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26 Feb 2016  |  Global
At the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s special "Manufacturing 4.0 in Action" event in Nuremberg, Germany, last November, a member of the audience raised the very pertinent question of standards in the M4.0 era. What standards around system interoperability and software could manufacturers rely upon as they moved toward greater connectivity bo...
15 Mar 2015  |  Asia Pacific
In his opening speech at China's annual National People's Congress in Beijing in March 2015, Premier Li Keqiang highlighted a new strategic plan, called 'Made In China 2025', to reform and reinvigorate Chinese industry over the next ten years around the country's own smart manufacturing initiative
20 Apr 2015  |  Global
Some analysts like to talk about the hype cycle for emerging technologies. In the early phases of a new technology's life cycle, expectations can quickly reach a peak of sometimes unjustified excitement which is quickly followed by a trough of disillusionment and a gradual realization of the technology's true potential for productivity.
12 May 2015  |  Global
We all know the Internet of Things (IoT) will dramatically change the products we manufacture and use, making them smart, connected, and, ultimately, more autonomous. But what impact will the IoT and all of those smart products have on the cultures and organizational structures of the companies that manufacture them?
24 Jun 2015  |  North America
Toyota has announced plans to invest $1 billion to build a new manufacturing plant in Central Mexico and to shift production at several of its other North American plants, all part of the automotive giants plans to reengineer its global manufacturing system in order to reduce costs and increase flexibility
13 Jul 2014  |  Global
The high tech industry and its supporting cast of research firms and consultancies are all abuzz these days with the idea of the 'Internet of Things'. The trend they think they have identified is that every conceivable physical object in the world will likely become IP-enabled, leading to a massive new era of innovation with significant new opportu...
02 Jan 2015  |  Global
Inside R&D Alert. Using Atoms to Shape 2D Crystals; Worm's Eye View of Roots in Field to Improve Crops; Novel Imaging Platform Speeds Drug Candidate Screening
This issue profiles using atoms to shape 2D crystals, using worm's eye view of roots in field to improve crops, and a novel imaging platform that speeds drug candidate screening.
09 Jan 2015  |  Global
Inside R&D Alert. Making Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells More Efficient; Injectable 3D Vaccines for Infectious Diseases and Cancer; Business Proposal Intelligence Software
This issue profiles making dye-sensitized solar cells more efficient, USING injectable 3D vaccines for infectious diseases and cancer, and business proposal intelligence software.
16 Jan 2015  |  Global
Inside R&D Alert. Novel Vaccine for Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease; Cross-Border Money Transfers Enabled through Digital Currency; Fly-Inspired Anti-Fogging Coating
This issue profiles a novel vaccine for treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, cross-border money transfers enabled through digital currency, and a fly-inspired anti-fogging coating.
23 Jan 2015  |  Global
Inside R&D Alert. Smart Textiles for Monitoring and Transmitting Bio-Medical Information; Advanced Materials R&D at the University of Washington; Bioresorbable Electronic Implant to Treat Localized Bacterial Infections
This issue profiles smart textiles for monitoring and transmitting bio-medical information, advanced materials R&D at the University of Washington, and a bioresorbable electronic implant to treat localized bacterial infections.