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Outsourcing Vs. the Value of Co-locating R&D, Engineering, and Production

In recent weeks I've spoken with several manufacturing executives who are reevaluating the value of co-locating R&D, engineering, and production functions. The conclusion that many have come to is that there are significant efficiency advantages to be had…
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Connecting the Plant with the Outside World

There was a time not long ago when production and external-facing processes were largely disconnected. While production schedules were influenced by (often inaccurate) forecasts, manufacturers weren't expected to share detailed information about their pro…
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What’s Next For Europe’s Factories?

What do you think the world’s factories will look like in the next five to ten years? The Brussels-based, European Factory of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), would like to find out. The government-funded manufacturing group, part of the European…
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Smart Manufacturing Coalition Releases Action Plan

The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, an initiative of the National Science Foundation has proposed a 10-point action plan aimed at furthering the coalition's goal of intensifying the application of advanced intelligence technologies in all phases…
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Additive Manufacturing: Boom Time for 3D Printing

The impressive techniques of additive manufacturing (AM), where advanced lasers are used to ‘print’ solid prototypes, products and components from loose composite materials, is on a roll it seems. 2010 saw a substantial 37.4 per cent increase in industri…
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Why Has Lockheed Martin Gone Quantum?

Lockheed Martin, America’s largest defense contractor, has signed up to become the world’s first commercial buyer of a $10 million pioneering quantum computer from Canadian-based developers, D-Wave Systems. But why? And does it even work? Quantum computi…
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Scaling Up Production: Solar Start Up MiaSolé takes Intel Advice

Boosting production volumes can be fraught with challenges for ambitious small companies. As volumes rise, so can complexity. Controlling quality and product consistency can become major issues as production lines scale up. So solar panel start-up MiaSol…
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3D Printing: Press ‘Print’ To Manufacture?

Will advanced 3D printing technologies and innovative new materials herald a new age of instant product manufacturing? That’s the aim of researchers at the innovation unit of Airbus makers EADS at Filton, near Bristol in the UK. They’re working on new sys…
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'Plantville' Game Aims to Make Manufacturing Management Cool

Inspiring new talent to consider manufacturing careers has taken an innovative turn as Germany's Siemens launches an on-line, social game designed to make plant management cool ... and showcase its own products along the way, of course. Called Plantville,…
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Volkswagen Investments Change the Image of Manufacturing

While manufacturers in many Western countries continue to struggle to get young high-achievers interested in manufacturing careers, manufacturers in Germany don't seem to share this problem. There, the government and industry have gone out of their way to…
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Is Continuous Manufacturing Pharma’s Next Big Thing?

Leading pharma companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Genzyme are lining up alongside other industrial organizations to support a new continuous manufacturing research project that will gather researchers and scientists from seven U…
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Should Lean Initiatives Be Required to Prove Their ROI?

A debate of sorts is raging among advocates of continuous improvement programs such as Lean and Six Sigma: Should these initiatives be required to demonstrate return on investment the same way that any other initiative that consumes resources would be? So…
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Recession Lessons

In global recession, suppliers have gone under or become less reliable, and global transportation capacity has become less predictable. Has the recession caused you to rethink global supply chain risk?
In global recession, suppliers have gone under or become less  reliable, and global transportation capacity has become less  predictable. Has the recession caused you to… http://www.events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/recession-lessons/

Will Factories of the Future Need Workers?

At least in the U.S., manufacturing is leading the economic recovery. And yet, hiring remains tepid at best. Are we witnessing an inflection point for the labor-automation equation in manufacturing?
At least in the U.S., manufacturing is leading the economic recovery.  And yet, hiring remains tepid at best. Are we witnessing an inflection  point for the labor-automa… http://www.events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/will-factories-future-need-workers/

Creating Global Standard Processes

Have you prioritized the implement of standard production processes across all global plants?
Have you prioritized the implement of standard production processes  across all global plants? If so, what’s driving this? And does it  require the deployment of c… http://www.events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/creating-global-standard-processes/

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