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Don’t Fool Yourself, Manufacturing 4.0 Means Exponential Change

We often hear that, when taking first steps on the digital transformation journey, manufacturers should start small, build on successes, and then expand the vision once results and credibility have been established. This seems like prudent advice. After…
We often hear that, when taking first steps on the digital transformation journey, manufacturers should start small, build on successes, and then expand the vision once results an… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dont-fool-yourself-manufacturing-40-means-exponential-change/

Five Steps for Creating a Data-Driven Decision-Making Culture

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-maki…
When you boil it down, much of the focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Manufacturing 4.0 is about one thing: Getting clean, accurate, and actionable real time da… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/five-steps-creating-data-driven-decision-making-culture/

Updating Lean for the Manufacturing 4.0 Era

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 as lea…
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 … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/updating-lean-manufacturing-40-era/

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

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. Tha…
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 … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-you-manufacturing-40-leader-make-your-case-entering-2017-manufacturing-leadership-awards/

IBM Plant Tour: Becoming a Data-Driven Manufacturing Enterprise

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 powe…
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… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/ibm-plant-tour-becoming-data-driven-manufacturing-enterprise/

Volkswagen Pays the Price for a Culture of Arrogance

It’s sometimes tempting to think of all of this focus on collaboration and engagement as a soft “nice to have,” something that makes employees feel better about their workplace and their bosses but that has no demonstrable impact on the bottom line. But n…
Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council are always telling us they want to transition their companies to become more collaborative and get more of their employees engaged … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/volkswagen-pays-price-culture-arrogance/

Why Is it So Hard to Transplant Lean in Low-Cost Countries?

After rushing to offshore production in pursuit of lower-cost labor, many manufacturers have spent the past few years rethinking that decision. They’ve learned that, while offshoring production bound for core markets to lower-cost countries can bring chea…
After rushing to offshore production in pursuit of lower-cost labor, many manufacturers have spent the past few years rethinking that decision. They’ve learned that, while offshor… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/why-it-so-hard-transplant-lean-low-cost-countries/

Do Manufacturers Need Chief Digital Officers?

On a recent Manufacturing Leadership Council Roundtable call, Dr. Dean Bartles, Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute and a member of the Council’s Board of Governors, laid out his vision of manufacturing’s digiti…
On a recent Manufacturing Leadership Council Roundtable call, Dr. Dean Bartles, Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute and a member of the… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/do-manufacturers-need-chief-digital-officers/

Transformation is Major Theme at Jefferies Industrial Conference

I traveled to New York City last week to attend the 11th annual Jefferies Industrial Conference, a diverse gathering of more than 200 companies in the chemicals, aerospace and defense, automotive, metal fabrication, biofuels, and other market segments. E…
I traveled to New York City last week to attend the 11th annual Jefferies Industrial Conference, a diverse gathering of more than 200 companies in the chemicals, aerospace and def… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/transformation-major-theme-jefferies-industrial-conference/

The Future of Manufacturing at Toyota Takes Shape

Toyota has announced plans to invest $1 billion to build a new manufacturing plant in Central Mexico and to shift production at several of its other North American plants, all part of the automotive giant’s plans to reengineer its global manufacturing sys…
Toyota has announced plans to invest $1 billion to build a new manufacturing plant in Central Mexico and to shift production at several of its other North American plants, all par… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/future-manufacturing-toyota-takes-shape/

Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2015

As the new year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead:
As the new year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead: U.S. Manufacturing Growth to Continue Strongly. L… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-trends-watch-2015/

Welcome to the Age of Uncertainty

Most of us are willing to work very hard to build frameworks that explain the events taking place around us, and we want to stick with those frameworks, even as they prove to be flawed. For most of us it’s much more difficult to embrace the notion that, …
How comfortable are you with uncertainty? Most of us are willing to work very hard to build frameworks that explain the events taking place around us, and we want to stick with… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/welcome-age-uncertainty/

Is Your Organization Ready for Digitization?

Today, businesses are realizing more and more value through investments in digitization, but the trajectory is anything but smooth or predicable. A recent McKinsey survey on digitization, for example, says that many organizations are not realizing the ful…
Any time a new, pervasive technology is injected into an organization, something transformational happens. We’ve seen it with enterprise resource planning systems, customer relati… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/your-organization-ready-digitization1/

Cybersecurity: Just Another Business Issue?

Cybersecurity has become established as an on-going business issue for manufacturing companies. This may come as no surprise given the increased frequency and notoriety of cyber attacks on businesses and other organizations. But, even though executives at…
Cybersecurity has become established as an on-going business issue for manufacturing companies. This may come as no surprise given the increased frequency and notoriety of cyber a… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/cybersecurity-just-another-business-issue/

Is Your Company Root-Bound by ISO-9000?

ISO-9000 Quality Management Systems (QMS) can be a very useful tool for capturing and preserving critically important business process as well as laying out a means for future improvement and growth. However, I often come across situations where ISO-9000 …
ISO-9000 Quality Management Systems (QMS) can be a very useful tool for capturing and preserving critically important business process as well as laying out a means for future imp… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/your-company-root-bound-iso-9000/

Want Engaged Employees? Try Opening the Books

Call it the Engagement Paradox. On one hand, manufacturers tell us that a self-directed, engaged workforce is an increasingly important competitive advantage. Why? As more real-time information is available on the plant floor, workers need to be able to …
Call it the Engagement Paradox. On one hand, manufacturers tell us that a self-directed, engaged workforce is an increasingly important competitive advantage. Why? As more real… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/want-engaged-employees-try-opening-books/

The Auto Market is Just Not Customer-Centric Enough

In the midst of a booming market, the news in the automotive industry these days is anything but euphoric, as recent reports about General Motors, Toyota, and Tesla Motors would suggest, raising some gut-level questions about the notion of customer-centri…
In the midst of a booming market, the news in the automotive industry these days is anything but euphoric, as recent reports about General Motors, Toyota, and Tesla Motors would s… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/auto-market-just-not-customer-centric-enough/

‘Activation’: The Next Step in Customer-Centricity

Putting the customer at the center of your business model may sound like an obvious thing to do. After all, what sort of business would you have without customers? But the idea of customer-centricity goes way beyond being responsive to customer demand, ac…
Putting the customer at the center of your business model may sound like an obvious thing to do. After all, what sort of business would you have without customers? But the idea of… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/activation-next-step-customer-centricity/

Intelligent Products: Creating New Business Models for Manufacturing Services

It's a hundred years since Henry Ford transformed manufacturing with his revolutionary approach to mass production. A century later, there’s another manufacturing revolution underway – but this time the focus is more about what’s online, than what’s on th…
It's a hundred years since Henry Ford transformed manufacturing with his revolutionary approach to mass production. A century later, there’s another manufacturing revolution… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/intelligent-products-creating-new-business-models-manufacturing-services/

Collaboration: More Decision-Making Structure is Required

Last week, the Manufacturing Leadership Council held a special meeting and tour of the historic Ford River Rouge plant—now known as the Dearborn Truck Plant—where the dramatic changes that have come to automotive manufacturing over the past 85 years were …
Last week, the Manufacturing Leadership Council held a special meeting and tour of the historic Ford River Rouge plant—now known as the Dearborn Truck Plant—where the … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/collaboration-more-decision-making-structure-required/

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