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Manufacturing Top Stories

Is The U.S. Reshoring Trend A Fact Or A Myth?
Even with 83% of manufacturers indicating a likeliness to reshore due to tariffs, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other reasons, taking those statistics to the heart may prove difficult for industry skeptics.
3 Essential Strategies to Automate & Innovate in Manufacturing
Optimizing your supply chain, responding to customer needs, and managing risk and quality control are three essential strategies to consider along with the innovation that automation could bring to your operations.
The Current State of the Manufacturing and Services Economies
In this podcast, Jeff Berman, Group News Editor for Logistics Management and the Peerless Media Supply Chain Group, interviews Tim Fiore, Chairman of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, and Tony Nieves, Chair of the Institute...
What You Should Know about the Internet of Things & How to Lay the Foundation for Success
The Internet of Things, or IoT, is moving beyond a catchword to real-world utilization, however, not all stakeholders fully understand this transformative technology, enterprises must lay a solid foundation to ensure success into this rapidly evolving landscape.

Manufacturing Resources

Manufacturing Industry: Why You Can’t Afford to Wait for Digital Transformation
This playbook offers Manufacturers a realistic and viable guide to balancing immediate needs with future-focused strategy.
The Essential Guide to Automation in Manufacturing
This ebook provides a strategic guide to driving operational excellence, product innovation, and competitive advantage through automation.

Manufacturing News

The Next Generation of Planning and Scheduling Solutions
The primary goal of most manufacturers has remained constant over the last 50 years: make money now and into the future, yet the underlying process and objectives to achieve this goal have changed considerably.

Gaining Control: Exploring Push v. Pull Manufacturing
If you’re considering a shift from a traditional, push-based MRP manufacturing system to a more progressive pull-based system, this white paper is a must read. While contrasting both types of systems, the paper explores the nature of pull-based manufacturing and the evolution of Kanban systems to support today’s demand-driven manufacturing environment.

Gaining Clarity: Drive Productivity, Flow and Profit with Data that Matters
Many of today’s discrete manufacturers are overcoming the challenges of legacy push-based systems by turning to pull-based eKanban systems that focus on throughput and flow and result in a reduction in costs and inventory.

Gaining Confidence: Syncing Supplier Delivery to Customer Demand
Demand-driven and lean production allows manufacturers to be more responsive to consumer needs while increasing their own profitability, It also reduces the reliance on forecasts by linking demand signals and providing real-time data directly to suppliers.

Gain a Competitive Advantage for Bottom-Line Results
Modern manufacturing is using automation and technology in new and ever changing ways, significant competitive advantage is gained through these advancements.

UPS & SAP Roll Out Plans for Full-Scale On-Demand 3D Printing Manufacturing Network
The UPS SAP collaboration will transform the ad hoc world of industrial 3D printing into a seamless, on-demand manufacturing process from order through manufacturing and delivery.

Transforming the Future of Supply Chains through Disruptive Innovation
This white paper is part of a series of papers published by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) on disruptive technologies that could reshape supply chains over the next decade.

Reshoring is Generating US Manufacturing Jobs, but How Many is Debatable
The controversy over reshoring has flared up again thanks largely to some research published by the managing consulting firm A.T. Kearney in December 2015.

American Manufacturing is Not In a Recession
There's been rampant noise over the last few months concerning the precipitous decline of the American manufacturing sector, this noise is much ado about nothing.

Manufacturing PMI Unexpectedly Falls
U.S. manufacturing activity sank to a two-year low in November, according to a report Monday, suggesting a setback in the struggling sector that has shown recent signs of stabilization in some parts of the country.

Opel Reduces Assembly Tool Costs By Up to 90%
Opel, Europe’s 3rd largest automotive manufacturer, is slashing manufacturing tool production costs by up to 90% using its Stratasys 3D Printers, as well as 3D printing assembly tools in less than 24 hours.

Manufacturing Day: Cities Leading a U.S. Revival
While economists debate how much manufacturing drives the U.S. economy, there is no question that industrial growth remains a powerful force in many regions of the country.

GE to Move Manufacturing Engine Plant to Canada
General Electric Co said on Monday it will move production of large, gas-powered engines to Canada from Wisconsin, along with 350 jobs, to access export financing no longer available in the United States.

U.S. Manufacturing Still At a Two-Year Low
Growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector showed no month-over-month change during September, staying at August's sluggish pace which was the weakest in almost two years.

Manufacturing’s Next Act - Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 is more than just a flashy catchphrase, and with a confluence of trends and technologies promises to reshape the way things are made.

