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How to Make Innovation Systemic

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The following ideas were shared by approximately 30 participants in the “How to Make Innovation Systemic” breakout session at the Smart Manufacturing Summit on April 30, 2015 in Indianapolis. General notes were taken and transformed into more “readable” sentences. As such, not all of these comments are “exact quotations”.

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Big Data Has Come to the Factory Floor

Most manufacturers now have automated, Internet-enabled technology on their factory floors. These technologies allow for the collection of data from all types of equipment, and analysis of that data can improve the efficiency and quality of production, as well as quality of the product itself.

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Highway Accessibility Is No. 1 Concern of Manufacturing CEOs in Site Selection

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The nasty electoral battle in Michigan over a one-percentage-point sales-tax increase to cover road repairs climaxed with a vote on the measure this week. But it’s just one indication of the fact that, across the country, CEOs and site consultants are more concerned than ever about the fitness of the transportation infrastructure when it comes to supporting business expansion.

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