special meeting and tour of the historic Ford River Rouge plant—now known as the Dearborn Truck Plant—where the … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/collaboration-more-decision-making-structure-required/

Collaboration: Is the Bloom Coming Off the Rose?

For several years now, manufacturing companies have been courting the concept of collaboration – the notion that flatter organizational structures combined with more open communications and processes involving employees, customers, and partners would lead…
For several years now, manufacturing companies have been courting the concept of collaboration – the notion that flatter organizational structures combined with more open co… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/collaboration-bloom-coming-rose/

Innovation: Risks Abound In Cross-Border Commercialization

It looks great in the R&D lab. The innovative new product sits impressively in front of the production and marketing teams – and, like most good inventions, it has a clear consumer focus, can potentially transform the market, and can be built rapidly at a…
Popular Blogs It looks great in the R&D lab. The innovative new product sits impressively in front of the production and marketing teams – and, like most good inventio… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/innovation-risks-abound-cross-border-commercialization/

But it's a New Century, Mom

A while back I was having a long conversation with my son on how to interact with girls. I was so happy; here was the opportunity to pass on my wisdom to the next generation. After going through a list of suggestions, my ego was completely crushed by five…
A while back I was having a long conversation with my son on how to interact with girls. I was so happy; here was the opportunity to pass on my wisdom to the next generation. Afte… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/its-new-century-mom6/

But it's a New Century, Mom

A while back I was having a long conversation with my son on how to interact with girls. I was so happy; here was the opportunity to pass on my wisdom to the next generation. After going through a list of suggestions, my ego was completely crushed by five…
A while back I was having a long conversation with my son on how to interact with girls. I was so happy; here was the opportunity to pass on my wisdom to the next generation. Afte… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/its-new-century-mom5/

Corporate Culture: A Critical Element in Change Management

Maintaining steady growth and staying ahead of the competition is a constant concern for all businesses. Shifts in technology, product commercialization, and customer preferences sometimes require companies to pull back and reassess their competitive stre…
Maintaining steady growth and staying ahead of the competition is a constant concern for all businesses. Shifts in technology, product commercialization, and customer preferences … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/corporate-culture-critical-element-change-management8/

But it's a New Century, Mom

A while back I was having a long conversation with my son on how to interact with girls. I was so happy; here was the opportunity to pass on my wisdom to the next generation. After going through a list of suggestions, my ego was completely crushed by five…
A while back I was having a long conversation with my son on how to interact with girls. I was so happy; here was the opportunity to pass on my wisdom to the next generation. Afte… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/its-new-century-mom2/

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