Stay up-to-date on manufacturing innovation issues -- including news, trends and best practices in R&D, process improvement, product development and intellectual-property protection. Also, learn how to incorporate the latest materials, innovative technologies (e.g., nanotechnology) and design strategies (e.g., design for manufacturing, or DFM) into your manufacturing operations.


Corporate Culture

When Ideation Is a Waste of Time

April 19, 2022
Without a vision, the first step in the innovation process will be all over the place.
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Biden's Budget, Building Boom and Intergenerational Innovation: IW's Weekly Reads

April 1, 2022
Catch up with the most-read content on over the past seven days.
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The Economy

Biden Budget Proposal Includes Manufacturing Spending (Slideshow)

March 28, 2022
$5.8 trillion spending proposal calls for investments in worker training, cybersecurity, supply chain systems and research.
MIT News
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Emerging Technologies

Over a Decade in the Making, Plans for MIT Semiconductor Research Facility Take Shape

Feb. 9, 2022
The $279 million project will be funded by the US Department of Defense.
Technology and IIoT

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: What you Measure Matters

Feb. 1, 2022
Only measuring incremental efficiency gain in motors fails to consider the power consumption of the overall system. The conversation needs to broaden for a complete approach.
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Growth Strategies

Small Manufacturers Win with a Startup Mindset

Dec. 17, 2021
A look at three companies that succeeded at innovation by reframing how they think about risks.
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Supply Chain Initiative

A Look at China’s Unethical Business Practices

Dec. 15, 2021
Most companies understand that manufacturing in China exposes their companies to a high risk of theft of intellectual property.
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Supplier Relationships

Sourcing and Product Design Work Better Together

Dec. 14, 2021
Sustainability gains, cost reduction are among the benefits of bringing suppliers into the design process
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Emerging Technologies

The Whys Behind the 'Astonishing Drop' in Lithium Ion Battery Costs

Nov. 23, 2021
Investments in R&D on materials and chemistry were key, while economies of scale contributed somewhat less.