Finally, some good news. Amidst the standard fare of predictions of the inevitable decline and fall of US manufacturing, an interesting and encouraging 2011 report has been authored by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) called “Made in America, Again.”
According to the report, “Manufacturing is expected to return to America as China’s rising labor costs erase most savings from offshoring.” As US states become cheaper locations to manufacture goods compared to other developed countries, the report suggests that by 2015 manufacturing in some parts of the US will be just as economical as manufacturing in China.
The key reasons listed are: Read More »
Tags: BCG, China, Cisco, infrastructure, innovation, labor costs, Manufacturing, manufacturing renaissance, offshoring, outsourcing, reinvestment
Now here is an interesting example of using social media to deliver personalized marketing. KLM airlines, which has made the claim that they “will answer every tweet in person within the hour day and night,” created this viral video to demonstrate their commitment to this effort. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, foursquare, KLM, KLM Surprise, Manufacturing, personalized marketing, social media, twitter, viral video
The challenges facing the US manufacturing industry are varied and well-known: foreign competition, regulatory and environmental concerns, and a decline in STEM education, to name a few.
Most of what we hear in the news is a continual stream of reminders of these challenges from politicians, pundits, etc. Everyone seems to acknowledge this is a problem, but what are we going to do about it?
Read More »
Tags: Cisco, crowdsourcing, Manufacturing, manufacturing 2.0, social media, stem, US manufacturing
So, in my last blog, I pointed out that Manufacturers, and particularly car makers, will be driving the Internet of Things (IoT) by incorporating standard networks into their machines. I also indicated that evolving the standards is going to be critical to that adoption.
Applying standard networks (by that I mean Ethernet, IP, TCP/UDP, 802.11/WiFi, etc.) machines is going to be a distinctly different than the networking of computers, phones and the plethora of tablets and handheld devices that has driven the Internet and standard networks to date. Read More »
Tags: 802.11, automation, Control engineers, convergence, Ethernet to the factory, Factory, IEEE 1588, Industrial Automation, Industrial Intelligence, IoT, machine, Manufacturing, Precision Time Protocol, PTP, QoS, sensors, The Internet of Things, wifi
Recently, our very own Peter Granger was interviewed for an article in Automation World Magazine regarding the impact of social media on manufacturing collaboration.
Social media isn’t just for personal use any more. Businesses of all kinds, particularly manufacturers, are looking to leverage social media types of connections for easier access to needed expertise, business intelligence insights and new product ideas.
For manufacturers, the principal driver behind the move toward greater incorporation of social media for collaborative business processes is access to expertise.
Who knows what? Read More »
Tags: Automation World, Cisco, Ford, Harley Davidson, iwe, Manufacturing, Peter Granger, Procter & Gamble, quad, social communities, social media, Social media in manufacturing, social networking