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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://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/ge-plant-tour-shaping-factory-future/

A "Cathedral of Manufacturing" Opens in Brooklyn

New Lab, an independent, interdisciplinary place for entrepreneurs working in robotics, artificial intelligence, connected devices, and other areas, officially opens in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City.
I stumbled upon Scott Cohen and his “New Lab” creation in Brooklyn, New York, through a Google search. It was early 2015 and I was trying to identify innovations in manufacturing … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/cathedral-manufacturing-opens-brooklyn/

Creating a Nexus for Collaborative Innovation

What if you could create a physical space where out-of-the-box thinkers from a variety of engineering- and design-related disciplines could easily collaborate and fail freely on the way to creating new things and ideas? That’s the concept behind New Lab,…
Popular Discussions What if you could create a physical space where out-of-the-box thinkers from a variety of engineering- and design-related disciplines could easily collaborat… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/creating-nexus-collaborative-innovation/

Is the Future of Robotics Modular?

Modbot Founder Adam Ellison presents his vision of the future of robotics in manufacturing--think modular, ubiquitous, and connected.
Popular Discussions Adam Ellison, who founded modular robot maker Modbot, thinks the robotics industry is ripe for disruption. At the Manufacturing Leadership Summit's final aft… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/future-robotics-modular/

Rethink Robotics Reboots, Launches Second-Generation Collaborative Robot

Boston start-up Rethink Robotics was supposed to be the poster-child for the movement toward a new generation of advanced robots that would be smarter, easier to program, less expensive, and safer around human workers than traditional industrial robots.
Popular Discussions Boston start-up Rethink Robotics was supposed to be the poster-child for the movement toward a new generation of advanced robots that would be smarter, easie… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/rethink-robotics-reboots-launches-second-generation-collaborative-robot/

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 … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/hannover-highlights-day-1-industry-40-clever-collaborations-and-plug-and-produce/

At Raytheon Plant Tour, ML Council Roundtable Sees Much Headroom in Automation

Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council last week gathered in Huntsville, Alabama to tour Raytheon’s sleek, 70,000-square-foot missile factory and to discuss a question that touches everything from workforce levels to time-to-market and even to ho…
Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council last week gathered in Huntsville, Alabama to tour Raytheon’s sleek, 70,000-square-foot missile factory and to discuss a question th… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/raytheon-plant-tour-ml-council-roundtable-sees-much-headroom-automation/

Rising Robot Market Sees Accelerating Acquisitions

How much has merger and acquisition activity picked up in the robotics market in just the past four years? A chart, published recently by the Boston Consulting Group, shows a dramatic acceleration. While there were just four robotic company acquisitions i…
Popular Discussions How much has merger and acquisition activity picked up in the robotics market in just the past four years? A chart, published recently by the Boston Consulti… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/rising-robot-market-sees-accelerating-acquisitions/

New Generation of Robots Will Force Cultural Change

A new generation of smart, mobile, autonomous, and relatively inexpensive robots is about to hit the manufacturing plant floor and supply chain. These include telepresence robots that let supervisors and engineers thousands of miles away see what’s going …
Popular Discussions A new generation of smart, mobile, autonomous, and relatively inexpensive robots is about to hit the manufacturing plant floor and supply chain. These includ… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/new-generation-robots-will-force-cultural-change/

Manufacturing Convergence: Say Hello to Google and Amazon

In an earlier phase of my career, covering Silicon Valley and the rise of the tech industry, I used to write a lot about what we called “convergence.” What we meant by the term was the melding of voice and data networks and computing infrastructure. The c…
In an earlier phase of my career, covering Silicon Valley and the rise of the tech industry, I used to write a lot about what we called “convergence.” What we meant by the term wa… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-convergence-say-hello-google-and-amazon/

Tapping into a Culture of Innovation

What good is a manufacturing renaissance if it doesn’t produce lots of jobs for unskilled or semi-skilled workers? That’s the backlash reaction we so often hear following reports that U.S. manufacturing activity continues to rise. It is certainly true …
What good is a manufacturing renaissance if it doesn’t produce lots of jobs for unskilled or semi-skilled workers? That’s the backlash reaction we so often hear following repor… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/tapping-culture-innovation/

Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2014

As 2013 transitions into 2014, the Manufacturing Leadership Community’s editorial department offers 10 issues that should be top of mind for manufacturers in the new year.
As 2013 transitions into 2014, the Manufacturing Leadership Community’s editorial department offers 10 issues that should be top of mind for manufacturers in the new year. … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-trends-watch-20141/

Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2014

As 2013 transitions into 2014, the Manufacturing Leadership Community’s editorial department offers 10 issues that should be top of mind for manufacturers in the new year.
As 2013 transitions into 2014, the Manufacturing Leadership Community’s editorial department offers 10 issues that should be top of mind for manufacturers in the new year. … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-trends-watch-2014/

Study: Manufacturers Failing to Recognize the Transformative Impacts of 3D Printing, Intelligent Robotics

Most electronics manufacturers are unknowingly staring down the barrel of dramatic competitive changes that are being introduced by emerging technologies including 3D printing, intelligent robotics, and open source electronics hardware, according to a rec…
Popular Discussions Most electronics manufacturers are unknowingly staring down the barrel of dramatic competitive changes that are being introduced by emerging technologies inc… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/study-manufacturers-failing-recognize-transformative-impacts-3d-printing-intelligent-robotics/

The Global View: Cheaper, Better Robots Are on the Way, But Who Will Benefit?

Recently I had the chance to walk around a trade show in Anaheim, CA, where I saw evidence of major trends in automation technologies : washdown robots, small 5-axis robots, high-speed/high-precision robots, as well as less expensive and human-contact rob…
Popular Blogs Recently I had the chance to walk around a trade show in Anaheim, CA, where I saw evidence of major trends in automation technologies : washdown robots, small 5-ax… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-cheaper-better-robots-are-way-who-will-benefit/

A Sneak Peak into Manufacturing’s Future

The most recent gathering of the Manufacturing Leadership Council cast a spotlight on the future of manufacturing. The topic has been a perennial focus for the executives on the Council, who must steer their companies toward an exciting yet uncertain hori…
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/sneak-peak-manufacturings-future/

Is the Next-Generation Manufacturing Worker a Smart Robot?

While robots have become increasingly commonplace in many manufacturing environments—boosting productivity and efficiency across plant floors worldwide—there are still significant advances to be made to make them smarter, cheaper, more flexible and adapta…
While robots have become increasingly commonplace in many manufacturing environments—boosting productivity and efficiency across plant floors worldwide—there are still… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/next-generation-manufacturing-worker-smart-robot/

Getting Young People Excited About Manufacturing

Like a lot of manufacturing professionals, Terry Moody worries about the low esteem in which many young people and even some educators hold his field. Most young people still think of manufacturing as dangerous and dirty, Moody says—a dead-end, rather tha…
Like a lot of manufacturing professionals, Terry Moody worries about the low esteem in which many young people and even some educators hold his field. Most young people still thin… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/getting-young-people-excited-about-manufacturing/

The Next Generation: Making Manufacturing Dreams Come True

You’re a young, high-energy female student with a proven aptitude and an intense passion for robotics and engineering. So, how do you pursue a dream career in manufacturing?
You’re a young, high-energy female student with a proven aptitude and an intense passion for robotics and engineering. So, how do you pursue a dream career in manufacturing?… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/next-generation-making-manufacturing-dreams-come-true/

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