Manufacturing

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How Sierra Leone Is Using 3D Printing to Become a Model State

By combining 3D printing and complex data analytics, we can improve decision making in boardrooms and state houses around the world.

  The advent of 3D printing, like other Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, has broad and unexpected uses. This groundbreaking machinery creates objects layer by layer and can construct intricate patterns and structures previously impossible to manufacture. Globally, 3D printing, coupled with automation, has already affected how 21st-century manufacturing takes place across industries from aviation to […]

The New Face of Global Manufacturing

Local micro-factories democratize innovation, making production more readily available to all entrepreneurs, inventors and makers.

The production of goods has evolved significantly over the past few decades. Today, large factories in low-cost regions, primarily in Asia but also increasingly in Eastern Europe and South America, build many products. This has largely been good for consumers. Products manufactured overseas have powered our cars, connected our networks and furnished our lives. Lower […]

The Generational Currents Reshaping Industrial Buying

Millennials are rising fast in the purchasing profession and shaking things up as they assume greater influence inside their companies.

The men and women purchasing supplies these days for U.S. manufacturers, healthcare companies and other industrial businesses don’t look or act like their counterparts did just a few years ago. Millennials — members of the demographic cohort born between 1981 and 1996 — now constitute the largest single age group among industrial buyers in the […]

The Manufacturing Side of Digital Transformation

Smart factories unlock the promise of Industry 4.0.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, often called Industry 4.0, is now underway. This is the manufacturing side of digital transformation — “smart factories” that deliver intelligence on demand. The evolution of data-driven autonomous systems and machine learning tools underpins the promise of Industry 4.0 as organizations look to connect IoT devices, collect critical metrics, visualize data […]

How Future Factories Will Change Manufacturing — and Supply Chains

The Fourth Industrial Revolution provides us a massive opportunity, a chance to redesign supply chains so they never sleep.

We’re witnessing a transformation of manufacturing supply chains that’s ushering in the fourth modality of logistics. To ground, air and ocean, we can now add digital. The move to the digital supply chain  — the power source for Industry 4.0  — creates multiple opportunities for every company in every industry. But every revolution needs exemplars […]