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Digital Transformation: The Key to Competitiveness?

Posted By David Brousell, November 6, 2017

Forcamphoto.jpgExcept for having to make a connecting flight in September on my way to China, I hadn’t been in Chicago in about a year. Late last month I had an opportunity to visit the Windy City to speak at the third annual Smart Factory World Symposium, organized by shop floor management technology vendor FORCAM and held at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, one of 14 such institutes established under the Obama Administration as part of the Manufacturing USA national effort to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.

The DMDII, a public-private partnership whose mission is to help U.S. manufacturers to become more competitive in the digital age, was the perfect venue for the symposium, whose theme this year was the rules of Manufacturing 4.0.

Digital transformation has been touted by many as a key way to keep U.S. manufacturers competitive, but a number of other issues, including better coordination between industry, academia, and the government, will play important roles in ensuring U.S. manufacturing strength in the years ahead.

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