Posted By Jeff Moad, March 14, 2017
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 today. That’s because, for most manufacturers, the transition to M4.0 will require multi-dimensional change, incorporating profound technology shifts, significant changes in customer demand and expectations, business model innovation and, not least, the need for a new digital culture and leadership skills within the manufacturing enterprise.
And, in fact, the adoption of a digital culture may be among the more challenging aspects of the transition to M4.0, according to members of the panel who presented their perspectives and experiences as part of the ML Council’s Critical Issues Call series in a session entitled "Creating a Digital Culture: Rethinking Leadership in the M4.0 Era."
The panel, which was moderated by ML Council Co-Founder David R. Brousell, included Dr. Richard Baker, chief technology officer at Proto Labs, Inc.; Dr. Jill George, global auto/manufacturing segment leader at Development Dimensions International; Dr. Don Kinard, senior fellow at Lockheed Martin; and Paul Mefford, global M&E operations learning and talent development director at The Dow Chemical Company.
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 transition to M4.0 will require multi-dimensional change, incorporating profound technology shifts, significant changes in customer demand and expectations, business model innovation and, not least, the need for a new digital culture and leadership skills within the manufacturing enterprise. Read More →
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 the way to creating a state in which production is increasingly automated, modular, data-driven, agile, predictive, and rapidly reconfigurable to meet changing demands and competition. Read More →
Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the foremost global business network for senior industrial executives, announces the election of President and CEO of Proto Labs, Inc. Vicki M. Holt, to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors. Read More →
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 build them into a Manufacturing 4.0 roadmap that aligns with the strategy defined by the company’s senior leadership team. Read More →
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 tougher trade enforcement, tax reform, development and implementation of Manufacturing 4.0 technologies, and support for the expansion of a next-generation workforce, a panel of policy experts told the Manufacturing Leadership Council and guests this week. Read More →
As the New Year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead. Contributors to this blog include David R. Brousell, Jeff Moad, Sankara Narayanan, and Paul Tate. Read More →
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. Read More →
With just over a month to go before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, things are heating up amongst a host of eager advisors to the new administration about how it should improve and stimulate the future of U.S. manufacturing. Read More →
We at the Manufacturing Leadership Council are thrilled with the number and quality of nominations we have already received for the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. It’s clear from the projects nominated so far that Manufacturing 4.0 and the transformational opportunity that it represents are inspiring manufacturers to achieve great things, particularly in the areas of Big Data, the Industrial Internet of Things, and Talent Management. In order to ensure that as many of these worthy projects as possible make it into the Manufacturing Leadership Awards program, we have decided to extend the submission deadline to January 13, 2017. This one-time extension will give manufacturers and their partners some time after the busy holidays to put the finishing touches on their nominations. Read More →
Nearly 100 members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered in Greenville, South Carolina last week to see first-hand how General Electric’s 1.5-million square foot heavy duty gas turbine factory is embracing digitization. Read More →