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How 3D Can Make Your Manufacturing Business More Competitive

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3D printing is helping manufacturers get a leg up on their competition, as evidenced by several groundbreaking projects by firms such as GE making the world’s largest commercial jet using 3D printed parts, and automotive manufacturer Local Motors collaborating with Siemens to make the first 3D-printed car.

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Trade Deficit Grows; Exports to China Drop

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The trade deficit rose above $47 billion in February, an increase of $1.2 billion over January, as monthly shipments to China dropped, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Commerce Department.

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How the Internet of Things Adds to Briggs & Stratton’s Value Proposition

The Internet of Things (IoT) is triggering a paradigm shift in manufacturing, facilitating the collection of data that can be used not only to improve production processes and minimize delays, but also to allow companies to enhance the value proposition they offer their customers.

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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

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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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