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Advanced Manufacturing

Textile Industry Making a Comeback in the U.S. Southeast

Beth H. Land, Senior Consultant, McCallum Sweeney Consulting (Q2 2017)

As the textile industry becomes transformed by technology, companies are considering highly automated, environmentally conscious production facilities in the U.S. Southeast, where the infrastructure necessary for this industry’s success is already in place. More

Automation Takes Hold, But Humans Still Needed

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2017)

According to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, as well others in the field of robotics, automation will eliminate some jobs but also help to create new ones. More

First Person: The American CEOs One Shot at Capturing a Manufacturing Resurgence

Steven L. Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity (Q1 2017)

Steven L. Blue is CEO of Miller Ingenuity, an innovative company revolutionizing traditional safety solutions for railway workers, and author of American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right. In this interview he provides insights for the business community on how to be innovative and competitive. More

Frontline: Fourth Industrial Revolution Takes Off, “Localizing” Site Selection Requirements

Dan Emerson (Q1 2017)

The adoption of new technology — in what’s been called “the fourth industrial revolution” — will benefit the entire manufacturing ecosystem. More

Frontline: Defend Trade Secrets Act Gives Added Protection for Tech Companies

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2017)

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), signed into law in May, 2016 by President Obama, has received wide industry praise from manufacturers as well as industry trade organizations. More

In Focus: Digital Transformation in the Manufacturing Sector

Ben Grinnell, Managing Director, North Highland (Directory 2017)

To drive market gains in today’s rapid pace of digitization, organizations must move decisively to align technology and digital with strategy and culture, choosing continuous improvement, agility, automation and transparency over business-as-usual. More

Location Notebook: Kentucky Is Serious about Advanced Manufacturing

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Directory 2017)

Automotive, aerospace, and pharmaceutical companies are among Kentucky’s advanced manufacturers that are benefiting from the varied support services offered by the state, including its efforts to build a highly skilled workforce. More

Editor’s Note: Cobots Driving Innovation and Growth

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2016)

Advanced technologies and robotics are shaping the future of manufacturing making factories more efficient and productive than ever. However, because of the complexity of many of today’s processes, human workers are complemented — not replaced — by their robotic counterparts. More

Where Automation in Warehousing Could Be Most Felt

Joshua Wright, Director of Marketing and PR, Emsi (Q4 2016)

It doesn’t get as much media attention as self-driving cars and trucks, but automation has already arrived in the warehousing industry. And it soon could be much more commonplace. More

North America’s Robotics Renaissance Fueled by Skilled Labor

Stephen Thompson, Senior Economic Officer – San Francisco , Ontario's Ministry of International Trade (Q4 2016)

A new generation of collaborative robots is increasing industrial efficiency and productivity while the increasing affordability of advanced robotics technology has the potential to quickly make smaller businesses more competitive. A key to unlocking that potential will be meeting the industry’s need for skilled labor to drive robotics-related research and commercialization. More

First Person: 3D Printing’s “Disruptive” Effect on Manufacturing

John Hornick, Partner, Finnegan (Q4 2016)

Hornick advises and educates clients about 3D printing and the IP issues of this rapidly developing and potentially disruptive technology. More

Advanced Technologies / Robotics Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q4 2016)

Today’s manufacturers are staying ahead of the innovation curve by making their facilities even smarter than their products. More

Location Notebook: Advanced Manufacturing Key to Mississippi’s Economy

Karen Thuermer (Q3 2016)

Mississippi is taking steps to ensure its growing advanced manufacturing sector can fulfill its need for a skilled workforce. More

First Person: The Importance of Manufacturing to the U.S. Economy

Stephen Gold (Q3 2016)

Stephen Gold, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), discusses the true impact of manufacturing on the nation’s economy and standard of living. More

Key High-Tech Sectors Transform Lives and Businesses

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q3 2016)

Groundbreaking discoveries in key high-tech fields are transforming lives while making businesses more competitive More

First Person: Robots Fueling the Next Wave of Transformation in Manufacturing

Jim Lawton, Chief Product & Marketing Officer, Rethink Robotics (Q3 2016)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Jim Lawton, Rethink Robotics Chief Product & Marketing Officer, about the impact of robots on the labor force and on manufacturers, in particular. More

Frontline: Forward-Thinking Companies Leveraging Additive Manufacturing

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q3 2016)

Companies with visionary leaders who are proactive and invest in emerging technologies now will reap the payoffs in the future. More

U.S. Manufacturers Attempting to Upskill Their Workforces

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2016)

As manufacturers rapidly adopt new technologies, they are increasingly faced with the problem of hiring and/or training workers who can help them to exploit these technologies. PwC’s latest survey explores this issue. More

Automotive Manufacturing Goes Digital

Christian Boehler, Principal, Roland Berger (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

The automotive industry’s survival depends on digital factories, which can unleash 10 to 20 percent cost savings in production. More

The Self-Driving Car… Science Fiction or Reality?

Daron Gifford, Management Consulting Partner, Plante Moran (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

OEMs and their suppliers, as well as technology companies, are all getting into the development of self-driving vehicles, while interest in rideshare is gaining. More

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