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Manufacturers Must Pick Up the Pace on Digital Transformation  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Manufacturing leaders must lift their sights above day-to-day operational challenges and embrace three types of significant change if they are to capitalize on the transformational opportunities presented by the digitized, Manufacturing 4.0 era, Manu… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 19, 2017
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2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Program Honors Trailblazers of Industry Transformation  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

On June 14, at the 13th Annual Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Awards Gala, produced by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, top honors were presented to Industry 4.0 founding father Dr. Detlef Zühlke who was named Manufacturing Leader … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 19, 2017
Views: 7994
Seeking an Engaged Workforce? Don’t Forget about Contingent Workers  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

In a recent “Factories of the Future” study, we asked manufacturing leaders how their factories would be managed five to 10 years from today. The largest group—39%--said the predominant management approach will be collaborative, “with greater emphasi… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 08, 2017
Views: 10034
Five Ways Manufacturing Execs Should Lead on Cybersecurity  in Cybersecurity

The one piece of good news coming out of the recent WannaCry ransomeware attack, which infected over 200,000 computers worldwide and at least temporarily crippled hospitals, shops, and schools, is that it does not appear to have directly targeted th… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 19, 2017
Views: 7462
SAP Sapphire Day 1: Accelerating Digital Transformation  in Transformative Technologies

Nearly 30,000 SAP customers, partners, and media representatives converged at the Orlando Convention Center in Florida yesterday to open the software company’s annual Sapphire conference, and the message they heard was loud and clear – companies need… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on May 16, 2017
Views: 5861
Study: Women Are Becoming More Positive About Manufacturing Careers  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Employers and educators have made measureable progress over the past two years in attracting, recruiting, and retaining women to work in the manufacturing industry. But, as a recent study by Deloitte, the Manufacturing Institute, and APICS shows, a g… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 05, 2017
Views: 7573
Exact Unveils Major Software Architectural Change  in Transformative Technologies

Exact Macola, a developer of business software for small- and medium-size companies, has unveiled a new release of its flagship Macola enterprise resource planning product that emphasizes greater usability, including its use on tablet computers. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 27, 2017
Views: 6919
Augmented Reality is Center Stage at AGCO Plant Tour  in Transformative Technologies

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 th… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 11, 2017
Views: 8338
New “Factory of the Future” Study Foresees Dramatic Changes by 2030  in Factories of the Future

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 →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 03, 2017
Views: 9137
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
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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: 11923
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
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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: 12361
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: 13931
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: 27001
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
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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: 12500
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: 11799
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: 17907
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: 17995