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Are You a Manufacturing 4.0 Leader? Make Your Case by Entering the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards  in The Adaptive Organization

Is your company a leader or an also-ran in the race to Manufacturing 4.0? One way to answer that question is to benchmark against a few competitors to determine if your latest digitally-enabled project or process is world class or just table stakes… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 08, 2016
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Green Manufacturers Are Taking the LEED  in Sustainability

Perhaps one of the most uncharted implications of the journey to Manufacturing 4.0 is how new digital technologies, pervasive sensor networks, lean production models, smart products, and advanced new materials can help the global manufacturing indust… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jul 26, 2016
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Is Big Brother Coming to the Factory Floor?  in Transformative Technologies

Manufacturers invest lots of money and intellectual capital defining and documenting the philosophies and standard practices under which they want their plants to operate. Operations bibles such as the legendary Toyota Production System not only lay … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jul 22, 2016
Views: 10162
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Can Under Armour Reinvent Customized Innovation with Manufacturing 4.0 Approach?  in Factories of the Future

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 loca… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jul 19, 2016
Views: 10601
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BREXIT Panel: With Political Uncertainty Still Hovering, It Is Business As Usual in the U.K.  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

In the weeks since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, much uncertainty about the political, economic, and social implications of the decision remains. But manufacturers are pressing ahead with business as usual, adopting a “wait an… Read More →

Posted by Sankara Narayanan Venkataramani on Jul 18, 2016
Views: 6955
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BREXIT: Ten Things Manufacturing Companies Should Know  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

In an effort to provide some clarity in the midst of the confusion, here are 10 things that manufacturers should know about when trying to assess the future of manufacturing in the U.K., and some of the potential implications of BREXIT on their busin… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 28, 2016
Views: 11162
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What the BREXIT Vote Says About the Individual vs. Society  in High Tech

The British vote to leave the European Union is a reaction to a perceived lack of sovereignty, frustration with the EU's ability to deal with various crises, immigration, and even globalization. At a societal level, it raises questions about the bala… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jun 28, 2016
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White House Creates Sensor-Focused Innovation Institute, Plans Five More  in Transformative Technologies

The Obama Administration has announced the creation of a Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute which, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, will focus on accelerating the development of smart sensors, data analytics, and advanced cont… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 20, 2016
Views: 8369
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Top Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winners Show that M4.0 Is Transforming the Industry  in Transformative Technologies

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 me… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 15, 2016
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Small Manufacturers Will Benefit from M4.0, Too  in Transformative Technologies

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 agil… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 15, 2016
Views: 6087
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Are Factories of the Future Sailing Into a Perfect Cyber Storm?  in Cybersecurity

In the Manufacturing 4.0 era, navigating the cyber security waters ahead will not simple, and it must not be thought of as an IT problem, Anthony King, Chief Information Security Officer Director, IT Security Operations/Governance, Risk and Complianc… Read More →

Posted by Sankara Narayanan Venkataramani on Jun 08, 2016
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2016 Manufacturing Leadership Summit: Industry 4.0 Pioneer Calls for Global Standards to Make M4.0 a Reality  in Factories of the Future

The journey to Manufacturing 4.0 is going to be a rocky road unless industrial companies and international bodies act swiftly to deliver useable interoperability standards that allow modular, plug-and-produce, integrated production lines to become a … Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 08, 2016
Views: 6727
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M4.0 Will Require a New Leadership Model  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

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 dri… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 07, 2016
Views: 6662
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Energizing Leadership to Drive Business Transformation  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Since 1950, 88% of all Fortune 500 companies have disappeared, victims of competitive challenges that they did not anticipate or respond to. Today, the transition to Manufacturing 4.0 is likely to prove rewarding for some manufacturers and cataclysmi… Read More →

Posted by Sankara Narayanan Venkataramani on Jun 07, 2016
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2016 Manufacturing Leadership Summit: The M4.0 Tidal Wave is Coming – Are You Ready?  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Industry is about to experience more change, across more aspects of the business of manufacturing, and in a shorter time than perhaps any period of transition in the history of manufacturing. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 07, 2016
Views: 5990
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Manufacturers Push for Open, Interoperable Control Systems  in

Now is the time for manufacturers to band together to force providers of real time control systems to replace their closed, proprietary technologies with distributed control systems and programmable logic control systems that are open, interoperable,… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 07, 2016
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Five Things Tesla’s New Manufacturing Leadership Needs to Do  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Stung by quality and production snags and needing to dramatically increase output of his company’s expanding line of electronic vehicles, Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk recently parted company with his two top manufacturing executives and publicly invit… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 31, 2016
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One-Third of Production Workers Found to Need Public Assistance  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

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… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 16, 2016
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Join Us at The Smart Factory World Symposium In Chicago, June 2  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

The Manufacturing Leadership Council's Global Vice President of Research and Editorial Director, David R. Brousell, will deliver the opening session on “The Smart Factory” at the 2nd Annual Smart Factory World Symposium, organized by Forcam on June 2… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on May 10, 2016
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Report: Digitization Means Workforce Disruption, But Jobs Will Be There for Those Who Want Them  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Manufacturing’s adoption of ever-greater levels of automation and disruptive new technologies such as advanced robotics and 3D printing doesn’t necessarily mean ongoing job losses, but it will mean a great deal of disruption, as displaced workers str… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 26, 2016
Views: 7357