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Is Big Brother Coming to the Factory Floor?

Manufacturers invest lots of money and intellectual capital defining and documenting the philosophies and standard practices under which they want their plants to operate. Operations bibles such as the legendary Toyota Production System not only lay out s…
Manufacturers invest lots of money and intellectual capital defining and documenting the philosophies and standard practices under which they want their plants to operate. Operati… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/big-brother-coming-factory-floor/

Report: U.S. Manufacturing Retaining Its Competitive Edge

Despite significant headwinds brought on by the dramatically strengthening U.S. dollar and upheaval in the oil and gas industry, the U.S. manufacturing sector remains the most competitive worldwide, according to a new report by economics forecasting and m…
Despite significant headwinds brought on by the dramatically strengthening U.S. dollar and upheaval in the oil and gas industry, the U.S. manufacturing sector remains the most com… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/report-us-manufacturing-retaining-its-competitive-edge/

Manufacturing Renaissance: Reality or Hype?

Is all the talk in the popular media about a “manufacturing renaissance” actually working against the manufacturing industry? A report issued this week by the Washington, DC-based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think tank concludes that,…
Is all the talk in the popular media about a “manufacturing renaissance” actually working against the manufacturing industry? A report issued this week by the Washi… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-renaissance-reality-or-hype/

Will Software and Analytics Drive Industrial Productivity?

Last week, GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt told a San Francisco audience that, over the next 30 years, the most important enhancements to his company's complex manufactured products such as aircraft engines and locomotives will come from the applicatio…
Last week, GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt told a San Francisco audience that, over the next 30 years, the most important enhancements to his company's complex manufactured pro… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/will-software-and-analytics-drive-industrial-productivity/

Pursuit of Productivity and Social Selling: 2012 APAC Sales Leadership Priorities Survey Results

This year’s survey results indicate sales executives’ 2012 challenges are shaped by their need to increase productivity. Specifically, sales executives need to pinpoint the highest-value sales activities, streamline their sales processes to match, and inv…
This year’s survey results indicate sales executives’ 2012 challenges are shaped by their need to increase productivity. Specifically, sales executives need to pinpoint the highes… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/pursuit-productivity-and-social-selling-2012-apac-sales-lead2/

Pursuit of Productivity and Social Selling: 2012 APAC Sales Leadership Priorities Survey Results

This year’s survey results indicate sales executives’ 2012 challenges are shaped by their need to increase productivity. Specifically, sales executives need to pinpoint the highest-value sales activities, streamline their sales processes to match, and inv…
This year’s survey results indicate sales executives’ 2012 challenges are shaped by their need to increase productivity. Specifically, sales executives need to pinpoint the highes… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/pursuit-productivity-and-social-selling-2012-apac-sales-lead1/

Pursuit of Productivity and Social Selling: 2012 APAC Sales Leadership Priorities Survey Results

This year’s survey results indicate sales executives’ 2012 challenges are shaped by their need to increase productivity. Specifically, sales executives need to pinpoint the highest-value sales activities, streamline their sales processes to match, and inv…
This year’s survey results indicate sales executives’ 2012 challenges are shaped by their need to increase productivity. Specifically, sales executives need to pinpoint the highes… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/pursuit-productivity-and-social-selling-2012-apac-sales-lead/

Employees' Bad Habits Cost Employers Money

Unhealthy habits cost employers billions of dollars every year. How much is it costing you?
Unhealthy habits cost employers billions of dollars every year. How much is it costing you? Employees spend the majority of their waking hours at work so what they do there has… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/employees-bad-habits-cost-employers-money/

Leadership: How Do You Define and Measure It?

During a teleconference meeting of the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Next-Generation Leadership discussion group this week, members noted that strong leadership is consistently one of the most important factors determining the productivity and effect…
During a teleconference meeting of the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Next-Generation Leadership discussion group this week, members noted that strong leadership is consistent… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/leadership-how-do-you-define-and-measure-it/

Dialogue: Justin Kershaw -- Powering Supply Chain Innovation

Eaton Corp.’s latest IT initiatives, led by Justin Kershaw, aim to support a step change in supply chain innovation, infrastructure growth, and manufacturing productivity. Q: What excites you about your leadership role at Eaton? A: Right now, it’s just …
Eaton Corp.’s latest IT initiatives, led by Justin Kershaw, aim to support a step change in supply chain innovation, infrastructure growth, and manufacturing productivity. … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-justin-kershaw-powering-supply-chain-innovation/

