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The Next Great Paradigm Shift, Manufacturing 4.0 Is Real, and It’s Here

Whether you call it Manufacturing 4.0, Industrie 4.0, the Industrial Internet, or Smart Manufacturing, the next major transformational era is here, it is real, and it represents a major opportunity for industrial enterprises.
CARLSBAD, CA--Whether you call it Manufacturing 4.0, Industrie 4.0, the Industrial Internet, or Smart Manufacturing, the next major transformational era is here, it is real, and i… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/next-great-paradigm-shift-manufacturing-40-real-and-its-here/

Digital Tapestry: Manufacturing's Magic Carpet Ride

Lockheed Martin Space Systems' Dennis Little shows Manufacturing Leadership Summit attendees how his company's end-to-end digital process can reduce cycle time, and so much more.
Dennis Little, Vice President of Production with Lockheed Martin Space Systems, appeared to be rightly proud of what his company is accomplishing with its Digital Tapestry, an init… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/digital-tapestry-manufacturings-magic-carpet-ride/

Rethinking the Manufacturing Organization in the Age of IoT

BOSTON--We all know the Internet of Things (IoT) will dramatically change the products we manufacture and use, making them smart, connected, and, ultimately, more autonomous. But what impact will the IoT and all of those smart products have on the cultur…
BOSTON--We all know the Internet of Things (IoT) will dramatically change the products we manufacture and use, making them smart, connected, and, ultimately, more autonomous. B… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/rethinking-manufacturing-organization-age-iot/

QAD Reaches for the Cloud

The road to progress with every new generation of technology is paved with two things – a leap of faith and a lot of stamina. So it was with mainframes to minicomputers, from minis to personal computers, from PCs to client-server computing, and so it is n…
The road to progress with every new generation of technology is paved with two things – a leap of faith and a lot of stamina. So it was with mainframes to minicomputers, from mini… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/qad-reaches-cloud/

At Raytheon Plant Tour, ML Council Roundtable Sees Much Headroom in Automation

Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council last week gathered in Huntsville, Alabama to tour Raytheon’s sleek, 70,000-square-foot missile factory and to discuss a question that touches everything from workforce levels to time-to-market and even to ho…
Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council last week gathered in Huntsville, Alabama to tour Raytheon’s sleek, 70,000-square-foot missile factory and to discuss a question th… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/raytheon-plant-tour-ml-council-roundtable-sees-much-headroom-automation/

New Developments May Change Expectations on 3D Printing

Some analysts like to talk about the hype cycle for emerging technologies. In the early phases of a new technology’s life cycle, expectations can quickly reach a peak of sometimes unjustified excitement which is quickly followed by a trough of disillusion…
Some analysts like to talk about the hype cycle for emerging technologies. In the early phases of a new technology’s life cycle, expectations can quickly reach a peak of sometimes… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/new-developments-may-change-expectations-3d-printing/

Where Do You Stand on ‘Net Neutrality’?

Are the Federal Communication Commission’s new ‘net neutrality’ rules governing the Internet a good thing or a bad thing for manufacturers?
Are the Federal Communication Commission’s new ‘net neutrality’ rules governing the Internet a good thing or a bad thing for manufacturers? At first blush, some manufacturers m… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/where-do-you-stand-net-neutrality/

At Lockheed Plant Tour Event, Digital Factory Roundtable Focuses on the People Factor

In its first plant tour and roundtable discussion of 2015, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered recently at Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet fighter factory in Fort Worth, TX, to see how the $100 million plane is made and to discuss what for…
In its first plant tour and roundtable discussion of 2015, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered recently at Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet fighter factory in Fort … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/lockheed-plant-tour-event-digital-factory-roundtable-focuses-people-factor/

From Carjacking to Car Hacking – Lessons for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and perhaps the first place we will see the proverbial rubber hit the road is with something near and dear to Americans – our cars. The ever increasing connectivity of cars is creating a multitude of new security con…
By Connor A. Sabatino, Foley & Lardner LLP The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and perhaps the first place we will see the proverbial rubber hit the road is with somethi… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/carjacking-car-hacking-lessons-internet-things/

Lexmark Plant Tour: Big Data Discussion Centers on Business Rationale

In the third of a series of plant tours and round table discussions held this year, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered at Lexmark International’s Boulder, CO, plant to see how printer toner and photoconductor drums are made and to di…
In the third of a series of plant tours and round table discussions held this year, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered at Lexmark International’s Boulder, CO… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/lexmark-plant-tour-big-data-discussion-centers-business-rationale/

If Big Data’s the Answer, What's the Question?

