We all know the factors that have led to economic success in the industrial era: access to land, labor, raw materials, capital, machinery, and (in many cases, anyway) a good idea. Today, all of those traditional advantages are falling away except one: the good idea. We are leaving the industrial era and entering the innovation [...]
Industry 4.0 has a lot to offer: smart factories, the networking of industrial manufacturing and IT systems, and autonomous control along the value chain. But – according to a survey carried out in Germany – it won’t be here until 2020.
“Additive manufacturing”, the not-so-sexy name for 3D Printing, is hyped to be the biggest paradigm shift in manufacturing since the steam engine over 100 years ago.
The NAM’s Growth Agenda lays out policies that will make manufacturers in the United States the world’s innovation leaders. This can be accomplished partly through federal government support of Federal research agencies and encouraging strong collaborations between the public and private sector.
We are entering the era of the 4.0 industrial revolution. This nomenclature implies that we already had some revolutions or at least distinct phases of improvements. But what makes the current change big and unique?
NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, recently took part in a panel discussion on, “Strengthening the American workforce: Addressing the skills gap,” with Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Fred Humphries, Microsoft Vice President of US Government Affairs.
This week’s analysis focuses on quantifying the impact of lean manufacturing principles on operational efficiency.
Manufacturing has changed dramatically over the last 50 years with the de-industrialization of the west and a significant shift in production towards countries such as China and India. These were once the world’s source of low-cost manufacturing capacity but are now rapidly evolving into the world’s best growth markets [...]
Recently the National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation (NAJI) has launched a new line of defense in the battle to protect the intellectual property and information technology developed here in the U.S. The NAM is a leading member of this 100-plus member coalition developed to fight IP and IT theft around the world.
It’s hard to avoid the issue of cybersecurity these days. Everywhere you turn there seems to be another story aboutRead the Rest…