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M4.0: Optimism Remains High, But Implementation Lags

While manufacturers remain optimistic about the potential for Manufacturing 4.0 to provide their companies with enhanced operational effectiveness, many report having made limited progress implementing M4.0 initiatives, and the vast majority don’t have a …
While manufacturers remain optimistic about the potential for Manufacturing 4.0 to provide their companies with enhanced operational effectiveness, many report having made limited… http://www.gil-tevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/m40-optimism-remains-high-implementation-lags/

The Future of Manufacturing at Toyota Takes Shape

Toyota has announced plans to invest $1 billion to build a new manufacturing plant in Central Mexico and to shift production at several of its other North American plants, all part of the automotive giant’s plans to reengineer its global manufacturing sys…
Toyota has announced plans to invest $1 billion to build a new manufacturing plant in Central Mexico and to shift production at several of its other North American plants, all par… http://www.gil-tevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/future-manufacturing-toyota-takes-shape/

Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2015

As the new year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead:
As the new year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead: U.S. Manufacturing Growth to Continue Strongly. L… http://www.gil-tevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-trends-watch-2015/

What Does the Skills Shortage Really Cost Manufacturers?

A current lack of skilled and highly-skilled manufacturing workers has measurable financial impacts on U.S. manufacturers, according to a new study from Accenture and the Manufacturing Institute. The study, “Out of Inventory: Skills Shortage Threatens Gro…
Popular Discussions A current lack of skilled and highly-skilled manufacturing workers has measurable financial impacts on U.S. manufacturers, according to a new study from Acce… http://www.gil-tevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/what-does-skills-shortage-really-cost-manufacturers/

Is Your Company Root-Bound by ISO-9000?

ISO-9000 Quality Management Systems (QMS) can be a very useful tool for capturing and preserving critically important business process as well as laying out a means for future improvement and growth. However, I often come across situations where ISO-9000 …
ISO-9000 Quality Management Systems (QMS) can be a very useful tool for capturing and preserving critically important business process as well as laying out a means for future imp… http://www.gil-tevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/your-company-root-bound-iso-9000/

Paying a Penance for Poor Quality--Thoughts from the Recycling Center

When you are putting in 40-to-80-hour work weeks, it is sometimes good to take the time to do activities that allow you to clear your mind while still being productive. These activities give you time to take a step back and think about how business or pe…
When you are putting in 40-to-80-hour work weeks, it is sometimes good to take the time to do activities that allow you to clear your mind while still being productive.  These act… http://www.gil-tevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/paying-penance-poor-quality-thoughts-recycling-center/

Manufacturing Employment May Be Greater than Reported

Official estimates may be significantly underrepresenting the number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., according to a recently-released academic report. The report by Andrew Bernard and Teresa Fort of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business notes that, in q…
Popular Discussions Official estimates may be significantly underrepresenting the number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., according to a recently-released academic report. … http://www.gil-tevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturing-employment-may-be-greater-reported/

Customer Satisfaction Rises as Key Quality Metric

What metrics should manufacturers use to understand the maturity and outcomes of their quality practices? While internally-focused metrics such as first-pass yield and defects per million are considered classic measures of quality, manufacturers are incre…
Popular Discussions What metrics should manufacturers use to understand the maturity and outcomes of their quality practices? While internally-focused metrics such as first-pass… http://www.gil-tevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/customer-satisfaction-rises-key-quality-metric/

Boeing and the Power of Allies

From the start, the Boeing Dream liner 787 was an ambitious new-product development initiative. With the recent cacophony of negative press plaguing the fuel-efficient airliner, it's hard to recall what a bold move Boeing made in spreading the Dream liner…
From the start, the Boeing Dream liner 787 was an ambitious new-product development initiative. With the recent cacophony of negative press plaguing the fuel-efficient airliner, i… http://www.gil-tevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/boeing-and-power-allies/

Reinventing Manufacturing: Germany’s Fulfilling Future

Manufacturing helped Germany recover from the last recession faster than any other major industrialized country. Will rising investments drive its manufacturing future?
Manufacturing helped Germany recover from the last recession faster than any other major industrialized country. Will rising investments drive its manufacturing future? A recent … http://www.gil-tevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/reinventing-manufacturing-germanys-fulfilling-future/

The Global View: Taking Responsibility for Quality -- People Can Get Hurt

In Asia, it is not uncommon for my company’s customers to share manufacturing plant capacity with other companies. One interesting outcome is that the same plant with the same equipment, management team, and employees can produce products of different qua…
In Asia, it is not uncommon for my company’s customers to share manufacturing plant capacity with other companies. One interesting outcome is that the same plant with the sa… http://www.gil-tevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-taking-responsibility-quality-people-can-get-hurt/

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