Infographic: Are Manufacturing Companies Ready to Go Digital?
Manufacturing companies have traditionally been slow to react to the advent of digital technologies and their related impact across the manufacturing value chain and operating model, and while there are a few manufacturing companies that have made rapid advances in deriving significant benefits from digital, their number is still small.

Industry 4.0: Opportunities and Challenges of the Industrial Internet
The various opportunities, the large extent of change and the elevated need for investments make the industrial internet one of the most important topics for corporate management.

Is U.S. Manufacturing In a Technical Recession?
Federal Reserve said Monday that industrial production dropped unexpectedly in May and hasn’t increased since Nov.'14.

Microsoft’s Surface Hub to be Manufactured and Assembled in USA
There are no pre-existing oversea assembly lines that can handle the massive 84” and 55” Surface Hub's unique features, large size and weight, so they will be manufactured in Wilsonville, Oregon in the United States.

Why Americans Are So Nostalgic About The Manufacturing Industry
The fate of American manufacturing is back in the headlines, thanks to the bipartisan slugfest going on over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive trade deal that has become a source of conflict between President Obama and Democrats in Congress.

Featured Companies

Fast Radius
Fast Radius (formerly CloudDDM) is a global leader in on-demand parts manufacturing. With cutting edge 3D plastic and metal printing technologies, CNC machining and rapid injection molding capabilities, and external production capacity from select global providers, Fast Radius On-Demand Production…
Flintfox develops trade and revenue management software and provides ERP consulting and implementation services. We have over 29 years of experience delivering solutions for pricing, accruals and rebates to the retail, consumer goods, manufacturing and wholesale distribution industries. To support our…
MRPeasy is a cloud-based, affordable, and user-friendly, self-service production planning software, Manufacturing Resource Planning, and Enterprise Resource Planning software.solution for small manufacturers (10-200 employees).
Carbon is reinventing how products are designed, engineered, made & delivered. Carbon’s SpeedCell™ is a system of connected manufacturing unit operations that enables repeatable production of end-use parts with industrial grade materials and exceptional surface finish. Whether you’re…
Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute’s Close the Skills Gap framework addresses the current and future skills and workforce development gaps through the three pillars: image, quality and policy. In addition, the Institute offers a variety of toolkits for employers, educators and…
Flextronics International Ltd. is a leading sketch-to-scale™ solutions company that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. With approximately 200,000 professionals across 30 countries and a promise to help the world Live smarter™, the company provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing,…
Pivot International
Pivot International is a collaborative product design, development, and manufacturing firm. We leverage strengths in more than a dozen areas of specialization in biometric security products, wearable and touchscreen technology, medical devices, wireless and electronic components, agricultural and building operations,…
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company’s patented FDM®, PolyJet™, and WDM™ 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly…
Conductix-Wampfler USA
Conductix-Wampfler USA has its regional headquarters in Omaha, NE. The corporate and sales offices are located here, as well as two manufacturing facilities that total about 70,000 square feet. The two Omaha plants manufacture large spring reels, motorized reels, slip rings,…
Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition
Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, SMLC, is building the nation’s first Open Smart Manufacturing Platform for collaborative industrial-networked information applications through at-scale demonstrations. SMLC envisions a 21st century SM enterprise (from suppliers, OEMs, and companies to supply chains) that…
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Featured Downloads

Resource Management System (RMS): How to Effectively Leverage Your Assets
Resource Management System (RMS): How to Effectively Leverage Your Assets
This guide provides an in-depth analysis of the potential of various resources available in a warehouse and how they can be utilized...
Sustainable Supply Chain Insights From PITT OHIO
Sustainable Supply Chain Insights From PITT OHIO
A whitepaper on supply chain insights gleaned at the LEED-certified gold Cleveland transportation and sustainability summit.

20 Warehouse & Distribution Center Best Practices for Your Supply Chain
20 Warehouse & Distribution Center Best Practices for Your Supply Chain
In this guide, we picked the brains of our supply chain engineers to find ways to improve warehouse and distribution center efficiency...
SOLOCHAIN WMS plus a Guide to Warehouse Management Systems
SOLOCHAIN WMS plus a Guide to Warehouse Management Systems
In these 2 'papers' Solochain WMS, we detail Manufacturing Execution System capabilities and Generix's portfolio of SCM solutions to manage all distribution logistics,...
Supply Chain Outlook: What to Expect Near-Future
Supply Chain Outlook: What to Expect Near-Future
An investigation into how supply chains have changed, where they are heading, and how you can prepare.