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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… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/dont-fool-yourself-manufacturing-40-means-exponential-change/

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://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/plant-tour-lai-m40-multi-step-journey/

Manufacturing Industry is Embracing IoT & Digital Transformation

Recently, I was lucky enough to have been invited to attend Frost & Sullivan’s 13th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit. The Summit brings together C-suite executives and leaders from some of the largest manufacturers in the US—such as GM, Nike, Raythe…
Recently, I was lucky enough to have been invited to attend Frost & Sullivan’s 13th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit. The Summit brings together C-suite executives and l… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-industry-embracing-iot-digital-transformation/

Lockheed Martin Explodes the ‘Digital Tapestry’

Two years ago, at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Vice President of Production Dennis Little laid out his company’s “Digital Tapestry” strategy which, he said, would reduce product cycle time, decrease costs, and fuel fu…
Two years ago, at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Vice President of Production Dennis Little laid out his company’s “Digital Tapestry” strategy … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/lockheed-martin-explodes-digital-tapestry/

Manufacturers Must Pick Up the Pace on Digital Transformation

Manufacturing leaders must lift their sights above day-to-day operational challenges and embrace three types of significant change if they are to capitalize on the transformational opportunities presented by the digitized, Manufacturing 4.0 era, Manufactu…
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA--Manufacturing leaders must lift their sights above day-to-day operational challenges and embrace three types of significant change if they are to capitalize … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturers-must-pick-pace-digital-transformation/

Seeking an Engaged Workforce? Don’t Forget about Contingent Workers

In a recent “Factories of the Future” study, we asked manufacturing leaders how their factories would be managed five to 10 years from today. The largest group—39%--said the predominant management approach will be collaborative, “with greater emphasis on …
In a recent “Factories of the Future” study, we asked manufacturing leaders how their factories would be managed five to 10 years from today. The largest group—39%--said the predo… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/seeking-engaged-workforce-dont-forget-about-contingent-workers/

Five Ways Manufacturing Execs Should Lead on Cybersecurity

The one piece of good news coming out of the recent WannaCry ransomeware attack, which infected over 200,000 computers worldwide and at least temporarily crippled hospitals, shops, and schools, is that it does not appear to have directly targeted the con…
The one piece of good news coming out of  the recent WannaCry ransomeware attack, which infected over 200,000 computers worldwide and at least temporarily crippled hospitals, shop… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/five-ways-manufacturing-execs-should-lead-cybersecurity/

M4.0 Success Will Require Adoption of a Digital Culture

The transition to Manufacturing 4.0 will be more demanding than any previous era of industry transformation, a panel composed of senior manufacturing leaders told the Manufacturing Leadership Council recently. That’s because, for most manufacturers, the t…
The transition to Manufacturing 4.0 will be more demanding than any previous era of industry transformation, a panel composed of senior manufacturing leaders told the Manufacturin… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/m40-success-will-require-adoption-digital-culture/

Meet the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winners

The 91 manufacturers announced today as winners of the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards, in fact, are proof positive that M4.0 is much more than a theory or future vision. These ML Awards winners are putting M4.0 into practice today and are well on th…
It shouldn’t come as a total shock to learn that, for many manufacturers, the path to a digitized, Manufacturing 4.0 future is turning out to be paved with challenges. That’s true… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/meet-2017-manufacturing-leadership-awards-winners/

Scaling Digitization Projects into an M4.0 Strategy

It’s one thing to take on a small, well-defined project aimed at proving the potential of digitizing a process such as maintenance on a single line or in an individual plant. It’s quite another to take the experiences gathered from such small projects and…
It’s one thing to take on a small, well-defined project aimed at proving the potential of digitizing a process such as maintenance on a single line or in an individual plant. It’s… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/scaling-digitization-projects-m40-strategy/

Trump Panel: New Administration Must Embrace Comprehensive Strategy to Bolster U.S. Manufacturing

The incoming Trump Administration must move beyond one-off “name and shame” actions aimed at influencing large, global manufacturers to preserve domestic production and, instead, develop an aggressive and comprehensive manufacturing strategy focusing on t…
The incoming Trump Administration must move beyond one-off “name and shame” actions aimed at influencing large, global manufacturers to preserve domestic production and, instead, … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/trump-panel-new-administration-must-embrace-comprehensive-strategy-bolster-us-manufacturing/

Industry Thought-Leaders To Debate Trump Options for U.S. Manufacturing

Thought leaders from NAM, ITIF, Smart Manufacturing, Dow & PMA join a special Manufacturing Leadership Council panel discussion on the future of U.S. manufacturing under a Trump Administration on January 11.
What new policies will help U.S. companies along their journey to Manufacturing 4.0 over the next four years? How can the new Trump team secure America’s industrial long-term futu… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/industry-thought-leaders-debate-trump-options-us-manufacturing/

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… http://ml100awards.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 … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/updating-lean-manufacturing-40-era/

Unique Nike Partnership Aims to Rebuild Domestic Supply Base

We often hear manufacturers based in the U.S. and Europe say that, even if wanted to bring production back from Asia and other low-cost locations, they couldn’t because the very specialized supplier networks that they would need have atrophied or disappea…
We often hear manufacturers based in the U.S. and Europe say that, even if they wanted to bring production back from Asia and other low-cost locations, they couldn’t because the v… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/unique-nike-partnership-aims-rebuild-domestic-supply-base/

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://ml100awards.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… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/can-under-armour-reinvent-customized-innovation-manufacturing-40-approach/

Top Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winners Show that M4.0 Is Transforming the Industry

When the top winners of the 12th annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards were unveiled at a gala celebration on June 8, one thing became quite clear: The digital transformation that the Manufacturing 4.0 era promises is much more than a theory or a metapho…
When the top winners of the 12th annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards were unveiled at a gala celebration on June 8, one thing became quite clear: The digital transformation tha… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/top-manufacturing-leadership-awards-winners-show-m40-transforming-industry/

Small Manufacturers Will Benefit from M4.0, Too

Why are large manufacturers investing in digitizing their product innovation, supply chain, and production processes? Many would say they recognize the need to respond to rapidly-rising customer expectations by becoming more data-driven and more agile.
Why are large manufacturers investing in digitizing their product innovation, supply chain, and production processes? Many would say they recognize the need to respond to rapidly-… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/small-manufacturers-will-benefit-m40-too/

M4.0 Will Require a New Leadership Model

As Manufacturing 4.0 takes place in their organizations, manufacturing leaders must get better and collaborating, communicating, making data-driven decisions, and even thinking of ways to use new digitally-enabled processes and business models to drive re…
As Manufacturing 4.0 takes place in their organizations, manufacturing leaders must get better at collaborating, communicating, making data-driven decisions, and even thinking of … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/m40-will-require-new-leadership-model/

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