Manufacturing

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5 Strategies for Leading an Intelligent Factory Transformation

How to implement the next wave of digital innovation toward Industry 4.0.

Intelligent factory transformation is a process that industry leaders are using to create a culture in which change is expected, failure is not penalized and experimentation and learning go hand in hand. A recent Intel study of manufacturing leaders and workers that I co-authored with my colleague Irene Petrick underscores the role that leaders must play in […]

Our Best 2018 Manufacturing Articles

A year-end look at the top manufacturing content from Longitudes.

The digital and physical worlds are colliding in what we now call the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As UPS’s Alan Amling points out, what’s happening under the surface to bring any product to your door is undergoing a massive transformation that will forever change companies, industries and countries. The rise of makerspaces, additive manufacturing and apprenticeships […]

Think Generative Design Is Overhyped? This Could Change Your Mind

Just imagine the problems the world’s designers and engineers could solve with the computer as an actual partner, not just a tool.

It is my view that generative design is the most exciting development the manufacturing industry has seen in the past 20-plus years. If that sounds like an overstatement – or you’re unsure about generative design altogether – let me share some examples that might open your mind a bit. But first, let me clarify what generative design is – and […]

Bridging the Skills Gap

Apprenticeships could help solve employment challenges around the world.

Editor’s note: Today is Manufacturing Day in the United States, and dozens of manufacturing companies around the country are opening their doors to teach students more about the evolving industry. There’s no doubt manufacturing has a bright future, and that bright future needs an equally bright workforce. In this article, UPS’s Frank Sportolari explains a tried-and-true […]

Lighting the Way to Industry 4.0

Companies embracing new technologies and business models need beacons to show the path.

With all the talk of rapid advancements in digital technology, it’s important to remember that while this issue of Longitudes may have been delivered digitally, it’s consumed from a physical device. Our lives are built around physical items that start with the sourcing of physical materials manufactured, assembled, stored and shipped to a home or […]