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Live Data Is Improving Efficiency and Productivity on the Shop Floor,...

Factory equipment is becoming increasingly Internet-enabled (part of the much referenced “Internet of Things” or “IoT”), and digital technology is helping engineers improve turnaround and uptime, while giving companies more tools to improve delivery time forecasting and saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in production waste, loss productivity and energy.

Los Angeles Is the Largest Manufacturing Center in the U.S.

You would think that Hollywood would be the largest employer in the LA market. Not so. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, manufacturing is the No. 1 job category in LA, with 510,000 manufacturing jobs, outpacing Chicago and New York.

Lessons From a Manufacturer That Successfully Shifted to Onshoring

Have questions about whether you would benefit from onshoring? This case study from bicycle manufacturer Kent International might help answer them.

2014 “Leadership in American Manufacturing” Award

On Day One of the 2014 Smart Manufacturing Summit, May 20th in Peoria, Ill., Chief Executive’s CEO Marshall Cooper presented Doug Oberhelman, CEO of Caterpillar, with the 2014 Leadership in American Manufacturing Award.

Five Rules for How CEOs Can Redefine Winning with Strategic Suppliers

The University of Tennessee set out to research some of the world’s most successful strategic partnerships—including those at P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft—to see how and why these relationships added value. The research identified five principles that CEOs everywhere can use to transform supplier relationships.

Facing the 7 Biggest Challenges in Manufacturing

It’s no secret that American manufacturing has faced a number of significant obstacles. People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working condition, and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?

Inexpensive Natural Gas will Boost Manufacturing Growth in the U.S.

A new report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors details the impact the energy sector has had on manufacturing in the nation’s metropolitan areas since 2010, and shows how the new availability of inexpensive natural gas has ignited manufacturing industries and chemicals. Manufacturing CEOs are at the sharp end of the spear in reviving the country’s economic fortune.

Could a ‘Breathing’ Battery Power the Next Generation of Electric Cars?

Battery technology is at the heart of the future of electric vehicles because range is still a limiting factor. Michael Bernstein of the American Chemical Society reports on recent research on the latest advances that could render not only a significant boost for electric vehicles, but other sectors that benefit from extended battery life.

Walmart and 3D Systems Work to Create New Manufacturing Jobs

Both Walmart and 3D Systems announced initiatives that will hopefully bring about new manufacturing jobs or reshore some production in the U.S. over the next ten years.

3 Reasons Why IT Frustrates CEOs and What They Can Do...

While most CEOs realize that computers have produced significant productivity, many remain frustrated with their company’s Information Technology activity due to: 1) Poor communication, 2) Persistent Unresolved Difficulties; and 3) Surprises.
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