Automation en 2016 IW Best Plants Winner: Customer Focus is Key to Firstronic Success <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>EMS firm uses responsive lean manufacturing system to become customers’ electronic assembly arm.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Companies & Executives Education / Training IndustryWeek Best Plants Quality Growth Strategies Leadership Operations The Latest Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:00:00 +0000 608551 at <p>A Firstronic&nbsp;employee conducts an in-circuit test of electronic assemblies.</p> Firstronic The Robocalypse Shouldn't Give You Sleepless Nights <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Good rule of thumb: The higher your pay, the lower your chances of being replaced in the workplace by a robot.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Recruiting / Retention Robotics Technology Workforce The Latest Election 2012 Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:13:00 +0000 591891 at Paramount Pictures Willingness to Try New Things Guides FLEXcon through Digital Revolution <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Neil McDonough keeps FLEXcon's workforce focused on continuous improvement to adapt to the evolving demands of his customers.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Continuous Improvement Leadership Manufacturing Leader of the Week Supply Chain Workforce The Latest Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0000 580201 at <p> <style type="text/css">.pquote { background: url("") no-repeat!important; color: #000000; font-style: italic; margin: 10px; padding: 10px 1px 1px 50px; font-size: 24px; } .article-image .image-description p { margin: 0; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.9; } .image-description { background: #F8F8F8; font-size: 11px; padding: 5px 5px 3px; color: #000; font-weight: normal;!important; } .pcaption { padding-left: 20px; padding-right: 20px; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.9; padding-bottom: 2px; } </style> </p> <blockquote class="pquote"> <p>For manufacturers, operating with fewer but more highly skilled and engaged employees is the only path to a sustainable business.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;- Neil McDonough</em></p> </blockquote> <hr /> <p><strong>Title:</strong> Chairman and CEO</p> <p><strong>Organization: </strong>FLEXcon, Spencer, Mass.<strong> </strong></p> <hr /> <p><em>The <strong>IndustryWeek <a href="" target="_blank">Manufacturing Leader of the Week</a></strong> highlights the manufacturing leaders, executives and stars who are driving growth in today&#39;s industry and helping to shape the future of manufacturing.</em></p> <hr /> Manufacturing Trends: IndustryWeek/PwC Webinar Series <div class="field-deck"> An IndustryWeek-hosted webinar series, in partnership with PwC, sponsored by Epicor </div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="" /> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-webinar-details"><legend>Webinar Details</legend> <div class="field-webinar-date"> <span>Date &amp; Time:&nbsp;</span> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, April 6, 2017 - <span class="date-display-start">14:00</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">15:00</span></span> </div> <div class="field-time-description"> 4 Sessions of 1 hour each </div> <div class="field-webinar-type"> <span>Event Type:&nbsp;</span> Live Webinar </div> <div class="field-webinar-cost"> <span>Cost:&nbsp;</span> Free </div> </fieldset> <div class="node-body webinar-body">Attend this 4-part series in partnership PricewaterhouseCoopers. From operations, to digital, to workforce, to future growth, this series will help you transform your manufacturing business.</div><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-registration-form"><legend>Registration Form</legend> <div class="field-accela"> </div> <div class="field-accela-form-length"> <span>Embedded Form Length:&nbsp;</span> 1250pixels </div> </fieldset> <div class="field-display-promo-image"> <span>Display Promo Image:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Competitiveness Digital Tools Emerging Technologies Product Development Research & Development Growth Strategies Strategic Planning & Execution Systems Integration Innovation Operations Technology Workforce Webinars Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:20:00 +0000 490231 at Nervous About the Elephant in the Room? It May be Time to Modernize <div class="field-byline"> Scott Lapcewich, VP and GM, Customer Support &amp; Maintenance, Rockwell Automation </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Modernizing operations is about more than upgrading technologies – it's about solving your biggest, most nagging challenges.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Maintenance Strategic Planning & Execution Operations Technology The Latest Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:24:00 +0000 572461 at Ford's Dozing Engineers Side With Google in Full Autonomy Push <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The struggle to prevent snoozing-while-cruising has yielded a radical decision: Ford will venture to take the human out of the loop by removing the steering wheel, brake and gas pedals from its driverless cars debuting in 2021. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Product Development Research & Development Strategic Planning & Execution Robotics The Changing Automotive Landscape The Latest Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:28:00 +0000 570491 at Copyright David Becker, Getty Images Toyota to Urge Moratorium on State Self-Driving Car Regulations <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Toyota Research Institute's Gill Pratt urges action to halt or prevent the emergence of a patchwork of state laws. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Companies & Executives Regulations The Changing Automotive Landscape The Latest Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:13:00 +0000 563181 at <p>Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute</p> Toward a More Data Savvy World <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Do you really know what your metrics mean—or which ones matter?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Digital Tools Systems Integration The Latest The Manufacturers Agenda Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:30:00 +0000 553391 at Sewing Digital Transformation into the Fabric of the Textiles Industry <div class="field-byline"> Stefan Weisenberger, SAP </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Thanks to advancements in digital technology, textile companies have the opportunity to achieve Industry 4.0 leadership and deliver automated control over the entire textile fabrication process.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Companies & Executives Information Technology Innovation Technology IoT and the Digitization of Manufacturing The Latest Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:57:00 +0000 549491 at <p>Textiles come in endless variations. Historically, product standardization has been the go-to strategy for companies looking to maintain profits. But with digital technology, imagine smaller lot sizes and individualized orders that consequently improve profitability &ndash; a pipe dream several years ago.&nbsp;</p> Factory Skills Gap Could Spell Trouble for Trump’s Jobs Plan <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>According to HR consultancy first Randstad Sourceright, four-fifths of more than 400 U.S. executives surveyed said that a shortage of sufficiently skilled workers will affect their companies in the next 12 months.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Recruiting / Retention Technology Workforce Skilled Worker Shortage The Latest Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:27:00 +0000 548741 at Deanne Fitzmaurice