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Hannover Day 2: Challenges to Industry 4.0

As with any potentially transformative industry initiative, evangelism is soon tempered by realism as attempts to drive front-line adoption reveal a host of real-world obstacles that must be overcome.So too with Industry 4.0, the future vision for manufac…
As with any potentially transformative industry initiative, evangelism is soon tempered by realism as attempts to drive front-line adoption reveal a host of real-world obstacles … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/hannover-day-2-challenges-industry-40/

Hannover Highlights – Day 1: Industry 4.0, Clever Collaborations and “Plug and Produce”

Even on the first day of this year’s Hannover Fair, the world’s largest industrial event, some clear themes began to emerge about the future of manufacturing. What they all have in common is they presage a very different world for manufacturing than we h…
By Paul Tate and David R. Brousell Even on the first day of this year’s Hannover Fair, the world’s largest industrial event, some clear themes began to emerge about the future … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/hannover-highlights-day-1-industry-40-clever-collaborations-and-plug-and-produce/

Hannover Fair Opens With Talk of Industrie 4.0, Transformation in India

From small packaging companies to the largest diversified industrial giants, to the opening ceremony speech at the 68th Hannover Fair yesterday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the idea of Industrie 4.0, the expected next wave of progress in manufactur…
From small packaging companies to the largest diversified industrial giants, to the opening ceremony speech at the 68th Hannover Fair yesterday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel,… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/hannover-fair-opens-talk-industrie-40-transformation-india/

China Adopts ‘Smart Manufacturing’ Strategy To Up Its Game In Manufacturing

In his opening speech at China’s annual National People’s Congress in Beijing last week, Premier Li Keqiang highlighted a new strategic plan, called “Made In China 2025”, to reform and reinvigorate Chinese industry over the next ten years around the count…
In his opening speech at China’s annual National People’s Congress in Beijing last week, Premier Li Keqiang highlighted a new strategic plan, called “Made In China 2025”, to refor… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/china-adopts-smart-manufacturing-strategy-its-game-manufacturing/

Industry 4.0 vs Manufacturing Reality: Mind The Gap!

Part of the problem in today’s world of highly active technology and social media is that it’s sometimes hard to distinguish the hype from what’s actually happening on the ground in manufacturing. Perhaps this has never been more so than with the current …
Part of the problem in today’s world of highly active technology and social media is that it’s sometimes hard to distinguish the hype from what’s actually happening on the ground … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/industry-40-vs-manufacturing-reality-mind-gap/

Digital Manufacturing Institute Outlines Agenda

There’s big data, and then there’s Big Data. The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), launched early this year, is targeting the later as part of its three-part mission, says Dean Bartles, the institutes executive director who sp…
There’s big data, and then there’s Big Data. The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), launched early this year, is targeting the later as part of its thr… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/digital-manufacturing-institute-outlines-agenda/

Industry Giants Collaborate to Drive Internet of Things Revolution

GE, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Intel, IBM and the U.S. government have launched a new industry initiative in a bid to accelerate the development of critical open standards for the next technology revolution of cyber-physical systems -- known as The Internet of …
One of the key limitations with any technological revolution is the speed at which the key players find common ground among their innovative new technologies so they can all opera… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/industry-giants-collaborate-drive-internet-things-revolution/

Car Makers Shift to Post-Recession Manufacturing Strategies

With unemployment numbers continuing their long, very slow descent, manufacturing output numbers rising, and real estate markets surging, it’s easy to forget the dark economic days of 2008 when the Great Recession was strengthening its grip and there was …
With unemployment numbers continuing their long, very slow descent, manufacturing output numbers rising, and real estate markets surging, it’s easy to forget the dark econom… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/car-makers-shift-post-recession-manufacturing-strategies/

3D Printing: When Will It Enter Mainstream Manufacturing?

When a technology gets hip -- along comes the hype. 3D printing is no exception. For the last two years, 3D, also known as additive manufacturing technology, has been heralded as the next big thing. Some even consider it the start of a third industrial re…
When a technology gets hip -- along comes the hype. 3D printing is no exception. For the last two years, 3D, also known as additive manufacturing technology, has been heralded as … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/3d-printing-when-will-it-enter-mainstream-manufacturing/

U.S. Steps Up Efforts on Advanced Manufacturing

The Obama Administration is attempting to beef up its efforts to promote the development of advanced manufacturing technologies. Last week, the administration named additional industry executives to its manufacturing board and awarded more than $7 million…
The Obama Administration is attempting to beef up its efforts to promote the development of advanced manufacturing technologies. Last week, the administration named additional ind… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/us-steps-efforts-advanced-manufacturing/