Manufacturing Competitiveness: A Road Map for Strengthening U.S. Industry

If politicians and policy-makers really want to know what they can do to support the revival of U.S. manufacturing and put their constituents back to work, they should start by reading “Make: An American Manufacturing Movement."
If politicians and policy-makers really want to know what they can do to support the revival of U.S. manufacturing and put their constituents back to work, they should start by re… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-competitiveness-road-map-strengthening-us-indu/

Automation and Offshoring - The Engine That Drives Fear (Megatrends 2012)

Although roboticsand technological innovation will undoubtedly attract the youthful "tinkers" (even if they are at a minimum), how does the manufacturing sector expect to attract anyone outside of that bright and engineer-oriented "2%" when the three most…
Although roboticsand technological innovation will undoubtedly attract the youthful "tinkers" (even if they are at a minimum), how does the manufacturing sector expect to attract … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/automation-and-offshoring-engine-drives-fear-megatrends-2012/

People Make the Difference: Optimize Your Workforce

Manufacturers are increasingly recognizing the enormous impact that their people can have on efficiency and growth, and are launching initiatives to optimize their workforce. By Pierfrancesco Manenti
Manufacturers are increasingly recognizing the enormous impact that their people can have on efficiency and growth, and are launching initiatives to optimize their workforce. B… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/people-make-difference-optimize-your-workforce/

U.S. Manufacturing: ‘At a Moment of Truth’

Would you call it a perfect storm or a perfect opportunity? Looking at U.S. manufacturing over the last decade, factors such as declining output, less capital investment in new and old plants, and difficulty in finding skilled workers contribute to the v…
Would you call it a perfect storm or a perfect opportunity? Looking at U.S. manufacturing over the last decade, factors such as declining output, less capital investment in new an… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/us-manufacturing-moment-truth/

As China's Costs Rise, Will We See a Manufacturing Resurgence in the US?

There's been an assumption that, as wages and other manufacturing costs in China rise relative to the rest of the world, manufacturers there will attempt to retain their cost advantages by increasingly investing in automation to improve productivity. A( r…
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/chinas-costs-rise-will-we-see-manufacturing-resurgence-us/

Don’t Fear Chinese Manufacturing. Embrace It.

A lot of people “blame” China for the difficulties Western manufacturing is facing. The dramatic declines in the number of factories and factory jobs in the U.S. and other developed areas are matched by the increasing amount of production taking place in …
A lot of people “blame” China for the difficulties Western manufacturing is facing. The dramatic declines in the number of factories and factory jobs in the U.S. and o… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/dont-fear-chinese-manufacturing-embrace-it/

Can Foxconn Transform Chinese Plants With A Million Robots?

Last Friday, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou told employees gathered for a staff event at the company’s Shenzhen factory complex that he aims to move the company's workers "higher up the value chain, beyond basic manufacturing work".
Last Friday, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou told employees gathered for a staff event at the company’s Shenzhen factory complex that he aims to move the company's workers "higher up … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/can-foxconn-transform-chinese-plants-million-robots/

The Global View: Manufacturing Technology and the Inertia Factor

There was a time when manufacturing was one of the few occupations in which someone of modest academic achievement could make wages that could support a rather high standard of living. But this is less true today. And a lot of the change has been brought…
There was a time when manufacturing was one of the few occupations in which someone of modest academic achievement could make wages that could support a rather high standard of li… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-manufacturing-technology-and-inertia-factor/

100% Rise In US Manufacturing Technology Orders Flags Focus On Productivity

Despite a slight slowdown in May this year, U.S. manufacturing technology orders for 2011 are already up by a substantial 108% over 2010, according to the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), and The Association For Manufacturing Techn…
Despite a slight slowdown in May this year, U.S. manufacturing technology orders for 2011 are already up by a substantial 108% over 2010, according to the American Machine Tool Di… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/100-rise-us-manufacturing-technology-orders-flags-focus-prod/

Are You Making Plant Safety Part of Your Productivity Strategy?

Keeping employees safe during their working hours seems an obvious issue.
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/are-you-making-plant-safety-part-your-productivity-strategy/

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