MAPI Predicts a Growth of 3.9% for the Manufacturing Sector in 2016
MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation is predicting a rebound for the manufacturing sector in 2016.
Due to a harsh winter, manufacturing industrial production fell 1.0% in the first quarter of 2015 after 3.5% growth in 2014. The weather played a big part in the decline as it impeded construction, commercial activity and trade. ...
Industry 4.0: The Next Manufacturing Revolution
The "Internet of Things" will be changing the face of the factory floor in the next few years. Industry 4.0 is changing the landscape of manufacturing and supply chain management. With high-tech sensors gathering an immense amount of data every second, factory managers can see exactly how their entire facility is operating without ever hindering production.
Manufacturing will increasingly rely ...
Marketing Tools for the Industrial Manufacturer
Industrial manufacturers seem to be lagging behind when it comes to new online marketing practices. B2B industries need to be implementing these new social marketing strategies. Companies that are not taking advantage of these marketing trends are getting left behind.
Many industrial manufacturing websites use static HTML web technologies, which makes it difficult for non-technical staff to ...
The Next Generation of Robots for Manufacturing is Here
The next generation of robots is here. These robots are faster, smarter, and are able to work alongside humans without putting the human worker at risk of injury. This means big things for the factory floor, as well as to the entire manufacturing industry.
Robots in manufacturing plants today are designed and programmed for one specific task and are in one set location on the factory floor. ...
Why manufacturing companies should use inbound marketing
One of the major characteristics in B2B marketing over recent years has been an inexorable shift from outbound to inbound techniques â€“ and this has been just as pronounced in the manufacturing sector.
The last 12 months, in particular, have seen a significant rise in the number of manufacturing marketers â€˜doingâ€™ content marketing â€“ 82% now say they use content, ...
The New Wild West
Competition for the Smart Home: Will Consumers Decide?
The current smart home marketâ€”largely enabled by the Internet of Everything (IoE)â€”evokes the spirit of the "Wild West." That's largely due to the multitude of companies promoting different automation standards and aggressively competing for marketshare.
Do you think the smart home will become a reality ...
Selling Manufacturing to a New Generation
Manufacturers across the United States are targeting schools and colleges to let young people know there is more to manufacturing than pulling levers on an assembly line.
"People still have the idea that manufacturing is a dirty dungeon place," said Andy Bushmaker of KI Furniture, a maker of school desks and cafeteria tables in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The goal, Bushmaker said, is to get people ...
Applying Lean Six Sigma Methodology
As the name implies, a lean Six Sigma methodology combines the principles of lean manufacturing (lean) with those of Six Sigma. But why would anyone want to do this? What are the advantages and disadvantages of combining lean and Six Sigma methodologies?
What Does Lean Contribute?
Lean is a process of continual improvement based on increasing value for the customer. The objective is to ...