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Scaling Digitization Projects into an M4.0 Strategy

It’s one thing to take on a small, well-defined project aimed at proving the potential of digitizing a process such as maintenance on a single line or in an individual plant. It’s quite another to take the experiences gathered from such small projects and…
It’s one thing to take on a small, well-defined project aimed at proving the potential of digitizing a process such as maintenance on a single line or in an individual plant. It’s… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/scaling-digitization-projects-m40-strategy/

Trump Panel: New Administration Must Embrace Comprehensive Strategy to Bolster U.S. Manufacturing

The incoming Trump Administration must move beyond one-off “name and shame” actions aimed at influencing large, global manufacturers to preserve domestic production and, instead, develop an aggressive and comprehensive manufacturing strategy focusing on t…
The incoming Trump Administration must move beyond one-off “name and shame” actions aimed at influencing large, global manufacturers to preserve domestic production and, instead, … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/trump-panel-new-administration-must-embrace-comprehensive-strategy-bolster-us-manufacturing/

Industry Thought-Leaders To Debate Trump Options for U.S. Manufacturing

Thought leaders from NAM, ITIF, Smart Manufacturing, Dow & PMA join a special Manufacturing Leadership Council panel discussion on the future of U.S. manufacturing under a Trump Administration on January 11.
What new policies will help U.S. companies along their journey to Manufacturing 4.0 over the next four years? How can the new Trump team secure America’s industrial long-term futu… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/industry-thought-leaders-debate-trump-options-us-manufacturing/

Five Steps for Creating a Data-Driven Decision-Making Culture

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-maki…
When you boil it down, much of the focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Manufacturing 4.0 is about one thing: Getting clean, accurate, and actionable real time da… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/five-steps-creating-data-driven-decision-making-culture/

Updating Lean for the Manufacturing 4.0 Era

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 as lea…
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 … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/updating-lean-manufacturing-40-era/

Unique Nike Partnership Aims to Rebuild Domestic Supply Base

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 disappea…
We often hear manufacturers based in the U.S. and Europe say that, even if they wanted to bring production back from Asia and other low-cost locations, they couldn’t because the v… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/unique-nike-partnership-aims-rebuild-domestic-supply-base/

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://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-40-invest-now-or-risk-falling-behind-report-warns/

Can Under Armour Reinvent Customized Innovation with Manufacturing 4.0 Approach?

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 local pro…
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 innovati… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/can-under-armour-reinvent-customized-innovation-manufacturing-40-approach/

Top Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winners Show that M4.0 Is Transforming the Industry

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 metapho…
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 tha… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/top-manufacturing-leadership-awards-winners-show-m40-transforming-industry/

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/

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://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/one-third-production-workers-found-need-public-assistance/

M4.0: Optimism Remains High, But Implementation Lags

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 have a …
While manufacturers remain optimistic about the potential for Manufacturing 4.0 to provide their companies with enhanced operational effectiveness, many report having made limited… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/m40-optimism-remains-high-implementation-lags/

The IoT Standards World Readjusts

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.
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 ques… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/iot-standards-world-readjusts/

6 Lessons About the Future of Manufacturing from the Winners of the ML Awards

For the past 12 years it’s been our pleasure to sponsor the Manufacturing Leadership Awards. One reason it’s a great experience is that it’s rewarding to help honor manufacturing innovators who, all too often, don’t get the recognition they deserve. Anoth…
For the past 12 years it’s been our pleasure to sponsor the Manufacturing Leadership Awards. One reason it’s a great experience is that it’s rewarding to help honor manufacturing … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/6-lessons-about-future-manufacturing-winners-ml-awards/

The “What’s In It For Me” of IoT

Change, change, and more radical change. That’s what’s occurring in the manufacturing industry, especially with the adoption of new technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of Manufacturing 4.0, the next industrial revolution
Change, change, and more radical change. That’s what’s occurring in the manufacturing industry, especially with the adoption of new technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) as … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/whats-it-me-iot/

Manufacturing 4.0 on the Rise

A year ago, organizers of the massive industrial trade show Hannover Fair released the results of a survey showing that, despite a rising chorus of attention devoted to the topic, Industry 4.0 was a subject of conversation at only 50% of manufacturers. Ke…
A year ago, organizers of the massive industrial trade show Hannover Fair released the results of a survey showing that, despite a rising chorus of attention devoted to the topic,… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-40-rise/

Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2016

As the New Year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead. Contributors to this blog include David R. Brousell, Jeff Moad, Sankara Narayanan, and Paul Tate.
As the New Year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead. Contributors to this blog include David R. Brousell, … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-trends-watch-2016/

ML Germany Panel: European Leaders Share Front-Line Insights Into Manufacturing 4.0

On the outskirts of the medieval Bavarian city of Nuremberg in southern Germany late last month, senior executives from leading European organizations shared their unique insights into the key issues emerging from the real-life application of Manufacturin…
On the outskirts of the medieval Bavarian city of Nuremberg in southern Germany late last month, senior executives from leading European organizations shared their unique insights… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/ml-germany-panel-european-leaders-share-front-line-insights-manufacturing-40/

A Leadership Playbook for Manufacturing 4.0

Manufacturing executives believe that the new Manufacturing 4.0 era of cyber-physical systems, digitization and information-driven factories will require a major change in leadership approach and skills, but many believe their current executive teams may …
Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership Council By David R. Brousell The recent history of … http://www.gilcommunity.com/leadership-playbook-manufacturing-40/

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