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M4.0 Success Will Require Adoption of a Digital Culture  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

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, … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 14, 2017
Views: 1782
Meet the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winners  in Manufacturing Advocacy

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 … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 01, 2017
Views: 2262
Proto Labs CEO Vicki Holt Joins the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

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… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 23, 2017
Views: 623
Scaling Digitization Projects into an M4.0 Strategy  in Transformative Technologies

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 project… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Feb 02, 2017
Views: 3827
Trump Panel: New Administration Must Embrace Comprehensive Strategy to Bolster U.S. Manufacturing  in Industrial Policy

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… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 12, 2017
Views: 5732
10 Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2017  in Manufacturing Advocacy

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 →

Posted by David Brousell on Jan 06, 2017
Views: 11277
Industry Thought-Leaders To Debate Trump Options for U.S. Manufacturing  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

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 →

Posted by Paul Tate on Dec 23, 2016
Views: 6068
What’s Next for U.S. Manufacturing Under Trump? The Lobbying Intensifies…  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

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 →

Posted by Paul Tate on Dec 13, 2016
Views: 6028
ML Awards Submission Deadline Extended to January 13  in Transformative Technologies

We at the Manufacturing Leadership Council are thrilled with the number and quality of nominations we have already received for the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. It’s clear from the projects nominated so far that Manufacturing 4.0 and the tra… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Dec 12, 2016
Views: 5506
GE Plant Tour: Shaping the Factory of the Future  in Factories of the Future

Nearly 100 members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered in Greenville, South Carolina last week to see first-hand how General Electric’s 1.5-million square foot heavy duty gas turbine factory is embracing digitization. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Nov 15, 2016
Views: 9215
Five Steps for Creating a Data-Driven Decision-Making Culture  in The Adaptive Organization

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… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Nov 04, 2016
Views: 9459
Updating Lean for the Manufacturing 4.0 Era  in The Adaptive Organization

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 a… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Oct 11, 2016
Views: 8598
A "Cathedral of Manufacturing" Opens in Brooklyn  in Transformative Technologies

New Lab, an independent, interdisciplinary place for entrepreneurs working in robotics, artificial intelligence, connected devices, and other areas, officially opens in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Oct 11, 2016
Views: 8063
Where Are the Best Places in the U.S. to Be a Manufacturing Worker?  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

After many years subjected to job losses due to outsourcing, offshoring, and automation, are U.S. manufacturing workers finally in store for some good news? Yes and no. While manufacturing employment is up since the end of the Great Recession—as is o… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Sep 27, 2016
Views: 9097
Leadership Development Is a Key Theme at Women in Manufacturing Summit  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

More women in key manufacturing leadership positions would help companies improve their business performance, including decision-making and even profitability and shareholder value, panelists at the 6th Women in Manufacturing Summit said.. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Sep 23, 2016
Views: 8534
Identifying a Path to Manufacturing 4.0  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

The Manufacturing Leadership Council's new Critical Issues agenda identifies a set of business and technology issues and subjects that will enable manufacturers to establish a clear focus and approach to Manufacturing 4.0. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Sep 13, 2016
Views: 10127
Unique Nike Partnership Aims to Rebuild Domestic Supply Base  in Redefining the Supply Chain

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 dis… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Sep 12, 2016
Views: 7850
Can Competency-Based Education Help Solve the Manufacturing Skills Shortage?  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

We frequently hear manufacturers complain that recent graduates who they hire often turn out to lack the kind of knowledge and workforce readiness required to for them to become productive on the job quickly. A diploma from a community college, a car… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 30, 2016
Views: 8701
Connectivity is Emerging Theme at Jefferies Industrial Conference  in Factories of the Future

Manufacturing company executives say that a technology trend that will contribute to their growth is connectivity and the use of the information that is generated from it. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Aug 16, 2016
Views: 9742
Manufacturing 4.0: Invest Now or Risk Falling Behind, Report Warns  in Factories of the Future

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 landsca… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 16, 2016
Views: 9697
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