Process Improvement http://www.industryweek.com/taxonomy/term/6634/more en 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 Boeing to Design 777X Aircraft at Five US Sites, Moscow http://www.industryweek.com/product-development/boeing-design-777x-aircraft-five-us-sites-moscow <div class="field-deck"> No decision has been made about design or build in Puget Sound, where the aerospace giant has a large engineering presence. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>No decision has been made about design or build in Puget Sound, where the aerospace giant has a large engineering presence.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/product-development/boeing-design-777x-aircraft-five-us-sites-moscow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/product-development/boeing-design-777x-aircraft-five-us-sites-moscow#comments Companies & Executives Process Improvement Product Development Research & Development Strategic Planning & Execution The IndustryWeek U.S. 500 News Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:02:00 +0000 101141 at http://www.industryweek.com Top Technological Advancements: Cast Your Vote Today! [SLIDESHOW] http://www.industryweek.com/research-amp-development/top-technological-advancements-cast-your-vote-today-slideshow <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>View a quick preview of the Industrial Research Institute's TechTournament entries.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/research-amp-development/top-technological-advancements-cast-your-vote-today-slideshow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/research-amp-development/top-technological-advancements-cast-your-vote-today-slideshow#comments Process Improvement Product Development Research & Development Growth Strategies Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:12:00 +0000 99502 at http://www.industryweek.com Vote Now for the Most Meaningful Innovation of the Past 75 Years http://www.industryweek.com/blog/vote-now-most-meaningful-innovation-past-75-years <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Here's how you can view the entries and vote for the most meaningful innovation of the past 75 years in the Industrial Research Institute's TechTournament.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/manufacturers-agenda">The Manufacturers&#039; Agenda</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/vote-now-most-meaningful-innovation-past-75-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/vote-now-most-meaningful-innovation-past-75-years#comments Process Improvement Product Development Research & Development Growth Strategies The Manufacturers&#039; Agenda Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:01:00 +0000 99482 at http://www.industryweek.com With the TechTournament, The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) seeks to identify the most meaningful technological advancement from the past 75 years. Beyond the Business Plan: 13 Essentials You Won't Learn in Business School http://www.industryweek.com/growth-strategies/beyond-business-plan-13-essentials-you-wont-learn-business-school <div class="field-deck"> Entrepreneurs offer a 'bootstrappers' guide to creating a successful business. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p> Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey started Barefoot Cellars in the laundry room of a rented Sonoma County farmhouse. When they started their company in 1986, they knew almost nothing about winemaking or the wine business. But through innovative ideas and hard work, they built Barefoot Cellars into a highly successful nationwide brand and sold it to E&J Gallo in 2005.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/growth-strategies/beyond-business-plan-13-essentials-you-wont-learn-business-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/growth-strategies/beyond-business-plan-13-essentials-you-wont-learn-business-school#comments Competitiveness Process Improvement Corporate Culture Growth Strategies Recruiting / Retention Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:12:00 +0000 97922 at http://www.industryweek.com Ford Launched the Modern Assembly Line a Century Ago and Changed Society http://www.industryweek.com/process-improvement/ford-launched-modern-assembly-line-century-ago-and-changed-society <div class="field-deck"> The assembly line cut the amount of time it took to assemble a Model T from 12.5 hours to just 93 minutes. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The assembly line cut the amount of time it took to assemble a Model T from 12.5 hours to just 93 minutes.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/process-improvement/ford-launched-modern-assembly-line-century-ago-and-changed-society" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/process-improvement/ford-launched-modern-assembly-line-century-ago-and-changed-society#comments Automation Companies & Executives Lean / Six-Sigma Process Improvement News Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:43:00 +0000 96762 at http://www.industryweek.com First assembly line in Highland Park, MIch. Courtesy of Ford Motor Co.