(IW – Ed Potoczak: 9-6-16) Manufacturers must do more than promote the “coolness” of today’s technologies. They need to communicate the educational requirements for succeeding in manufacturing careers, so that students can understand the skills they will need. There’s no doubt: Manufacturers today are stuck between a rock and hard place. On the one hand,… Read More
A rational explanation of the two divergent views of U.S. manufacturing’s future. (IW – Becky Morgan: 9-7-16) It is true that some U.S. headquartered companies are shutting down operations here and moving them to Mexico or elsewhere. It is also true that some U.S. companies are reshoring their operations to the U.S. We are undergoing… Read More
(Reshoring Initiative Blog — Sandy Montalbano D’Amico: 8-20-16) Industry 4.0 is defined as a fourth wave of technological advancement, driven by nine technology advances that will increase manufacturing productivity and increase competitiveness in manufacturing industries. According to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), “In this transformation, sensors, machines, workpieces and IT systems will be connected along… Read More
The brilliant factory is GE’s new take on how we make things. It involves machines are embedded with sensors and connected to the Industrial Internet. The factory uses GE’s Predix software platform to stream data …more…. Read the full article at www.gereports.com.
(IW – Adrienne Selko: 8-25-16) From January 2010 until July 2016 the Reshoring Initiative estimates that 265,000 jobs have come back to the United States from abroad. The Reshoring Initiative’s 2015 Reshoring Report found that the reasons companies gave for coming back to the U.S. included: Government incentives Ecosystems/localization Proximity to customers Skilled workforce At the… Read More
Increasingly efficient manufacturing processes are poised to accelerate commercialization of clean technologies. (GreenBiz – Lauren Hepler: 8-23-16) From solar panels a decade ago to energy storage today, the history of clean tech is littered with capital-intensive concepts poised to radically alter the relationship between industrialized society and the environment. But why do these widely heralded… Read More
Stuck in the Industrial Age, skills training doesn’t place enough emphasis on smart, connected product manufacturing, advanced material development and digital design integration. (IW – Randy Swearer: 8-23-16) If you’ve read the Manufacturing Institute report, you’ve heard the statistics: 84% of manufacturing executives believe there is a talent shortage in the U.S. and worry that they won’t… Read More
Smart operations use pervasive data collection, advanced analytics, technology investments and deeper collaboration with partners to prepare their value streams for the next industrial revolution. (MH&L – Staff: 8-15-16) Over the next three years, a growing number of successful manufacturers will enhance their manufacturing processes with smart operations, a broader supply chain strategy that extends… Read More
Congratulations to DiamondBack Truck Covers and Advanced Powder Products for making the Inc. 5000 2016 List. This is Inc.’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Click here for Advanced Powder Products listing. Click here for DiamondBack Truck Covers listing.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ –The United States is expected to become the most competitive manufacturing nation over the next five years, with the current leader China sliding into second position, according to the upcoming 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index report from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (Deloitte Global) Global Consumer & Industrial Products Industry group… Read More