Posted By David Brousell, April 11, 2017
Is an augmented reality or virtual reality system in your factory’s future?
The technology, in the form of Google Glass, has already entered the mainstream of factory operations at AGCO Corp., where it is being used to improve quality in the manufacturing of the company’s huge agricultural machines. At AGCO’s Jackson, Minn., site, 30 workers use Google Glass in operations. By the end of the year, the company expects to have 180 people using the technology.
AGCO’s pioneering efforts with Google Glass – an optical, head-mounted device designed in the shape of eyeglasses that, using a small, built-in processor that can access the Internet as well as applications, displays information directly in a user’s field of vision – was the subject of a Manufacturing Leadership Council tour at the Jackson facility last week. More than 70 ML Council members and invited guests toured the nearly one-million square foot site where the company’s Massey Ferguson and Challenger wheel tractors, Challenger track tractors, and RoGator and TerraGator application vehicles are built.
Agriculture equipment maker AGCO Corp.'s pioneering efforts with Google Glass was the subject of a Manufacturing Leadership Council tour at the company's Jackson, Minn., facility last week. More than 70 ML Council members and invited guests toured the nearly one-million square foot site. Read More →
The transformative effects of four global megatrends are interacting to reshape the vision of tomorrow’s factory, according to a newly-released study by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council. (https://go.frost.com/forms/mlc_fof) Read More →
The transition to Manufacturing 4.0 will be more demanding than any previous era of industry transformation, a panel composed of senior manufacturing leaders told the Manufacturing Leadership Council recently. That’s because, for most manufacturers, the transition to M4.0 will require multi-dimensional change, incorporating profound technology shifts, significant changes in customer demand and expectations, business model innovation and, not least, the need for a new digital culture and leadership skills within the manufacturing enterprise. Read More →
The 91 manufacturers announced today as winners of the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards, in fact, are proof positive that M4.0 is much more than a theory or future vision. These ML Awards winners are putting M4.0 into practice today and are well on the way to creating a state in which production is increasingly automated, modular, data-driven, agile, predictive, and rapidly reconfigurable to meet changing demands and competition. Read More →
Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the foremost global business network for senior industrial executives, announces the election of President and CEO of Proto Labs, Inc. Vicki M. Holt, to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors. Read More →
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 build them into a Manufacturing 4.0 roadmap that aligns with the strategy defined by the company’s senior leadership team. Read More →
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 tougher trade enforcement, tax reform, development and implementation of Manufacturing 4.0 technologies, and support for the expansion of a next-generation workforce, a panel of policy experts told the Manufacturing Leadership Council and guests this week. Read More →
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. Read More →
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. Read More →
With just over a month to go before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, things are heating up amongst a host of eager advisors to the new administration about how it should improve and stimulate the future of U.S. manufacturing. Read More →