MIT Develops Tiny Sensors to Monitor Manufacturing Processes as They Happen

Scientists at MIT are reporting progress on using billions of nanoscale sensors to monitor and improve drug manufacturing processes as they take place. The discovery could help pharmaceutical companies get much more efficient at producing new drugs capab…
Scientists at MIT are reporting progress on using billions of nanoscale sensors to monitor and improve drug manufacturing processes as they take place. The discovery could help… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/mit-develops-tiny-sensors-monitor-manufacturing-processes-they-happen/

The Bangladesh Factory Tragedy: History Repeats Itself – Again

Western manufacturers and retailers must work with their contractors to ensure safe working conditions.
Popular Blogs On March 25, 1911, toward the end of the business day as workers were thinking about the weekend to come, a fire broke out on the eighth floor of the Triangle Shir… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/bangladesh-factory-tragedy-history-repeats-itself-again/

The Global View: Cheaper, Better Robots Are on the Way, But Who Will Benefit?

Recently I had the chance to walk around a trade show in Anaheim, CA, where I saw evidence of major trends in automation technologies : washdown robots, small 5-axis robots, high-speed/high-precision robots, as well as less expensive and human-contact rob…
Popular Blogs Recently I had the chance to walk around a trade show in Anaheim, CA, where I saw evidence of major trends in automation technologies : washdown robots, small 5-ax… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-cheaper-better-robots-are-way-who-will-benefit/

Is the Next-Generation Manufacturing Worker a Smart Robot?

While robots have become increasingly commonplace in many manufacturing environments—boosting productivity and efficiency across plant floors worldwide—there are still significant advances to be made to make them smarter, cheaper, more flexible and adapta…
While robots have become increasingly commonplace in many manufacturing environments—boosting productivity and efficiency across plant floors worldwide—there are still… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/next-generation-manufacturing-worker-smart-robot/

The Global View: Don’t Re-Shore the “Factory-Within-a-Factory” Concept

I first heard the term “factory-within-a-factory” while helping to automate the assembly of pagers at Motorola. You—unlike my kids—remember pagers, the advanced technology that predated cellphones.
I first heard the term “factory-within-a-factory” while helping to automate the assembly of pagers at Motorola. You—unlike my kids—remember pagers, the adv… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-dont-re-shore-factory-within-factory-concept/

Dialogue: McLaren's Flexible Factory

British automotive company McLaren is heading for the fast lane of the world’s luxury car market with an innovative new sports car design. McLaren’s new purpose-built production facility, with Alan Foster in charge, is based on a forward-thinking operatio…
British automotive company McLaren is heading for the fast lane of the world’s luxury car market with an innovative new sports car design. McLaren’s new purpose-built … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-mclarens-flexible-factory/

The Maker Movement: Manufacturing Friend or Foe?

Hail to the tinkerers. To the kids who grew up tearing down VCRs and jerry-rigging pay phones. To those with a knack for creative destruction, and a desire to see their ideas take physical form. They of restless mind and fiddling fingers.
Hail to the tinkerers. To the kids who grew up tearing down VCRs and jerry-rigging pay phones. To those with a knack for creative destruction, and a desire to see their ideas take… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/maker-movement-manufacturing-friend-or-foe/

Manufacturing 2035: Where Have All the Workers Gone

Cisco pays Dave Evans, its chief futurist, to think about the future, to discern thin lines in the sand and trace them to their conclusions. This is how Evans sees one of those lines ending: By the year 2035, the manufacturing workforce will be obsolete.
Cisco pays Dave Evans, its chief futurist, to think about the future, to discern thin lines in the sand and trace them to their conclusions. This is how Evans sees one of those li… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-2035-where-have-all-workers-gone/

Manufacturing in Virginia: A Tour Inspires Hope in the Future

Before (President Obama made the same trek last week, I toured Rolls Royce’s new Crosspointe manufacturing facility in northern Virginia, where the company makes rotating engine parts—fan discs and turbine discs—that help power Airbus A380s and Boeing 787…
Before President Obama made the same trek last week, I toured Rolls Royce’s new Crosspointe manufacturing facility in northern Virginia, where the company makes rotating eng… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-virginia-tour-inspires-hope-future/

Rethinking the Factory of the Future

Tomorrow's factories will focus on customer fulfillment, workforce engagement, and advanced technologies that speed up decision-making and transform production approaches.
Tomorrow's factories will focus on customer fulfillment, workforce engagement, and advanced technologies that speed up decision-making and transform production approaches. Form… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/rethinking-factory-future/

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