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CHINA JOURNAL: From Mass Production to Quality Global Brands

On the first day of the MIF2017 manufacturing conference in Tianjin, Chinese manufacturing executives say they are determined to change China's manufacturing image from a mass producer to one based on high quality brands.
Friday, September 29, 2017 – At about 8:30 yesterday morning I took a bus to go to the Meijiang Convention Center in Tianjin, a large, modern complex of exhibition halls and meeti… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/blog/china-journal-mass-production-quality-global-brands/

CHINA JOURNAL: A Car Plant Tour in Tianjin

A day after arriving in Tianjin, China, ML Co-founder David R. Brousell tours an SUV final assembly plant just outside the city.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -- We left Shanghai early yesterday morning for what was supposed to be a quick, two-hour flight to Tianjin, in the northern part of China where the … http://fwww.ml100awards.com/blog/china-journal-car-plant-tour-tianjin/

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://fwww.ml100awards.com/blog/raytheon-plant-tour-ml-council-roundtable-sees-much-headroom-automation/

Drones and Other Automatons: How Far Should Society Go?

After reading my colleague Paul Tate’s recent post on how drones may revolutionize manufacturing logistics, I got to thinking about the subject of automation in general and its effect on society, on work, and on people – and what the future may look like.
After reading my colleague Paul Tate’s recent post on how drones may revolutionize manufacturing logistics, I got to thinking about the subject of automation in general and … http://fwww.ml100awards.com/blog/drones-and-other-automatons-how-far-should-society-go/

Are U.S. Plants Ready To Support a Reshoring Surge?

Evidence continues to mount that forces such as rising labor costs in China and lower energy costs in North America may stimulate a reshoring surge. Just last week, a survey by consulting and research firm Alix Partners indicated that, in the eyes of manu…
Popular Blogs Evidence continues to mount that forces such as rising labor costs in China and lower energy costs in North America may stimulate a reshoring surge. Just last week… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/blog/are-us-plants-ready-support-reshoring-surge/

Manufacturing's Economic Impact Goes Beyond Jobs

In recent weeks, several pundits and a few economists have begun to question the importance of manufacturing to the economy because, they say, manufacturing doesn't create enough jobs.
Popular Discussions In recent weeks, several pundits and a few economists have begun to question the importance of manufacturing to the economy because, they say, manufacturing … http://fwww.ml100awards.com/discussion/manufacturings-economic-impact-goes-beyond-jobs/

Winning With Speed and Agility

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Sonic Manufacturing Technologies, a $50 million electronic manufacturing service (EMS) provider in Fremont, CA, that, I believe, may serve as a model for U.S.-based manufacturers attempting to take on much larger co…
Recently I had the opportunity to visit Sonic Manufacturing Technologies, a $50 million electronic manufacturing service (EMS) provider in Fremont, CA, that, I believe, may s… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/discussion/winning-speed-and-agility/

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://fwww.ml100awards.com/blog/global-view-dont-re-shore-factory-within-factory-concept/

Dialogue: Refining Data Into Value

Guided by VP Terry Burleson, Nalco Co., a provider of specialty chemicals and services, is charting a new role for itself: pioneering purveyor of advanced data services and apps that give customers unique, actionable insight into their markets and busines…
Guided by VP Terry Burleson, Nalco Co., a provider of specialty chemicals and services, is charting a new role for itself: pioneering purveyor of advanced data services and apps t… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/blog/dialogue-refining-data-value/

The Awful Truth About the Workforce Issue

It's time to get serious about the workforce issue in manufacturing.
It's time to get serious about the workforce issue in manufacturing. This issue has been discussed, dissected, and studied from every angle imaginable for a long period of time… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/blog/awful-truth-about-workforce-issue/

Dialogue: Eric Fidoten -- Creating a High-Engagement Organization

Campbell Soup’s Eric Fidoten is helping to transform the company’s culture so that staff and supply chain partners can work together to build a more agile, responsive, and competitive business.
Campbell Soup’s Eric Fidoten is helping to transform the company’s culture so that staff and supply chain partners can work together to build a more agile, responsive, and competi… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/blog/dialogue-eric-fidoten-creating-high-engagement-organization/

Closing the Skills Gap by Tapping the Community College Pipeline

The Automation Federation and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) today entered into a partnership that could, in the long term, help shrink the manufacturing skills gap.
The Automation Federation and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) today entered into a partnership that could, in the long term, help shrink the manufacturing sk… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/discussion/closing-skills-gap-tapping-community-college-pipeline/

Million-Dollar Idea: Kinecting with Your Feet

Nike is busy (revolutionizing footwear manufacturing, according to a recent BusinessWeek article. With its new Flynit technology, Nike says it can asemble a running sneaker from just three pieces: the sole, the tongue, and the "upper." Compare that to the…
Nike is busy revolutionizing footwear manufacturing, according to a recent BusinessWeek article. With its new Flynit technology, Nike says it can asemble a running sneaker fr… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/discussion/million-dollar-idea-kinecting-your-feet/

Applying Manufacturing Technology at the Edge, and in Between

Reading through several of the projects crowned winners of the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards, I'm struck by the ways in which the winning companies applied technology to improve business efficiency.
Reading through several of the projects crowned winners of the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards, I'm struck by the ways in which the winning companies applied technology t… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/discussion/applying-manufacturing-technology-edge-and-between/

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://fwww.ml100awards.com/discussion/automation-and-offshoring-engine-drives-fear-megatrends-2012/

The Global View: Supply Chain Risk: Of Floods, Earthquakes, and False Hope

I am lucky to live in a very beautiful part of the country. There is a very nice harbor and a marina, both of which are protected from the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ana River by a levee built by the Army Corps of Engineers.
I am lucky to live in a very beautiful part of the country. There is a very nice harbor and a marina, both of which are protected from the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ana River by… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/blog/global-view-supply-chain-risk-floods-earthquakes-and-false-hope1/

The Global View: Supply Chain Risk: Of Floods, Earthquakes, and False Hope

I am lucky to live in a very beautiful part of the country. There is a very nice harbor and a marina, both of which are protected from the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ana River by a levee built by the Army Corps of Engineers.
I am lucky to live in a very beautiful part of the country. There is a very nice harbor and a marina, both of which are protected from the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ana River by… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/blog/global-view-supply-chain-risk-floods-earthquakes-and-false-hope/

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://fwww.ml100awards.com/discussion/chinas-costs-rise-will-we-see-manufacturing-resurgence-us/

The Global View: My Strategy? Invest in American Manufacturing

Buy American manufacturing stocks. That, in a nutshell, is my plan for the current economic turmoil. I like making stuff, and making stuff takes time. So, I invest with a longer-term view. Here is my disclaimer: I am not an investment advisor or a lawyer,…
Buy American manufacturing stocks. That, in a nutshell, is my plan for the current economic turmoil. I like making stuff, and making stuff takes time. So, I invest with a longe… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/blog/global-view-my-strategy-invest-american-manufacturing/

Is Automation Technology Consistent with Lean?

How can investments in automation technology be justified within the context of a lean manufacturing organization?
How can investments in automation technology be justified within the context of a lean manufacturing organization? Should equipment utilization be the principle justification? How… http://fwww.ml100awards.com/discussion/automation-technology-consistent-lean/

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