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New “Factory of the Future” Study Foresees Dramatic Changes by 2030

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)
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 Man… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/new-factory-future-study-foresees-dramatic-changes-2030/

GE Plant Tour: Shaping the Factory 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.
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 … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/ge-plant-tour-shaping-factory-future/

Connectivity is Emerging Theme at Jefferies Industrial Conference

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.
I traveled to New York City last week to attend the 12th Jefferies Industrial Conference, an annual investment gathering that drew 140 participating manufacturing companies from s… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/connectivity-emerging-theme-jefferies-industrial-conference/

Manufacturing 4.0: Invest Now or Risk Falling Behind, Report Warns

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 landscape an…
Manufacturers across all vertical industries are poised to dramatically ramp up investments in smart products, digitized processes and related technologies, skills, and training o… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-40-invest-now-or-risk-falling-behind-report-warns/

Can Under Armour Reinvent Customized Innovation with Manufacturing 4.0 Approach?

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 local pro…
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 innovati… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/can-under-armour-reinvent-customized-innovation-manufacturing-40-approach/

2016 Manufacturing Leadership Summit: Industry 4.0 Pioneer Calls for Global Standards to Make M4.0 a Reality

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 rapid…
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 al… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/2016-manufacturing-leadership-summit-industry-40-pioneer-calls-global-standards-make-m40-reality/

Dow Plant Tour: the Right Formula for Safety is One Part Culture, One Part Science

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 as it …
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 wor… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dow-plant-tour-right-formula-safety-one-part-culture-one-part-science/

M4.0: Optimism Remains High, But Implementation Lags

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 have a …
While manufacturers remain optimistic about the potential for Manufacturing 4.0 to provide their companies with enhanced operational effectiveness, many report having made limited… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/m40-optimism-remains-high-implementation-lags/

The Future of Manufacturing in Europe

Seven transformative forces are poised to change the fabric of manufacturing and drive economic prosperity in Europe.
Change is inevitable in manufacturing. The future of manufacturing is often defined by doing more with less, re-ordering the world to create more compact products, and re-aligning… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/future-manufacturing-europe/

6 Lessons About the Future of Manufacturing from the Winners of the ML Awards

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. Anoth…
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 … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/6-lessons-about-future-manufacturing-winners-ml-awards/

Manufacturing 4.0 on the Rise

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 manufacturers. Ke…
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,… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-40-rise/

Is Reshoring Dead?

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.
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… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/reshoring-dead/

ML Germany Panel: European Leaders Share Front-Line Insights Into Manufacturing 4.0

On the outskirts of the medieval Bavarian city of Nuremberg in southern Germany late last month, senior executives from leading European organizations shared their unique insights into the key issues emerging from the real-life application of Manufacturin…
On the outskirts of the medieval Bavarian city of Nuremberg in southern Germany late last month, senior executives from leading European organizations shared their unique insights… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/ml-germany-panel-european-leaders-share-front-line-insights-manufacturing-40/

P&G Plant Tour: ML Council Members Say Industry Transformation Won’t Affect the Need for Plant Floor Disciplines

Many people in industry today believe that the convergence of manufacturing with new and advanced technologies such as 3D printing, cyber-physical systems, and Big Data will have a profound effect on the way production is organized and conducted. But as l…
Many people in industry today believe that the convergence of manufacturing with new and advanced technologies such as 3D printing, cyber-physical systems, and Big Data will have … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/pg-plant-tour-ml-council-members-say-industry-transformation-wont-affect-need-plant-floor-disciplines/

Hannover Day 2: Challenges to Industry 4.0

As with any potentially transformative industry initiative, evangelism is soon tempered by realism as attempts to drive front-line adoption reveal a host of real-world obstacles that must be overcome.So too with Industry 4.0, the future vision for manufac…
As with any potentially transformative industry initiative, evangelism is soon tempered by realism as attempts to drive front-line adoption reveal a host of real-world obstacles … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/hannover-day-2-challenges-industry-40/

Hannover Highlights – Day 1: Industry 4.0, Clever Collaborations and “Plug and Produce”

Even on the first day of this year’s Hannover Fair, the world’s largest industrial event, some clear themes began to emerge about the future of manufacturing. What they all have in common is they presage a very different world for manufacturing than we h…
By Paul Tate and David R. Brousell Even on the first day of this year’s Hannover Fair, the world’s largest industrial event, some clear themes began to emerge about the future … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/hannover-highlights-day-1-industry-40-clever-collaborations-and-plug-and-produce/

Hannover Fair Opens With Talk of Industrie 4.0, Transformation in India

From small packaging companies to the largest diversified industrial giants, to the opening ceremony speech at the 68th Hannover Fair yesterday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the idea of Industrie 4.0, the expected next wave of progress in manufactur…
From small packaging companies to the largest diversified industrial giants, to the opening ceremony speech at the 68th Hannover Fair yesterday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel,… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/hannover-fair-opens-talk-industrie-40-transformation-india/

China Adopts ‘Smart Manufacturing’ Strategy To Up Its Game In Manufacturing

In his opening speech at China’s annual National People’s Congress in Beijing last week, Premier Li Keqiang highlighted a new strategic plan, called “Made In China 2025”, to reform and reinvigorate Chinese industry over the next ten years around the count…
In his opening speech at China’s annual National People’s Congress in Beijing last week, Premier Li Keqiang highlighted a new strategic plan, called “Made In China 2025”, to refor… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/china-adopts-smart-manufacturing-strategy-its-game-manufacturing/

Industry 4.0 vs Manufacturing Reality: Mind The Gap!

Part of the problem in today’s world of highly active technology and social media is that it’s sometimes hard to distinguish the hype from what’s actually happening on the ground in manufacturing. Perhaps this has never been more so than with the current …
Part of the problem in today’s world of highly active technology and social media is that it’s sometimes hard to distinguish the hype from what’s actually happening on the ground … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/industry-40-vs-manufacturing-reality-mind-gap/

Digital Manufacturing Institute Outlines Agenda

There’s big data, and then there’s Big Data. The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), launched early this year, is targeting the later as part of its three-part mission, says Dean Bartles, the institutes executive director who sp…
There’s big data, and then there’s Big Data. The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), launched early this year, is targeting the later as part of its thr… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/digital-manufacturing-institute-outlines-agenda/

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