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Advanced Manufacturing

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

Automated Vehicles Revolutionizing the Automotive Industry

John Maddox, President & CEO, American Center for Mobility (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

The automotive industry is transforming and innovating complex, sophisticated technologies at a rapid pace, changing not only the industry itself, but also global transportation. More

First Person: 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing - A Valuable Tool for OEMs

Terry Wohlers, President, Wohlers Associates, Inc. (Q2 2016)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Terry Wohlers, founder of Wohlers Associates, about the state of the 3D printing industry, aka additive manufacturing, which has experienced enormous growth in recent years, going far beyond its original “prototyping” usage to become a manufacturing tool for end-use products in some of the world’s largest OEM production facilities. More

Editor’s Note: Disruptive Technologies Continue to Change the Face of Manufacturing

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2016)

Robotics, additive manufacturing, the IoT and other disruptive technologies are helping manufacturers boost productivity and cut costs; the states and metro areas that have the know-how to help businesses become innovative are recognized in our Shovel Awards and Leading Locations reports. More

Partners, Not Handouts: A Winning Model for Manufacturing Innovation

Jubal Smith, Executive Vice President, JLL and Greg Matter, Executive Vice President, JLL (Q2 2016)

When economic development policymakers are viewed as collaborators, everybody wins. More

Reducing Energy Consumption of Manufactured Goods

Mark Johnson, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office (Q2 2016)

By obtaining technology and scientific grants, government performance contracts, and economic development support, innovative companies can quickly flourish. More

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