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Digital Transformation: The Key to Competitiveness?

Speakers at the third annual Smart Factory World Symposium debate whether the U.S. manufacturing industry is still competitive as well as the challenges and opportunities of embracing Manufacturing 4.0, the next wave of industrial progress.
Except for having to make a connecting flight in September on my way to China, I hadn’t been in Chicago in about a year. Late last month I had an opportunity to visit the Windy Ci… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/digital-transformation-key-competitiveness/

Europe Launches Digital Manufacturing Innovation Hub Network To Boost Industrial Digitization

In a bid to accelerate the European manufacturing industry’s journey to a digital future, the European Union’s Institute of Innovation and Technology’s digital division (EIT Digital) has launched a new initiative to provide European manufacturing companie…
In a bid to accelerate the European manufacturing industry’s journey to a digital future, the European Union’s Institute of Innovation and Technology’s digital division (EIT Digit… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/europe-launches-digital-manufacturing-innovation-hub-network-boost-industrial-digitization/

CHINA JOURNAL: From Mass Production to Quality Global Brands

On the first day of the MIF2017 manufacturing conference in Tianjin, Chinese manufacturing executives say they are determined to change China's manufacturing image from a mass producer to one based on high quality brands.
Friday, September 29, 2017 – At about 8:30 yesterday morning I took a bus to go to the Meijiang Convention Center in Tianjin, a large, modern complex of exhibition halls and meeti… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/china-journal-mass-production-quality-global-brands/

CHINA JOURNAL: A Car Plant Tour in Tianjin

A day after arriving in Tianjin, China, ML Co-founder David R. Brousell tours an SUV final assembly plant just outside the city.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -- We left Shanghai early yesterday morning for what was supposed to be a quick, two-hour flight to Tianjin, in the northern part of China where the … http://sww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/china-journal-car-plant-tour-tianjin/

Plant Tour: At LAI, M4.0 is a Multi-Step Journey

Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council last week toured LAI International's 75,000-square foot plant in Maine, and heard about how the manufacturer of precision-engineered parts devised its roadmap to Manufacturing 4.0.
For LAI International, the creation of a roadmap to Manufacturing 4.0 started with putting customers at the center of the company’s thinking. A motto grew out of this orientation:… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/plant-tour-lai-m40-multi-step-journey/

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… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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 … http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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 … http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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,… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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… http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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 … http://sww.manufacturing-executive.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 … http://sww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/hannover-day-2-challenges-industry-40/

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