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manufacturing equipment

On one hand, it would be great to have brand new manufacturing equipment. On the other, brand new equipment costs money. You need to justify the expense based on factors relating to both obsolescence and business goals. Of the two, business goals have a greater weight, as you shall see.
First, a word about the obstacles to upgrading.

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digital transformation

Are industrial manufacturers seizing all the opportunities of a more digital world?
Possibly not.
A recent article suggests that, by 2018, only 30 percent of manufacturers investing in digital transformation will be able to maximize the outcome. The remaining 70 percent are hindered by outdated business models and technology.
This is concerning.

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When you hear “lean manufacturing”, you have your own world view of what it means. Every lean manufacturing consultant offers expertise but few will be an expert with every tool. To ensure you have the very best options for lean manufacturing tools, our team did extensive research which includes websites such as LeanProduction.com.

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Editors Note: Today’s blog is from our friends at Fronetics who report their takeaways regarding manufacturing content marketing in 2016.
Here are four key takeaways from the manufacturing content marketing report.
The Content Marketing Institute (CMI) has released the results of its annual manufacturing content marketing survey, and there have been some big changes since last year.

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free trade

Depending on who you ask, it’s either the best of times or the worst of times for global trade. Protectionists villainize trade as damaging to U.S. workers, while on the other side of the coin pure laissez-faire traders consider free trade as a pure positive for the United States.
Mexico and China frequently are labeled as scapegoats for U.S. manufacturing decline.

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automotive manufacturers

Still in its infancy, the Internet of Things is already taking us in unexpected directions and into brand-new territories. Commonly referred to as Industry 4.0, the IoT is a highly collaborative, internet-driven effort to increase networking connectivity and functionality between smart devices and modern appliances of all kinds.