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Value Add: How to Motivate and Engage Employees in the Age of Lean Manufacturing

How can lean-focused manufacturers change their organizational culture to motivate not just factory workers, but everyone across the enterprise—from IT, to accounting, to HR—to embrace the tenets of lean manufacturing and constantly improve their own processes for the betterment of the organization as a whole?

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The Digital Manufacturing Revolution: What Companies Need to do to Catch Up


How will digitization redefine manufacturing to create the fourth major revolution, following the lean revolution of the 1970s, the outsourcing phenomenon of the 1990s and the automation that took off in the 2000s? Where there are pockets of excellence, the U.S. is behind in key areas. Dr. Dean L. Bartles, chief manufacturing officer at UI LABS in Chicago, and executive director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute talks about how companies can better compete in this new era.

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Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich Reveals His Firm’s Lean Manufacturing Practices

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Today kicks off Chief Executive’s 4th Annual Smart Manufacturing Summit, featuring Harley-Davidson’s CEO Matt Levatich as keynote speaker. The co-sponsor of the event will also be giving attendees a tour of its Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility in Menomonee Falls, Wis., which is touted for its lean manufacturing techniques. Chief Executive caught up with Levatich before the summit to get an inside scoop on what attendees will hear.

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RFID is Helping Businesses Cut Costs and Improve Efficiency

While RFID technology has been in place for upwards of two decades, it has come a long way in the last year. Originally an inventory management tool that also helped reduce merchandise theft, it is currently helping retailers improve customer satisfaction and improve merchandise management and planning.

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Luxury Watch-Makers Join the Smart Watch Game


The multi-functionality of smart watches makes them a good fit for busy CEOs, but the latest options—some of which will make their debut this week at the Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show in Basel, Switzerland—have a different twist. That is, manufacturers of luxury watches have jumped on the smart watch trend, melding smart watch innovation with high-end features typically found on more traditional luxury timepieces.

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