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The New Era of Creative Manufacturing: 11th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

How will the new era of creativity, collaboration and connectivity help manufacturers achieve greater operational flexibility and excellence in the face of rapid change, embrace the Internet of Things and new intelligent machines, increase supply cha… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Mar 31, 2015
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New Developments May Change Expectations on 3D Printing  in Transformative Technologies

Some analysts like to talk about the hype cycle for emerging technologies. In the early phases of a new technology’s life cycle, expectations can quickly reach a peak of sometimes unjustified excitement which is quickly followed by a trough of disill… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 24, 2015
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Where Do You Stand on ‘Net Neutrality’?  in Transformative Technologies

Are the Federal Communication Commission’s new ‘net neutrality’ rules governing the Internet a good thing or a bad thing for manufacturers? Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Mar 17, 2015
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China Adopts ‘Smart Manufacturing’ Strategy To Up Its Game In Manufacturing  in Factories of the Future

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 … Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Mar 10, 2015
Views: 28868
At Lockheed Plant Tour Event, Digital Factory Roundtable Focuses on the People Factor  in Transformative Technologies

In its first plant tour and roundtable discussion of 2015, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered recently at Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet fighter factory in Fort Worth, TX, to see how the $100 million plane is made and to discuss wha… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Mar 03, 2015
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2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners Announced  in The Innovation Enterprise

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council today recognized world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as winners of the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 03, 2015
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Study: Skills Gap Will Mean 2 Million Unfilled Manufacturing Jobs by 2025  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

If current trends continue, U.S. manufacturers will be unable to fill 2 million manufacturing jobs by 2025 due to a worsening shortage of required skills, according to a report issued this week by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Feb 27, 2015
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From Carjacking to Car Hacking – Lessons for the Internet of Things  in Transformative Technologies

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and perhaps the first place we will see the proverbial rubber hit the road is with something near and dear to Americans – our cars. The ever increasing connectivity of cars is creating a multitude of new securit… Read More →

Posted by Connor Sabatino on Feb 17, 2015
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Study: Dramatic Sustainability Gains Are Due to Process Improvement, Not Offshoring  in

U.S. manufacturers have made dramatic gains over the past few years in reducing polluting emissions, even as the industry as a whole has increased production. But have those gains been primarily the result of process improvements and new technologies… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Feb 09, 2015
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Industry 4.0 vs Manufacturing Reality: Mind The Gap!  in Factories of the Future

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 cur… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 03, 2015
Views: 36547
Global Manufacturing: U.S. Growth Cools, Russia in Trouble, But a Steady Start To 2015 Worldwide  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

As the global manufacturing industry enters 2015, the latest monthly industrial performance figures for January show a generally steady start to the New Year for most nations around the world, helped by input prices dropping for the first time in ove… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 03, 2015
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FTC Issues Security Warning on Internet of Things  in

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning about potential security issues with the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), saying the explosion of connected devices could pose substantial risks of cyber attacks, of personal information security b… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Feb 02, 2015
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DMDII Launches Seven Digital Manufacturing R&D Projects  in The Innovation Enterprise

What are the core technologies, process, and skills that manufacturers can employ to assess cyber security vulnerabilities they may face, increase the productivity of shop floor workers using wearable devices and augmented reality, and create a digi… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 27, 2015
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The Great Fuel Cell Challenge: Will Toyota’s 5,600 Free Patents Change the Green Car Game?  in Sustainability

Just when you thought you were getting used to the idea of plugging your new electric car into a charging station for an hour or so before electro-gliding into the wild blue yonder, along comes another fuel-efficiency paradigm for the future of the a… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jan 20, 2015
Views: 19543
The Benefit of the Sony Cyber Attack  in Cybersecurity

If nothing else, the recent cyber attack, apparently by North Korea, against Sony for producing the satiric film “The Interview” should serve to raise to the highest level the issue of cyber protection on the agendas of every board of directors in th… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jan 13, 2015
Views: 24430
Manufacturing Renaissance: Reality or Hype?  in Manufacturing Advocacy

Is all the talk in the popular media about a “manufacturing renaissance” actually working against the manufacturing industry? A report issued this week by the Washington, DC-based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think tank concludes … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 13, 2015
Views: 23090
Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2015  in The Adaptive Organization

As the new year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead: Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 06, 2015
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What’s the Truth About Reshoring?  in Redefining the Supply Chain

Much has been said and written over the last few years about the importance of the so-called reshoring trend – returning manufacturing operations back to domestic sites rather than offshoring to Asia and other overseas locations – as a way to ensure … Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Dec 16, 2014
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In Northwest Ohio, a Mixed Picture on Jobs  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

William J. Bernard, Jr., president and chief executive of Surface Combustion, Inc., a 111-employee manufacturer of thermal processing equipment in Maumee, in northwest Ohio, is proud to be in manufacturing and is optimistic about the future of the in… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Dec 16, 2014
Views: 16445
Lexmark Plant Tour: Big Data Discussion Centers on Business Rationale  in Transformative Technologies

In the third of a series of plant tours and round table discussions held this year, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered at Lexmark International’s Boulder, CO, plant to see how printer toner and photoconductor drums are made and … Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Dec 09, 2014
Views: 17926