Process Improvement http://www.industryweek.com/taxonomy/term/6634/more en Proposed E-Labeling Act a Homerun for Internet of Things http://www.industryweek.com/technology/proposed-e-labeling-act-homerun-internet-things <div class="field-byline"> Alan McQuinn, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The E-labeling Act, a modest step to lower costs, improve product design and promote the Internet of Things.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/technology/proposed-e-labeling-act-homerun-internet-things" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/technology/proposed-e-labeling-act-homerun-internet-things#comments Process Improvement Technology News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:07:00 +0000 143921 at http://www.industryweek.com <p><span style="line-height: 20px; font-size: 12px">Etching 17 characters into a phone might not seem like a Herculean feat, but as wireless devices have proliferated and shrunk in size, many manufacturers have been forced to buy increasingly expensive equipment and invest more design time into placing the label.&nbsp;</span></p> The Growth Equation: How Predictability Helps Product Innovation http://www.industryweek.com/process-improvement/growth-equation-how-predictability-helps-product-innovation <div class="field-byline"> Mike Dalton </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Improving predictability in your product development process will help eliminate the biggest driver of cost overruns. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/process-improvement/growth-equation-how-predictability-helps-product-innovation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/process-improvement/growth-equation-how-predictability-helps-product-innovation#comments Process Improvement Product Development Innovation News Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:09:00 +0000 143811 at http://www.industryweek.com The Growth Equation: Four Levers for Increasing Your Innovation Throughput http://www.industryweek.com/process-improvement/growth-equation-four-levers-increasing-your-innovation-throughput <div class="field-byline"> Mike Dalton </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Take these steps to improve your innovation process for speed, predictability and profit.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/process-improvement/growth-equation-four-levers-increasing-your-innovation-throughput" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/process-improvement/growth-equation-four-levers-increasing-your-innovation-throughput#comments Process Improvement Product Development Innovation News Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:17:00 +0000 141701 at http://www.industryweek.com Disrupt or Be Disrupted: Eight Principles of Disruptive Innovation http://www.industryweek.com/innovation/disrupt-or-be-disrupted-eight-principles-disruptive-innovation <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Success today isn't just about innovation. It isn’t just about improving products and making things better. It's about disruption and reinvention. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/innovation/disrupt-or-be-disrupted-eight-principles-disruptive-innovation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/innovation/disrupt-or-be-disrupted-eight-principles-disruptive-innovation#comments Process Improvement Growth Strategies Innovation News Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:20:00 +0000 141161 at http://www.industryweek.com Don't Keep Your Eyes on the Prize http://www.industryweek.com/corporate-culture/dont-keep-your-eyes-prize <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>North America’s best manufacturing facilities—the production plants that year-in and year-out garner awards for excellence—focus on their presents and futures. </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/corporate-culture/dont-keep-your-eyes-prize" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/corporate-culture/dont-keep-your-eyes-prize#comments Process Improvement Corporate Culture Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:07:00 +0000 116931 at http://www.industryweek.com <p>John S. McClenahen retired from IndustryWeek in 2006 and remains an interested observer of global manufacturing.</p> Lean, Continuous Improvement Strategies Take Center Stage at the 2014 IndustryWeek Best Plants Conference http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/lean-continuous-improvement-strategies-take-center-stage-2014-industryweek-best-plant <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>Manufacturing operations executives will discover the successful strategies from manufacturers who are the best of the best, the winners of the IW Best Plants Award program.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/lean-continuous-improvement-strategies-take-center-stage-2014-industryweek-best-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/lean-continuous-improvement-strategies-take-center-stage-2014-industryweek-best-plant#comments Change Management Customer Relationships Lean / Six-Sigma Process Improvement Corporate Culture Engagement Product Development Quality Growth Strategies Information Technology Strategic Planning & Execution Supplier Relationships Teamwork Robotics Leadership Operations Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:32:00 +0000 114911 at http://www.industryweek.com Manufacturers Taking the Lead in the Circular Economy [SLIDESHOW] http://www.industryweek.com/global-economy/manufacturers-taking-lead-circular-economy-slideshow <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>What do Renault, Philips, Ricoh and Heineken have in common? They're all leading proponents of "circular" manufacturing, which seeks to reduce the use of materials and energy in manufacturing products and services and then recover as much of the end products as possible through reuse and recycling. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/global-economy/manufacturers-taking-lead-circular-economy-slideshow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/global-economy/manufacturers-taking-lead-circular-economy-slideshow#comments Process Improvement Corporate Responsibility Global Economy Supply Chain Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:35:00 +0000 110641 at http://www.industryweek.com 3-D Printing: One Small Step for a Greener Airplane? http://www.industryweek.com/blog/3-d-printing-one-small-step-greener-airplane <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Airbus Group Innovations and EOS, a 3-D printing company, recently conducted an environmental comparison between a conventional aircraft bracket and a bracket produced using additive manufacturing.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/3-d-printing-one-small-step-greener-airplane" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/3-d-printing-one-small-step-greener-airplane#comments Competitiveness Digital Tools Process Improvement Emerging Technologies Production Equipment The Global Manufacturer Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:12:00 +0000 110241 at http://www.industryweek.com <p>Airbus used laser sintering to create a lighter titanium version of this A320 hinge bracket.</p> The Shale Gas Boom: Boon or Bust for U.S. Steelmakers? http://www.industryweek.com/competitiveness/shale-gas-boom-boon-or-bust-us-steelmakers <div class="field-byline"> Steve Mehltretter, Herve Wilczynski and Peter Findlay </div> <div class="field-deck"> Shale gas plays present significant opportunities to improve profitability for the challenged U.S. steel industry, though producers will need to react more nimbly and strategically than the industry has historically allowed. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p> The recent and rapid expansion of shale-based plays has both depressed natural gas pricing in the U.S., making it an attractive energy source, and increased domestic demand for steel-based products, due to booming domestic oil and gas production. This is welcome news for steelmakers, who have struggled to remain profitable in light of overcapacity, sluggish domestic demand, increased competition from international imports, and generally depressed commodity prices.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/competitiveness/shale-gas-boom-boon-or-bust-us-steelmakers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/competitiveness/shale-gas-boom-boon-or-bust-us-steelmakers#comments Competitiveness Energy Management Process Improvement Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:58:00 +0000 102611 at http://www.industryweek.com Five Steps to Escape the Low-Risk Innovation Trap http://www.industryweek.com/research-amp-development/five-steps-escape-low-risk-innovation-trap <div class="field-deck"> Focusing on product renovations over disruptive innovations can help secure the bottom line, but may cost you your competitive advantage. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Focusing on product renovations over disruptive innovations can help secure the bottom line, but may cost you your competitive advantage.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/research-amp-development/five-steps-escape-low-risk-innovation-trap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/research-amp-development/five-steps-escape-low-risk-innovation-trap#comments Process Improvement Product Development Research & Development Innovation News Thu, 07 Nov 2013 05:33:00 +0000 102101 at http://www.industryweek.com