Big data means big challenges for manufacturing. Not only in how companies acquire, gather, secure, communicate, store, aggregate, prioritize and process the seemingly unstoppable peta-torrents of data now being generated by pervasive networks of sensors,…
A few miles from my office here in the U.K. sits Bletchley Park, the famous World War II code-breaking center, now a popular world-class heritage museum. Bletchley Park is wher… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/if-big-datas-answer-whats-question/

Google’s Project Loon: It May Not Be So Crazy After All

Last week at Frost & Sullivan’s GIL Silicon Valley conference in San Jose, Google gave an update on its Project Loon, an ambitious experiment to expand Internet access in rural and other hard-to-reach places using high-altitude balloons. Speaking at the …
Last week at Frost & Sullivan’s GIL Silicon Valley conference in San Jose, Google gave an update on its Project Loon, an ambitious experiment to expand Internet access in rura… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/googles-project-loon-it-may-not-be-so-crazy-after-all/

The IoT: Next Up, A Battle Over Standards

The high tech industry is at it again. It seems that whenever a market trend occurs that holds the potential of significant growth, would-be players rush to try to define and establish “standards” that will enable the trend to flourish, and, in the proces…
The high tech industry is at it again. It seems that whenever a market trend occurs that holds the potential of significant growth, would-be players rush to try to define and e… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/iot-next-battle-over-standards/

Experts Warn of Government, Commercial Threats to an Open Internet

It’s over 20 years since British inventor Tim Berners-Lee unleashed his notion of a World Wide Web on an unsuspecting world. Today, as the Internet has come to permeate almost every aspect of personal and economic life, new concerns for its future are beg…
It’s over 20 years since British inventor Tim Berners-Lee unleashed his notion of a World Wide Web on an unsuspecting world. Today few businesses or global populations can do with… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/experts-warn-government-commercial-threats-open-internet/

The IoT: Where Should Privacy Lines Be Drawn?

In the 1990 sci-fi classic “Total Recall” directed by Paul Verhoeven, the lead character, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, must remove an implanted tracking device from his head (actually through his nose!) before he can reclaim his memories and save the …
In the 1990 sci-fi classic “Total Recall” directed by Paul Verhoeven, the lead character, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, must remove an implanted tracking device from his head (… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/iot-where-should-privacy-lines-be-drawn/

Why Social Networks Will Rule the Internet of Things

I’m willing to bet that, in the future, Facebook will be nothing compared to a social network platform that is dedicated to Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a buzz in the IT industry and the manufacturing community for some time. But, so …
I’m willing to bet that, in the future, Facebook will be nothing compared to a social network platform that is dedicated to Things.  The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a buz… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/why-social-networks-will-rule-internet-things/

Google’s Big Data IoT Play For Manufacturing

“What if storage and compute power were free? How would that change the way you look at Big Data and the Internet of things?” asked Tom Howe, Google’s senior enterprise consultant for manufacturing during last week’s 10th Manufacturing Leadership Summit i…
“What if storage and compute power were free? How would that change the way you look at Big Data and the Internet of Things?” asked Tom Howe, Google’s senior enterprise consultant… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/googles-big-data-iot-play-manufacturing/

Can Software Help Make the World a Cleaner, Safer, Better Place?

As products become increasingly intelligent, and software becomes an ever-more significant factor in how those products operate, perform and interact with customers, the world has an unprecedented opportunity to create a cleaner, safer and more worthwhile…
As products become increasingly intelligent, and software becomes an ever-more significant factor in how those products operate, perform and interact with customers, the world has… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/can-software-help-make-world-cleaner-safer-better-place/

Manufacturing Convergence: Say Hello to Google and Amazon

In an earlier phase of my career, covering Silicon Valley and the rise of the tech industry, I used to write a lot about what we called “convergence.” What we meant by the term was the melding of voice and data networks and computing infrastructure. The c…
In an earlier phase of my career, covering Silicon Valley and the rise of the tech industry, I used to write a lot about what we called “convergence.” What we meant by the term wa… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-convergence-say-hello-google-and-amazon/

Top Three Predictions for Manufacturers in 2014

The past several years have been great for the manufacturing industry. One might even argue stellar is an appropriate adjective. Growth is up, investment in expansion is booming, and plant optimization levels appear to be increasing worldwide, at least in…
The past several years have been great for the manufacturing industry. One might even argue stellar is an appropriate adjective. Growth is up, investment in expansion is booming, … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/top-three-predictions-manufacturers-2014/

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