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Freeform Fabrication: Ford’s Bold Idea To Create Rapid, Personalized, Low-Volume Products  in Transformative Technologies

Ford Motor Company says its engineers are now working on a new and highly flexible advanced production technology that could revolutionize the way companies create sheet metal parts for low volume product applications. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jul 04, 2013
Views: 11797
Customer Satisfaction Rises as Key Quality Metric  in The Adaptive Organization

What metrics should manufacturers use to understand the maturity and outcomes of their quality practices? While internally-focused metrics such as first-pass yield and defects per million are considered classic measures of quality, manufacturers are … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jul 03, 2013
Views: 16134
European Manufacturing Brightens: Is The Euro-Recovery Finally Underway?  in Redefining the Supply Chain

It’s been a long time coming, but European manufacturing sector growth now looks set to return before the end of the year. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jul 01, 2013
Views: 16796
Is Distributed Manufacturing a Model for the Future?  in The Innovative Enterprise

A small start-up furniture design company in Lexington, KY, is pioneering a business model—one that incorporates crowd-sourced designs and distributed manufacturing—that could serve as a sign-post for how manufacturing will change in the not-too-dist… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 27, 2013
Views: 17638
Is Obama’s Climate Program Good or Bad for Manufacturing?  in Manufacturing Advocacy

President Obama yesterday announced a series of executive actions designed to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, but the plan was immediately condemned by the nation’s largest manufacturing trade group as too costly and anti-competitive. In … Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jun 26, 2013
Views: 12454
3D Printing Takes Off In Aircraft Engines: GE Aviation  in Factories of the Future

Bob McEwan, general manager for new product innovation at GE Aviation predicts that by 2020 “well over 100,000 parts” in its new range of LEAP and fuel-efficient GE9X aircraft engines will be produced using 3D printing techniques. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 25, 2013
Views: 17117
Auto Maker Supply Chains Must Get More Resilient - and Local  in Redefining the Supply Chain

In an urgent effort to create more resilient supply chains and get closer to their customers, many of the world’s top auto-makers now need to re-assess and transform their global production networks to prepare for a more agile, regionalized, demand-d… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 24, 2013
Views: 18047
Chinese Manufacturing Slows Again In June: Should You Be Worried?  in Global Value Networks

Stock markets around the world became increasingly concerned this week as preliminary figures for China’s manufacturing sector showed a continued slow down of industrial activity in June. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 21, 2013
Views: 14798
Culture of Trust Leads to Employee Engagement  in The Adaptive Organization

As manufacturers attempt to move beyond incremental operational improvement and achieve transformational performance gains, many quickly realize that one constraint is less-than-engaged front line workers. Unengaged workers are typically uninterested… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 20, 2013
Views: 16472
Big Data Means Big Network Upgrades  in Transformative Technologies

Manufacturers have been among the most avid adopters of big data analytics, for fairly obvious reasons: By aggregating and analyzing vast quantities of near-real-time plant floor and product lifecycle data, manufacturers can gain valuable, even predi… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 18, 2013
Views: 14235
CAD in the Cloud? Sorry, It’s Not Happening  in Cybersecurity

Now that many manufacturers are finally embracing cloud enablement of a wider range of systems and data—including salesforce automation, HR, procurement, even ERP—can a migration of core product data and CAD applications to the cloud be far behind? … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 12, 2013
Views: 19692
Has Most Operational Improvement Low-Hanging Fruit Already Been Plucked?  in The Innovative Enterprise

Having spent the past few years intensively pursuing operational efficiencies through philosophies such as Lean, how close are manufacturers today to realizing most of the available cost savings? According to a recently-concluded survey by Oxford Eco… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 10, 2013
Views: 15871
Can 3D Printing Transform Space Exploration?  in Transformative Technologies

Many of the breathless predictions that 3D printing will transform manufacturing strike me as over simplified and overly optimistic. This week, however, I came across an application of additive manufacturing that seems truly transformative. NASA sa… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 05, 2013
Views: 9103
Remembering Frank Lautenberg  in

I first met Frank Lautenberg, the senior U.S. Senator from New Jersey who died yesterday at the age of 89, in the early 1980s when I was a junior reporter covering the software and services industry for Electronic News, one of the most respected indu… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jun 04, 2013
Views: 5651
Can the Government Spawn Vibrant Manufacturing Clusters?  in Industrial Policy

By now the notion of economic clusters as geographic collections of companies in complementary industries and supported educational institutions and government agencies is well-known. Classic examples such as the high tech cluster known as Silicon Va… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 23, 2013
Views: 18593
Auto Makers To Launch 100 High-Tech, City-Centre Digital Showrooms by 2016: Frost & Sullivan  in Global Value Networks

Buying a car may never be the same again – especially if you live in one of the world’s major cities. Global researchers Frost & Sullivan now predict there will be 100 manufacturer-owned, digitally-enhanced, city-center auto showrooms by 2016. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on May 10, 2013
Views: 12207
How To Manage U.S. Innovation Networks: Thoughts From A Harvard Professor  in The Innovative Enterprise

In a new article in Forbes this week, Gary Pisano, Harvard professor of business administration, offers some keen advice on how President Obama’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) should be run. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on May 01, 2013
Views: 10609
Manufacturing's Economic Impact Goes Beyond Jobs  in Industrial Policy

In recent weeks, several pundits and a few economists have begun to question the importance of manufacturing to the economy because, they say, manufacturing doesn't create enough jobs. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 05, 2013
Views: 15110