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Creating a Nexus for Collaborative Innovation  in The Innovative Enterprise

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… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 15, 2015
Views: 22768
Is the Future of Robotics Modular?  in Manufacturing Automation

Modbot Founder Adam Ellison presents his vision of the future of robotics in manufacturing--think modular, ubiquitous, and connected. Read More →

Posted by Sue Pelletier on Jun 04, 2015
Views: 20619
Learning from DARPA  in The Innovative Enterprise

What manufacturers can learn from DARPA's initiatives, plus a challenge. Read More →

Posted by Sue Pelletier on Jun 04, 2015
Views: 16327
What's Next: Beyond Manufacturing 4.0  in Sustainability

Ted Duclos outlines a biologically inspired vision of sustainability--and manufacturing--at the ML Summit 2015. Read More →

Posted by Sue Pelletier on Jun 03, 2015
Views: 19866
Rethink Robotics Reboots, Launches Second-Generation Collaborative Robot  in Transformative Technologies

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 robo… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 29, 2015
Views: 20663
Which is Best: Lean, Six Sigma, or TOC? Why Not Combine All Three?  in The Adaptive Organization

Many manufacturers complain that they struggle to sustain momentum behind continuous improvement initiatives that use Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. Although these methods are proven and well-understood, many organizations find they aren’t systema… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 14, 2015
Views: 20007
IBM Will Invest $3 Billion in Internet of Things Initiative  in Transformative Technologies

Although the hype cycle surrounding the Internet of Things continues to ascend—Amazon Dash Buttons anyone?—many of the manufacturing leaders with whom we connect remain lukewarm to the idea that pulling more and more data off of more and more smart, … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 06, 2015
Views: 17784
UL Jumping into Testing of Materials for 3D Printing  in Transformative Technologies

Product safety consulting and branding service provider UL says it is creating a quality framework and analysis service designed to help manufacturers assure the quality and performance of materials being used to fabricate parts and products with 3D … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 01, 2015
Views: 18570
Want to be a Billionaire? Study Engineering  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

New research by London-based business-to-business consultancy Approved Index recently analyzed the educational backgrounds of the latest Forbes list of the richest 100 people in the world. And guess what: more than a fifth (22 per cent ) of the world… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Mar 30, 2015
Views: 15684
U.S. Congress Weighs Investment in Manufacturing Universities  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Congress is proposing legislation that would designate 25 manufacturing universities across the country and provide each with $20 million over four years. The designated universities would be expected to i… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 26, 2015
Views: 26636
Fiber- and Textile-Focused Innovation Institute in the Works  in Industrial Policy

The Obama Administration has announced plans to form a new manufacturing innovation institute that would develop advanced fibers and textiles that would be used in military, apparel, and other industries. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 19, 2015
Views: 15382
GE Pumps $100 Million into Research and Manufacturing in Saudi Arabia  in The Innovative Enterprise

GE has announced a further investment of $100 million to increase gas turbine production and expand its Innovation Center in Saudi Arabia. The new research programs are mostly aimed at ways to increase energy efficiency and sustainability and involve… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Mar 17, 2015
Views: 13562
Strong Dollar a Threat to U.S. Manufacturing?  in Manufacturing Advocacy

Last Friday, the value of the U.S. dollar relative to other world currencies reached its highest level in 12 years. Over the past 8 months, the dollar’s relative value has increased at its fastest pace in 40 years. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 16, 2015
Views: 13719
Would Social Media Have Saved J&J?  in The Adaptive Organization

Pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson this week agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and pay a small fine to settle legal charges stemming from an embarrassing series of quality problems and management shortcomings that affected consumers of som… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 11, 2015
Views: 17588
GE Opens ‘Brilliant Factory’ Export Hub in India  in Factories of the Future

Last weekend, GE officially inaugurated an expansion to its 67-acre manufacturing plant in Chakan, near the western city of Pune in India, in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the new … Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 17, 2015
Views: 18827
Is The Future Of Flight Electric?  in Sustainability

Electric aircraft, will they ever fly? Well, some already have. But right now they’re just prototypes, very small, and with limited range. Nevertheless, some of the world’s leading aircraft makers are now starting to get serious about research into e… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 10, 2015
Views: 17020
Skills Certification Awards on the Rise. Is This a Positive Sign?  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Are more workers being attracted to expanding career opportunities in manufacturing? One potential indicator that they are came recently from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) which controls certification programs for industrial … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 29, 2015
Views: 17257
Could 3D Printing Really Transform Global Manufacturing Supply Chains?  in

One of the holy grails often cited by advocates of 3D printing technologies, or additive manufacturing (AM) as they are also known, is the potential for manufacturing companies to radically transform their traditional supply chains by creating a pool… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jan 27, 2015
Views: 16559
U.S. Manufacturers to Increase Hiring, Capital Spending  in Manufacturing Advocacy

Inspired by what they see as an improving economy, U.S. manufacturers say they plan to increase hiring and spending on capital equipment and operations. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 23, 2015
Views: 16989
Participate in the Council’s Big Data Research Project  in Transformative Technologies

In order to better understand one of the hottest and most controversial technology topics of the day – big data and analytics – the Manufacturing Leadership Council has launched a research study on the topic. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jan 20, 2015
Views: 18700