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Dow Plant Tour: the Right Formula for Safety is One Part Culture, One Part Science  in Factories of the Future

Manufacturing Leadership Council members gathered last week in Freeport, Texas, to tour The Dow Chemical Company’s massive production facility and to hear how Dow has achieved world-class safety performance, a feat that is rooted as much in culture a… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 20, 2016
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M4.0: Optimism Remains High, But Implementation Lags  in Factories of the Future

While manufacturers remain optimistic about the potential for Manufacturing 4.0 to provide their companies with enhanced operational effectiveness, many report having made limited progress implementing M4.0 initiatives, and the vast majority don’t ha… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 12, 2016
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China, India, and Europe Improve, But U.S. and Overall Global Manufacturing Still Struggle for Growth  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

In the U.S., manufacturing sector growth rates remained almost unchanged from its recent 28-month low, with a PMI of 51.5 for March, up only slightly from 51.3 in February. But a faster increase in incoming new work, and the sustained growth of new e… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Apr 05, 2016
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The Future of Manufacturing in Europe  in Factories of the Future

Seven transformative forces are poised to change the fabric of manufacturing and drive economic prosperity in Europe. Read More →

Posted by Muthukumar Viswanathan on Apr 05, 2016
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Report: U.S. Manufacturing Retaining Its Competitive Edge  in Manufacturing Advocacy

Despite significant headwinds brought on by the dramatically strengthening U.S. dollar and upheaval in the oil and gas industry, the U.S. manufacturing sector remains the most competitive worldwide, according to a new report by economics forecasting … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 22, 2016
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Another Additive Manufacturing Standards Group Sets Up Shop  in Transformative Technologies

While makers and other enthusiasts continue to proclaim the transformative potential of additive manufacturing and 3D printing, enthusiasm among many industrial manufacturers remains muted. One reason: The absence of a comprehensive set of standards … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 15, 2016
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The IoT Standards World Readjusts  in Transformative Technologies

At the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s special “Manufacturing 4.0 in Action” event in Nuremberg, Germany, last November, a member of the audience raised the very pertinent question of standards in the M4.0 era. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Mar 08, 2016
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IBM Plant Tour: Becoming a Data-Driven Manufacturing Enterprise  in The Adaptive Organization

There’s no doubt that the tools that enable big data and advanced analytics applications—everything from data management and storage platforms to data visualization tools—have, in recent years, matured dramatically, becoming faster, cheaper, and more… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 01, 2016
Views: 11073
6 Lessons About the Future of Manufacturing from the Winners of the ML Awards  in Factories of the Future

For the past 12 years it’s been our pleasure to sponsor the Manufacturing Leadership Awards. One reason it’s a great experience is that it’s rewarding to help honor manufacturing innovators who, all too often, don’t get the recognition they deserve. … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Feb 22, 2016
Views: 11726
The “What’s In It For Me” of IoT  in High Tech

Change, change, and more radical change. That’s what’s occurring in the manufacturing industry, especially with the adoption of new technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of Manufacturing 4.0, the next industrial revolution Read More →

Posted by Jill George on Feb 16, 2016
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U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Hit 7-Year High  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

While some industrial indicators may suggest that the U.S. manufacturing sector is undergoing a tough time right now, the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released Friday, suggests that manufacturers are certainly not letting a… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 09, 2016
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Is Service the ‘Killer App’ for Augmented Reality?  in Transformative Technologies

In the technology field, it sometimes takes a long time for vision to become reality. Artificial intelligence, analytics, robots, many categories of software, and even the now-popular 3D printing technology have all traveled a lengthy road to get to … Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Feb 03, 2016
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Making Manufacturing Easier for the Makers  in The Innovation Enterprise

Ayah Bdeir and her five-year-old company, littleBits, have become stars of the maker movement by emphasizing simplicity and ease-of-use. The company, which makes color-coded, interchangeable parts that snap together to form ready-to-use electronic ci… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Feb 02, 2016
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Davos 2016: Will the Fourth Industrial Revolution Unleash a Global Jobs Crisis?  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

As many of the world’s leading politicians, industrialists, and academics gathered on the snowy slopes of Davos, Switzerland for the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) late last month, a new report warned that the world may face a net loss of over 5 mil… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 02, 2016
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Manufacturing 4.0 on the Rise  in Factories of the Future

A year ago, organizers of the massive industrial trade show Hannover Fair released the results of a survey showing that, despite a rising chorus of attention devoted to the topic, Industry 4.0 was a subject of conversation at only 50% of manufacturer… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 21, 2016
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Warning: More Manufacturing Cyber Attacks in The Year Ahead  in Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team warned that cyber attacks aimed at the U.S. critical manufacturing sector doubled in 2015 and are increasingly targeting industrial control systems. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jan 19, 2016
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Is Reshoring Dead?  in Factories of the Future

Reshoring of production to the U.S. lost significant momentum in 2015 as manufacturers took advantage of opportunities in lower-cost countries in Asia and Southeast Asia, claims a new report by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 13, 2016
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Mixed Fortunes Ahead for Global Manufacturing as U.S. Growth Ends 2015 at 3-Year Low  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

The global manufacturing industry kicked off the new year with mixed fortunes as industrial growth figures for December show U.S. manufacturing growth sliding to a 3-year low, and both China’s and India’s industrial activity in contraction. The main … Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jan 12, 2016
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Procter & Gamble and Graphicast Join Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the global business network for senior industrial executives, today announced the election of Procter & Gamble’s Director of Corporate Global Manufacturing Pietro D’Arpa, and Val Zanchuk, President… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jan 05, 2016
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Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2016  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

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 05, 2016
Views: 34562