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Share Your Insights on Manufacturing Sustainability 4.0

The Manufacturing Leadership Council invites you to participate in this year's Manufacturing Sustainability 4.0 Research Project. The results of this survey will be published in the December 2017 issue of the Manufacturing Leadership Journal.
What are the key factors that are motivating manufacturing companies to embrace sustainable approaches to business operations, products, and production? How are manufacturing sust… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/share-your-insights-manufacturing-sustainability-40/

CHINA JOURNAL: After the Trip, Reflections on China

After a 16-day, four-city trip to China, ML Council co-founder David R. Brousell reflects on what he saw and learned about China and the country's manufacturing direction.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 – After a 17-hour flight from Hong Kong, the last leg of our 16-day visit to China, we arrived in Boston early Monday morning on October 9, the flesh we… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/china-journal-after-trip-reflections-china/

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://ml100awards.gilcommunity.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://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/china-journal-mass-production-quality-global-brands/

CHINA JOURNAL: Shanghai is the First Step on the Journey

David R. Brousell, the Co-founder of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, begins a 16-day trip to China, where he will speak at the MIF2017 manufacturing conference in Tianjin on the subject of Manufacturing 4.0.
Monday, September 25, 2017 – The American Airlines plane touched down at Pudong Airport in Shanghai at about 1:30 pm on Friday, nearly 30 minutes ahead of schedule. It was the… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/china-journal-shanghai-first-step-journey/

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/

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